Escape from Earth-2 carries on straight from Welcome to Earth-2 and the cliff-hanger that Barry is held captured by Zoom and the problem with the breach being unstable. The breach being unstable is huge because it means that the team that went to Earth-2 will not be able to come back.
Iris and Barry from Earth-2
Barry is struggling with the fact that he cannot get out of his cell on Earth-2 with Cisco and Wells worried that they might not be able to achieve anything without him. The need to find Zoom’s liar has become even more important to get Barry back and within the time that they set themselves. The problems for Earth-1 also continues as Geomancer is still running loose in Central City and is starting to make people more aware that they cannot just rely on The Flash. This is where Iris has a conflict because although she has written a positive article about the Geomancer situation her editor wants something a little bit more realistic and highlight the fact The Flash might not be able to save them all the time.
While in search for Barry and trying to save him from his captor, it leads Cisco and Wells to try to make a deal with Killer Frost. Cisco hopes that reasoning with her about Deathstorm’s death in Welcome to Earth-2 will work but it does not go so well and they have to use force that they did not really want to use. Jay was the focus in Escape from Earth-2 on Earth 1, this seems strange as all the action is happening on Earth 2 but in order to save Jay’s life and the city Caitlin needs to help him get his speed back. The mystery character in the other cell adds another dimension and questions to the Jay Garrick character.
Cisco and Killler Frost and Iris from Earth-2 negotiating
The stabilization of breach from Welcome to Earth-2 seemed to be fixed a bit early in Escape from Earth-2 but leads to an interesting twist to it returning to being unstable. The problem with this is that it just did not feel like the sequence was required. That sequence, however, adds some more development for Caitlin and Jay.
Escape from Earth-2 is a good development from Welcome to Earth-2 but just doesn’t seem to have the freshness. Grant Gustin puts together a good performance, it was interesting to see him play the Earth 2 Barry as the character seems completely different to the Barry from Earth 1 and Earth 2 Barry does get more exposure. The cliff-hanger that the team is left with will ensure that there are definitely more crossover episodes to be seen and that is encouraging just to see how the actors deal with playing two characters at once.
Welcome to Earth-2 carries on from Fast Lane where they prepare and enter Earth 2 to help Wells save his daughter. The team sorts everything out and has to say their goodbyes with some people not sure about whether it is the right thing to do for themselves.
Iris, Barry and Joe from Alternative World
Welcome to Earth-2 is an interesting mix as it enables people to be different, there is a distinct twist on the individuals in each world. What does this mean for the story? Not sure the actual meaning for the characters themselves as they deal with different emotions and their own mortality. When entering Earth-2 Cisco and Barry are amazed by just how advanced it is compared to Earth 1 and this isn’t the only thing. The problem here is that because it is so advanced they have to use CGI and although the CGI is normally well done in The Flash this just seemed to lack. The lighting just seemed all off unless it was intentional to show Earth 2 more developed.
While the city effects wasn’t the most impressive thing in Welcome to Earth-2 the story was the other reality that Barry and Cisco find themselves in show depth to their characters they don’t even know existed. Barry struggles with the dynamic his doppelgänger has with Iris and Joe. Cisco is concerned that he can’t find his, but when he does he discovers something that perhaps he wished he hadn’t.
Caitlin and Ronnie make and appearance and after seeing Danielle Panabaker play the good girl for the entire show it was nice to see her in a more menacing role. This was one of the bigger performances because it isn’t expected although the story could be seen playing out that way it is such a stretch from what we have seen until now that that’s what stands out. The performances as always from Grant Gustin as Barry was well done but Danielle had such a change in character it made her stand out this episode.
Killer Frost and Deathstorm
The Villains also are well done this episode as Villains recently have felt a little detached and not necessarily a threat or a danger, but the way the alternative universe impacted the people that needed to be taken down added an interesting threat but not only that they felt sinister.
