The Flash, S2 Ep13 – Welcome to Earth-2

In this week’s episode of The Flash, Barry, Cisco, and Dr. Wells make their way to Earth-2 to tackle their Zoom problem head on. While Earth-2 is similar to Earth-1 in some ways, overall it is very, very different, making for some fun and funny interpretations of characters and locations we’re already used to. Unfortunately, while Earth-1’s Flash is off in Earth-2, Earth-1 Central City gets attacked by a new meta-human referred to as Geomancer.

Killer Frost and Deathstorm

Killer Frost and Deathstorm

I’m just going to go right out and say it. “Welcome to Earth-2” was amazing. It is definitely the best episode of The Flash‘s second season so far. Since the concept of the multiverse was first revealed on The Flash this has been the type of episode I’ve been wanting to see. Earth-2 is a fun, vibrant take on Earth-1, more advanced and futuristic in some ways, but also very old school in other ways. We are introduced to several Earth-2 doppelgangers, which made for some very fun scenes and even some heartwarming ones.

Unlike her Earth-1 counterpart, Iris West is a detective for the CCPD. Barry is still a forensic scientist, but even more of a dork (example, him geeking out over meeting Dr. Wells). Joe, or Joseph, West is a lounge singer. Deadshot, of Arrow fame, is a CCPD detective who actually sucks shooting. And Caitlyn Snow and Ronnie Raymond are super villains known as Killer Frost and Deathstorm. The episode also makes various nods to the comics and features several Easter Eggs, including the names Bruce, Hal, and Diana on Earth-2 Barry’s house phone, a line that suggests Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold, is the mayor of Central City, a mention of Atlantis, and a reference to the Justice Society in the CCPD. One heartwarming scene involved Barry speaking to his Earth-2 mother, as she is still alive on this Earth, which I’ll admit choked me up a little bit.

Additionally, there were a handful of Easter Eggs shown within the portal to Earth-2. We see glimpses of DC Comics anti-hero Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech), who will make his first official appearance on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, future Green Arrow, a Legion of Super Heroes ring, and Gorilla Grodd. We also see a shot of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl from the hit CBS series, as it was recently revealed that the two series will have a crossover in March. The most surprising of these Easter Eggs was the inclusion of 90s Flash played by John Wesley Shipp, who currently plays Barry’s father. I’m not sure what this means exactly. This can either be a nod to that old series, or the show is implying that there is an Earth where that Flash is a thing. If that’s the case, what other old movies and TV series have their own Earth in the multiverse? Tim Burton’s Batman? Smallville? Birds of Prey? Well, hopefully not Birds of Prey.

Enough about the Easter Eggs, let me talk about the actual plot of “Welcome to Earth-2”. There really isn’t much to it. Barry, Cisco, and Wells make their way to Earth-2 with the hopes of finding Zoom and rescuing Wells’ daughter Jesse Quick. Unfortunately, Cisco’s vibes don’t work on Earth-2 as they do on Earth-1, so Barry improvises and goes undercover as Earth-2 Barry. In doing so he meets the Earth-2 counterparts of Iris and Joe West and finds out his doppelganger is married to Iris. Barry’s plans fall through when Killer Frost and Deathstorm come into play and attempt to take Barry to Zoom.

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Barry disguised as Earth-2 Barry

The plan becomes even more complicated when we find out that Killer Frost and Deathstorm are working with another super villain known as Reverb. Reverb is the Earth-2 doppleganger of Cisco, and his appearance hints at potential super powers for Cisco as Vibe. Reverb tries to convince Cisco to join him so together they can rule, which made for a clever, not-so-subtle nod to The Empire Strikes Back.

While the majority of the episode was pretty fun there were a few dark moments. Joseph West gets killed in some crossfire from Killer Frost and Deathstorm, and the episode ends with Zoom killing Reverb and Deathstorm after they were willing to kill Barry and Barry is taken captive by Zoom. The scenes on Earth-1 were a bit forgettable in comparison to the story unfolding on Earth-2, but still made for some compelling developments with Jay Garrick. Garrick is forced to take a new speed drug called Velocity-7, an upgrade from Velocity-6, in order to take down Geomancer. Unfortunately, the drug wears off and Garrick fails, but it was pleasing to see Earth-2 Flash with control of his abilities even for a brief moment.

“Welcome to Earth-2” was amazing, but mostly for all of its nods and references. It was laugh-out-loud funny at times and was visually impressive. All of the actors did well as their Earth-2 counterparts, although Danielle Panabaker seemed to ham it up a bit as Killer Frost. I’m very glad that the episode didn’t conclude with them returning to Earth-1 and that we will see more of Earth-2 in next week’s episode. I’m also glad to see that Cisco saw what he is really capable of when he got a glimpse of Reverb. I would definitely like to see Cisco go full Vibe and maybe partner up with The Flash in future battles. “Welcome to Earth-2” was the first episode in a long time where I was left wanting more, in a good way. I didn’t want the episode to end and when it did I felt almost shorthanded.

Next week, still trapped in Zoom’s prison with Jesse Quick, the team must rescue The Flash with the help of Earth-2 Iris and Barry. Check out an extended trailer for The Flash below highlighting next week’s episode “Escape from Earth-2,” as well as more episodes to come and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Welcome to Earth-2” in the comments.