Things slowed way down on The Flash Season 1 Episode 7, as a new nemesis zapped Barry's abilities; while Dr. Wells’ investment in his protege’s future became just a tad more clear.
Let’s start with the good (?) doctor.Speaking to his robotic assistant, Gideon, Wells observed how the “subject’s” penchant for heroic action is keeping him from realizing all he can real be.
Yes, he referred to Barry as the subject.
He also said “the future remains intact,” as proven by that front page of the 2024 newspaper. Barry simply needs to “kick it up a notch” if he's to use his powers to help larger humanity at large, as opposed to random Central City citizens.