Kadima! Forward indeed, as the Hebrew saying goes. Despite lacking a great deal of action, per se, season two of The Flash is off to a pretty good start. Lots of set up for the second season, so there is much to look forward—there’s that word again—to. The Flash attempts to go it alone for a while until a radiated villain shows up, Barry Allen loses one dad, and more on the season two premiere of The Flash “The Man Who Saved Central City.” Spoiler alert.

Six Months Later

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Last season on The Flash, the finale ended on a cliffhanger with Barry, I mean the Flash using his speed force in an attempt to save the city from the singularity—that’s nerd speak for black hole—that was threatening to devour Central City and potentially the rest of the world. Unfortunately, The Flash needed a little help. Enter Firestorm. And though the trio was indeed successful in closing/destroying the singularity, it came with an unfortunate price. One half of Firestorm, Ronnie Raymond, was tragically lost in the melee. Seriously, how many hot guys are going to die off of this show before someone says something? First we lost Eddie Thawne, now Ronnie. Too many, too soon. I’m just saying.

Needless to say, Barry Allen took the loss of his friend Ronnie personally, and decided then to fight crime in Central City all by his lonesome. He even tried to literally put the city back together at night in the hopes of righting a wrong in his own mind. Initially, everyone was very respectful of Barry needing time and space to heal from his personal pain, but after six months it was time for the group reassemble; especially when a radiated hot mess showed up in town to crash his solo crime fighting party.

Flash Day

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Is it just me or did Flash Day look a lot like something from a Superman movie just before they inevitably turn on him, with the crowd looking on and jeering in support of the Central City vigilante? No one has turned on the Flash, just yet, but they did get an eye full when Albert Rothstein aka Atom Smasher showed up and proceeded to give the Flash a coma inducing beat down. Don’t worry, the Flash woke up…a while later. None to worry, though, the Flash with the help of his reassembled team were finally able to figure out a plan to take the Atom Smasher down a peg or two: by giving him more radiation than he could possibly handle. Just before he took his last breath, however, Atom Smasher did manage to reveal that he was working for Zoom. And just like that we got our first introduction to the second season villain.

Welcome Home, Henry!

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In an unexpected plot twist, Eobard Thawne/Harrison Wells/The Reverse-Flash, left Barry a final request in his living will essentially bequeathing S.T.A.R. labs to him if and only if he watched a video that he left for him. Sounded easy, right? Seemingly no strings attached. Not only was it just that simple, but Eobard actually had one more surprise up his sleeve. After resigning to the fact that Barry/The Flash had beaten him, he then proceeded to confess to the murder of Barry’s mother, Nora Allen. So, yeah, that happened. Gotta love the pace of this show, right? They don’t waste any time, which is awesome.

Speaking of not wasting any time, it didn’t take long for the confession to land in the right hands, with Barry having connections to the Central City Police Department and Detective West and all. Before anyone could blink, Henry Allen was out of prison and walking through the door of the West’s home to a welcome home party. Too bad the smiles didn’t last, thanks to Henry revealing to Barry that he had plans to leave town immediately. As sad as it was for Barry to hear there really was no other option for Henry. Who would want to stay in the same city where they were falsely imprisoned for killing their wife? Asked and answered. He has to move forward—ha, there it is again.

With Henry gone, Barry and the gang went right back to work at S.T.A.R. labs, which presented the perfect time to mention a few season two upgrades. Aside from Barry’s suit upgrade with the lightning bolt—just like in the Flash’s suit from the future—S.T.A.R. labs got a few tech upgrades as well, which couldn’t have come at a better time. Just as Cisco announced the security upgrades, low and behold a stranger walks right through the door. Ladies and gentlemen, Jay Garrick—that’s the Flash from Earth-Two or the Original—has officially entered the building.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8:00pm EST on CW.

The Flash: The Man Who Saved Central City Recap & Review
Pros
  • Atom Smasher
  • First Mention of Zoom
  • Jay Garrick
Cons
  • Ronnie Died
4.5Overall Score

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