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Dr. Meena Dhawan, also known as Fast Track, is an author and the CEO of Fast Track Labs, and the former girlfriend of a deceased version of Eobard Thawne.

Biography

Early life

Quantum Gravity & the Universe.

At some point, Meena began working at Ivo Laboratories and designed the Newton battery.[1] She also published a book titled Quantum Gravity & the Universe, which Chester P. Runk later read and praise.[2] At some point, she also became the CEO of Fast Track Labs.[1]

Designing her own speed source

At some point after June 2021, Meena interviewed an amnesiac Eobard Thawne for a position at Fast Track Labs and noted that his résumé was a joke with questionable validity. Eobard then solved a problem that Meena had been working on for months—trying to generate speedster abilities. Because of this, Meena hired Eobard and eventually fell in love with him.

During the process of designing the Biometric Lightning Oscillation Chamber, Eobard mentioned to Meena that he wanted to be a speedster and the B.L.O.C. was meant for him. However, the two then discovered that the B.L.O.C. could only work for one person. One night, Meena's heart condition caused her to go into cardiac arrest. Eobard then used the B.L.O.C. to save her life. This resulted in Meena gaining speedster abilities instead of Eobard.[3]

Meeting the Flash

The speed from the Biometric Lightning Oscillation Chamber proved to be ineffective and Meena's abilities could only last a few minutes, putting her at potential risk of a heart failure again. Meena decided to "borrow" and use the Newton battery she had designed as a power source to prolong the speedster abilities. When she arrived at Ivo Labs to take the battery, she accidentally caused a fire and put it out. Later, as Meena went back to Ivo Labs to return the battery, she was confronted by the Flash. Meena told the superhero that she just wanted to help people and was sorry for the damages she caused. The Flash then offered to mentor her, which Meena accepted.[1]

Later, Meena had a training session with the Flash in which she raced him. However, Meena accidentally threw lightning at the Flash, canceling out his speed. The Flash noted that he had never seen artificial lightning interact with organic lightning like this before, and said that they should go over her biometrics. Seeing as her speed was about to run out, Meena left to recharge herself at her lab. At Fast Track Labs, Meena received a visit from Barry Allen, who wanted to make sure her speed source was safe. Meena showed Barry the B.L.O.C. and introduced Barry to the man who built the machine, Eobard Thawne. Meena then received a phone call from Avery and left to answer it.

Meena Dhawan connected to the Negative Speed Force.

Later that night, Meena and Eobard began the speed infusion process again with the intent of making her speed last longer so she could not injure the Flash again. The Flash then appeared and tried to stop the process, warning Meena and Eobard that Meena's speed is connected to the Negative Speed Force. Meena ignored the Flash's attempts to stop her and went through with the process. After the process was finished, Meena stepped out of the chamber partially controlled by the Negative Speed Force with glowing red eyes and stating that she needed more speed. She then attacked the power grid of Central City and absorbed electricity from it to gain more speed.

Meena then attacked a dam, the largest power source available, and began to absorb electricity from it. The Flash then arrived and stopped her efforts, leading her to chase him so that her speed could run out and the connection to the Negative Speed Force could be severed. Meena then summoned lightning directly from the Negative Speed Force to cancel out the Flash's power and proceeded to kill him, only to be stopped by Eobard, who pleaded with her to come back to him. Meena then came to her senses and returned back to her normal form.[3]

Becoming Fast Track

Meena and Thawne talk about her powers.

She was later seen fully suited up in a tight and silver-lined, black speedster attire with Eobard, Chester and the Flash observing her in Meena's own lab, with Meena herself looking unsure of this development as she checked herself out; it only hasn't been long ago did she attain the power of speed and already she is garbed in the outfit worthy of a superhero, and all for a training session to gauge her powers. She feels they're skipping a few chapters in her tutelage under the heroic speedster, although Chester couldn't help but admire Meena's dark-clad but heroic new look and yet the latter feels that she may be wearing such too soon, for its sported gaudy features (i.e. zigzagged lightning patterns and lines spanning over its surface and around the limbs as well as a jagged, belt-like accessory that surrounds the waist) not unlike those found on the Flash's own.

The disguised Barry then infers her new super suit's purpose of being more than just the aesthetic - sensor arrays and comms built into their specialized attires diligently keeps track of the wearer's well-being along with providing a means of convenient communication. Which, in Meena's case, is perhaps crucial given that she may succumb to her connection to the Negative Speed Force once more. Flash then reassures her that she has his support with every step she takes and Meena smiles, feeling her self-confidence rise though Thawne expresses mild concern sensing that something was holding back Meena, or vice-versa.

