The Flash: “Fastest Man Alive” Season 1 Episode 2 Review

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The Flash went full speed ahead for its second episode with a much stronger villain and some great action scenes.

I imagine that down the road, Fastest Man Alive will feel like a very typical Flash episode. Barry had a moderate arc while facing off against a superpowered foe that likely won’t come back; but if he did, no one would bat an eye.

Sure, Danton Black, a.k.a. Multiplex, was mostly a villain of the week, but he was a very cool one. When crimes start occurring in Central City involving a “team of men” that only ever appears to be one, the Flash discovers during a crime that the culprit is actually duplicating himself however many times he needs to get the job done.

But Detective West might be standing in Barry’s way from saving the day. It was a nice surprise at the end of the pilot that Barry’s guardian learned so quickly about his identity. Their dynamic continued to excel this week, with the good detective holding Barry back from being the hero the S.T.A.R. Labs team thinks he can be.

It takes the mysterious Dr. Wells to convince West to let Barry do his thing. West’s arc worked because, while it seemed natural, Wells is clearly manipulating him.  But once he realizes he’s the one holding the Flash back, he lets go of his fear for Barry and trusts him to accomplish his goals.

Then it’s time for Flash to fight Multiplex. The final battle was a joy, playing a bit like The Matrix Reloaded on a budget. The way Barry defeated Black was really cool, but it appears Multiplex is gone for now. But this is a comic book series, he can easily come back through the magic of superhero science.

So The Flash‘s second episode was a rousing success. I do have to comment on the flashbacks though. I hope this series doesn’t force flashbacks on us as Arrow does. They just didn’t work very well.

But other than that, Fastest Man Alive was fun and had a better villain than the pilot. There continues to be a lot to be excited about for this series. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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