On this week’s episode of The Flash we learned all about the multiverse, that rookies can be rather annoying, that Barry has some serious trust issues, as well as getting our first glimpse of Earth-2. Let’s take a closer look at ‘Flash Of Two Worlds,’ shall we?
The episode opens with Jay Garrick explaining all about how the singularity left openings between the worlds, allowing people to come and go as they please. He also reveals that in his world (which has been dubbed Earth-2), he is known at The Flash. He reveals that the mysterious Zoom is also from Earth-2, but is sending meta-humans through the rift to kill all versions of The Flash. Garrick also reveals that coming through to the other universe has stripped him of his powers.
Barry is wary of the newcomer, which is understandable given his betrayal by Harrison Well/Eobard Thawne. He refuses to listen to Garrick and insists that he be kept in one of the containment cells at S.T.A.R. Labs. Even though this week’s villain of the week, Sand Demon, is from Earth-2, and Garrick has fought him before, Barry is reluctant to take any of Jay’s advice. It’s not until Iris convinces him that not everyone is going to betray him that he relents and the two Flashes work together to bring down the bad guy. It’s a pretty cool sequence, and I love that we got a chance to see Jay and Barry actually work together, even though the former’s powers are on the fritz.
In the secondary stories this week, we got to meet eager beaver, Patty Spivot. A rookie on the CCPD, she spends the entire episode trying to get in Joe’s good graces so that he will let her be on the Anti-Metahuman Task Force. Turns out that everyone who initially signed up has quit, once they got a look at what they were up against. I like the addition of Patty, and it appears that she is going to be a love interest for Barry. I am definitely on board with this idea and they seemed to have pretty good chemistry together. I am not a fan of the whole Iris and Barry thing, so I always like to see someone new added to the mix. (I am still on team Caitlin and Barry, although that doesn’t seem to be happening, as our favorite scientist was giving Jay the “look” during parts of this episode. Poor Ronnie is barely cold…) As long as it doesn’t get into a long and drawn out love triangle, I’m good.
Cisco is having his own set of issues, which are slowly coming to the forefront. This week, when he touched the debris left behind by the Sand Demon, he got glimpses of the villain from the recent past. He tried to keep it a secret, but was forced to use the ability when the case was stuck in neutral. Although Dr. Stein wanted to study whatever it is that’s going on, Cisco shut him down. This looks to be a storyline that’s going to build over the season, which is really quite exciting. I can’t wait to find out where this one leads.
In the final scene of the episode, we get our first glimpse at Earth-2 and the S.T.A.R. Labs in that universe. As the tour guide is extolling the virtues of all of the great work the lab has done in the fields of genetics and metahuman studies, we get a shot of this universes’ Harrison Wells before the screen fades to black.
Overall, this was a solid episode. I know that ultimately Zoom is the big bad for the season, but this whole villain of the week thing is getting kind of tiresome. I realize that it’s a means to an end type thing, but throwaway characters aren’t all that appealing. The fact that they are revealing the whole idea of the multiverse is absolutely mind-blowing. It’s a complex concept, as those of us who read comics know, and it’s a bold and daring move to introduce it, especially so early on in the series. Hopefully it won’t be too confusing for those that are casual viewers. It can get pretty convoluted, but should pay off big in the end.
The first couple of episodes so far have revealed just enough to keep us satisfied, but have left enough questions unanswered to keep us hooked. I am truly impressed with the storytelling and the set-up and can’t wait to see what happens next.
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