“Subject 9,” the title of tonight’s episode, tells us precisely what we’re coping with: the newest bus meta! There’s a small handful of them left for the Thinker to gather, and it appears inevitable that we’re going to be assembly all of them within the coming weeks. I’ve been actually having fun with these bus metas as a result of they’re every (except perhaps Ralph) bizarre, underneath the radar Flash villains that have been dug out of comedian guide historical past. The creativity that it takes to deliver characters which might be typically only a cool identify and gimmick into the fashionable age for a up to date viewing viewers is spectacular and often makes for good TV, so far as I’m involved.
I’ll confess that regardless that I feel the thought of body-jumping is an enormous scale method to do one thing totally different with a series-long villain on The Flash and it’s a cool shorthand option to remind us that we aren’t coping with yet one more dangerous man speedster, Neil Sandilands (the actor who performed the very first Clifford DeVoe we ever met), will all the time maintain a really particular place in my coronary heart and I’m unhappy that he’s gone.
This week we meet a rustic queen model of a basic Flash villain—the Fiddler. She’s the eponymous “Subject 9” that the title alludes to. For those that don’t know, the unique Fiddler was a person named Isaac Bowin. He was created by Robert Kanigher and Lee Elias to debut in ALL-FLASH #32 (January 1948), so once I use the phrase basic, I imply it! Like most of the earliest Rogues that I’ve written about prior to now, Isaac was a dude who obtained thrown in jail, hates the Flash and has a really odd, particular expertise. In his case, the Fiddler, as he was subsequently named, can hypnotize individuals together with his musical expertise and use the music to create projectiles. Interestingly sufficient, Isaac Bowin truly has a bit little bit of worldwide taste. He was a thief working in India the place he was subsequently caught and thrown in jail. While imprisoned, he met a fakir who taught him the paranormal properties of “Indian music.”
In this incarnation, he was a repeat foe of Jay Garrick and the Justice Society of America. This could be telling. We know Jay Garrick is coming again to The Flash fairly quickly (yay!). Is this the makings of a possible showdown? I might get behind the elder Jay Garrick preventing this new type for the Thinker.
After CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Isaac loved a bit of child retcon. He emerged as an English aristocrat with a expertise for music and a love for journey. However, this Fiddler nonetheless wound up in India and nonetheless went to jail.
I stay fairly satisfied that the surname Bowin is by-product of that proven fact that violinists and fiddlers use a bow to pluck the music from their devices. That may simply be me, but when it’s not, I’d like to learn your conspiracy theories about Isaac Bowin’s identify down within the feedback part!
Tonight in “Subject 9,” we met Izzy Bowin—a woman model of the basic Fiddler. On a traditional day, I’m all onboard with gender or race-bending a personality. Izzy being Izzy is cool and I feel making her a up to date musician quite than a classical prodigy, like Isaac Bowin was, is enjoyable.
I do assume it’s fascinating that in comedian e-book continuity there’s already a feminine by-product character based mostly on the Fiddler. She was created by Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham of their miniseries VILLAINS UNITED again in 2005, and her metahuman identify is Virtuoso. Now, based mostly on the occasions—and notably the ending—of “Subject 9,” it’s evident that Izzy goes to be sticking round The Flash for at the least one other couple of episodes. There is an opportunity that on this time, her character-through-the-lens-of-Clifford-DeVoe goes to evolve to envelop features of each characters’ personalities. Who is aware of? I simply actually needed to say Virtuoso as a result of I feel she has one of many coolest evil woman villain names of all occasions.
Virtuoso is a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains who places herself ahead as a foe of the Secret Six. Like the Fiddler, Virtuoso has some summary ties to India. She has a Hindu caste masks. She additionally seems to have the Fiddler’s unique violin within the wake of his demise. I dig the implication that these two characters could be extra deeply tied collectively than merely sharing musical-based metahuman talents.
Maybe that is who Izzy Bowin actually is in any case. She’s not simply “Subject 9.” She’s the end result of two characters. (A bit too on the market? Probably, however rampant hypothesis is a part of what we do right here within the Couch Club.)
Fun reality: If you or a tiny human you already know are intrigued by a woman model of the Fiddler or a fan of Virtuoso you’re going to need to take a look at Lisa Yee’s DC Super Hero Girls prose books the place she performs a reasonably necessary position.
So are you as glad as I’m that The Flash is again? If so, I hope you’ll be a part of me once more subsequent week. See you then!
Ashley V. Robinson covers The Flash as part of the #DCTV Couch Club. You can discover her on Twitter at @AshleyVRobinson and on the Jawiin YouTube channel. The Flash airs Tuesdays at eight p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on The CW.