It turns out that Team Flash is a bit more intelligent than The Thinker first believed, as they were able to figure out his plan during last night’s episode of The Flash “Luck be a Lady”.
As you know, the Thinker is the first big bad season villain that is not a speedster. He appeared at the very end of the season’s first episode, and is always seated in a floating chair wearing a helmet resembling Professor X’s Cerebro. The first episode saw Baron Katana have the team lure Barry out of the speed force. When Barry defeated him at the end of the episode, his robotic message of “Welcome home, Barry” was a bit haunting. After all, how did he know that Barry was gone after all? It turns out that this was all part of the Thinker’s plan, and we’re surely going to see it progress during the season.
During last week’s episode, the team captured and defeated Kilg%re. He is currently in Iron Heights prison, and both Barry and Joe went to see him. They asked him how he got his powers if he was living in Silicon Valley during the particle accelerator explosion. Kilg%re got really excited, and only told them that it was “very cool” and he was not the only one. He also cautioned that Central City was about to be overrun. It turns out that these new meta-humans were part of the Thinker’s plan, but they received their powers from Barry.
If you remember back in episode one of this season, Barry escapes from the speed force in Central City, but then runs all the way out to the country. He emerges from the speed force through a breach directly in front of an occupied city bus. The people on that bus are the new meta-humans, and became so by being exposed to the dark matter generated by the breach of the speed force. We learn this in last night’s episode, as we see Becky Sharpe, AKA Hazard, get on the bus after being fired from her job at the casino. As she’s walking to her seat, we see her make eye contact with Kilg%re. The only thing is, he isn’t Kilg%re yet. None of the occupants are meta-humans – yet. As the bus turns the corner, Barry’s speed force opens and he comes running out.
We know from last week’s episode that there are 12 meta-humans created as a result of the Thinker’s plan. We now know two with Kilg%re and Hazard, who are both neutralized. The Thinker can watch everything through security cameras, but that isn’t all. It turns out that although Team Flash is smarter than he thought and was able to figure out the plan, that he is still smarter. He’s watching Team Flash the whole time through Baron Katana’s helmet, which just so happens to be on a shelf facing the entire room at Star Labs. That still doesn’t answer the $64,000 question though: What does The Thinker want with The Flash?
The Thinker was around and conjured up this plan while Barry was in the speed force. His entire plan is to develop 12 new meta-humans with dark matter by drawing Barry out of the speed force. This doesn’t answer why he wanted to do it, however. He didn’t need to defeat Barry as he was already in the speed force. So if his plan was to keep Barry away for good – he already won. He has a super-powered brain, so he had to have known that Barry would end up capturing/defeating these new meta-humans. Even if he wanted them to be captured so they would end up in the same place for some “grand master scheme” toward the end of the season, it still doesn’t answer why he needed Barry out of the speed force to do it. I understand the breach created the dark matter to transform the meta-humans, but surely he could have succeeded in his plan to take over Central City WITHOUT re-introducing the Flash, right? Why take the chance on bringing The Flash back and run the risk of being defeated if you don’t need to. After all, we know from the end of season 3 that they end up using a neuro-inhibitor to defeat the Thinker.
There are currently ten more meta-humans we need to see throughout the season. The Elongated Man makes an appearance in next week’s episode, but he is there to help Barry. Whether or not he is part of the Thinker’s scheme we do not know yet. Danny Trejo (Gypsy’s father) and Katie Sackhoff (Amunet) also debut on next week’s episode. This makes three new characters to debut in one episode, so it should be pretty in-depth. Amunet runs the meta-human black market and Caitlyn is involved somehow. Surely we’ll see what she was up to in the six months of Barry’s absence, but this will most likely be revealed throughout the season.
So far, The Flash season 4 seems pretty beefy on the details. We seem to be in for a great season, especially when you consider the Crisis on Earth-X crossover coming up in November. What do you think The Thinker’s master plan is? Let us know below.