After last night's mention of the Speed Force, we can see things are going to be picking up speed on The Flash. The show's Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg talked with Entertainment Weekly about bringing the Speed Force, plans for the Pied Piper and why Ray Palmer and Felicity Smoak are coming back to Central City.
Plus it seems we're not getting Red Bee or Queen Bee, but rather the Bug-Eyed Bandit for episode 18. The Bug-Eyed Bandit is a Atom villain created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane who uses robotic insects to commit crimes.
Kreisberg spoke on Harrison Wells' plan:
The end game will happen this season. Wells has a definitive plan. When you look back, you will see he has had a definitive reason for doing all the things he has done throughout the season. We think it makes sense, hopefully you all will too.
If the Pied Piper could be redeemed like in the comics:
Absolutely, which is why we went to great lengths that he doesn't kill anybody. He tries to kill people, but there aren't any actual deaths. We booked him for two episodes and we're hopeful that he'll come back. In the comics, he's actually in a relationship with Singh (Patrick Sabongui), so hope springs eternal.
What is up with the Speed Force:
Right now, the Speed Force is a little bit like the force in Star Wars before midi-chlorians came along. It's an amorphous thing, which hopefully for comic book fans will make them feel like we're heading in certain directions. For right now, it's a catch-all phrase that speaks to a grander universe and a grander power and ultimately grander abilities. If you know the comics and you know what having access to the speed force gives you the abilities to do.
And Why Ray and Felicity head to STAR Labs:
Ray needs a little help with his suit, and who better than Felicity's high tech guys at S.T.A.R. labs? It happens to come at a particularly bad moment for Barry. That's partially why we did it. The first episode with Felicity, she really came along at a time where her experience in being part of a crime fighting team definitely helped Barry overcome what he was facing that week. Similarly, when she comes, he's having a crisis of conscience that, in some ways, only someone like she can help him through. He finds a best friend in Cisco. There's even a line in the script where Felicity says, "Ray is like Barry in Oliver's body," and then went, "Oh God, did I say that out loud?" Even though he looks like Brandon Routh, he's just a big tech geek at heart, so he and Cisco quickly bond. It's just a fun episode. We have the Bug-Eyed Bandit, who is a big Atom villain, is going to be the villain in it.
And below we have a newly released trailer for the next episode and February.