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A villain from Central City's past, the Ghost, is brought out of cryogenic suspension and begins a new rampage using "advanced" 1990s technology. To stop him, the Flash turns to the Ghost's old nemesis, Nightshade.
The Ghost: You should have stayed in Helltown, frightening mobsters.
Nightshade: You're psychotic.
The Ghost: One man's psychotic is another man's visionary.
Julio: I mean, what are you always doing here. As much time as you two spend together, you'd figure...
Barry: Julio. Do you have any women friends?
Julio: Yeah, I got Sabrina. She's my women and she's a friend.
Barry: And thank you for listening to light FM.
Joe Kline: Listen, Tina, I could show you things you never dreamed of.
Tina: That's Dr. McGee. And I think I'd prefer to dream, thank you.
The Ghost: I control TV. To see through it, to travel the network. I had to wait 35 years for a techno-society sophisticated enough for my plans. And from the looks of things, it's been worth the wait. Of course, it's not the urban paradise of tomorrow we all expected. The future is like the present, only older.
The Ghost: Nightshade? I hate reruns.
The Ghost: By the way, who the hell are you? (removes his mask) A colored guy. Who would have guessed?
Dr. Desmond Powell: "Colored guy"? You really are a relic.
Barry: What made you do it? Why'd you become the Nightshade?
Dr. Desmond Powell: Someone had to be.
Dr. Desmond Powell: Hop in.
The Flash: No. Bad for the image! (speeds off)
The Flash: I guess we're lucky we're not dead. Or in a straitjacket.
Dr. Desmond Powell: There's not many people that ever know the thrill. The sky grows dark, the masks go on, and the criminal hearts thump with fear. Sorry. Too many pulp magazines when I was a kid.
The Ghost: Orwellian doublespeak, like in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The Ghost is referring incorrectly to George Orwell's novel, which doesn't in fact feature the term "doublespeak." It does use Doublethink and Newspeak.
Play Mr. Sandman
Mr. Sandman is a 1954 song by The Chordettes
Thug: Gremlins? You mean those cute little fuzzy dudes from the movie?
Gremlins is a 1984 movie about furry little creatures that turn vicious when fed after midnight.
I control the horizontal. I control the vertical.
The Ghost echoes the opening narration of the 1963 TV series The Outer Limits
. Presumably he saw it in the computer database, since he went into cryogenic suspension in 1955.