The Flash revealed Clifford DeVoe's endgame in "Therefore I Am," but left us to fill in the details.
After an episode whose title paid homage to Descartes, it was no surprise to learn The Thinker (Neil Sandilands) wants an "Enlightenment." Minds today are too caught up in trivialities, it seems, bouncing from one cat video to the next, incapable of digesting one of Professor DeVoe's mind-numbing lectures. Once upon a time, the teacher sought to expand his mind in an effort to stifle the siren song of YouTube so academia could shout above the din of a thousand distractions. But we know the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and if that's true, Cliff's lesson plans alone will fill every pothole from here to Cerberus' maws.
Once he was imbued with the power of limitless thought and laid low by his ailing body, DeVoe's plans turned sinister. Like a grand puppet master, he took it upon himself to enlist unwilling suspects as pawns in his scheme. No life is too golden to tarnish, no detail too small to orchestrate. Morals have slipped away, allowing The Thinker to brush aside consequence with the barest hint of a South African accent, all in pursuit of an enigmatic dream.
Whatever the "Enlightenment" is, its inception will put Flash viewers on a rollercoaster of reveals.
"Whether the team knows it or not, they're already conducting actions that are part of DeVoe's plan and sort of falling for his trap. So, it's really more a matter of Team Flash discovering their place within his plan," Carlos Valdes (Cisco) told SYFY Wire
. "Just when you think that the team is getting close to figuring out what DeVoe's intentions are, it goes beyond that, exponentially. I think viewers can expect to go on the ride of their lives."
We know Team Flash will become the first denizens of Central City to experience enlightenment, but Barry (Grant Gustin) and Co. are still in the dark. Just when The Flash appears to level the playing field, The Thinker proves he's still 500 steps ahead.
Will "The Enlightenment" truly expand humanity's ability to fathom their place in the cosmos? Could The Thinker be the philanthropic genius Marlize (Kim Engelbrecht) thinks he is? Or will his plans chain society to a forced worldview, enslaving minds at the expense of free will? There's disquiet in the air, but for now, we can shrug it off in favor of a video of Chris Evan's dog howling along to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
After all, no one can out-think the fastest mind alive, right?
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