Updated: Apr 29, 2019
This week, brief scenes in the present bookend the majority of the episode which takes place in 2049, where a long-haired Nora West-Allen is a Central City CSI tech like her father was. With her lab partner, Nora is investigating a series of robberies where chemicals are being stolen by a suspected new speedster, the first in Central City since the disappearance of The Flash many years earlier.
Nora has a violent encounter with this speedster, who calls himself the God of Speed, whom her partner later dubs Godspeed. What follows are the origins of: Nora’s speed, the break with her mother Iris, and her controversial relationship with Eobard Thawne (Reverse Flash).
After a tragic attempt to capture Godspeed, Nora decides to ask the imprisoned Thawne for help. Thawne is every bit the detective that Sherloque is, and deduces that Nora is a speedster, and she agrees to allow him to train her to defeat Godspeed. It was very creepy to see Thawne training Nora with the same words and techniques he used with Barry in the past, when he was posing as Harrison Wells.
Godspeed is a newer character in The Flash comics, who has very deadly abilities that were not shown in this episode. His popularity and high threat-level guarantee that his character’s brief appearance this week was not a one-off, and will return for more episodes as a Big Bad for Nora in the future, and for Team Flash in the present.
It’s notable that this episode was directed by cast member Danielle Pannabaker (Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost), if only because the quality of the episode did not falter at all. A pretty impressive directorial debut. She showed an especially emotional touch with the actors in the scene when Nora finds Thawne’s hidden room at STAR Labs, and a heart-wrenching final scene between Nora and her father. Have tissues at the ready.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.
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