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TV Review: The Flash - Season 2 Episode 2 "Flash of Two Worlds"

10.14.2015

EPISODE 2: "Flash of Two Worlds"

SYNOPSIS: 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.

REVIEW: (Beware of spoilers!):

This season, The Flash is introducing a concept that is very familiar to readers of DC and Marvel comics and yet has not been truly tackled in any of the big screen or small screen adaptations of their superheroes. Tonight, The Flash introduced the concept of the Multiverse, a tricky concept that not only could derail the entire series but it could also undermine everything dramatic that Barry Allen and his friends endured last year as well as everything that has happened on the four seasons of Arrow. But, if tonight's roller coaster introduction to the Multiverse is any indication, the showrunners have done a good job of making it palatable for rookies to the idea.

At the conclusion of last week's season premiere, we met Jay Garrick who we quickly learn is The Flash in an alternate universe. Just like in the comics, this alternate universe is giving a numerical designation, Earth-2, with the Barry Allen version of The Flash existing in Earth-1. During the massive wormhole from the season finale, the rift Barry helped close did not seal but instead left 52 openings between the two worlds (nice reference to DC's The New 52) which gives us a new way for meta-human foes to come to Central City. Last week's enemy, Atom Smasher, also turned out to be from Earth-2. We soon learn that the villain who sent him, Zoom, is actually from Jay Garrick's universe but is sending through foes to try and kill both versions of The Flash.

Barry Allen learned his lesson last year when his mentor Harrison Wells turned out to be the Reverse-Flash. Trusting Jay Garrick is no easy pill for Barry to swallow which is why this week the two team up to defeat a foe together. The enemy, Sand Demon, is another throwaway foe that we have come to expect from The Flash writers, but his purpose is served. Jay, who has been The Flash for two years in his universe, has only a bit more experience than Barry, but seeing the two join forces is much cooler than I expected it to be. I thought having two Flash characters would be confusing, but it works thanks to their very different personalities and approach to using their powers. We even get to see another use of the Flash powers as Barry creates lightning and throws it at Sand Demon to defeat him.

There is also a new addition to Central City this week in the form of Patty Spivot. Patty is introduced almost as quickly as the Multiverse concept but we immediately know she is meant to be a love interest for Barry. Barry and Iris West have had a chemistry since the series debuted, but giving a third wheel to their courtship will add the complexity and drama that Eddie Thawne did last year. In fact, it makes one wonder if we may get to see Eddie return thanks to the introduction of Earth-2. After all, the episode does conclude with a look at the return of Harrison Wells in the alternate dimension. Is that Wells the Earth-2 Zoom or is he the real Wells? That remains to be seen but it looks good that there is so much introduced here and we have a whole season left to watch.

In the world of subplots, our supporting team of heroes still have their stories developing but they are not taking over the main segments of each hour. Cisco is still having his visions like last season, but the showrunners seem to just be sticking these reminders in for a bigger purpose later in the season. My one concern this episode was Caitlyn's reaction to seeing Jay Garrick. She looked lovestruck and Ronnie has only been gone for a short time. Sure, she has mourned Robbie before and has had months to get over his second passing, but it seemed a bit forced to try and make Jay her new love interest this soon. I could be reading too much into it, but I am cautious that the showrunners don't force that plot thread.

This episode was much better than last week, in my opinion, and one of the strongest hours of The Flash to date. I am a bit worried at the amount of Flash history that the series has already introduced and explored and whether they will run out of plots in the next season or two, but there is no questioning that they are taking more risks with this series compared to Arrow. That series just introduced the concept of Green Arrow after over 70 hours of programming while The Flash has already given us two versions of the hero and introduced the biggest concept in comics. I am in awe that this show is working as well as it has and I hope it doesn't slow down one bit.

