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Season 2, Episode 1, “The Man Who Saved Central City,” Aired Oct 6, 2015
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The first few minutes of the season 2 premiere come off as gag-me-with-a-spoon sappy. The Flash snags Heatwave and Capt. Cold at the same time, Joe gives Barry a big hug and and tells him he’s going to put the police force out of work, and Iris adoringly tells Barry that he gives the city hope.
Then, you realize it’s all happening in Barry’s mind. Relief!
Because of the mess created by the singularity—the big giant wormhole above Central City—Barry has decided to go it alone, and when he’s not chasing down criminals and metahumans, he is single-handedly rebuilding Central City. Literally.
It’s easy to see why everyone loves him. I wonder if he hires out.
To show appreciation, the mayor designates a day to celebrate The Flash and gives him the key to the city. Of course that rally is when the episode’s bad element surfaces. Seriously, did any of you expect it to be any other way?
So, the team is once again gathered at Star Labs despite Barry’s efforts to keep everyone out and never go back. He rushes out to battle the metahuman on his own because he believes they’ll be safer that way. You know, because that whole I-can-do-it-all-by-myself thing always works.
Talk about bringing a knife to a gun fight! The moral of the story boys and girls is, don’t pick a fight with a guy who’s five times your size and just drank a nuclear power plant. Oh, yeah, and working as a team produces better results than running off alone. I loved it when Barry was lying in the hospital bed and Joe said, “You want me to tell you it wasn’t your fault. I can’t. It was.” Score one for tough love!
Dr. Stein, who was the only half of Firestorm who emerged from the singularity, is the newest member of the team and did not get the memo on Cisco being the one who names things. He proudly announces his idea for what to call the current threat – “the Atom Smasher, because he absorbs atomic energy … and he smashes.” Cisco finally found a colleague who gets it!
I’m hoping that Ronnie’s disappearance doesn’t mean he was swallowed up by the wormhole. Poor Caitlyn. How many times is she going to have to lose him? Besides, Robbie Amell is easy on the eyes. Personally, I would love to see more of him.
One of my favorite parts about this premiere was Henry Allen being released from prison thanks to a taped confession by Harrison Wells.
I was hoping his release would mean we’d see a lot more of him this season, but just when things were looking perfect for Barry, dear ol’ dad tells him he’s not sticking around. Damn!
Barry said it best himself—”Even when I win, I lose.”
As the team stands around talking about all of the changes to Star Labs and Barry’s suit, Jay Garrick waltzes in from another world and tells them that their world is in danger. Fun times! So, Harrison Wells is being replaced by Jay Garrick. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character unfolds.
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Until next time …
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.