Jay also had to step up to the plate this episode with Barry gone and this was a good touch because it showed how much of an impact that Barry has on central city and that when he is missing they miss The Flash. How Jay was used however was great because the revelations he admitted to Caitlin was huge although they felt small. They showed even the person who is suppose to be The Flash in the alternative world seems to have more flaws than Barry.
Welcome to Earth-2 is fast paced but didn’t skimp on building suspense. The concerns of Season 2 not being able to live up to the success and feeling of Season 1 has been unfounded as Barry and his team now get to deal with an alternative universe. An alternative universe that will show them sides to their characters they didn’t even know that existed.
Fast Lane takes an interesting turn after a rollercoaster of emotions that was seen in The Reverse-Flash Returns. The focus is now brought back to Wells and his relationship with Zoom or more to the point his need to save his daughter and the fact that he is not working with the team not that they know about it yet.
Barry and Wells trying to Solve a problem
Barry starts the episode charging around Central City at a bit of a loss that can only be put down to the fact that Patty has left, along with the fact that now that Wally is now a more prominent figure in the West household he feels a bit forced out. This isn’t as bad as it seems because away of dealing with the loss of Patty and probably the feeling of isolation because the family that has been a part of for years needs its own space, is throw himself into work. Throwing himself into work is an attempt to try and close the portals dotted around Central City with a hostile Wells. The real problem is that Wells isn’t working on closing the portals he is working on trying to take Barry’s speed.
The main villain of the episode was Tar Pit which had an interesting premise and looked promising but has to go down in history as one of the most anti-climatic villains due to the fact he just wasn’t imposing. The character itself had quite a good revenge back story but the actions in the episode just weren’t threatening enough. Tar Pit had been threatened by some hit man and left to burn alive in some Tar while the Particle Accelerator exploded and caused him to be buried alive in this tar. It is a miracle that he survived but knowing that he did the solution to defeating him was relatively easy and Barry although let down by failing speed found himself able to save the day.
Zoom and Wells with some of Barry’s Speed
The West Family drama has to be one of the most interesting points to the episode because Joe had always been a character that felt that he had things sussed and was a guiding influence on all the major characters in the season. The problem is he feels lost with Wally and it is well depicted as he inevitably puts Iris in danger because he wants Wally to trust him before he can start trying to guide him in life choices.
Fast Line follows on from The Reverse-Flash Returns but has some major downfalls after quite a well put together season so far. This is most part to do with the lack of threat that Tar Pit had on the people even if it did have what could be life-threatening results. This, however, is well balanced with an interesting dynamic between Barry and Wells and whether or not Wells will completely sell out Barry and the team in order to save his own daughter?
The Flash has taken many twists and turns in Season 2 but no more so than in The Reverse – Flash Returns. Zoom now needs to take a backseat as they team is faced with the return of the reverse flash but this time, it is the real reverse flash and not just the Dr Wells 1 imposter.
Patty question Joe about Barry and The Flash
The return of the yellow suit has really brought back some mixed emotions and bring together some very awkward questions while some of if not all the characters are going through a really rough time in their personal lives. Barry is still keeping his true identity hidden from Patty and with the revelation that happened in Potential Energy because the distance The Flash had put between the two. Barry has forced himself into rushing around the city solving or helping every emergency call and Patty is going along with her everyday life hoping that the situation between her and Barry wouldn’t be too awkward.
While Barry is chasing down the Reverse Flash it is apparent with just how badly he is dealing with the breakup and how leaving his life, although amazing with his powers to save people, it will also mean they he needs to try and limit the people he cares about knowing so his enemies can’t use it against him. This isn’t anything new because it was discussed in previous episodes but there Is a touching moment between him and Joe that they discuss the fact, that with Barry’s current powers he is going to have to learn to let people go because there is a hint that he will outlive most.
West Family Reunited?
Francine West also makes another big appearance in this episode, however, her fate becomes a reality in this episode and leads to some very touching scenes between her and Iris, but it also holds hope that West Family will come together after Wally does turn to Iris for advice and support. The other huge thing to come from the episode is Caitlin and Jay coming to the realization that unless he gets his speed back her will die that brings even more of Caitlin’s past to late. Along with Cisco with the help of Wells learns what triggers his vibe, however, the newly found method of could have drastic consequences.
