It will be one factor if this had been some kind of deliberate selection on the Pace Drive’s half, a cosmic being in search of to manage its human avatar through the use of its restricted understanding of human emotion to the perfect of its means. That, I may get behind. It’s the kind of manipulative factor that an omnipotent drive of nature looks like it could do. However The Flash appears to need to have it each methods: A Pace Drive that’s each inch a godlike being – only one who additionally occurs to kind of be Barry’s mother. Type of. However probably not.
There are roughly one million explanation why this doesn’t work, the obvious being that the Pace Drive isn’t really human so it kind of sucks at being one, and that the fundamental creature carrying Nora Allen’s face has no actual connection to Barry’s mom past the truth that it appears like her. She usually doesn’t even show a constant character from look to look. (The present model seems to be nothing a lot as a riff on Janet from The Good Place, and I can’t stress sufficient how annoying it’s.) Briefly: The Pace Drive doesn’t make any sense now and, in all honesty, it by no means has.
On paper, the concept that Barry may discover a parental kind of reference to the ability that bestowed his velocity upon him kind of works. However this Pace-Drive-as-Nora-Allen shacking up on the West-Allen dwelling isn’t it. Exterior of creating herself appear to be a lifeless lady and having an apparent curiosity in her avatar’s well-being, the Pace Drive is nothing like the lady Barry misplaced.
She is aware of virtually nothing about him and the beats of his human life, and has by no means displayed any actual curiosity in them earlier than this level. (Which actually ought to in all probability be a crimson flag of some kind to everybody concerned however that’s a rant for one more day.) Because it stands, whereas watching Iris clarify the idea of a consolation blanket to a girl who appears like her husband’s lifeless mother final week was clearly purported to be charming; really, it was simply deeply uncomfortable and bizarre.
The Flash has at all times positioned Barry’s grief over his mom’s dying as a defining a part of his character – it’s pushed so a lot of his decisions as a hero, which explains Flashpoint was each created and subsequently undone. However the truth that the present retains purposefully poking at Barry’s trauma by forcing him to not simply often see however commonly work together with and even befriend a creature who wears Nora’s face on a regular basis however shows little of her precise character – effectively, sooner or later there’s no different phrase for it apart from merciless.
“Rising Pains” is the primary time the present has ever even overtly acknowledged that Barry may discover all of this Pace Drive Nora enterprise unusual and/or uncomfortable. “You don’t know what it’s like seeing somebody like that consuming breakfast at our desk,” Barry tells Iris after she weirdly begins pushing him to go reconcile with the cosmic being presently pouting of their visitor room.