Last time on The Flash we finally found out what happened the day of the singularity. While a giant hole above the city threatened to absorb everything into it, the end result pushed friends and family apart in the form of Barry and company. For a moment, this seemed to be the path they were all destined for. Enter Atom Smasher and Zoom. Barry and his friends soon realized that being apart was the last thing they needed, and that the only way to defeat this new villain was to become closer than ever. However, Atom Smasher was just the beginning. This week’s episode, “Flash of Two Worlds,” introduces a new member of the team as well as new concepts that will help guide us for the rest of the season.
If you haven’t seen the latest episode of The Flash then be warned that this recap/review may contain spoilers. This will be your last and only warning. So, either look away or keep reading. Now on with the recap.
When we last left Barry, Caitlin had just finished explaining that the lab’s security had been upgraded so that no one would be able to walk in and out of the building. That’s when Jay Garrick walks in to everyone’s surprise. As Garrick explains it, where he’s from, he’s a speedster like Barry and is also known as The Flash. Garrick found his way into Barry’s world when the singularity opened up on his side and sucked him into it. He tells Barry that Atom Smasher is actually from his world. After seeing that he had found his way onto Barry’s world, he realizes that others may have followed. It’s a concept that’s hard to believe, but after six months Garrick has had time to understand things. To make matters worse, he’s lost his powers of speed.
Patty Spivot is introduced as an energetic and enthusiastic police officer who is determined to be a part of Det. West’s anti-metahuman task force. However, to her dismay, she’s a little too eager for West and he denies her entrance into the task force.
At the lab, Barry calls into question the methods of his friends reminding them that they are scientists and journalists. Their duty is to test, prove and report their findings, yet, he feels that they are failing to do so. Iris realizes that something is wrong with Barry and pulls him aside. Barry reveals that Wells is to blame for his trust issues. Iris reminds Barry that trust is the reason he was able to defeat Wells and that if he keeps his walls up, people are going to start losing trust in him.
After defeating Sand Demon, Barry apologizes for not believing in Garrick sooner. Garrick says it was nothing and reminds Barry that the tougher road is ahead when he has to take down Zoom. When Barry asks who Zoom is, Garrick replied,
“Zoom is obsessed with destroying me. Now he wants to destroy you. He needs to be the best. And he will do whatever it takes to ensure he’s the only speedster…in any world.”
Back at the lab, Stein asks Cisco about the earlier events to which Cisco reveals what he’s been experiencing but pleads with the Professor not to tell the rest of the group. The Professor promises. Moving on, they gather everyone back upstairs and show the results of their study of the breach from which Garrick came from. Their results concluded that there were other breaches (52 to be exact) and that a major one was located inside S.T.A.R. Labs. Professor Stein continues to explain what lies beyond the breach inside the labs, but before he can finish he collapses.
In the final scene, a monorail shoots by an advanced version of Central City and we’re taken inside a fully restored S.T.A.R. Labs. Inside a woman is giving a tour to group of young children. She explains to them that the lab leads the world in discoveries in the fields of artificial intelligence, genetics, and metahuman studies. Just then, the tour guide receives an unexpected surprise as the founder of S.T.A.R. Labs walks into her tour group. That’s when we see Dr. Wells walk out of an elevator to the sound of applause and says, “Hello, kids.”
This week’s episode started strong. Jay Garrick’s introduction is a important point in the show and there was nothing confusing about it. In fact, Professor Stein’s lesson on the multiverse was well said and it really laid the ground work for the future of the season in a very comprehensive manner.
When a superhero learns a new ability or power, it’s always really exciting to watch and experience. Just like any normal person learning more about their identity, these type of moments are special because not only do you get to see something new, but you also get to understand who they are as a person. In Barry’s case, the audience got share his growing pains and reveled in his success when he finally threw that bolt of lightning.
Overall, this was another good episode. Was is it better than the last one? Not so much. Sand Demon felt more like filler than an actual problem. Cisco’s current reminders that he’s the guy who gets to name everything is getting a little dry. It’s only episode two of the second season, but it may be time to evolve a bit in the story. Barry has been growing at a steady pace, and he should being the star of the show. The rest of the cast should be able to grow just as much at the same time.
Final Grade: B+
On a final note, kudos to the show for recreating an iconic scene from the comic books. Did any of you catch it?
For a preview of next week’s episode, check out the video below: