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TV Review: The Flash - Season 2 Episode 1 "The Man Who Saved Central City"

10.07.2015
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EPISODE 1: "The Man Who Saved Central City"

SYNOPSIS: Picking up months after the Singularity attacked Central City, Barry is still struggling to forgive himself for Eddie’s death. Concerned about putting his friends in danger, Barry has pushed everyone away and has chosen to protect the city on his own. When a meta-human named Atom Smasher attacks the city, Iris tells Barry that he needs to let his friends help him protect the citizens of Central City. Meanwhile, Cisco helps Joe with his Meta Task Force.

REVIEW: (Beware of spoilers!):

At the conclusion of the first stellar season of The Flash, we saw the deaths of two major characters and the cliffhanger of a massive black hole singularity. As season two begins, we have jumped ahead six months with the events of that fateful day glimpsed via flashback. Yes, Barry saved Central City and became the savior of the metropolis, but it also cost the life of Ronnie Raymond who flew into the event horizon to help Barry close the singularity. If it weren't for the fact that we all know Ronnie will appear in The CW's upcoming Legends of Tomorrow there may have been some tension built up here but that doesn't prevent this episode from showing Barry pushing his friends and family away to fight crime on his own.

As Central City holds a day in honor of The Flash with the Mayor presenting Barry with the key to the city, we find Team Flash scattered. Cisco works with Joe West at the CCPD, Kaitlyn took a job at Mercury Labs, and Dr. Stein is doing his thing. In the last six months, Barry has wallowed as the guilt of Ronnie and Eddie Thawne's deaths have weighed on him despite no one blaming him for their deaths. Barry refuses to let anyone get close to him lest they get hurt. When the investigation of the death of Albert Rothstein leads to the discovery that he is actually a meta-human Dr. Stein dubs Atom Smasher, Barry realizes that he cannot fight crime alone.

As much as the first season of The Flash blew away the comic book television series conventions, this season premiere is all over the place. While we are introduced to Atom Smasher as the villain of the week who seems to have been told to kill Barry Allen (we eventually learn this was requested by none other than Zoom), the episode takes two big breaks from investigating the meta-human hunt to address the emotional state of Barry and his friends. Yes, the reassembly of Team Flash is vital for the season to continue, but it comes across as a bit forced. But, once the team reconnects with the plan to overload Rothstein with radiation, things get good. There is even a great scene where Barry uses a spotlight with his logo on it like a Bat-Signal with Cisco claiming he read the idea in a comic book somewhere. Classic.

The villain here seems to only exist to introduce the spectre of Zoom and ends up being the least interesting element of the hour. Barry's quest through last season was to find his mother's killer and free his father. While Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne was revealed to have been Nora Allen's killer, it was never proven in a court of law. But, via a living will video recording, Wells confesses to the murder and Henry Allen is freed from prison. The reunion is short-lived as the elder Allen tells his son that he cannot be The Flash with him there and leaves town for a destination unknown.

The final moments introduce us to another big element teased for season two: Jay Garrick. Throughout this episode, we are teased with Garrick showing up and photographing Barry without knowing who he is. In the final scene, just after touting the new security at STAR Labs that would prevent people from just strolling in, Garrick reveals himself with an ominous warning to Barry and his friends. It is not until the teaser for next week's episode that less informed Flash fans learn that Garrick is an alternate timeline Flash but I am sure that will be explained in depth at some point.

As far as Flash hours go, this is not as strong as most. The action is good and the emotional heartstrings are pulled to great effect. But, the reunion between Barry and his father felt rushed and seemed to just be a way to explain why we wouldn't be seeing Dr. Allen prison visits this season on the show. I was getting worried that the six month time jump would mean we would start getting Arrow-style flashbacks each week but thankfully that won't be necessary. From the looks of it, The Flash is picking up right where it left off and I hope that means two dozen great episodes on the horizon.

FINAL VERDICT:

NEXT ON THE FLASH: "Flash of Two Worlds" airs on October 13th: Jay Garrick, a mysterious man from Earth-2, appears at S.T.A.R. Labs with a dire warning about an evil speedster named Zoom, who is set on destroying The Flash. Barry and the team must decide if they can trust this stranger even as they face yet another powerful meta-human. Meanwhile, Joe must deal with a determined officer named Patty Spivot who wants to join his meta-human task force.

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:13PM on 10/07/2015

Um.....Robbie Amell isn't in LoT, Alex.....

