The Flash Season 2, Episode 2 – Quick Impressions (Spoilers)
Hello The Flash fans! Let’s start with this episode’s final scene. One of the more enjoyable aspects over the course of last season were the intriguing pre-credit scenes with Harrison Wells. The way Harrison is reintroduced back onto the show is a nice nod to last season and a great way to start building up the mystery on who exactly is this alternate version of Wells.
As a character, Wells works best when there is a shroud of mystique around him so this longer, thoughtful approach to bringing him back into the fold is much better than if he simply was there on Earth 1 from the time the wormhole singularity first opened.
It’s also fitting to end on a Harrison Wells scene because his lasting influence could be felt on Team Flash throughout the episode. Functionally, Professor Stein played the part normally reserved for Harrison Wells when he explained all the scientific stuff on the multiverse. Stein is also a surprising source of funny dialogue, delivered brilliantly by actor Victor Garber, “I suggest we put our heads together and come up with a solution. Not literally of course, those days are over.”
Harrison Wells’ impact is affecting Cisco in a way that plays against our expectations but is actually very believable. We know that Cisco is completely fascinated with meta humans and their super powers, so we would presume he’d be ecstatic about his new abilities. Yet the notion that nothing but evil can come from Wells is an interesting insight into Cisco’s state of mind and what he fears he could possibly become.
The multi-verse also opens the door for the writers to explore the darker side to some characters like Caitlyn Snow/Killer Frost in their alternate version without having to radically alter our Earth 1 version in a way that could disrupt the team chemistry, one of the strongest elements of the show.
The most noticeable effect from Wells is clearly Barry’s initial distrust of Jay Garrick which thankfully didn’t last too long. Sure, the show already has quite a number of characters to service but on top of Garrick being the bridge to the Earth 2 story line at this point, his proper introduction fills a couple of voids that isn’t currently occupied by another character on the show.
With Wells out of the picture, Garrick is a Speedster mentor who’ll come up with new and exciting ways for Barry to use his powers and give the breakdown on the villain of the week. Garrick is also a big brother figure when it comes to being a superhero, something that Joe and Iris, who are good with emotional advice, can’t readily provide.
The villain of the week, Sand Demon, was really more about having someone the two Speedsters could work together to take down. Jay Garrick will eventually get his powers back, in the meantime it gives Barry the chance to develop his powers. It might take away from the mentor dynamic if Garrick had the power to stop these villains on his own and there would have to be some incredibly powerful villains each week if they had to fight two Flashes at once. The CGI effects of the sand powers looked pretty good, or at least better than the rubbery look of last week’s Atom Smasher.
Two things that hopefully won’t become commonplace is mistaking the Earth 2 villain for their non-meta Earth 1 counterpart. Let’s also hope that new character Patty Spivot won’t be in need of rescuing on a reoccurring basis. As for the final fight, it looked pretty cool but would have worked better if it didn’t end so quickly or easily. One question that will eventually be explained is if Zoom is so powerful, why doesn’t he kill The Flash himself instead of sending these lackeys through the wormhole?
With the “Flash of Two Worlds”, season 2 is progressing very well. The proper introduction of Jay Garrick is given time to develop and the dynamic between him and Barry should have lots of potential. We also got a clear confirmation on the existence of Earth 2 and the multi-verse. A couple of new reoccurring characters are introduced: Iris’ mom (yawn) and the new member to the anti meta-human task force. There’s also a number of questions we are left with: what happened when Stein collapsed, who is Harrison Wells (old question, new answer?) and who is Zoom (new question, old answer?). Overall, there’s already quite a lot of momentum and excitement only two episodes into the new season.
What did you like or dislike about this episode? It may be too soon to guess the identity of Zoom, but do you have guesses on who he isn’t?