As the season winds down, there's a lot less to spot in the way of Easter eggs and DC Comics references.
On The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and the rest, the focus tends by that point to be more on finishing out the long-form story you've been telling, than being clever with street names and building numbers.
That said, there were a handful of little things to spot on The Flash tonight, so here goes.
So...what did we see? What did we miss?
Read on, and comment below.
In the comics, Ashley Zolomon isn’t Hunter’s mother, but his wife.
Since Hunter is still a piece of work, that's not a super-functional relationship, but she was actually very helpful in her capacity as a criminal profiler in helping The Flash bring her husband in on a couple of occasions.
The death of Ashley's father at the hands of a killer who also shot Hunter was a traumatizing event for both -- and years later, after Hunter was paralyzed from teh wast down in an attack by Gorilla Grodd and his marriage fell apart, it was that moment that Hunter wanted to travel back in time to prevent...and ultimately ended up reliving on a loop, driving him further insane.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Keystone City — in fact, its first appearance in Season One featured a locale called “Garrick’s Wharf” — but the fact that it was featured so prominently in a Wally-heavy episode is probably intentional.
In the comics, when Wally West took over as The Flash after Barry Allen’s death, he protected Keystone City, not Central City.
The Tachyon Enhancer seen on Barry’s chest at the start of the episode is the same one he was wearing when he visited Supergirl’s earth in “Worlds’ Finest.”
Could it be that when he popped into and then out of a Breach in this episode, that was him traveling to National City?
There were a handful of pop culture references tonight, including Silence of the Lambs, but the one that stuck out the most was Cisco's reference to Star Wars.
Likening himself to Anakin Skywalker, Cisco worried that too much power would corrupt him and he would become more like Reverb, his Earth-2 doppelganger. He suggested that, like Anakin, he was on the cusp of power, strong with the Force, and perhaps it was wiser to step back than to embrace his destiny.
"THERE WAS A PODCAST"
So apparently the Earth-2 version of Serial was based on the serial murders committed by Hunter Zolomon.
At least seeing the killer with long hair and a beard would explain why a notorious serial killer wouldn't have been immediately recognized when he popped up, clean-cut and smiling, as The Flash.
...That said, is it really believable? I mean, we live in an age where people joke about Ted Cruz being the Zodiac Killer and photomorph his face into Grandpa Munster...and, unlike The Flash, there's no mystery about the backstory of most people in Congress.
The hospital for the criminally-insane where Zolomon got his electroshock prior to becoming Zoom doesn't actually appear to be someplace from the comics, but there were a few things there:
First of all, instead of lightning, the idea that an electric chair could provide the "jolt" needed to jog super speed is something explored in Flashpoint.
Secondly, I have to wonder if the place is named for legendary Wonder Woman and Superman writer/artist George Perez?