Like always, your reviews are too high (where are you going to go for a really good episode?) but I agree that this was about where AoS has been for its first two episodes. I liked the team building aspects, but agree all of it was too rushed. Caitlin coming back should have been a 3 episode arc to underscore the loss of Ronnie.

And it's already been announced that Amell isn't in Legends Of Tomorrow. He may appear a few times in flashbacks and alternate universes on The Flash, but
Like always, your reviews are too high (where are you going to go for a really good episode?) but I agree that this was about where AoS has been for its first two episodes. I liked the team building aspects, but agree all of it was too rushed. Caitlin coming back should have been a 3 episode arc to underscore the loss of Ronnie.

And it's already been announced that Amell isn't in Legends Of Tomorrow. He may appear a few times in flashbacks and alternate universes on The Flash, but Robbie is making too many movies and can't continue the character. Firestorm is going to consist of Stein and the guy from season one who gave Caitlin the info about the program (Jay Jackson/Franz Drameh), but was afraid of the military.
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3:01AM on 10/07/2015
Yes like I said in the AOS review, its about time that Tuesdays are back. Of all the comic shows, this was probably my favorite ever. I could not wait until this came back. You are correct in your review that this episode was not the shows strongest. It was a little less focused and all over the place compared to how tight things were last year, particularly at the end of the season. But this was similar to a few shows earlier last season. In my opinion in can be forgiven. I mean there was a
Yes like I said in the AOS review, its about time that Tuesdays are back. Of all the comic shows, this was probably my favorite ever. I could not wait until this came back. You are correct in your review that this episode was not the shows strongest. It was a little less focused and all over the place compared to how tight things were last year, particularly at the end of the season. But this was similar to a few shows earlier last season. In my opinion in can be forgiven. I mean there was a catastrophic event at the end of last seasons, that yes I can see tearing the team apart. Multiple deaths at the end of last seasons, some we saw and some we didn't. Friends died, I can see taking a team flash sabbatical.

God it was good to see our team back on the air. Cisco and Joe make a good team partner wise. It sucks seeing Caitlin off at Mercury, but at the same time kinda cool. I kind of hope Tina is on a little more this year. I wonder if she'll come into the fold as almost a mentor in the absence of Wells. Especially since Stein is currently filling that role, and will be moving over the Legends. When the remainder of the team all came together, it was like last season all over again. I loved the "i thing i saw it in a comic book", and Stein coming up with Atom Smasher.

Jay fucking Garrick. Hell yes. God I can't believe the balls this series has and the risks it takes. The entire first season story line was epic. Now they're upping the ante and giving us Earth 2. Not just easter eggs, like his helmet, but full on earth 2 and the multiverse. Its a beautiful thing and I can't wait.

There were some downsides for me, not that the show was bad, but things I'm saddened by. I hate that Cavanaugh isn't around. His presence was both and equally powerful and subdued. His mentor ability was unrivaled. He in my mind is irreplaceable. Run Barry RUN. I still hear him say that, and man I can't imagine Star labs without him. Also it kind of sucks that they aren't having Henry stick around. It was rushed that he was out and gone within 10 minutes. All last Season Barry worked to prove he didn't do it to get him out, and he does, and now within minutes they have him leave. With Caitlin's eventual turn, he might be good to have around too. I also didn't like they dispatched Atom Smasher so quickly as well. He was actually a good guy a lot of the time, so it would have been nice to have him be reoccurring. I didn't like that he was reduced to the villain of the week just to utter the name Zoom.

The one sore point of this episode for me personally though, the grow special effects for Atom Smasher were pretty bad. Last season the special effects for everything were amazing, where here Atom Smasher looked like Stretch Armstrong at times lol.
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2:45AM on 10/07/2015
Really solid premiere. Almost seems like the shows hasn't missed a beat since last seeason's finale. Absoulutely loved the Batman reference with the Flash signal and the fact that they update the look to make it look like it's classic self. And having 'Harrison Wells' admit to the murder and having Barry's father released was a nice touch as well. Looking forward to next week and the inclusion of another Flash.
Really solid premiere. Almost seems like the shows hasn't missed a beat since last seeason's finale. Absoulutely loved the Batman reference with the Flash signal and the fact that they update the look to make it look like it's classic self. And having 'Harrison Wells' admit to the murder and having Barry's father released was a nice touch as well. Looking forward to next week and the inclusion of another Flash.
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