Actor Grant Gustin in a scene from the TV series The Flash. Supplied by Foxtel.
Actor Grant Gustin in a scene from the TV series The Flash. Supplied by Foxtel.

REVIEW: Flash of Two Worlds great but not without flaws

*potential spoilers lie ahead if you haven't seen up to season two episode two*

REVIEW: "Flash of Two Worlds" was an important episode for story development but it was not without its few flaws.

For the first time this series we got to see two Flashes interact: our Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and the original Flash Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears).

Barry struggled with the appearance of Garrick after last season's betrayal of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who revealed himself to be Eobard Thawne and the man responsible for Barry's mother's death.

As much as it sounds like a rerun of simple ideas, this episode delivered so much more than expected.

Dr Martin Stein (Victor Garber) explained (and name-dropped) the concept of the "multiverse".

Dr Stein, who is also one half of Firestorm with missing Ronnie Raymond, explained the singularity, which was opened in the season one final, was one of 52 portals across Central City to different universes. He explained it in the way it is represented in the comics: they are on Earth-1, and the portal opened to allow Garrick to arrive from the newly-named Earth-2.

It also appeared as if Zoom could open or use the portals at will, and is actively sending Earth-2 villains to Earth-1 to kill "The Flash".

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It allowed Barry to learn how to throw lightning from the energy he creates with speed, it allowed the rescue of metahuman-obsessed police officer Patty Spivot (Shantell VanSanten), and facilitated the recreation of the famous "Flash of Two Worlds" comic book cover (which was cheesy but worth it).

Spivot will undoubtedly become an integral member of the cast this season, and how Joe West (Jesse Martin) adapts to yet another partner will be interesting to see unfold.

Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) continued his slow journey into becoming who many believe to be "Vibe".

He confided his out-of-body experiences with Dr Stein after two "hunches" allowed Team Flash to locate Barry then the captured Spivot.

Dr Stein promised to keep it secret, but his future is murky after he collapsed at the end of the episode.

The biggest moment was in the tease, when a scene on Earth-2 revealed the "man who saved Central City" to be Tom Cavanagh's Harrison Wells.

Barry was recognised on Earth-1 as the man who saved Earth-1's Central City in the season two premiere, and Wells' reappearance will hopefully see the multiverse explored more deeply.

A few things:
- Vanessa Williams debuted as Mrs West. She will either bring boring family drama (as Joe "didn't return her calls"), or will introduce the much-anticipated Wally West.
- Monster of the Week villains aren't the best, but Sand Demon worked in terms of story development.
- Zoom is looking meaner every week.
- Where is Ronnie Raymond? And what will happen to Dr Stein now?
- Tom Cavanagh returns. Arguably the best part of the first season, he is a welcome addition.

EARLIER: MY NAME is Barry Allen...

It is impossible not to be excited by The Flash.

The Arrow spin-off based on one of DC Comics's most popular characters is now into its second season after a spectacular debut run.

While Arrow took a darker turn for its third season last year, The Flash had a much lighter tone, and a much more "comic-booky" feel.

The Flash's success came from the comparably upbeat, jovial mood, and the main story arcs of the first season - Barry (Grant Gustin) learning how to be The Flash, his relationship with mentor Harrison Wells and the mystery behind his mother's murder - developed slowly but surely enough to maintain interest for the 23-episode run.

Last week's second season premiere seemingly resolved two of those issues, though it feels he will continue to learn how to use his abilities throughout this run.

Atom Smasher, played by Adam Copeland (otherwise known as WWE's Edge), presented the latest of many threats to Central City, and it was up to Barry, Iris (Candice Patton), Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and the returning Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) to work together to save the day.

That was not without its challenges.

Caitlin spent much of last season sad about the loss of Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), and his disappearance moments after their wedding in last season's final means we could see similar again.

How The Flash's writers respond to criticism levelled at reducing the character who, in the comics, becomes villain Killer Frost to another year of sadness and grief will be revealed as the season continues.

What has most fans excited about "Flash of Two Worlds" is last week's arrival of Jay Garrick: DC Comics' original Flash.

On which format do you watch the most content?

This poll ended on 27 October 2015.

Current Results

Free to air

33%

Foxtel (Pay TV)

32%

Stan

0%

Presto

1%

Netflix

32%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

His appearance was not a surprise given it formed part of season two's promotional material, but the singularity (which opened in the season final and was closed last week) has opened the door to the multiverse.

Garrick's appearance seems to confirm the existence of Earth-2, which could see more villains - and heroes - appear in the TV series.

"Flash of Two Worlds" is the first time we get to see the two Flashes together as we build to this season's big bad: Zoom.

- I'll be watching this week's episode on a slight delay. Leave your thoughts on this week's The Flash in the comments below.

The Flash airs Wednesdays at 6.30pm (AEST) on Fox 8 (Channel 108).



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