FINAL VERDICT:

NEXT ON THE FLASH: "Family of Rogues" airs on October 20th: When Barry and the team find out Captain Cold has been kidnapped, they form an uneasy alliance with his sister, Lisa. However, Barry feels double-crossed when he finds out Leonard is working with his father,Lewis Snart on a heist. Meanwhile, Joe is faced with a difficult decision.

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2:28PM on 10/14/2015

Great episode!

This is definitely one of the best, and it shows these writers are not afraid of anything. We're on the second episode of the season and have a second Flash, multi-verse theory, another speedster bad guy, and the return of (alternate dimension) Harrison Wells. Great twists during the entire episode and it didn't rush any of the aspects (except possibly Caitlin's infatuation).

I'm not sure how this season can keep up this level of quality, but can't wait to see.
This is definitely one of the best, and it shows these writers are not afraid of anything. We're on the second episode of the season and have a second Flash, multi-verse theory, another speedster bad guy, and the return of (alternate dimension) Harrison Wells. Great twists during the entire episode and it didn't rush any of the aspects (except possibly Caitlin's infatuation).

I'm not sure how this season can keep up this level of quality, but can't wait to see.
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7:30PM on 10/14/2015
Yeah the risks that this show takes is beyond me. The story telling is enough to make most people's head spin, and that was just the season 1. This seasons looks to be taking the premise of "complicated" and ramping it up 10 fold. I love it, and its nice to see actual scientific theories in play in a tv show. For a tv show to have some semblance of intelligence to it's ambitious story telling. Not all the science is actually accurate, but it introduces a lot of people to theories that they've
Yeah the risks that this show takes is beyond me. The story telling is enough to make most people's head spin, and that was just the season 1. This seasons looks to be taking the premise of "complicated" and ramping it up 10 fold. I love it, and its nice to see actual scientific theories in play in a tv show. For a tv show to have some semblance of intelligence to it's ambitious story telling. Not all the science is actually accurate, but it introduces a lot of people to theories that they've probably never heard of. That is a good thing, especially for younger people watching and maybe opening their minds a little because of it. I do have to laugh though, could you imagine when Berlanti first went to the exec's and pitched the s1 story line. Wonder if the execs understood any of it lol.
11:56AM on 10/14/2015
The reason the Flash is so good is because they are doing what everybody should be doing. Takes the comics and do that. The storyboards are there. The storylines are there. Take the comic, and bring it to life. Boom . Done.
The reason the Flash is so good is because they are doing what everybody should be doing. Takes the comics and do that. The storyboards are there. The storylines are there. Take the comic, and bring it to life. Boom . Done.
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9:52AM on 10/14/2015
This series shows that you can still make a hit show by giving your main character a silly costume and told everyone to just run with it (pun definitely intended), instead of teasing the audience endlessly and only put the titular character in costume as a tiny CGI on the very last episode of the show.
This series shows that you can still make a hit show by giving your main character a silly costume and told everyone to just run with it (pun definitely intended), instead of teasing the audience endlessly and only put the titular character in costume as a tiny CGI on the very last episode of the show.
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9:41AM on 10/14/2015