The Reverse-Flash Returns is a very well balanced episode with the emotional turmoil that the team finds themselves in. The return Eobard Thawne and the outcome of the capture was huge. Along with emotional scenes between Patty and Barry along with the West Family and what they are having to face made this a must watch episode and continues to keep the interest in the season. As there was a look between Thawne and Wells that just asks the question with Wells 2 go down the track of Wells 1?
After quite a break The Flash is back in Potential Energy. The end of Running to Stand Still is quite a nice one they are all there to celebrate the festive season, and Wally knocks at the door right at the end of the episode, although this is a really good nice ending to the middle of the season things can’t be that simple can they?
Patty and Barry enjoying a dance at an art function
In Potential Energy, all that is blown apart with the team having issues as normal but the issues are caused by the meta-human battle that is raging. In the more recent episodes up until now, the character’s turmoil have been caused by relatively normal reasons but now Barry is having nightmares about Patty and Zoom the question then becomes is she safe? Barry is seeing Zoom kill Patty and he wants to keep her as far away from The Flash and the truth as he can to try and protect her, but that only causes strain on the relationship and now with Patty’s unresolved issues now dealt with regarding her Father is that enough for her?
In a change of pace, however, the team are going after a meta-human that has some real meaning to the storyline in turtle. Up until now in this season, all the villains have been aiming everything at the Flash and actually not feeling too threatening but this was different. Turtle is someone that can slow time down so much that he can steal things and get out before anyone has time to react even The Flash. Realising this the team think he holds the key to defeating Zoom and want to capture him in order to try and get his power off him. In an interesting twist though Turtle goes after things that are of not necessarily high value in monitory terms but in sentimental terms. As they track him down though and Barry deciding he is going to tell Patty his true identity he puts her in harms way and she becomes Turtles target.
As Joe discovers more about Wally it might be the easiest thing to swallow after quite a rough reaction when discussing way Wally didn’t come to dinner. The chip on Wally’s shoulder that he doesn’t need Joe and that he was a bad detective if he didn’t even know he had a son. Will they patch things up in time?
Potential Energy is a refreshing episode of The Flash with the recent episode becoming a little predictable at times this episode throws some curve balls into the mix. The character development might be going to a darker place at times are always met by the light-hearted humour we have come to expect. Wells also continues to keep us on our toes to which side is actually on.
Running to Stand Still sees the team returning to Central City after the crossover with Arrow and it hits the ground running. Although the crossover was done really well the main characters left their baggage in central city which was a good break but there was a need to go back.
Weather Wizard, Trickster and Captain Cold
The fast paced start to the Running to Stand Still sees the return of the Weather Wizard which is the metahuman that Patty has a problem with and holds him accountable for killing her father. Weather Wizard, however, doesn’t come back on his own he breaks out Captain Cold and The Trickster out of Iron Heights, only for Captain Cold to become very conflicted because he doesn’t want to kill The Flash. So he visits Barry to give him the heads up but still holds the air of mystery leaving the viewer not sure whether he is going to continue being a villain or move on to be a hero even if he does deny the latter.
The return Weather Wizard really affects Patty and puts a real strain on her and Barry’s relationship because Patty doesn’t think Barry understands what she is going through because she doesn’t know he is The Flash. When both she and Star Labs discover where The Trickster is she runs straight into danger and tells The Flash the truth and why it means so much to her. This puts Barry in an awkward position because she hasn’t told him and she seems MIA.
Patty going Rogue
Iris also is having her own issues while all this is going because she doesn’t know whether to tell Joe about the fact he has a son that he doesn’t know about. Barry does persuade her to tell him but they are unsure how he will react. The other big storyline even though the current threat isn’t linked to Zoom in anyway this episode Harrison Wells Mark 2 has made a discovery and is given and ultimatum will we see the return of the evil Wells?
