Beware of spoilers.
The Flash delivered a solid first episode to mark year 2.
Initially, I was expecting that the Flash would pick things up where it left us in the season finale, however, what was shown to us was 6 months after the Singularity.
The opening sequence was reminiscent of the overall tone of season 1, one which was full of optimism and camaraderie for Team Flash, but we got a rude awakening in which we saw Barry standing alone in Star Labs. He did mention, however, that he chose to do things on his own after the loss of people close to him.
It was made clear in the opening of the episode that this would be a darker tone for our hero since he chose to tune out his allies to protect them. What I really loved about this was that his friends, allies and family chose to give Barry his time and space to recover, and then chose to force their way to help Barry.
There were a lot of strong material in this episode. One was that flashback of Barry and Joe where Joe gave Barry that much needed comfort after seeing Nora murdered and Henry imprisoned, and then coupling it with that moment when Barry finally awakens after being knocked-out by Atom-Smasher.
Speaking of Atom-Smasher, he wasn’t really that much of importance in this episode, and only served as a means for Barry to reunite with his team and also to give that ominous message “Zoom”. Nonetheless, it was entertaining when Professor Stein gave the code name Atom-Smasher and getting that ultimate approval from Cisco.
Another element in this episode, and which was the biggest one, was the last message from Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne. Finally, Wells confessed that he killed Nora Allen, which in turn led to Henry getting released from prison. But these breaks never really last long for Barry as Henry opted to leave Central City. But man, that scene was so heartbreaking and effective and you could really feel how bitter-sweet it was for Barry. The Flash really excels in these character dramas so well due to how well-rounded and developed the characters are.
Another thing to get excited about: Jay Garrick!
The Score: 4.5/5
Solid start for year 2 for The Flash. Plenty of character drama, yet the episode did not feel crowded at all. The ominous warnings coming from both Atom-Smasher and Jay Garrick added to the excitement to the entire season.
Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and Comic Book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek