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Flash Facts: S01E07 "Power Outage"

Written by Christian on Wednesday, November 26 2014 and posted in Features

Flash Facts: S01E07

A look back at the comic references and Easter eggs from last night's episode.

Welcome to Flash Facts, a new weekly column dedicated to discussing the various comic book references, Easter Eggs and other cool facts about The Flash, CW's new superhero show. While I'll attempt to be as thorough as possible, I'll definitely miss a reference here and there. If I miss something, feel free to comment or shoot me a Tweet at @OH_IGW, and I'll gladly add it in and credit you. If you enjoy this column, be sure to check out Arrow Annotations, which discusses similar references over on Arrow.

Farooq - This week's villain, Blackout, is one of the vaguer DC characters introduced in the show thus far. In 2011, DC introduced readers to the Flashpoint universe, a radically altered timeline caused by Barry Allen traveling back in time to stop the Reverse Flash from killing his mother. Not only did DC introduce radically different versions of many of DC's heroes, it also introduced several new heroes, including Blackout, a metahuman with immense electrical powers.  Writer Geoff Johns didn't really flesh out Blackout much, but he did note that the Outsider (a morally ambiguous character in the Flashpoint world) had been trying to capture the metahuman to power the entire country of India.  

Coincidentally, Michael Reventar, the actor who played Blackout in this episode, once guest starred in the ABC series Flashpoint

Entry 52._______ - Harrison's various journal entries into his Gideon computer begin with the number 52.  That's one new 52 reference. 

Nighthawk and Cinnamon - When Barry is mugged outside of the Jitters, a poster for a Nighthawk and Cinnamon movie can be seen behind him.  Nighthawk and Cinnamon are two of DC's western characters.  Nighthawk was created in 1948 by Charles Paris and operated as a traveling repairman and vigilante.  His lover, Cinnamon, was created much later in 1978, and operated as a bounty hunter seeking revenge on her father's killers.  Nighthawk and Cinnamon fell in love and operated out of Louisiana for a time, until they were both killed by a woman named Matilda Roderic.  

It was later revealed that Nighthawk and Cinnamon were the reincarnations of Egyptian Prince Khufu and Princess Chay-Era, who were cursed to fall in love and be killed for all eternity.  Khufu and Chay-Era would later be reincarnated as Hawkman and Hawkwoman.

Blue Devil - There's also a poster for a Blue Devil movie in the alleyway that Barry was mugged in. We previously discussed the Blue Devil in the Flash Facts for "Things You Can't Outrun".

The Rita Farr Story - A poster for Rita Farr's biopic movie also appears in that alleyway.  Rita Farr was first discussed in the Flash Facts for "Things You Can't Outrun". 

STAR Labs' Computers - Cisco mentions that Felicity Smoak upgraded STAR Labs' computers so they could hack into anything. 

The Clock King - William Tockman makes his second appearance in the Arrowverse.  Tockman first appeared in the second season of Arrow in the episode "Time of Death".  In that episode, Tockman revealed that he was robbing banks to pay for his sister's treatment for cystic fibrosis.  The Arrowverse's Tockman also suffers from Macgregor's Disease, a fictional disease introduced in the movie Batman and Robin.

3452 times - After Barry loses his powers, Gideon (Wells' supercomputer) mentions that she has checked future databases 3,452 times for mentions of Barry Allen or the Flash.  There's another 52 reference for you.  

Ralph Dibny - Harrison Wells mentions Ralph Dibny as one of the many people he killed via the particle accelerator's malfunction.  In the comics, Ralph Dibny is the Elongated Man, an elastic superhero and longtime member of the Justice League.  Dibny was introduced as a supporting character in the Flash and was the first superhero to marry his love interest, Sue Dibny.  

Al Rothstein - Another person mentioned by Dr. Wells as being killed by the particle accelerator, Al Rothstein was the superhero Atom Smasher in the comics.  Atom Smasher had the ability to grow in size.  Rothstein was a member of Infinity Inc. and the Justice Society of America and the godson of the Golden Age Atom. 

Grant Emerson - Another name mentioned by Dr. Wells, Grant Emerson is the superhero known as Damage.  In the comics, Damage had tremendous explosive abilities.  Initially a member of the Titans and the Freedom Fighters, his face was horrifically scarred by Zoom (the second Reverse Flash) during Infinite Crisis.  Damage later joined the Justice Society of America, and was killed during Blackest Night.

Will Everett - Will Everett was also mentioned by Harrison. Will Everett is the name of two superheroes, both of whom took up the alias of Amazing Man.  Both Amazing Men had the ability to change their bodies to mimic whatever they touched, similar to the abilities of the Marvel villain, the Absorbing Man.  The first Will Everett was a retconned superhero operating in the Golden Age alongside the All-Star Squadron.  He later became a civil rights activist and captured Martin Luther King's killer.  The second Will Everett was the first Amazing Man's grandson.  He joined the Justice League and was killed by the Mist (the daughter of the Golden Age villain who appeared on The Flash series and made a cameo in this episode) alongside Blue Devil.

Bea DeCosta - Bea DeCosta was also mentioned as being killed by the particle accelerator.  In the comics, DeCosta is the superheroine Fire, a Brazilian superhero with the ability to generate and control green flame.  Fire was a longtime member of the Justice League International.

And that's it for this weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving and we'll see you all for next week's crossover episodes. 


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