The Flash Season 2 Premiere Review: A Bittersweet Reunionby Luciana / October 7, 2015
So. Many. Feelings. Tears were shed and teary smiles made an appearance over last night’s very bittersweet and, at the same time, hopeful season premiere of The Flash.
In case you don’t remember, season 1 ended with the final showdown between the Reverse Flash and Barry. Our favorite speedster went back in time to try to save his mother from Wells, but ultimately decided to let history run its course, because it was that moment that had defined his entire life. In a heart wrenching performance by Grant Gust, Barry stayed with his mother, reassuring her that he was okay and that his life had turned out more than okay until she died.
Wells would be the victorious one, but Eddie put an end to his victory lap by killing himself and effectively erased him from existence. However, the singularity that had allowed Barry to go back in time in the first place, opened up a huge black hole over Central City and proceeded to suck everything into it. We were left with one hell of a cliffhanger as Barry ran towards the black hole to try and stabilize it.
So last night’s premiere opened with a grief-stricken Barry, determined to be on his own and pushing his team away. I admit it was a bit of a curve ball and it had me going “what the heck is going on” for the first ten minutes or so. However, it doesn’t take long for us to understand what has Barry so down. In an effort to save The Flash, Ronnie and Dr. Stein joined forces to unleash Firestorm into the black hole and effectively stop the damn thing. And it worked too, except only Barry and Dr. Stein came back alive. They lost Ronnie. Again.
After that, team Flash just sort of imploded. Barry closed himself off and isolated himself and Caitlin left, not being able to handle losing her husband a second time. So with both Barry and Caitlin gone and Dr. Wells erased from existence, Cisco started working with Joe and the CCPD, which I thought was just brilliant. He is, hands down, one of the very best characters on this show – certainly the funniest – and Carlos Valdes is doing an amazing job so far.
So when we catch up with everyone, Central City is treating The Flash like a hero and has even marked a day – naming it “Flash Day” – to celebrate all the good that he has done and presenting him with the key to the city. Barry wants to have nothing to with it and has been rebuilding the city slowly on the down low, but everything Iris said to him seems to strike a cord because he does show up at the Flash Day event. But when he is about to receive the key to the city, a huge dude attacks him, creating havoc around everyone. Barry has his ass handed to him because the guy is super strong and bullet proof and has the ability to grow twice his size, which is just super fun. In the midst of all this fun attack, we get another glimpse of Cisco’s new power, which I am still not entirely sure what it is supposed to be, but I am just rolling with it and I am sure it will be explained along the way.
Meanwhile, we learn that Wells left Barry everything, including Star Labs and a USB drive that has some information that Barry is afraid to discover. I don’t blame him; after everything Wells put them through, I wouldn’t want to touch it with a ten-foot pole. So imagine my surprise (and Barry’s) when it was actually Harrison Wells’ confession to killing Barry’s mother, which exempts Henry Allen of any charges against him.
This was such an emotional episode and I admit that it had me in tears – happy or otherwise – several times. There are a few points I would like to touch on, though.
Is he really dead? Come on, do we really believe that? I have already seen Robbie Amell posting on social media that this is not the last we have seen of Ronnie, so the guy just seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. Or immortal. How many times have they thought he was dead by now? I mean, hasn’t poor Caitlin been through enough?
I thought they handled how Barry dealt with everything that happened in a really organic way. Eddie killed himself as the ultimate sacrifice to finally defeat Wells and then Ronnie dies trying to save him. Of course he felt guilty for their deaths. So he pushes everyone away in order to deal with his own grief and also protect his team from any more harm. That said, I also thought that the way he slowly came out of his shell was really great and honest, with Iris trying to talk to him, then Joe and then finally Caitlin ultimately getting through to him and standing by him when he finally found out what was on the USB drive Wells had left him.
Barry and Caitlin
I thought their scene was by far one of the most touching of the entire episode. They were both hurting, both blaming themselves and they were both what ultimately pushed the other forward to move on and continue their work as Team Flash. Also, am I the only one rooting for these two crazy kids to get together? No? Just me? Okay.
I am not at all versed in the DC Comics canon and I am actively trying to avoid spoilers at all costs, so I know next to nothing about Jay Garrick. All I know is that he is from an alternate universe that they refer to as Earth-2. I am very excited about this storyline, as alternate realities are so my thing and it makes me really miss Fringe. So the fact that The Flash is dabbling into time travel and parallel universes? Fan-freakin’-tastic!
So what did you think? Tell me all about it in the comments below.