She then goes and soon runs full-speed over the treadmill, her rapid pace overseen by Eobard and Chester while the Flash monitors her heart rate as Meena's limbs rapidly moving back and forth so fast, with black and white electrical sparks arching about them, that the naked eye could barely keep up with their progress while rushing atop of that hi-tech contraption. With her topmost speed now at least doubled, the other speedster in the room notices Meena's pulse rate spiking and advises her to take it easy. But Dhawan refuses this, believing she can reach Mach 2 speed; but her unrelenting exertions instead hurtled her backwards, off her running feet, and crashing into some equipment behind Meena. Eobard, worried, strides over to Meena as she straightens and righted herself - embarrassed by the incident and damage that her own bravado caused.

An incredulous Thawne reprimands his employer and girlfriend, reminding Meena that her speedster-level recuperation, while of course factored in stabilizing her heart ailment, is a far cry from legitimate invincibility causing a wincing Meena to loudly lash out before catching herself. Realizing that she may have gone too far on people who only wanted to assist her in exploring her meta-abilities, without losing or endangering Dhawan herself to those powers in the process, a visibly dismayed Meena with a sniffling sob humbly takes back what she said and deeming herself disastrous, she speeds off and right out of Fast Track Labs.

Traversing across Central City at godspeed, Dhawan finally stops at a dreary alley wherein only dumpsters and broken down vehicles were present. She begins to pace back and forth, crouching then kicking some trash out of frustration, next to a postered-up wall while muttering to herself, trying to regain her confidence - but apparently too upset and disappointed to actually get anywhere from there. Just then, the Flash found her and Dhawan meekly apologizes for her behavior back at the lab, believing she is not yet ready to assume his mantle. The red-clad speedster then asks Meena why she pushes her abilities like so and the latter replies she is nowhere near the hero that the former is and that wasn't her original intent when she helped Thawne design the B.L.O.C., though she balks from voicing out the actual reason. And so the Flash graciously revealed his identity to her as Barry Allen, encouraging Meena to give herself a chance to be a hero, nicknaming her Fast Track.

As she was training again at her lab with Eobard, they were assaulted by the Negative Forces (in the form of Deon, Alexa and Bashir) until Barry intervened and saved them from them. Due to the emergency of the situation, Meena got worried about her insecurities and confessed to Eobard that she's afraid of letting him down, because she lives his own dream. But Eobard reassured her, telling her that she's sharing herself to everyone, much to Meena's joy and happiness. As Barry went to check on her training, he decided to teach Meena how to share her speed with Eobard, which occured successfully. While Team Flash worked to neutralize the Negative Forces, Deon teleported Iris in front of the Force avatars so he shot a lightning at her. Her body disintegrated and was sent to Eobard, which led to the Wells version of Eobard Thawne killing his "good" self, in front of Meena and Barry, much to her horror as she could only scream in horror the death of the man she loved. [4]

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Enhanced physiology/Limited connection to the Negative Speed Force: Through her own speed source, Meena is able to give herself speedster abilities.[1]
    • Superhuman speed: Meena can move at the speed of sound, indeterminable to the naked eye.[1]
    • Electrokinesis: Meena can generate and throw lightning.[1] After overcharging on her speed source, Meena can also summon cumulonimbus clouds and lightning directly from the Negative Speed Force.[3]
    • Negative Speed Force Sharing : Meena is able to share her speed with another speedster, akin to Barry's Speed Force Sharing. However, unlike Barry, in doing so, Meena can transform a human into a speedster, in this case Eobard Thawne, though it is unknown if this abiblity would still be activated as her speed is temporary.

Weaknesses

  • Temporary speed: Meena is only able to move at rapid speeds temporarily.[1]
  • Corruption: If Meena taps into too much energy from her speed source, the Negative Speed Force starts to corrupt her, until the traces in her system either run out, or she is able to be pulled out by positive emotions.[3]
  • Inexperience: Given Meena's still being relatively new to her artificial abilities, she was seen losing her personal equilibrium quite a number of times when she tried to run away from the Flash.

Former weaknesses

  • Heart condition: Meena suffered from a heart condition which required her to take daily pills and put her at risk of cardiac arrest. After Eobard saved Meena's life with the B.L.O.C., the condition seems to have subsided.[3]

Equipment

Appearances

The Flash

Season 7

Season 8

Behind the scenes

Trivia

  • Interestingly, despite Meena having a connection to the Negative Speed Force, her lightning colour is white-black rather than the regular red colour associated with the Negative Speed Force. This could be down to Thawne being the Negative Speed Force avatar and therfore his lightning colour more closely matches the actual colour of the Negative Speed Force.

References

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