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James Jesse, a.k.a. The Trickster, once terrorized Central City twenty years ago. Now a copycat has arisen to carry on the name and resume his murderous misdeeds.


Ralph Hemecker


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Rick Cosnett ... Detective Eddie Thawne
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Mark Hamill ... James Jesse / The Trickster
Matt Letscher ... Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash
Bre Blair ... Tess Morgan
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Mayor Anthony Bellows
Devon Graye ... Axel Walker / The Trickster
Michelle Harrison ... Nora Allen
Patrick Sabongui ... Captain David Singh
John Wesley Shipp ... Henry Allen


A copy-cat-killer who goes by the name The Trickster starts setting off bombs in Central City. In order to stop the villain, Barry and Joe meet with the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind named James Jesse, who has been imprisoned for twenty years. Things quickly go from bad to worse when the Tricksters unite and take Henry Allen prisoner. Meanwhile, Iris asks Eddie to investigate a missing person, and flashbacks show how Harrison Wells came up with the name for S.T.A.R. Labs.

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31 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Mark Hamill previously played the Trickster in both The Flash (1990) and Justice League (2001). See more »


Near the end of the episode, when Harrison Wells climbs out of the overturned car and identifies himself to the police officers, the car's empty drive shaft tunnel is clearly seen with no transmission, drive shaft, or exhaust system. See more »


Cisco Ramon: Talking in the third person. That's never a good sign.
Caitlin Snow: You're just mad because he named himself.
Joe West: Actually, he didn't. Twenty years ago, Central City was hit by a series of terrorist attacks. One man killed at least ten civilians, two cops. That guy called himself The Trickster.
Cisco Ramon: Whoa. Someone was rockin' the unitard.
Caitlin Snow: James Jesse?
Joe West: Like Jesse James, only more twisted.
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I Am Your Father
1 April 2015 | by SpoodermanDerpSee all my reviews

"Tricksters" is an all around, fun, exciting, intense and emotional ride. With brilliant performances and such a light-hearted tone yet it advances the plot and gives us more insight on questions we want answered.

The episode kicks off right after the intriguing pre credits scene of the previous episode. As Barry and Detective West try to find out more about Harrison Wells, a trickster comes to town and causes havoc. It's very fitting to have such a villain especially in April Fool's day. Mark Hamill guest starring in the episode is one of the highlights because he just nails it. With his outstanding voice and acting, it's very hard not to think of the Joker when he acts. The Trickster is easily one of the best villain, or should I say villains the Flash has had and I hope they return like the Rogues normally do too. What I also liked about this episode is the in-your-face references made. From a Breaking Bad reference, to of course a Star Wars one, and even a Speed reference, all these add to the pure fun that this episode contains. Even though at it's light hearted tone, the episode still continues to intrigue us more particularly the use of flashbacks explaining the Reverse Flash and Eobard Thawne. There's also the ongoing trust issues between Barry and Harrison Wells and how he begins to doubt him and I thought it was perfectly executed. Thankfully, Iris didn't seem much of an nuisance in the episode that much. The slow motion scenes and visuals we're amazing. 17 episodes and the visuals remained intact and spectacular, kudos to the Flash effects staff. The climax was also well done, it was intense and introduced us to a little friend called the Speedforce.

Overall, a fun episode, brilliant performances, excellent- you get the rest. I'm hoping the next episode will be even better +The Tricksters, +Mark Hamill's performance, +So Many Awesome References, +Flashbacks, +Trust Issues with Harrison Wells, +Slow Motion Visuals, +Speedforce.

Verdict: 9.8/10

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