Warning: This article contains spoilers of The Flash Season 3, Episode 4 "The New Rogues." If you read, it will spoil the episode for every version of you in the multiverse.
This week's episode of The Flash saw the introduction of a brand new Harrison Wells, once again portrayed by the incomparable Tom Cavanagh. We had previously wondered if we would see Cavanagh return as a different incarnation of the character, and this new arrival seems to confirm that. All #superheroes need somebody as brilliant as Harrison Wells on their team, and it appears that Team Flash have once again filled that spot.
After a rigorous selection process by Caitlin, Cisco and Earth-2's Wells — affectionately known as Harry — the team eventually picked Earth-19's version of the character to fill the Harrison Wells shaped void. This brand new Wells — who refers to himself as H.R. — is nothing like his predecessors as he is incredibly cheery, relatively hip and intentionally funny. However, the trailer for next week's installment of The Flash suggests that H.R. there may be something more sinister to the new Wells than we expected.
Check out the new Wells in the trailer for next week's The Flash:
So next week's intriguing episode has us all wondering if Earth-19's Harrison Wells is evil too. And in case you're still not sure why we're wondering that, let's take a look at what we know and see if we can figure it out.
H.R. Is Hiding Something
As revealed in the trailer, it seems that H.R. may not be who he says he is. Despite his cheery disposition, he is seen presumably taking a memo — much like Harry also did — in which he states that "nobody seems the wiser as to why I'm here." Furthermore, he says the line in a rather dull tone, much like Earth-1's evil Harrison Wells.
And when you think about it, we still don't really know anything about H.R., except for the fact that he's really funny and smiles a lot. Could he be hiding a really dark secret behind those pearly whites? Moreover, it seems that his creepily fun attitude begins to get to Cisco. And if you look closely at the scene where H.R. arrives, everybody seems to get a little uneasy around him after seeing his overpowering humor.
In addition, it seems like Cisco's suspicions get the better of him as he begins to search through H.R.'s stuff, despite warnings from Barry not to. And as a result, Cisco ends up getting caught by a somewhat intimidating Wells who lectures him on his lack of trust. However, on the other, perhaps the show is purposely using Wells' ulterior motives to make the Earth-19 doppelgänger appear like a villain in order to get our suspicions out of the way early. And thus, Cisco could be metaphorically representative of us and used as a tool to reveal what H.R. is really up to and whether his motives are evil or not.
Did He Really Crack The Code?
One of the reasons that Earth-19 Wells convinced Team Flash to choose him was his cracking of the impossible code that Harry formulated. However, as seen in the trailer, he doesn't seem to know what he is doing when assisting the Flash. When Cisco tells him to triangulate the signal, Wells seems to be channeling his inner Harry Potter by forming a triangle shape with his arms, while swinging a drumstick around like a wand.
Now of course, we're probably just being too hard on H.R., after all just because you're a genius doesn't mean you automatically know how to keep up with the advanced S.T.A.R. Labs technology, or even modern pop-culture references, right? Or does it? Perhaps it wasn't H.R. who cracked the code in the first place. It's possible that he could be merely a minion sent by someone else to scour other Earths. This might explain the "teething problems" he is having at S.T.A.R. Labs.
His true motives remain to be seen, but it does seem unusual that somebody with the ability to crack the code constructed by the almighty Earth-2 Wells isn't able to keep up with Cisco. But then again, maybe I'm just being mean. We will soon find out.
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The Title Of The Upcoming Episode
Next week's episode is appropriately titled "Monster." And if you're wondering why that's appropriate, it's because there's a giant monster loose in Central City. But we also know that the episode will heavily focus on Caitlin who is involuntarily transitioning into Killer Frost and visits her mother to get help. For the past few weeks, Caitlin has been trying to repress the monster within, proving that the title could also be applied to her also, yet that arc was completely absent from the trailer which focused on the monster, and H.R.'s secrets.
This leads me to believe that there could be a third use of the monster implied in the trailer. Interestingly, a title card in the trailer which read "There's a monster in town" appeared immediately after H.R.'s haunting memo about his ambiguous intentions instead of appearing after the introduction of the giant monster.
Could the trailer be alluding to the fact that the team has welcomed a monster into their fold? And is H.R. going to follow in the footsteps of his Earth-1 doppelgänger and become the monster of the season?
Harry Didn't Trust Him
This is perhaps the most important point of all, because it may be the foreshadowing that we all look back to when H.R.'s secrets are revealed. When watching all of the virtual CVs for each Harrison Wells, Cisco and Caitlin were completely sold on H.R. However, Earth-2's Harry wasn't so keen. At first, we all thought that the notoriously grumpy Harry was just getting sentimental and was afraid of being replaced by the gang, but then both Cisco and Caitlin picked up on it too. And Wells made a strong case for his argument when claimed that he felt in his gut that Earth-19 Wells wasn't the guy.
Although they may have changed this mind and took a risk, that doesn't change the fact that someone as smart as Harry is usually right. Could he have predicted that H.R. was evil? Should we all just listen to Harry from now on? I know I wouldn't bet against him!
And while we're talking about Harry, everybody has grown to love the grouchy Earth-2 version of the character and I was very sad to see him leave again. Knowing that his daughter Jesse is likely to return soon, I don't think he'll be far behind her. So the question is, if Harry returns would he be needed with H.R. taking his place, or will he be welcomed back because they got rid of H.R.?
Now that Team Flash has recruited another Harrison Wells for their crime-fighting escapades, we will all be watching eagerly to see if the giggly down-to-earth H.R. is really as awesome as he appears or if there's a "monster" lurking beneath the surface. It seems like all versions of Harrison Wells are destined to undergo scrutiny from us, either because of their evil Earth-1 predecessor, or simply because it's virtually impossible to live up to the standards set by the grouchy but lovable Harry from Earth-2.
No matter what happens, the show is set to benefit a great deal from having the amazing Tom Cavanagh back on #TV. Some would say he has returned — well, a version of him at least.
Do you think that H.R. has evil intentions? Let us know in the comments below!