The Flash

the-flash-season-two-blu-rayThe Second Season of The Flash feels like a bit of a retread putting the Scarlet Speedster up against although super-fast baddie. Zoom isn’t as strong a villain as the Reverse-Flash which leads to a disappointing season finale, but along the way the season does have several bright spots including exploring the concept of a Multiverse, Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) relationship with Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), and bringing back Tom Cavanagh as the all-different Harrison Wells.

Highlights include the Flash’s time jump to trick his old enemy into helping him, the return of the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), the team-up of the Weather Wizard (Liam McIntyre), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and the original Trickster (Mark Hamill), Central City terrorized by King Shark, Barry struggling with the loss of his speed, the Flash temporarily trapped inside the Speed Force, the return of Grodd, the introduction of Zoom, and the episodes leading up to the spin-off Legends of Tomorrow.

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Because DC Universe: Rebirth #1 centered around Wally West and his connection the lost pre-New 52 DCU, and did such an amazing job of reintroducing the character back into DC Comics, The Flash: Rebirth #1 feels mostly redundant. There’s simply nothing new for writer Joshua Williamson to introduce.

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It always starts with the Flash. Since 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths every major DC Comics’ reboot, realignment, restructuring, or rebirth (so to speak) can be tied back to the character who gave birth the the Silver Age of comics. This time it isn’t Barry Allen at the center of events, but Wally West. Last seen five years ago, Wally returns to the DCU with a bang.

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #15 takes Mystery, Inc. from Central City to the darkest jungles of Africa for a team-up with the Flash. After helping the Scarlet Speedster take down the Mirror Master, Scooby and the gang hitch a ride to Gorilla City where everyone, even Grodd, needs their help in dealing with a Gorilla Ghost haunting the city of telepathic apes.

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Well, that was anticlimactic. Ending the show’s Second Season on one of the weakest episodes of the series, “The Race of His Life” concludes the season-long arc of Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) battle with Zoom (Teddy Sears) with… a race? Opening with the funeral of Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp), Barry’s friends and family decide to prevent Barry from taking revenge by imprisoning the Flash in the pipeline while they try to stop Zoom on their won. As you might expect, something goes wrong.

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As frightened as they are by Zoom‘s (Teddy Sears) army of meta-humans ripping apart the city, his friends and family are more concerned with Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) new-found sunny attitude since returning from the Speed Force. As it turns out, neither will survive the episode. Thanks to the work of Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Wells (Tom Cavanagh), the team finds a way to neutralize all meta-humans from Earth-2 at once – including the recently arrived Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) who kicks some Flash ass before going nite-nite with all of her super-villain counterparts. As for Barry, the team’s victory is overshadowed by yet another loss as the show kills off a major supporting character leading to a big showdown in next week’s season finale.

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With the Flash (Grant Gustin) trapped inside the Speed Force his friends and family are left to deal with the consequences of the experiment to restore his speed. While Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) recovers quickly from being knocked unconscious from the controlled particle-accelerator explosion, Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) languishes in an unexplained coma just as Barry once did (suggesting her foray into super-speed crime-fighting may come before Wally’s). Aside from trying to lure Barry back from the limbo he’s trapped in, his friends also must deal with zombified Girder (Greg Finley) whose form was reanimated by the shockwave.

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Although we see none of the Flash in action, aside from Cisco‘s (Carlos Valdes) parlor tick of using a hologram in an attempt to convince the people of Central City that their hero hasn’t abandoned them, “Rupture” may prove a pivotal episode not only in the season but the entire series. Offering the return of John Wesley Shipp, a new meta-human in the evil doppelganger of Cisco’s brother (Nicholas Gonzalez), the return of Zoom (Teddy Sears) and the beginning of his reign of terror on this Earth, and giving us the origins for two new speedsters in Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Jesse Quick (Violett Beane), the main focus of “Rupture” focuses in the internal struggle of Barry (Grant Gustin) weighing the costs of a risky opportunity to regain his speed.

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Barry (Grant Gustin) struggles to readjust to life without his speed which proves even more difficult when Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is kidnapped by a meta-human (Haig Sutherland) while searching for Jesse (Violett Beane). Even without his powers, Barry can’t sit back and do nothing. Gathering the team and Jesse together for a little old fashioned police work, and a bit of luck, the Flash races into action (albeit at a much more normal pace).

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In an episode that begins with a flashback to Earth-2, “Versus Zoom” gives us darker version of the origins of Barry (Grant Gustin) as we witness the tragedy of Hunter Zolomon’s childhood which would lead him down the path to taking on the personas of both Jay Garrick and Zoom (Teddy Sears). Opening with a sequence that helps explain Barry’s short stint on Supergirl, the episode is mainly concerned with the Flash and his friends setting another trap for Zoom which, to absolutely no one’s surprise, goes wrong.

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