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The Sound and the Fury 

While Iris faces trouble in her new job, a former protégé of Dr. Wells uses sound waves to attack the Flash.



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Hartley Rathaway (new villain Pied Piper) returns to Central City armed with gloves that can manipulate sound waves. Flash must defeat this former S.T.A.R Labs employee (builder of the particle accelerator) to keep him from exacting vengeance on Dr. Wells. As Dr. Wells calls for a press conference to tell the public about his secret (and ostensibly defuse the situation), Joe and Eddie start their investigation on Dr. Wells. Written by Milan Benoit Craig/revised by statmanjeff

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27 January 2015 (USA)  »

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In the new 52 comics, Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper is a reformed criminal and the romantic partner of Director David Singh. See more »


When Dr. Wells returns home and gets out of his wheelchair, his phone rings and he removes it from his rear pocket. If he was really trying to portray a man wheelchair-bound, this would not be the place to store his phone. See more »


Dr. Harrison Wells: You are brilliant, and any anguish you have been through because of me was never my intent.
Hartley Rathaway: Not bad, as far as heartfelt apologies go, except that wasn't for my benefit. That was for you, Flash. It feels good to have the great Harrison Wells behind you, doesn't it? But one day this man will turn on you... in a flash... and even you won't see it coming. My only hope: that he leaves you in better shape than he left me. If you're lucky, you'll only be dead, because every day I have to live with ...
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Not Every Hero Wears a Mask
27 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

All seems pretty good with this show. The mid-season premier was average but the show is still exciting. Everything seemed fine with Team Flash until Pied Piper came along. I enjoyed Piper for a good part of the episode, even though this Particle Accelerator villain of the week is starting to get tiresome.

Piper was out for revenge on Wells for outing him at STAR labs before the explosion happened. His first attack came at Wells' home, which surprisingly is the first time we have seen it. I'm glad they didn't spoil the scene with Wells using his powers for the first time on a promo for the episode. I think Arrow and Flash are culprits of giving a little bit too much away week to week on their previews. So props to CW this time around. Speaking of powers, I thought all the effects this week looked great. Last week the 'gun' fight looked cheesy and CGI heavy but I loved the subtle speed effects this week.

Iris got a new job this week, but I'm sorry CW, her scenes are still uninteresting. It seems as though while Iris falls further down my list of interesting characters, Caitlin jumps higher. I have been of Panabaker's portrayal and this week she once again stood out. So even with a few botches, the CW continues to write strong female leads. Back to Piper, I thought his intentions were different than past Flash villains, but there a few too many stupid and predictable moments. Didn't we all know that if he gets caught 20 minutes into the episode, he's probably not actually done for the night? I have grown tired of the villains planning to get caught every time.

I really enjoyed the team dynamic this week though. The team selfie was a simple but really important moment, especially considering Wells now has a picture of the team he will likely betray in the future. Even with as sketchy as Wells is, they are giving us more material to care for him and his relationship with the crew. Plus, Wells' "I failed this city" line was a great Arrow nod. Cisco had his usual great lines including "I assign the nicknames around here" or even his Han shot first t-shirt was a cool addition. I mean who doesn't love a Star Wars reference in a superhero universe? So while this week didn't particularly further any ongoing story, it was an enjoyable ride.

+Wells centric episode

+Team Flash moments

+Brief Royal Flush cameo

+Cisco continues to be the most likable character

-Piper's typical arc

-Find a new way to originate a villain


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