The Flash S2E05: The Darkness and the Light review
*potential spoilers lie ahead if you haven't seen up to season two episode five*
REVIEW: The Flash continues to raise the bar this season.
This week was all about Team Flash, in particular Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin), working with Earth-2's Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh).
As expected the working relationship got off to a rocky start given the actions of Earth Prime's (the original world) Wells, and it was not helped by Wells' shared history with Earth-2's Flash Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears).
Garrick and Wells do not like each other at all, which culminated in a fistfight in S.T.A.R Labs. Barry was forced to intervene, and in line with the regular theme for this series managed to get the group to work together.
This week's threat was Dr Light, who, according to Garrick, was not a real threat on Earth-2 and could be reasoned with.
Barry tried to reason with the breacher but was blinded for his efforts (which led to a hilarious date with Patty Spivot).
What separated Dr Light to every other breacher so far was her identity: Barry's former love interest Linda Park (Malese Jow).
A confrontation in which Dr Light tried to kill Park (so she could live happily on Earth Prime) led to the long-awaited reveal of another metahuman: Cisco!
Earth-2's Wells forced Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) to reveal to Team Flash he had powers thanks to a piece of technology he had which could detect metahumans.
Cisco's abilities helped the team find Dr Light before she left, before Barry unleashed the series debut of the "speed mirage", where he moves so fast it creates two versions of himself.
There are so many overlapping storylines there is never a dull moment on The Flash.
A killer episode that is one of the best of the series so far.
A few more things:
- Cisco has a date with the new girl in town, Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee). Saunders is the alter ego of another DC Comics hero, who is sure to have a big future on this and another upcoming show...
- Harrison Wells continues to get more intriguing. As a mentor, Earth-2's Wells is just as helpful as Earth Prime's, though he is much more direct and has no time to waste. It still feels as if he has an evil streak about him...
- Wells' history with Garrick was a major part of this episode. Garrick does not like Wells as latter profited off an accident that created metahumans. It feels like there's a bit more to it though.
- Caitlin Snow is not a metahuman. Wells' device showed she is not a metahuman, which could upset a few DC Comics fans wanting to see another well-known villain.
- Love is in the air between Barry and Patty (Shantel VanSanten) though how long will it be before she learns his secret?
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The Flash airs Wednesdays at 6.30pm (AEST) on Fox 8 (Channel 108).