With just a week to go until The Flash returns for its second season, the CW have gone a bit mental throwing out teasers and trailers and anything else that will have fans of the scarlet speedster gasping for air. A lot has been said already about the vast possibilities of the multiverse, but there are more pressing problems for Barry as season 2 kicks off, like the presence in Central City of the destructive Atom Smasher (who'll be one of the season's key villains).
In case you missed it, here's the extended trailer just released by the CW (which is nowhere near as extended as the Arrow Season 4 trailer, but whatever).
Lots going on here. We catch a brief glimpse of Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), the detective who's desperate to squeeze into Joe West's metahuman task force, and who also represents a new love interest for Barry this season. Honestly, I think Barry's punching slightly above his weight with the beautiful Ms Spivot.
We also see Lisa Snart/Golden Glider, sister of Captain Cold, engaging in a flirty back and forth with Cisco, whose "You should see my knife collection" riposte is either the best or the worst weapon-based innuendo I've heard all morning.
Meanwhile Iris seems to have organised some kind of "Flash Day" in Central City, which is at least a refreshing change from the much-favoured superhero trope of the city turning on its saviour, Batman vs Superman-style, but frankly looks about as absurd as the idea of Iris West, the woman who was literally living under the same roof as The Flash, as a successful investigative journalist.
We also see Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears), aka The Flash of Earth-Two, lecturing Barry and the STAR Labs gang on the specifics of the porthole between their world and his, but that part looks kind of boring. Hopefully Sears will bring a charisma to this role that's not present in the trailer. Here's the full synopsis for episode one:
"The Man Who Saved Central City"
Picking up months after the Singularity attacked Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin) is still struggling to forgive himself for Eddie's death. Concerned about putting his friends in danger, Barry has pushed everyone away and has chosen to protect the city on his own. When a meta-human named Atom Smasher (guest star Adam Copeland) attacks the city, Iris (Candice Patton) tells Barry that he needs to let his friends help him protect the citizens of Central City.
Interesting that they've gone for an Arrow-style time leap between seasons. We already know that the STAR Labs team are in disarray and have effectively dis-banded since the events of the finale - with any luck not everything will be wrapped up in a neat bow before the first episode is over...
Here's the synopsis for episode two.
"The Flash of Two Worlds"
Jay Garrick (guest star Teddy Sears), a mysterious man from Earth-2, appears at S.T.A.R. Labs with a dire warning about an evil speedster named Zoom, who is set on destroying The Flash. Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team must decide if they can trust this stranger even as they face yet another powerful meta-human. Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) must deal with a determined officer named Patty Spivot (guest star Shantal VanSanten) who wants to join his meta-human task force.
Two of the more exciting story arcs we can expect to see play out in the coming season are the transformations of Cisco Ramon and Dr. Caitlin Snow into their respective superhero alter egos, Vibe and Killer Frost. In the alternative timeline established toward the end of season 1 when Barry travelled back a day, Eobard Thawne told a less than thrilled Cisco that a "great and honourable destiny" awaits him. Now Carlos Valdes has dropped a few hints about Cisco's attitude toward becoming Vibe. In all honesty, Cisco is my least favourite member of the team, so I'm hoping his arc this season does something to change that. No word yet on when Caitlin's discovery of her dark side will be set into motion.
Another bonus featurette released by the CW last week gave us an inside look into the visual effects process which keeps this show looking so slick each week. VFX supervisor Armen Kevorkian discusses the challenges of bringing Gorilla Grodd to life entirely with CGI, although if it really was difficult you'd never know it from the final, banana-hating product on screen. The Flash tries to stick as closely as possible to the comics, and as a result of that it's an extremely visual series, so realistic CGI is crucial to the viewing experience, and they nailed it.
The Flash returns Tuesday, October 6th on the CW, with Arrow following October 7th. Can it top season 1? Write a post or share your thoughts in the comments.