The CW takes on 'The Flash' prison questions, makes it worse
So you know how the S.T.A.R. Labs Pipeline prison on "The Flash" sticks out like a sore thumb on a fairly light-hearted show. They're incarcerated indefinitely, it's hard to ignore the shots showing the prisoners don't get so much as a bed, and you'd expect at least a handwave line or two about attempts to make them more livable.
It's been brought to my attention that The CW started waving that hand February 24 in the form of a Tumblr called The Chronicles of Cisco. I guess they're trying to make it all better, but if you ask me -- and everyone I've talked about it with -- if anything they've made it worse.
In this diary entry, Cisco "the Magnificent and Handsome" describes how he regularly harasses a helpless Shawna Baez (Peek-A-Boo), while complaining that she's friendzoning him, her jailor. Sorry, let's back up. He addresses two of the questions I've had about the Pipeline: whether the lab assistants resent having to bring the prisoners food, and whether the prisoners get human contact. It turns out Cisco cheerfully brings Peek-A-Boo homemade enchiladas, tries to have conversations with her and even hangs out in her cell.
By implication, this also answers the question of whether we're supposed to find the Pipeline horrifying -- no, it's all under control, and it's adorable!
However, since Cisco describes himself as "obsessed" with poor Peek-A-Boo (despite her turning her back on him to make him go away, and finally going "on and on" about her boyfriend, a "Really not interested, please go away and you're not planning to touch me, are you?" hint if I ever heard one), there's no reason to assume he hangs out with the other, less female prisoners or plies them with his mom's enchiladas. Overall humaneness of prison still not established.
And given that Cisco, previously seen torturing Hartley Rathaway, has complete power over Shawna, the fact that he feels entitled to force his company on her -- and we're supposed to find that cute -- is pretty creepy. I have to assume this Tumblr post was written by someone who's never been on the wrong side of a power differential.
Oh, and the official Flash Tumblr presents this post with:
"Find out how volatile Peek-a-Boo really is in… The Chronicles of Cisco!"
Yeah, it's... it's about Peek-a-Boo being volatile. Yeah. Those flighty dames, with their friendzoning of jailors and their trollopy acceptance of enchiladas.
Of course, it's debatable how canonical you have to consider supplementary materials like this. Personally, until I see something on the show, I don't think I should have to count it. What do you think? Does it even sound like him? To me it sounds more like someone making fun of him. "Oh look, Cisco, you're so dumb about ladies, this is totally what your diary would sound like."