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By the end of Season 1 of The Flash, the S.T.A.R. Labs team looked nothing like it did in the beginning. Barry became a time-traveling metahuman destroyer, Dr. Wells was revealed to be a time-traveling human destroyer (and was seemingly erased from existence), Cisco died in one timeline and retained memories of it, and Caitlin…got married. And in Season 2, the characters will continue branching out, especially Cisco, who will be going through some big changes this fall.
Fans of comic books know that Cisco Ramon is destined to become a superhero in his own right as the sonically enhanced Vibe. And it certainly seems like Carlos Valdes’ interpretation of the character is heading in that direction, although everyone involved with the show gets pretty cagey when that name is brought up. Here’s how Valdes explained things to ScreenRant.
I think as people saw near the end of Season 1, there are biological changes that are happening to Cisco, specifically with the dreams and the memories. So, fans can definitely expect more of those biological changes to sort of take effect, especially at the beginning of Season2.
Considering The Flash gets 23 episodes a season, Episode 8 could still be considered “the beginning” if we were stretching. But hopefully things kick off right away with Cisco’s gradual transformation – I mean, after the show explains how Barry managed to stop a black hole from sucking up Central City, because that’s probably a wee bit more important. Anyway, it’s time for another hero to rise from the particle accelerator explosion and accompany Barry on his plights, rather than more people using their unpredictable powers for evil, and Vibe could be just the right person for the job.
In the comics, Vibe is capable of using shock waves to his advantage, such as by crushing buildings or knocking things around, although his TV character could be altered to do whatever the creative team wants him to. And if sensing his life in an alternate timeline is one of his powers, that could be really helpful as things get more complicated time-wise, and it’s just the kind of weird detail that makes me love this show. Since Cisco is the guy that ends up naming all of the bad guys on The Flash, I have a feeling that whenever his time comes to adopt a name, the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” will be playing in the background, and things will click inside his head.
Now that we’re finding out more about where Cisco is headed in Season 2, I’m interested to get bigger hints on how Caitlin is going to fare. Things may take a dark turn with her hubby Ronnie, who’s one half of Firestorm, which could lead her down the destructive path to becoming Killer Frost, a transformation that was hinted at in the Season 1 finale as Barry caught glimpses of the past and future. But before that happens, Vibe!
The Flash will give Barry and the rest of the S.T.A.R. Labs team more than they bargained for when it returns this fall to The CW on Tuesday, October 6.