Review: 'The Flash of Two Worlds' Was a Brilliant Follow Up to the Season Opener

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 10:44PM
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 10:44PM
Review: 'The Flash of Two Worlds' Was a Brilliant Follow Up to the Season Opener
Last week, fans saw the return of one of the greatest comic book TV shows currently on air when the Scarlet Speedster came rushing back onto TV screens all over the world in The Flash. The first episode of the season certainly didn't disappoint and was possibly one of the best episodes of the show yet. This week, the story continued with some pretty major plot developments and some interesting new dynamics being thrown into the show. And while 'The Flash of Two Worlds' may not have been quite as exciting as last week's 'The Man Who Saved Central City,' it was still a pretty great episode with a lot to be excited about.

Throughout this week's episode, fans saw an initially distrustful Barry Allen come to the conclusion that Jay Garrick truly was the Flash of Earth 2. The big bad of this season, Zoom, also sent another curveball in Barry's direction in the form of an enemy called the Sand Demon. The Flash then had to use Garrick's advice to learn a new skill in order to take this new enemy down. Patty Spivot was introduced over the course of the episode as well, and they've made it pretty obvious right from the start that she's going to be another love interest for Barry. Perhaps the most interesting bits of information to come from the episode, however, were Cisco's developing powers, Stein's collapse at the end of the episode, and the reappearance of Dr. Harrison Wells in an alternate universe. That's definitely a lot to take in!

So what did 'The Flash of Two Worlds' get right? First of all, the show really does a tremendous job of keeping things fresh and innovative. Seeing Barry use his speed in a new way wasn't just a really interesting use of the heroes superpowers - it gives the audience a long term reason to keep watching the show. Granted, The Flash is still in it's early days, so it can be expected that Central City's hero won't immediately know the extents of his abilities. Yet that just gives fans all the more reason to stick with the program; it's exciting to think of what else Barry will learn over the course of the season.   

Likewise, the Flash handles it's characters like virtually no other comic book TV show ever has. It's not hard to genuinely care for and become emotionally invested in basically every major player in the series. And they've done it yet again, as Patty Spivot has already proven to be an extremely likable and interesting character. Seeing exactly what she could bring to the table in future episodes should prove to be very entertaining.

Just as well, real credit has to be given to the writers for keeping some of the greatest dynamics on the show together, even after they seemingly fall apart. For instance, the team aspect with Cisco, Wells, and Caitlyn at STAR Labs was really a major part of why season 1 was so great. But with Dr. Wells gone, how would the show ever be able to keep that process going? By introducing Jay Garrick, having the facility willed to Barry, and promoting Stein to a place of greater prominence, The Flash has been able to maintain the same team dynamic but in a creative and innovative way. It's been especially fun to see Stein sort of take Wells' place for now, and Jay Garrick also seems to be taking on that role of mentor that the Reverse Flash played to Barry in the first season. This current system of keeping the same great dynamics in the show while making these dynamics fresh and new has really been a stroke of pure genius.

Of course, it would be amiss not to mention the DC easter eggs that keep getting dropped throughout the show. First, it was mentioned that the Sand Demon's Earth 1 counterpart was incarcerated at Blackgate during the malfunction with the particle accelerator. For those who might not know, Blackgate is the infamous penitentiary of a pretty well known city in the DC Universe - it goes by the name of Gotham. The tie in with Arrow was also sort of fun, and Cisco's comment that he hates it when superheroes put colors in their names has to make one wonder what other colored superheroes he's aware of. Finally, the recreation of The Flash of Two Worlds comic book cover which first introduced the DC multiverse way back in the 1960s was not only pertinent, but a great way to honor the source material.

With that being said, the episode was not necessarily perfect, however. The dialogue bordered on being a bit too cheesy on a couple occasions during the show, and the ending of the episode with Martin Stein collapsing seemed a bit anti-climactic. Likewise, Cisco's powers don't seem much like the ones he possesses in the comics as of yet, and while he's just starting to learn what he can do, the whole "I had a vision which saved the day" thing seems just a bit too convenient for the plot of the show at this point.

Nevertheless, 'The Flash of Two Worlds' really was quite an interesting episode. It may have lacked the emotional punch that last week's show had, but it still provided enough DC goodness to keep fans begging for more. For these reasons, episode 2 of season 2, 'The Flash of Two Worlds,' gets a very firm 8.6 out of 10.

Make sure to catch 'Family of Rogues' next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW to see what happens next on The Flash.
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