Flash of Two Worlds, is one of the most exciting Flash episodes to date. I’m not the type of person to say that often about any show, but I really mean it here.
The second episode of season two is named after a comic book with a similar story. We’re not studying the source here, but it’s great to see that the team behind Flash have a great understanding of origin. Jay Garrick appears in Barry Allen’s world informing him of an all too evil force known as Professor Zoom.
S.T.A.R. Labs smarties postulate the existence of many worlds, to which they discover is actually the case validated by Jay Garrick’s being. Jay Garrick, a speedster from the same time, but a parallel universe, admits that his powers have abandoned him as he was sucked up into Earth-1. He ended up in Barry’s world after almost being dealt a deadly blow by Zoom, a villain much more powerful than anything Team Flash has yet confronted.
Zoom willfully travels through dimensions by use of teleportation methods, as seen when he brings Sand Demon, an arsonist with sand morphing abilities, to Earth-1, and demands he kills Flash. The catch? Sand Demon can return back to the world he’s from, should his mission prove a success.
This episode introduces a new police officer by the name of Patty Spivot. She wants to join the metahuman task force Joe’s running, because metahumans murdered her father. Joe has a soft spot for people younger than him who have had injustices dealt to their parents. He recruits her, but only after she sneakily takes down Eddie Slick, aka Sand Demon, in a chase scene. The tables eventually turn, and Eddie (Sand Demon) brings Spivot to a facility to die, in hopes of taking out Barry in the process.
Barry doesn’t trust Jay, because of his history of looking up to older and wiser men like Harrison Wells. They converse and Garrick explains he’s not the man Wells was (or is), and trains Barry in the artful combat of lighting strikes, or as Cisco Ramon gleefully points out, “Zues” powers. Barry hurls a bolt of lightning at Sand Demon, glassing him and saving Spivot.
Most impressive of the lighting abilities on-screen are how acceptable the post generated imagery has become on The Flash. Not once did I question authenticity of speed or electrifying shocks Barry performed throughout this episode.
If you read my last review, I had a small complaint about the safely played cinematography. I’m happily convinced that new style has been benched while the fluidity endorsed by fans everywhere found in season one have made a comeback. Each chase and fight was cut with extreme confidence and shot with keen eye. Ensemble dialogue portrayed by The Flash‘s signature dolly pivoting one-shots have never felt better.
Can we tip our hats to the sound department? I haven’t seen anyone applaud their outstanding performance yet. Whenever we view the sharp graphics, we underestimate how beautifully intimidating the thunderous cracks accenting the frames are. My suspenshion of disbelief has yet to fade in any facet of the post-department.
The last canonical shot of Flash of Two Worlds is daringly reminiscent of the 1961 comic book it’s influenced from. Take a look.
The stinger gives the audience a brief glimpse into another era. Harrison Wells is alive, walking, and creepily greeting a group of young children accompanied by a tour guide of a much different looking S.T.A.R. Labs. The adult is awe-struck while the kids show kid-like excitement. Clearly, everything still lacks normality in the ever-expanding multiverse The Flash introduced.
This episode was well-crafted in almost every aspect, and entirely fun. Fun matters to me, and sometimes outweighs academic standards of Film and Television, so I hate being harsh on my following criticism. I’ll attempt an easy-going attitude in the future, but Iris West, as important as her character may prove as a tool, is still dry as a character. She speaks meaningful thoughts and delivers inspiring speeches, but this is a visual medium, and it’s time Iris starts doing. To think, I almost gave my first ten away.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Shantel VanSanten and Grant Gustin in The Flash (© 2015 The CW)