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TV Review: THE FLASH: Season 1, Episode 17: Tricksters [The CW]

Mark Hamill The Flash

The CW’s The Flash Tricksters TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 1, Episode 17: Tricksters, introduces Barry to a copycat criminal who has an explosive personality. Barry (Grant Gustin) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) find themselves trying to deal with a criminal who is a copycat of the mastermind known as The Trickster (Devon Graye). Thing is, how can the Trickster be doing these crimes when he has been locked away for 20 years?

Up to this point Barry’s life has had one big question mark haunting him. Trying to figure out who killed his mother seemed like a quest that would see no end. Watching Joe’s suspicions build and finally converge with Barry’s about Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) had to be one of the most well crafted plots in the first season. The timing of this couldn’t have come at a better time. In the beginning Barry’s innocence was clouding his ability to see what people were capable of. After accepting the responsibility becoming The Flash and dealing with a host of dangerous villains, his eyes have opened. The time travel and situation with iris also helped play a part of Barry’s personal growth. There is no turning back. Pairing Joe and Barry together looking for the copycat Trickster is just the warm up.

Who would have thought the original Trickster would be such an over the top character? Mark Hamill did a sensational job bringing this rascal to life. The back-story and his behavior leads you to believe he is truly outraged by what the imposter is doing in his name. The twist here is fun and we also find a little Star Wars zinger, knocking Darth Vader when he tells Luke he is his father. Yes, this episode had some fun surprises. Hamill delivers and we hope he is invited back.

After a series of clever flashbacks, we now understand why Dr. Wells could in fact be Reverse Flash and such a cold-blooded killer. Having the real Wells get murdered by a character from the original comic book was clever…and needed. For a while I was wondering if they were going to bring Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) into the fray and to my surprise they did. So know we know Eobard let Wells wife die and took out the original Dr. Wells. It will be very interesting to see how they figure out Wells isn’t who he seems. What I would like to know is…how that gadget sucked the life out of Wells body and has Eobard used it at any other time during this season?

Taking down the Trickster and seeing the team once again work together really helps this show. The father and son theme played out in a very interesting way in this episode. Having Barry reveal himself to his father was touching. Too bad they missed father’s day. The real payoff is coming and one has to wonder what other tricks Eobard has up his sleeves.

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Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

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