THE FLASH, Season 2 Episode "FLASH OF TWO WORLDS" Review!
By Jarrett Kruse
As if I did not already love The Flash enough, now we get to throw in wormholes and time rifts and 52 different Earth's! I lost it last week when the cliffhanger of the season premiere was Jay Garrick waltzing into S.T.A.R. Labs. Die-hard fans will remember from the first season finale that Jay's famous helmet with wings came through the portal when Harrison Wells was trying to get back to his own time. It left a lot of non-fanboys and girls scratching their heads, but I made sure to keep a note of it over the summer as I mulled what kind of tricks the producers had up their sleeve for season two. I guess I just cannot believe that it is all happening so soon and in such awesome fashion!
Since Barry and the gang have some trust issues since dealing with Harrison Wells, after running a plethora of tests on Jay Garrick, they decide to quarantine him for their own safety. Garrick tries to explain to Barry and company, that he is the Flash on his world and was in the middle of melee with this "Zoom" that was spoken of in the first episode when he was drawn into a tear in his world. Looks like the "Singularity" has done more damage than the Central City S.T.A.R. Labs team, though. I love that already we are talking multiverse! The Flash is taking chances, narrative wise that I did not expect for at least another season or so. Jay tries to explain to Barry just who Zoom is and who this new baddie they are dealing with by the name of "Slick" or "Sand Demon" is capable. Dr. Stein establishes their Earth as Earth-1 and his home as Earth-2 with Zoom being responsible for sending the Atom Smasher (Al Rothstein) through the tear to kill The Flash. Zoom is determined to be the only speedster in all of the worlds.
Meanwhile, a bright, new cadet named Patty Spivot is attached to Joe pleading with him to start up the metahuman task force again. Turns out that her father was killed by the Mardon brothers before they gained supernatural powers. Armed with the knowledge that these metahuman's are not going to stop coming through the 52 tears in their Earth anytime soon, Joe is actually mulling over whether or not reinstating the metahuman task force is a good idea. Using his powers, the Sand Demon actually kidnaps Officer Spivot but I am not sure if it was the Slick of this world or the Slick that they had to let go of because of holding him without probable cause. I am still unsure of that because if there are two different Sand Demon's, one is more dastardly than the other and far more dangerous.
Barry refuses to have Jay help him put out a fire but after a stern talking to by Iris, Barry starts to realize that not everyone is Harrison Wells. Although Jay Garrick does not have his powers on this Earth, he does have his uniform and finds out that S.T.A.R. Labs has been holding onto his old school helmet. The only way to stop the Sand Demon is by using the sand particles he is made up of and create lightning to turn the villain into glass. The Sand Demon does not realize that Garrick does not have his powers on this Earth so that is an ace up the sleeves of the S.T.A.R. Labs team. Because of his makeup, Sand Demon is keeping Officer Spivot in a moisture rich environment making them relatively easy to locate despite the concussive bomb he has set up to thwart Officer Spivot should anyone try to save her.
After almost a whole episode of not trusting anyone, Barry decides that putting his faith in Jay is the right thing to do. In the final epic showdown, it is super cool to see Jay Garrick suit up with his kettle helmet with wings and team up with the Scarlet Speedster on this foreign Earth. Garrick even alludes to a "War of the Americas" but I guess we will have to wait to hear more about that. The arrival of Garrick at the scene of the kidnapping tricks the Sand Demon for just a moment but long enough for Barry to get Officer Spivot out of harms way. Then in a very cool TV effects shot, Barry is able to hurl lighting at the Sand Demon turning him into glass, and shattering into a thousand pieces. I am continually impressed at the special effects that The Flash is able to implement into a TV show. In my opinion, these are movie-style special effects and are not overused which I really like. Any effects that the production uses really are used to push the narrative forward.
Cisco is still "vibing" for those that are super attentive and at this point you will have realized that the clever assistant was also greatly affected by the blowing up of the original particle accelerator. Clearly, Cisco is the character we will come to know as "Vibe" which is why he is still having these future/past visions that are able to help him out. However, he does not know how or when these visions are going to come and is terribly frightened by them. After making two brilliant "hunches" in one day, Dr. Stein takes notice realizing the impossibility of being able to do what he has done. Stein is the only person that Cisco has divulged his secret to besides the seemingly dead Wells.
After all is well and Officer Spivot is safe, Joe decides that she is worthy of being part of the new metahuman task force. In the episode, they do briefly show what Zoom looks like and the best way for me to describe it is that he appears to look like a gray iteration of the Reverse Flash but almost monster looking especially around his mouth. While Dr. Stein is explaining that there is a total of 52 breaches with the other Earths, the biggest being right there at S.T.A.R. Labs. Suddenly, the doctor collapses without warning and we fade out to what appears to be a perfect and pristine Central City. I have to assume that something having to do with his other half, Ronnie, being dead is draining whatever power he has left in him. The last shot of this perfect city harkens back to what appears to be an almost World War II style look at least according to the dress and hairstyles. It is a woman giving a tour of S.T.A.R. Labs to a field trip for kids where she suddenly announces that we have a special treat and they are all going to get to meet "the savior of Central City".....Dr. Harrison Wells!! Alive and well, Wells is without his wheelchair. I do not know what world he is on or what kind of trickery is going on, but you had to know that such a juicy villain like Wells would make his return somehow. Here he is, and who knows what's next. NEXT WEEK: CAPTAIN COLD & HIS DAD!!