Season 2 Premiere of The Flash Showed Barry Allen Accomplishing His Greatest Goal

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 10:08PM
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The Flash
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 10:08PM
Season 2 Premiere of The Flash Showed Barry Allen Accomplishing His Greatest Goal
The Flash was without doubt one of the best (if not the best) comic book TV shows of the 2014-2015 season.  It's lighthearted tone, superb acting, and fantastic storytelling made the TV show based on DC Comics' fastest man alive truly a force to be reckoned with.  Now the Flash has returned to screens around the world for season 2, and if the the first episode 'The Man Who Saved Central City' is any indication, this year's run of The Flash may be just as good (or even better) than season 1.  

The season 2 premiere of the show gave insight into what happened immediately after the final events of the season 1 finale.  While Barry rushed to stop the singularity, Firestorm realized that they must use their powers in order to ensure that the black hole looming over Central City would dissipate.  Sadly, only half of Firestorm made it out alive - Ronnie Raymond seemingly died in his attempts to pull off this last heroic act.  

Feeling as if all of the death and destruction was his fault, Barry pushes his friends and family away. The city views him as a hero and holds a ceremony on 'Flash Day' to award him the key to the city, but the Atom Smasher shows up and effectively ruins the festivities.  Barry loses round one with the radiation sucking villain, but takes him on twice more before finally flooding him with radiation towards the end of the episode.  

While all of this is in the average day's work for the Flash, two of the biggest events to take place on the show thus far also happened to make their way into the episode.  Harrison Wells left a video for Barry to watch in order to be given STAR Labs as instructed by his will.  To everyone's surprise, the video contained Wells' confession concerning the death of Nora Allen.  This allowed him to accomplish a goal he had even before becoming the Flash - freeing his father!  Then the moment that everyone's been waiting for finally happened: Jay Garrick arrived.  While this didn't take place until the very last scene of the episode, it was exactly the final blow this week's show needed to make it a true winner by K.O.    

As if one couldn't tell by the summary alone, 'The Man Who Saved Central City' really brought The Flash back in a big way for this year's run of the show.  The acting was on point, the humor was perfect, and it packed an emotional punch while never feeling soapy.  It's extremely easy to care for each of the characters and to become invested in where the plot's going this season.  And to top it off, it gave comic fans a huge gift at the end - from now on, the Flash will be sporting his classic costume featuring the signature lightning bolt atop a white circle.  

If there's anything to find fault with in this week's episode, it may be that the special effects with the Atom Smasher could have been a bit better.  Likewise, this episode would have most definitely put the show over the top if the show runners would have kept Zoom's introduction a surprise - hearing the Atom Smasher announce that it was he who sent him after the Flash would have been one of the coolest moments of the show thus far if fans didn't already know about him.  Alas, these are such small qualms to have with the show, and they hardly detract from its overall quality.  



Catch The Flash again next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, when episode 2 of the second season, entitled 'Flash of Two Worlds,' premieres.

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