CB: One of the things I was most concerned about coming into The Flash was the inclusion of Eddie Thawne (played by Rick Cosnett). On paper he appeared to be a stereotypical rival. Not only was he the new boyfriend of Barry Allen's primary romantic interest and a fit, good-looking police officer with loads of charm, but he had the same last name as Flash arch-nemesis Professor Zoom. However, the writers of The Flash have taken what could have been a hackneyed role and transformed it into a character who adds to the ensemble in an unexpected way. That has never been more clear than in "The Flash is Born".