Earth 1 meet Earth 2.
The philosophies here implicate that with a difference in setting, the people whom one surrounds themselves with and a variation in cosmic causation, the very definition of who we are, can be redefined.
The idea of the multiverse ruptured by Barry’s singularity (introduced in Season 2’s second episode), is an impressive philosophical notion presenting a world of parallel doppelgängers and settings; creating a recipe for dichotomy and disaster.
Meet Killer Frost, Barry Allen and Reverb among others; the Earth 2 counterparts of our beloved Star Labs employees; Caitlin Snow, The Flash and Cisco Ramon. Unlike their doppelgängers, they are opposites in ability and attitude; with Cisco and Caitlin as evil enemies and Barry as an average guy without powers. The philosophy provoked by this alteration of persona, suggests what our characters could have been with a change of setting, environment and context.
Let’s examine the example of Killer Frost. Isolated and cold at heart, Snow’s alter ego is a result of a tattered family life; equal to that of Earth 1 Caitlin, and a collision with the particle accelerator. It is implied that this persona arose from a bipolar alternate person from within Caitlin, developed by grief and guarding as a protection mechanism against getting emotionally or physically hurt. Earth One Cisco manages to cut through this frosted layer by mentioning her love, Ronnie; revealing the gentle core of this Caitlin and emphasizing how pain can change a person for the worse.
Change also occurred in our encounter of Earth 2’s Cisco. An evil super-villain acting as the mastermind and close second to sinister speedster, Zoom, Reverb’s lust for power and influence over Central City left him uttering the words, “We could be Gods”. Humble as ever, Team Flash’s lovable Cisco stands in striking comparison to his equal as the exact mirror reflection.
In regard to Barry, despite lacking superhuman speed and a scarlet suit, his doppelganger displayed great aptitude in heroics with a heart of gold and bravery as bold as Barry’s…even despite being a mere, defenseless nerd.
It seems the attributes of appearance still remain unaltered with our doppelgangers as does the defining personality traits: the serious, sci-ency Caitlin, the word wielding of Cisco and the kind-hearted, intelligent Barry. However, the philosophies here implicate that with a difference in setting, the people whom one surrounds themselves and a variation in cosmic causation, the very definition of who we are, can be redefined.
There’s more to come on the multiverse: with a specific exploration of Jay Garrick…and the real Jay Garrick, in the next installment of Philosophy in the Flash Season 2!
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