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Headscratchers: The Flash (2014)
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    Knocked off mask 

  • How did Barry's mask get knocked off in the fight with Mardon? It managed to stay on as he ran without problems, and yet suddenly it gets knocked back.
    • Perhaps his own momentum was pressing it against his face and nose so forcefully, when he ran at his absolute maximum speed, that he had to remove it himself to be able to breathe.

    Speed mechanics 

  • This may be long-winded, but I'm confused as to how exactly Flash's super speed actually works in this series. You see, in pretty much every depiction of super speed ever from the original Spider-Man films to Smallville to the recent Days of Future Past film, from the character's point of view the character is shown moving at normal speed while everything else around them either moves in slow motion or stops completely. This makes sense since the normal application of super speed extends to the user's entire body, as they would have to perceive the world on a faster level than everyone else in order to react to the environment around them at that speed. We get a brief glimpse of this in the pilot, but for the rest of it his viewpoint is shown to be pretty much how the average human would see super speed, with everything else moving at super speed as well. So which is it? And if he does see everything that way, how on earth does he react to anything? Would he have to train his body to move millions of seconds before he could even think about it?
    • Rule of Perception. They do slow motion when they need to show what's going on (the coffee shop and when Flash rescues the biker from the cab), but they prefer to show how fast he's moving, which boils down to blurring either him or the environment. When we need to see him, we get the blurred environment.
    • FWIW, the blurring effect when he runs isn't that different from how Real Life tiger beetles, the fastest animals on Earth when adjusted for scale, can't see clearly when they're running full-speed: they move too fast for their eyes and brains to receive and process visual information about whatever's near them before they've already passed it. Barry presumably faces the same problem when he moves in a straight line at maximum speed, so has to slow down somewhat if he's got obstacles to navigate around or people to interact with.

    Multiplex 
  • So when Multiplex robs the gun store at the beginning of episode two, why is there only one of him seen on the security footage? Barry notes from the multiple sets of footprints that there were six robbers, obviously indicating that he used his clones for the robbery, so why weren't they in the video?
    • He shot the camera a few moments later. The other clones probably came in after he shot it.
    • Or, he budded them off after he shot out the camera to confuse people. The cops only saw one guy until Barry pointed out the multiple foot tracks.

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    Central City 
  • Where is Central City? Batman works out of Gotham, Superman out of Metropolis, both New York expys (bad/good respectively).
    • So, is Central city an expy of Chicago, and Starling City (Arrow) St. Louis?

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