The Flash plays into a lot of superhero cliches, but the one it typically avoids is the "secret identity" storyline. Most bad guys in Central City either have no clue who Barry (Grant Gustin) is or no interest in unmasking him. It's a nice change of pace for a superhero show.
Now though, The Flash is cashing in on that concept with Barry's latest hurdle in prison.
After recruiting his team to help exonerate his new prison buddy, Big Sir (Bill Goldberg), Barry was faced with a tough choice. Let Big Sir languish in prison for a crime he didn't commit, or use his speed to sneak his new friend out of prison and off to a distant location to live out his life in peace.
Barry may not have been willing to use his powers to get himself out of prison (or to cheat at card games on his own behalf), but he was willing to use them to help Big Sir. Barry flashed his friend right out of his cell and off to China; here's hoping Big Sir enjoys his life with the monks and their vows of silence.
Unfortunately for Barry, Warden Wolfe (Richard Brooks) was not a fan of his plans to exonerate Big Sir, so he installed a secret camera fixed on Barry's cell to keep an eye on the situation. While Barry thought he was sneakily dodging the rotating cameras in the hall, he was actually just giving Wolfe a front row seat to his powers.
Instead of being a decent human being and saying, "Wow, Barry! You're the Flash? That's amazing, I'm going to help prove your innocence and get you out of jail so you can go back to protecting the citizens of Central City," Warden Wolfe decided to dose him with what must have been a horse tranquilizer and trade him to Amunet (Katee Sackhoff) for some extra cash.
Apparently, Wolfe has been providing Amunet with metas all season, meaning he's about as corrupt as they come. It definitely sucks that Barry's found himself in even more dire straights than before (again, orchestrated by the Thinker), but we're not super worried.
Characters like Wolfe and Amunet are so plainly evil, it's easy to predict that they're not long for this world, especially now that they know Barry's secret identity. Unless The Flash plans to out Barry for real — c'mon, they've "outed" Oliver (Stephen Amell) like five times on Arrow, and it has yet to stick — these two aren't going to have to worry about keeping Barry's secret for long.
In a totally unrelated storyline, Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) has, thanks to her pregnancy, developed a meta ability which allows her to read minds. While her telepathy was mostly just inconvenient (and slightly annoying) in tonight's episode, it feels like this power will become very important down the line.
DeVoe (Kendrick Sampson) recently inherited the power of telepathy from his new body, making him an even more brilliant strategist. If Cecile can somehow counter that power with her own, we might actually have ourselves an even playing field soon.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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