The Flash: “Flash of Two Worlds” Season 2 Episode 2 Review

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Want further proof that nerds have taken over the world? Season two of The Flash, a critically acclaimed series on a major network, is talking about Earth 2 and the multiverse.

For those unaware, Jay Garrick, the Flash from Earth 2, is actually the first Flash in all of comics, with DC publishing comics about him starting in 1940. So the meeting between he and Barry Allen here is a pretty big deal. Teddy Sears plays him in the all-American way you’d expect a 1940s superhero to be played. He’s got all the boy scout qualities Chris Evans touted in Captain America: The First Avenger, which leads to some fun interactions with the modern folks at S.T.A.R. Labs. But Barry doesn’t trust him.

It makes sense, considering the last speedster to come around and tell him how to stop a metahuman was Harrison Wells, aka Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash. And we all know how that turned out. Like last week’s Atom Smasher, the new metahuman in question, Sand Demon, was also sent from a parallel universe by Zoom to kill the Flash. If you saw Spider-Man 3, you know what Sand Demon’s deal is. Unfortunately, it still looks like The Flash is struggling with its villains of the week. Does Sand Demon really serve a different purpose than Mist did last season? Barry learns a cool new way to use his powers, concentrating the lightning around him into a projectile bolt. But other than that, this essentially had the same feel of a season one episode.

But the multiverse spin definitely helps. With Cisco able to see into other dimensions and the presence of Jay Garrick in general, there’s enough her to make it feel like The Flash is expanding into new ground. The climax, in which both Flashes manage to trick Sand Demon into Barry electrocuting him, was a lot of fun. So while this episode wasn’t exactly the most revolutionary, season two definitely still has propulsion. Jay adds a fun old-school dynamic to the team and the general formula of the show does still work. Now it’s time to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Grade: B+

 

Some Other Thought Bubbles:

  • Turns out, when the singularity was destroyed, it left 52 portals between dimensions around the city. The simple metahuman concept may have been a little dry this season anyway.
  • Patty Spivot looks to be a fun addition to the crew. Though things did get a little damsel-in-distress-y by the end of the episode.
  • I really like the look and sound of Zoom we got in this episode. He’s just different enough from Reverse-Flash to still be interesting.
  •  Speaking of, Wells returned on Earth 2 at the episode’s closing tease. But what role will he play? By Cavanagh’s delivery of “Hello children,” it doesn’t look like a whole lot has changed.

By Matt Dougherty

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