The Flash Returns To Our Screens
The Scarlet Speedster is back and he’s better than ever!
*Warning massive spoilers ahead*
Picking up six months after the season one finale, the first episode shows us Barry (Grant Gustin) still reeling from the events of the first season.
The writers like to play a trick on its viewers by showcasing Barry facing off against Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave (Domininc Purcell), two recurring enemies from the first season, and winning only for it to be revealed that it was just Barry’s imagination.
The first half of the episode takes on a particularly gloomy tone with Barry having forced himself to stay away from his friends and family in order to keep them from harm’s way.He hasn’t contacted any of them in the six months gap between the two seasons and they are unsurprisingly worried about him. Caitlin and Cisco have gone their separate ways and Iris is still mourning Eddie. The source of Barry’s bitterness proved to be the big revelation of the episode as it is revealed that Ronnie (Robbie Amell) was forced to sacrifice himself to close the wormhole from the end of the season finale.
Barry eventually came around following a fight with the episode’s villain the Atom Smasher. If not for the intervention of Team Flash he would have been killed. The Atom Smasher was not the most interesting of villains, I could not help but keep drawing Juggernaut (X-men film series) comparisons. But he did give Barry an opponent he could not outpace which has always been his weakness. Finally back together, Team Flash managed to beat Atom Smasher who then gave us a little nod to this seasons main villain Zoom whose identity is still a mystery.
Despite the starting gloomy tone the episode ended on a surprisingly light tone as it was revealed that Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) left behind a video containing his confession to killing Barry’s mother thereby freeing his father Henry (John Wesley Shipp).
In conclusion, the first episode was great for re-establishing Team Flash in the aftermath of season one finale and showed great potential for the season ahead.