CRAPPY COSTUME

Never watched this series. Yeah I know it's probably good as they say but daaaaaamn his suit looks like crap. I know, I know, they probably have a good reason for it. But his costume in the comics is one of the best designed in history. Why couldn't they follow that? It's supposed to look sleek and really bright for a character named FLASH. What is that, cosplay?
Never watched this series. Yeah I know it's probably good as they say but daaaaaamn his suit looks like crap. I know, I know, they probably have a good reason for it. But his costume in the comics is one of the best designed in history. Why couldn't they follow that? It's supposed to look sleek and really bright for a character named FLASH. What is that, cosplay?
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5:47AM on 10/14/2015
Minor issue. The Many-Worlds "Theory" is an actual idea from Hugh Everett's 1957 Princeton Ph.D. thesis "The Theory of the Universal Wavefunction". [link] It's an actual thing and not just a comic book thing. The Flash of Two Worlds story was published in September, 1961. Did the DC comics writers know of the Many Worlds "Theory" or did they come up with it entirely on their own? I have no idea.
Minor issue. The Many-Worlds "Theory" is an actual idea from Hugh Everett's 1957 Princeton Ph.D. thesis "The Theory of the Universal Wavefunction". [link] It's an actual thing and not just a comic book thing. The Flash of Two Worlds story was published in September, 1961. Did the DC comics writers know of the Many Worlds "Theory" or did they come up with it entirely on their own? I have no idea.
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5:55AM on 10/14/2015
No trust me the many worlds theory has been around far longer than DC comics has referenced it. In fact its been around possibly since the 1800's. If I remember right in the 1890's a scientist came up with the term "Multiverse" so DC didn't even come up with the name. Though again my memory is a little fuzzy on the topic, but even though he coined it, I don't think he meant it in the many worlds definition but rather something else. So it might not have been the 1800's, I'd have to look it up
No trust me the many worlds theory has been around far longer than DC comics has referenced it. In fact its been around possibly since the 1800's. If I remember right in the 1890's a scientist came up with the term "Multiverse" so DC didn't even come up with the name. Though again my memory is a little fuzzy on the topic, but even though he coined it, I don't think he meant it in the many worlds definition but rather something else. So it might not have been the 1800's, I'd have to look it up again.
11:54AM on 10/14/2015
Actually, when the Silver age Flash issues were published, they would mention such theories and scientific facts. The last page would deal with discussion of the multiverse, tachyon particles, space/time continuums, etc.. Many modern day scientists do state that the Flash comics were the reason they got into science.
Actually, when the Silver age Flash issues were published, they would mention such theories and scientific facts. The last page would deal with discussion of the multiverse, tachyon particles, space/time continuums, etc.. Many modern day scientists do state that the Flash comics were the reason they got into science.
2:05AM on 10/14/2015
Last week was a little slow but solid. This week felt like last year again, introducing the world gigantic ideas this show has. This is so far beyond just a comic book show. This show is sci fi at its finest. Its story lines are ambitious to say the least, but the ease at which they bring them to light is what impresses me so much. It has these grandiose story lines and yet the find a way to balance it and keep it easily accessible to the general audience by not making the ideas too complicated
Last week was a little slow but solid. This week felt like last year again, introducing the world gigantic ideas this show has. This is so far beyond just a comic book show. This show is sci fi at its finest. Its story lines are ambitious to say the least, but the ease at which they bring them to light is what impresses me so much. It has these grandiose story lines and yet the find a way to balance it and keep it easily accessible to the general audience by not making the ideas too complicated in details. I even love how they are laying the science groundwork for Legends with Stein's drawings and explanations how multiple portals to time and dimensions could be active.

I loved all the nods to, well ,everything this episode. I popped the loudest though at the "I'm coming" from both Flashes that mimicked EXACTLY the comic book cover [link] just take a look and compare it to the scene. I love how Garrick is becoming the mentor in the absence of Wells. An absence that might not last much longer apparently. But even Wells/Thawne apparently how not idea that the Flash could shoot lightning bolts Zeuz style. I gotta admit that was so awesome to watch.

The real question though is Zoom Zoom Zoom. What or which Zoom is he. Last year they more or less combined Eobard Thawne and Hunter Zolomon reverse flashes into one personality in Wells. So I am doubting this will be Hunter Zolomon. My guess for this Zoom is actually Earth 2's Daniel West. The suit this Zoom wears is black, much like Daniel Wests (whose suit was mostly black and with some red). Daniel West was a killer in his realm so my guess is its him. He was also the fastest Zoom if I remember right because he wasn't actually fast, he could slow time around him. That might have been a trait all Zoom's had though i don't remember.

Fucking amazing episode. I will say I had the same worry as the reviewer last year. I wondered how after introducing one of Flash's biggest story lines and villains how they'd top it this year. I have a feeling this episode showed the ground work for the story that just might. But I also worry that, where do they go after this year? How many more huge universe changing ideas are still in the well? You know the saying of the flame that burns the brightest and hottest also burns out the quickest. What scares me the most is that this is all part of the plan. What if the plan is for this series to run its course and end before the movie comes out so there is no competition? Scary isn't it.
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10:25AM on 10/14/2015
Daniel West probably makes the most sense. That way the story can expand to include Iris and Joe's involvement in bringing him down.

Honestly, the multiverse has opened this show up to any number of possibilities. I would even wager that Zoom is Eddie Thawn from Earth-2. Just a hunch as a means to bring the character back, oppose to introducing someone brand new in season 2.
Daniel West probably makes the most sense. That way the story can expand to include Iris and Joe's involvement in bringing him down.

Honestly, the multiverse has opened this show up to any number of possibilities. I would even wager that Zoom is Eddie Thawn from Earth-2. Just a hunch as a means to bring the character back, oppose to introducing someone brand new in season 2.
1:24AM on 10/14/2015
I didn't watch Fringe but I heard they used multiverse in their show, just hope it works out for Flash.

Still loving the show. And as for my guess on who Zoom is, I'm going with Earth 2 Barry Allen.
I didn't watch Fringe but I heard they used multiverse in their show, just hope it works out for Flash.

Still loving the show. And as for my guess on who Zoom is, I'm going with Earth 2 Barry Allen.
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2:07AM on 10/14/2015
My guess is Daniel West.
My guess is Daniel West.
1:18AM on 10/14/2015
Solid episode tonight and these first two episodes have really hit the ground running. I love how fast paced and quick to the point (ie Earth 2, Zoom, Jack Garrick, Alternate Harrison Wells) these first two episodes have been and how they're setting things up for the rest of the season.

And my best bet is that Earth's Two Harrison Wells will be a good guy this time around while Eddie will be Zoom aka the villain for this season.
Solid episode tonight and these first two episodes have really hit the ground running. I love how fast paced and quick to the point (ie Earth 2, Zoom, Jack Garrick, Alternate Harrison Wells) these first two episodes have been and how they're setting things up for the rest of the season.

And my best bet is that Earth's Two Harrison Wells will be a good guy this time around while Eddie will be Zoom aka the villain for this season.
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2:07AM on 10/14/2015
Yeah Harrison Wells I think will resume his mentor role but be a good presence interested in science and actually helping Barry. But at the same time Barry will have major trust issues having him around.
Yeah Harrison Wells I think will resume his mentor role but be a good presence interested in science and actually helping Barry. But at the same time Barry will have major trust issues having him around.
5:41AM on 10/14/2015
Eddie Thorne as Zoom makes sense. Why else would they be covering his face? It has to be somebody we already know and people are going to assume it is Harrison Wells which would be boring and a rehash of Season 1.
Eddie Thorne as Zoom makes sense. Why else would they be covering his face? It has to be somebody we already know and people are going to assume it is Harrison Wells which would be boring and a rehash of Season 1.
5:54AM on 10/14/2015
I seriously doubt it will be Eddie. Tony Todd is the voice of this Zoom. I doubt they'll waste having Tony Todd doing the voice over for Eddies face. Not to mention Tony is black, and if the Zoom is actually Daniel West, then he has to be black because Daniel West is Iris's brother. So all signs currently point to Daniel I think. Also they are introducing Wally West who is also black in this, and a relative to Daniel as well.
I seriously doubt it will be Eddie. Tony Todd is the voice of this Zoom. I doubt they'll waste having Tony Todd doing the voice over for Eddies face. Not to mention Tony is black, and if the Zoom is actually Daniel West, then he has to be black because Daniel West is Iris's brother. So all signs currently point to Daniel I think. Also they are introducing Wally West who is also black in this, and a relative to Daniel as well.
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