Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Flash Season 2 Episode 1 "The Man Who Saved Central City" - Recap and Review

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The Season 2 opener starts with a quick recap of the first season: Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) develops powers of superspeed as a result of the explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs. His mentor, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) turns out to be the villainous Reverse Flash/Zoom. Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) sacrifices his life in order to stop Reverse Flash from killing Flash.

In Season one's cliffhanger ending, Flash is seen racing to save the city from destruction. Turns out that the real hero of the day was Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell). Come to think of it, the fiances of both Iris West (Candice Patton) and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) lost their lives (willingly) to save Barry Allen.

In the present day, Barry faces a new challenge in the form of the imposing Al Rothstein (Adam Copeland). This menacing fellow has super strength, can increase his height greatly and absorbs energy.

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Right when the Central City Mayor is about to felicitate Flash on Flash Day, Rothstein arrives and easily bests Barry in their first confrontation. Flash blames himself for Ronnie's death and withdraws onto himself.

Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) convinces Barry to stop feeling guilty and to take help from others. Flash's usual support team of Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin Snow has a new addition: Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber).

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Dr Martin proves his credentials by naming the new villain “Atom Smasher”. Cisco is instantly impressed. Not to be left behind, Cisco designs a Flash-Signal, after having read about such signals in some comic books.....

This time, Flash is able to beats Atom Smasher by overpowering him with too much energy in a power plant.

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In a secondary plot, Harrison Wells releases a video in which he confesses to have murdered Barry's mother, Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison). Barry is able to secure the release of his jailed father, Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp).

Throughout the episode, a man is seen shadowing Barry and taking his photographs. This stranger turns out to be Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears). As fans of DC Comics will know, Jay is the first Flash. He warns Barry about an impending danger.

This was a strong opening episode to Season 2. The best parts featured Victor Garber's character and his interactions with Cisco. They were funny and the cast enjoys a good chemistry with each other.

Atom Smasher reminded me of Bane in terms of his imposing physicality, mask and the long coat jacket costume. And to top it all was the not-so-subtle reference to the Bat-Signal. As a fan of Batman and the DC Universe, I enjoyed it very much.

Recommended watch to fans of The Flash/DC Comics.

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  1. Not sure when the UK is getting this; hopefully soon! I'm gradually making my way through three seasons of Arrow at the moment!!

    1. Thanks GK for stopping by.

      I think you will enjoy this episode as much as I did. And we can both agree that this show is far more fun than Arrow :)


    2. So Firestorm is no more? That's a shame as he's a fave of mine from the DC line. As Tom Cavanagh made a cameo, might we be seeing the original Wells appearing (as the time reset meant he wasn't killed)? Hang on, with Wells not being replaced, then the PA wouldn't have been finished and Flash wouldn't have been created... my head hurts!

    3. As you no doubt know, no one stays dead for long in the comic book universe. I am sure they will find a way to explain his reappearance on the show. I am sure Stephen Amell (Mr. Arrow) would ensure that his cousin does not stay out of the limelight for too long ;)

      Same for time travel concepts. Best not to think too much about them as the Terminator movies and the recent X-Men: Days of Future Past have shown us.