For those of us sitting on the edge of our seats trying to pick out easter eggs from the new episode of Arrow, we all should have been pleasantly surprised by the Season 2 episode "Crucible (Episode 4). The episode was jam packed with DC Comics related tidbits, from references to the League of Assassins to super-villains like KGBeast. However, the most interesting easter egg of the night came from the news report Oli watches near the end of the episode directly before "Brother" Sebastian Blood enters.
In the Channel 52 news report, Bethany Snow reports on Oli's new CA$H For GUN$ event. This is pretty interesting because, while some might not recognize the name, Bethany Snow is a character from the comics who is both a news anchor and avid follower of Brother Blood. This could have interesting potential moving forward in the show as they showcase Sebastian Blood possibly running for mayor. Whether that comes into play in the series or this is just a nod to the comic shall be determined at a later date.
More interestingly though, right before reporting on the event, the anchor makes a pretty interesting statement:
"Demonstrations opposing the construction of the new Star Lab's particle accelerator have reached a fevered pitch with five new protesters being arrested."
This is the second nod to the Star Lab's particle accelerator that we have seen so far in the series. In episode 1 ("City of Heroes"), Bethany Snow yet again reports on the particle accelerator stating:
"A representative from Central City say construction on the Star Lab's particle accelerator should be completed by Christmas."
So why does this matter?
As many already know, The CW is currently trying to green light a new series headlining our favorite speedy hero, The Flash, as a spin-off series from Arrow. The show, much like The Originals spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, would likely air a backdoor pilot during a late-season 2 episode of Arrow.
In fact, reports state that we already have our lead hero, Barry Allen, officially cast in the form of the former Glee star Grant Gustin. An Entertainment Weekly described, from a press release, the character of Barry Allen as:
With built up agitation and aggression toward the new Star Lab's particle accelerator, we should see some interesting developments before our slated arrival of Barry Allen in episodes 8 & 9 of this season Arrow. I personally can't wait for Oli's world to be rocked by the introduction of super-powered heroes and villains.
“a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante,”
How about you? Do these reports create some intrigue about the new Flash series or are you already tired of hearing about it? Put your thoughts on the new show in the comments below.