Running to Stand Still was fast paced well deep episode. Leaving some questions open and making some big discoveries at the same time. Harrison and Leonard Snart with the biggest question marks over their heads. The other point to make is the return of Jay and the way in which he and Caitlin dance around each others. It does look like it could be a happy ending for Caitlin, but nothing always goes right in Central City.
Legends of Today is the time in the Season where they do a crossover with Arrow. The villain this episode is Vandal Savage of which the team know very little about other than he is after Kendra.
Cisco and Kendra’s relationship is going from strength to strength and when Savage turns up to try and kill her. Cisco is a bit bewildered but stands tall while making the emergency call to The Flash and then accidentally slipping up giving his true identity away to Kendra. This leaves her in shock but also leaves the team questioning her identity because Vandal Savage had called her something else. Barry having seen Vandal’s strength when Joe offers to put a detail on Kendra he instantly says no because they don’t know what they are dealing with and the consensus is the normal police force will be no match for Vandal.
Kendra, Barry and Oliver as Barry shows the team a sketch of Vanda
Barry decides the safest place for Kendra is out of the city and to be with Arrow while they figure out more about Vandal and why he thinks Kendra is someone else. Barry gets to Oliver while they are attempting to take down a gang, and Barry gets there in just in time to save Oliver as it seemingly goes wrong. When Barry first goes to Oliver with the problem he seems impressed because it’s showing a maturity but as the story unfolds and new people enter the mix Oliver starts to question what Barry as really dragged him into along with whether he able to deal with it.
Caitlin and Dr. Wells however when the team is up in Star City are left to their own devices. Barry now has his speed back, but he isn’t fast enough for Zoom. Dr. Wells is working on a drug that hopefully will make Barry that little bit faster in order to have a chance to beat Zoom. The interesting part about this is when Patty sees Dr. Wells and goes in after him because she thinks he’s dead. It would seem that even though she is Joe’s partner and Barry’s girlfriend she is still an outsider and now with Kendra knowing Barry’s identity as the Flash it could cause some serious problems down the line. Jay is also brought back in because they need to test the drug to see whether it works or not but will Jay really want to try it or let Barry use it?
The Flash and Arrow getting ready to take on Vandal
Legends of Today is a really well worked cross over because the team had a valid reason for going to Oliver and also at the end of the episode the big cliffhanger is more of an Arrow cliffhanger than a Flash one. That said though it would be cool if they could answer the cliffhanger on The Flash too. Barry questioning his role was really well done as well and the ever expanding team will just add more story possibilities
Gorilla Warfare brings back Grodd and as Barry is somewhat injured from his battle with Zoom in Enter Zoom last week it’s up to the team to step up and help him overcome his demons.
Zoom had dragged Barry across Central City and shown the world how weak he is compared to Zoom, which in turn had some really bad consequences, at the end of Enter Zoom Barry was unable to feel his legs. This was quickly addressed in Gorilla Warfare and luckily for Barry he was able to recover quite quickly from what is essentially a broken back but still was yet to use his speed. The problem as it turns out was in Barry’s head, he couldn’t believe that he was able to save Central City this time and felt like he had let everyone down. The truth was he hadn’t let anyone down and he just needed to see that.
Caitlin and Grodd
Meanwhile however well Barry is sat in a wheelchair at Star Labs angry that he doesn’t have his speed, Caitlin gets kidnapped by Grodd who believes he is Harrison Well’s son and has a soft spot for Caitlin, however, needs her to do something for him. The problem is Grodd wants her to make more like him because he feels lonely and realistically Caitlin can’t and won’t make more of them because they are a danger to everyone especially if there is more of them. Iris goes and gets another character back from the past in order to try and help Barry through this hard time.
Cisco, however, goes on a date with Kendra and gets called shot as he has a vibe which means leaves Kendra a little stunned by how enthusiastic he was about the date and then all of a sudden has to go. Patty, on the other hand, is pushed to one side by Barry because of the fact he is a wheelchair and can’t explain why.
