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The Flash: Season Two

Review by CJ

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Director:
Ralph Hemecker, Jesse Warn, John F. Showalter, Stefan Pleszczynski, Steve Shill, JJ Makaro, Dermott Downs, Kevin Tancharoen, Rob Hardy, Michael A. Allowitz, Rachel Talalay, Millicent Shelton, Hanelle Culpepper, Glen Winter, Alice Troughton, Armen V. Kevorkian, Kevin Smith, Antonio Negret

Starring:
Grant Gustin, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Keiynan Lonsdale

Other notable appearances:
Victor Garber, Robbie Amell, Rick Cosnett, Wentworth Miller, Teddy Sears, John Wesley Shipp, Stephen Amell, Malese Jow, Peyton List, Amanda Pays, Patrick Sabongui, John Barrowman, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Mark Hamill, Shantel VanSanten, Matt Letscher, Jason Mewes, Katie Cassidy

Running time:
40-43 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
23

 

After defeating Reverse Flash last season, two members of Team Flash are gone. The team now face a new threat in the form of Zoom — another speedster whose speed far exceeds that of The Flash. Can Barry Allen (Gustin) put past betrayals behind him and trust the newly arrived Jay Garrick to stop the evil Zoom?

As far as second seasons go, The Flash has managed to remain consistent without feeling stagnant. The monster of the week with one ongoing plot line format has continued on from season one.

Since The Flash has remained consistent, it makes sense that my favourite parts of the show remain the Arrow crossovers and the villain with heart, Captain Cold (Miller). However, one thing that has dramatically changed from season one to season two is my past dislike of Iris West. Through a gradual transformation, the character of Iris has been written as far less grating and annoying, instead becoming a very likeable character in her own right.

One thing I did find particularly annoying is the way Wally West (Lonsdale) is written. I understand that he has had a tough upbringing and is going through even tougher times when we are introduced to the character. But the essence of Wally West — in my mind — has always been his sense of humour and carefree attitude. This Wally West incarnation is brooding, quick to take offence and prone to storming off in a huff. I’d like to make the point though that this is through no fault of Lonsdale’s — he plays the role very well for how it is written.

The plots are still outrageous and the acting is over the top to match, but I love that the show stays fun when introducing tough challenges by being a bit cheesy.

I still feel that 20+ episodes in a season necessitates too much padding. If the seasons were cut down by ~25% they would be far more bang for your buck. Most of the padding is tolerable but there is no denying it is there.

The Flash is a fun comic book television show that adds a light side to the Arrowverse. The second season is highly entertaining despite a few hiccups in character development and pacing.

Rating:
4 Stars

‘My name is Jay Garrick and your world is in danger.’

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