The Flash, S2 Ep02 – Flash of Two Worlds

While I can’t say last week’s episode of The Flash ended with a shocker, because we all knew Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) was coming, it’s still really fun to see these science fiction elements like alternate universes and doppelgangers coming to light on the series. The Flash has never strayed far from embracing its comic book roots, focusing heavily on time travel last season. Now, with a new universe discovered, new villains arise in Central City and are intent on taking Barry Allen down. With Jay Garrick at his side, Barry may stand a chance against Zoom, a speedster from Earth-2 who wants nothing more than to be the only speedster in existence.

Jay Garrick The Flash

Jay Garrick, The Flash of Earth-2

“Flash of Two Worlds” picks up right where the last episode left off, with Jay Garrick introducing himself to Team Flash and informing them of the world he comes from and Zoom’s motives. For the majority of the episode, Barry is distrustful of Jay for many reasons. For one, Jay’s story does seem far-fetched and unfortunately he’s lost his powers after being sent to Earth-1 via a breach, so he can’t even prove he’s The Flash of Earth-2. Additionally, after his experience with Harrison Wells’ betrayal last season, Barry is cautious of accepting the help of strangers.

It isn’t until the very end, after much delegation, that Barry decides to trust Jay and accepts his help. Additionally, a police officer by the name of Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) who has an interest in joining Detective West’s meta-human task force, gets kidnapped in order to lure Barry into a fight. She is kidnapped by Sand Demon (Kett Turton), a villain, much like Marvel’s Sandman, who has been “hired” by Zoom to take Barry out. It’s at this point Barry decides to accept Jay’s help, and Jay even teaches him a new move to fight Sand Demon. In order to defeat Sand Demon, Barry learns how to throw the electricity generated from his speed, which is an ability DC readers have seen in the comics.

I always thought that when Jay Garrick made his appearance on The Flash that The CW would go with his modern New 52 look. I was surprised to see in last season’s finale that Jay Garrick’s tin hat made an appearance, and now I’m very accepting of the use of Jay Garrick’s classic costume on the series. While the tin hat looks slightly goofy, it still works on screen, and when we get a glimpse of the world he comes from, his costume fits perfectly with that Golden Age universe.

Other new characters introduced in “Flash of Two Worlds” were Patty Spivot, Sand Demon, and Zoom. Patty Spivot already seems like a character we can sympathize with and has good chemistry with Barry. Sand Demon, though visually appealing when showing off his abilities, isn’t the most complex villain. Zoom, voiced by horror icon Tony Todd, is a departure from his comic book counterpart, sporting a black costume rather than the traditional yellow. We don’t learn much about Zoom as his identity will most likely be the main mystery of season two, but already he seems very threatening. Jay even refers to him as a demon.

Patty Spivot makes her way to Central City

Already a damsel in distress

“Flash of Two Worlds” is filled with plenty of Easter Eggs and nods to the comic books. From Dr. Martin Stein discussing the multiverse, Cisco talking about his “vibes”, and a not-so-subtle nod to the original comic book that inspired this episode, there is plenty for DC Comics fans to love. For people who are not fans of the comics, it’s great to see that goofy comic book ideas like the multiverse and Flashes of other worlds are being brought to mainstream audiences with respect.

Cisco has some important scenes in “Flash of Two Worlds” as he continues to get visions of moments in time when he touches something. So far this has happened when he touched elements from another time or alternate universe. In this case it happened when he touched sand from Sand Demon. With his ability he was able to locate Sand Demon’s whereabouts and inform Barry of where he was. While Cisco’s ability is beneficial to the group, he is afraid of what it could mean for him, especially considering that he blames Harrison Wells for giving him the ability. As of right now the only one who knows is Dr. Stein, who may have his own issues in next week’s episode after this week’s episode concludes with him fainting.

The stinger scene at the end of “Flash of Two Worlds” gave us a glimpse at the S.T.A.R. Labs of Earth-2. The environment is a live-action representation of DC’s golden age universe, and as stated before, is a perfect fit for a costume like Jay’s to appear in. The real kicker at the end of the scene is the introduction of Earth-2 Harrison Wells. While Wells does have his subtle mustache twirling villainous look on his face, this version of Harrison Wells is most likely a good version, not taken over by Eobard Thawne. I’m looking forward to seeing how the new Harrison Wells comes into play in coming episodes.

“Flash of Two Worlds” was an amazing episode. Story-wise it may not have been the most compelling, but seeing all of these classic comic book elements come to light in an effective and respectful manner is something to be impressed with. Jay Garrick is shaping up to be a great mentor for Barry and Zoom seems very threatening. There was also some humor in this episode which, as usual, came from Cisco, as he criticized Jay for coming with a nickname before him or mentioned how Jay is a bit more muscular than Barry is. Patty Spivot is a welcome addition to the cast and had some good chemistry with Barry. We’ll probably see more of jealous Iris if her and Barry begin to have a romantic relationship. Hopefully, Patty Spivot will be more than just a damsel in distress in future episodes.

Next week’s episode of The Flash will introduce Captain Cold’s father, whom Cisco humorously refers to as Colonel Cold. Check out The CW’s official promo for “Family of Rogues” below and feel free to let us know what you thought of “Flash of Two Worlds” in the comments.