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The Flash: 01x17 Tricksters | The Flash
Media Courtesy of tvfanatic.com

Fifteen years ago, two speedsters were chasing each other down the street as lil' Barry was heading for night-night land. His mother was chillin' with her cup of wine (I'm pretty sure it's wine) until she noticed that it was floating. While that is pretty cool, that isn't the best premonition. Ever. So, we all know how this goes: little Barry comes downstairs to see her surrounded by flashes of light.

Back in modern day, a much older Barry (and Joe) decide to investigate Harrison Wells. However, they don't know too much about him.

Seeing red umbrellas floating gently down seems to be such a lovely view, probably to the point where I'd Instagram it. It's like a magical thing that comes out from books. Probably not-so-magical when they explode, though. This calls for The Flash to save the day; he rescues a very curious child before they explode into bits. If it isn't obvious as to who sent those 'presents', it's the Trickster. Well, a new one.

While it's typical for Cisco to name the meta-humans, this particular villain named himself that 20 years ago when he committed several terrorists attacks. By the way, did I mention that Barry's beginning to get a little pissed with Wells?

Flashback (pun-intended) to 15 years ago, and we see that The Flash transports his mini self outside, whereas the Reverse Flash tries to speed away (pun-intended again) but wasn't able to, leaving him stranded in that timeline; his Speed Force is completely depleted. What's the most surprising thing is that, when he takes his mask off, it's not Wells.

Barry and Joe head off to Iron Heights to talk to James Jesse, a.k.a. The Trickster from 20 years ago. Apparently, he likes Twizzlers and he doesn't like his impersonator AT ALL. He refuses to assist them, but does believe that his impersonator has found his lair.

News Flash (pun-intended...again; I promise you won't see a lot more of these for this recap), Mason is still MIA.

In other news, The Trickster's original hideout is well, clown-like. For those who aren't a huge fan of clowns, it's a terrible place. Barry happens to find a suspicious-looking door and opens it to reveal a hidden bomb. Luckily, Barry = The Flash. After the smoke cleared, there was nothing left in the hidden area.

Note to self: pay attention when the camera zooms in on anything.

The two head back to Iron Heights to talk to the original Trickster until Barry decides to stop by and see his dad to give him an update. Afterwards, their next stop is to Trickster express. Once again, he's pretty pissed that someone's stealing his name and his legacy. Oh yeah, his bomb, the one that was stolen, is destructive enough to destroy Central City. GG.

Internet fame is really a huge deal for the newest Trickster, fyi.

At S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry is still dropping hints on his suspicion of Wells. Good thing Joe is there, however, Wells speaks to Barry in private anyways. Pretty close call, I must say.

Years ago, Wells was excitedly explaining to his sweetheart Tess that he plans on building T.E.S.S. (Technological Engineering Scientific Studies) Labs. Can we have a cute moment here? Although that is extremely adorable, she wants to call it 'Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Labs. Sound familiar? She wanted that name because "he's the only star" she sees. Awwwwwwwwww. Despite the two lover's moment, some guy was watching them from afar. Creepy.

I still don't get how Iris hasn't figured out who The Flash is. I mean, their latest 'hangout' spot is at Jitters, the place where she and Barry grab coffee. Also, he's practically the skinniest guy she knows. Back to the point, she asks The Flash's assistance on finding the whereabouts of Mason, in which he agrees, obviously. Suddenly, the newest Trickster uploads his latest video revealing the 'big bang' of a bomb he has. He may have the bomb, but he decides to be 'fair' and reveals a vague location of where the bomb could possibly be. What's sketchy is that 1) never trust someone who goes by 'The Trickster,' and 2) he suddenly decides to be 'fair'.

Remember that song called 'Bang Bang' by Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande? Instead of "Bang, Bang into the room...", it's "Bang, Bang into Iron Heights" because that's exactly what the new Trickster did. It was all just a diversion: the new Trickster was helping Jesse escape. Unfortunately, they took Barry's dad as a hostage. If that wasn't enough, Jesse is the new Trickster's father.

Cisco has the coolest shirts, I swear. Gimme dat cat shirt.

Remember how Wells had a life before S.T.A.R. Labs? Well, they were coming home until Mr. Creeper decides to ruin his life forever. Not only does he murder the love of his life, he watches them instead of doing anything.

The situation that Barry is in with Wells is probably heart-wrenching. It's confusing because Wells does help Barry, but he can possibly be a bad guy.

Looking stunning in a red dress, Iris attends a public event at City Hall. The bad news? The two Tricksters are there, too, serving up some very poisonous Champagne. The Flash arrives to save the day, but the young Trickster places a bomb on him. Wells tells him to run through the wall in hopes that the bomb won't explode on him. It works! Not only does he save everyone in City Hall, he saves his father, too. It's also pretty great to know that his father accepted him for who he is.

Back to Mr. Creeper, he 'becomes' Wells, causing the original one to die. Jeez, this is getting complicated.

Also, Barry reveals himself to Eddie to ensure Iris' safety, and to investigate Mason's disappearance. In addition, Barry is even more convinced that Wells is the Reverse Flash.

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