Over 7 Different Big Name DC Superheroes Were Referenced in Last Night’s Spectacular Episode of The Flash

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 12:36PM
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 12:36PM
Over 7 Different Big Name DC Superheroes Were Referenced in Last Night’s Spectacular Episode of The Flash
The Flash has continued to amaze fans throughout its sophomore season by being innovative, introducing new characters from the comics, and blowing viewers minds with the introduction of the multiverse. Last night's episode, "Welcome to Earth-2," perhaps embodied all of these traits more fully than any other episode yet this season by introducing the parallel universe dopplegangers of the main cast as part of the team traveled to an entirely new Earth in their latest attempts to stop the evil Zoom.  

Of course last week's episode ended with Earth-2 Harrison Wells confessing to sapping Barry's speed - a confession which only seems to have earned the team's trust in the end. So instead of sending him back to his own universe alone, Barry and Cisco joined him on his journey so that they could hopefully find Zoom's lair and free Wells' daughter from the evil speedster's clutches.    

On the way to their goal, Barry traded places with his Earth-2 counterpart, and he quickly found how different their lives really were. First off, he's married to Detective Iris West who's partner is the incompetent Floyd Lawton (who's jokingly given the same nickname as his Earth-1 counterpart, Deadshot, because he probably couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a firearm). Her father, Joseph, is a local singer, and it's clear that he and Earth-2 Barry don't quite see eye to eye.  

In the process of things, Barry forgets his real goal and becomes bent on stopping Killer Frost and Deathstorm - the dopplegangers of Ronnie Raymond and Caitlyn Snow. They quickly find out that a third meta leads their trio: the evil Reverb, Cisco Ramone. Though things go bad for the team, Reverb and Deathstorm are killed by Zoom for their incompetence and hastiness with dealing with the Flash. Likewise, Barry finds himself accomplishing his goal of finding Zoom's lair, but definitely not in the way he wanted. Zoom captures him, putting him in a cell across from Wells' daughter.

Of course all of this was pretty exciting, and this week's episode could definitely lay claim to some of the biggest events to happen yet this season. One of the things that will excite DC fans most about it, however, is the numerous easter eggs that were thrown out regarding big name superheroes of the DC universe.  

While traveling to Earth 2, Barry, Wells, and Cisco saw glimpses of different universes similar to how Barry saw those glimpses of Killer Frost when he traveled back in time at the end of season 1. These included Jonah Hex, making an appearance later in the season on Legends of Tomorrow, Melissa Benoist's Supergirl, and John Wesley Shipp's Flash (the same actor who now plays Barry's dad) from the 90's TV show, among others.

Likewise, there was a touching scene during the episode when Barry calls his mother (who's still alive in this universe), but it was almost hard to feel happy for him as excitement took over at the mention of plane tickets to Atlantis, hinting at the existence of its king, Aquaman. Also, on the speed dial next to his mom happened to be a few individuals named Bruce, Hal, and Diana - an obvious reference to the three members of the Justice League, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern. Just why Earth-2 Barry has them on speed dial, however, is a mystery.

This episode also got a lot right other than just easter eggs and references. The humor was on point as always, and the action sequences were phenomenal, something the show had sort of been lacking in as of late (at least compared to the over the top ones from the show's brand new spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow). Plus, the new dynamics between the characters from Earth-2 are exciting and refreshing, not to mention that the dynamics of Earth-2 itself are exciting and refreshing.  

There was very little that The Flash didn't deliver on this week, but then again, there's very little that it doesn't deliver on almost every week. The cast is great, the emotional punch is great (though it was a bit toned down this episode), and the continuing developments between not only the core characters but also the villains associated with them are more than enough to keep fans interested. It's also great from a comic fan's point of view that the show continues to stay loosely connected to the comics, as this week Cisco discovered he had even more powers to unlock - powers that are much more associated with his one's in the comics than his clairvoyance. And even if these things weren't enough to keep fans hooked, the DC multiverse has shown itself to be an immensely interesting place. At this point, the creators behind The Flash have built enough trust to say with confidence that it would be surprising if the season doesn't go out just like it came in - with a bang.    

Catch The Flash again next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET
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