Barry and Iris talking as Barry Struggles with not having his speed
Gorilla Warfare is a good break from the threat of Zoom and quite refreshing for Barry not to have the target on his back. Zoom is mentioned and the threat is kept in the back of your mind, but Caitlin is in trouble with Grodd and also does some very good soul searching by Barry. Barry until now has had one shake in confidence, but it wasn’t a shake of his own confidence it was just not wanting people around this time it was a pure lack of confidence. One thing that is a surprise is that Barry is still not telling Patty that he is The Flash. It is something that this episode could have broken that secret, but he chose not to.
Enter the Zoom shows Barry and the team go a different direction and be more proactive. The season and previous has seen The Flash being very reactive in the fact that he waits for threats and enemies to appear to then deal with them. This time, however, he wants to do it differently and draw Zoom out.
Barry again seems to be dead set on trusting Wells and the idea of using Linda Park to draw Zoom out has Joe all up in arms. Joe doesn’t think that Barry should trust Wells and should wait but Barry being quite headstrong this season goes along with it. The idea is that if Dr Light saw the need to kill her doubleganger then they could use that lure Zoom to their world and deal with the threat once and for all as he wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them. Linda agrees and in order to make it convincing Cisco and Wells work together on some gloves to allow her to display the powers that Dr Light has. As Zoom just wants her to get the centre piece of Barry’s Flash uniform, and they badly reenact the scene.
Cisco and Wells working together
Zoom does come however and comes up with a huge showdown. The character as well holds a lot of menace and because he has been built up so much it works really well. In other areas Patty plays a little part in the episode, however, isn’t in the forefront warning Joe about the dangers of Dr Light. However, Joe doesn’t show her the same trust still holding back the fact he thinks she is safe in Star Labs. Patty still yet to visit. Cisco as well is still trying to get to grips with his powers and finds himself trying to read Wells and Wells try to stop it from happening however Cisco sees the truth.
Enter Zoom is a good follow on from The Darkness and the Light with the subplots moving back into the background more and the team concentrating on the threats more. A really good performance by the team with seemingly more character development with even the darkest of characters being given hope, along with a huge cliffhanger or bombshell at the end.
The Darkness and the Light carries on from The Fury of Firestorm in the fact it throws the viewer straight back into the storyline that Barry has seen Harrison Wells. The problem that faces the team is do they trust Harrison Wells from Earth 2?
Iris standing up to Dr Light
The major storyline in this episode, however, is the new breach and introduction of Dr Light, while the team are trying to put together the piece and deciding whether they can trust Harrison Wells, the new introduction causes even more issues for the team. Jay The Flash from Earth 2 tells Barry that he can reason with her because she isn’t a danger which Harrison disagrees with because she is under Zooms power, which in his mind changes her. This has ramifications for Barry because in the first in counter with Dr Light he tries to talk to her and actually ends up blind because of it. Which is quite ironic because Barry spends a bigger amount of time injured than he has so far in the show when fighting against someone that is not considered a huge threat.
In their personal lives, the majority of the main cast has some sort of luck. Patty and Barry actually sort themselves out and goes on a date, which also has an interesting twist to it because of Barry’s newly found injury. With romantic encounters appearing for others, that might not be expected. The theme of the episode was fear, no matter what is happening to in their worlds they can’t let fear hold them back and even the person you least expects has a fear or something holding them back.
Cisco making his move
Dr Light was a more interesting adversary for Barry because up until now they have been people that were on the dark side of the line. Criminals that were happy to step the other side of the line and kill or hurt someone, whereas she is obviously conflicted. Dr Light is still a criminal, but she was looking for a way to get away from Zoom and not hurt anyone it seemed.
The Darkness and the Light is a solid episode and quite refreshing in some respects. The season is starting to make the characters more human they are showing them away from the whole save the world which is refreshing. The major issue coming from this episode is that it’s out of sync a little with the beginning of the season because Barry was the one that didn’t want people close to him and now he seems to be the one that is bringing everyone together and even trusting Harrison. Which seems like he could have been the wrong character to do that, that role may have been better suited to Caitlin or Cisco.