If you’re a fan of this site, then you’ve probably heard of the Force, but how about the Speed Force? You may not be so steeped into the comic lore of the original Flash books to know anything about the Speed Force, so you might not have gotten too excited when it was name dropped on last night’s episode of The CW‘s The Flash. That’s okay because executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is going to explain it to us. Out of what have looked like, on the surface, as another “freak of the week” episode, we were instead given a fairly big piece of Flash mythology and it was just dropped in a manner akin to the way we learned what Cisco wore to work on his first day at S.T.A.R. Labs. Spoilers ahead obviously.
So, to recap, on last night’s Flash we not only received confirmation that Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is indeed the Reverse Flash, but we also learned that Reverse Flash is tachyon-obsessed because he’s losing his connection to the Speed Force. With Wells’ speed dipping on the low side, perhaps his being in a wheel chair isn’t entirely a put on, especially when he loses his mojo in the middle of an attack by the Pied Piper (Andy Mientus). There are other queries though, like how Wells and Reverse Flash were in the same room together in “The Man in the Yellow Suit,” but let’s look at one specific question that may confuse non-Flash fans, what is the Speed Force?
For the record, a Flash fan site describes the Speed Force thusly:
An extra-dimensional energy field from which all speedsters draw their power. Or at least, they did until Infinite Crisis.
Simple, right? Of course the full lore of the Speed Force would require diagrams and citing precedent in decades worth of comic books, but Kreisberg offers some insight into the issue via Entertainment Weekly:
“Right now, the Speed Force is a little bit like the force in Star Wars before midi-chlorians came along. It’s an amorphous thing, which hopefully for comic book fans will make them feel like we’re heading in certain directions. For right now, it’s a catch-all phrase that speaks to a grander universe and a grander power and ultimately grander abilities. If you know the comics and you know what having access to the speed force gives you the abilities to do.”
And since you’re here anyway, let’s talk about the mysterious Dr. Wells. EW asked Kreisberg about the character’s mission and how much will be revealed in the coming weeks. “The end game will happen this season,” he said. “Wells has a definitive plan. When you look back, you will see he has had a definitive reason for doing all the things he has done throughout the season. We think it makes sense, hopefully you all will too.”
Of course the audience will be the judge of what makes sense. Cavanagh is certainly compelling as Wells, and on last night’s episode he was believably selfless even while those of us watching already knew he was a bad guy. Kreisberg told EW that we will start to find out over the next couple of episodes what Well’s ultimate plan really is, and, more perilously, what Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and Eddie Thawne’s (Rick Cosnett) investigation into Wells might yield and how Wells will react when he finds out.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on the CW.
Source: Comic Book Movie