SPOILER ALERT! You've been warned!
Okay, first and foremost let me begin by stating I am a big fan of this show, so don't go all nuclear on what I am about to say. Flash Season 2 Episode 1 started.....eh. I was let down truthfully. The build-up to the Flash vs huge gaping time worm hole was such that I was dying to see how Barry would stop it. In the flashback for Season 1 prior to the start, I had gotten worked up at what Barry would see maybe inside that worm hole.
I imagined Barry tapping into some uncharted power of the speed force while trying to stop this thing, but sadly...no. We did get an explanation as to what happened mid-episode right after seeing the aftermath of the event. It was like being told what was in the wrapped box before unwrapping. No big surprise moment, and let me say that this event had that.
The "sacrifice" that would take place to stop the event came from FIRESTORM. Ronnie and the Professor separated within the event and brought the whole thing down, but when we saw Barry run and save whoI thought was Firestorm, it turned out to be just the Professor. Alas, our friend Ronnie is missing.
This is another reason why I hated the way DC's Legends of Tomorrow released the trailer so early with so may reveals. It was bad enough that we saw Ray Palmer alive, it was worse when Sara's resurrection was revealed, not to mention the fact that Firestorm will be back for that series takes a huge chunk of dramatic energy from that moment.
Now, I will add ONE theory to how Firestorm reappears in DC's Legends. Remember at the end of Flash S1 how we saw a particular winged hero in the crowd look up. If you missed it, well that person I speak of was Hawk-Girl. Could there have been a possibility that when Firestorm separated, Barry caught the professor because he didn't see where Ronnie fell and that someone ELSE might have saved Ronnie? A thing that made me go "hmmmm."
The episode starts off six months after the event, where the show started off with a sort of "daydream" I believe with Barry fighting Captain Cold and Heatwave. Firestorm bails him out, and the two return to a happy scene at Star Labs with friends both living and gone. Barry snaps back into reality and boom we're back in a brooding atmosphere inside Star Labs with the Flash standing there...alone.
The rest of the cast has moved forward. Cisco has joined the Central City Police Force in a consultant capacity for cases involving Meta-humans. Joe and Iris West seem unaffected although we saw for a brief moment Iris standing before the wall of heroes inside the precinct and looking at the memorial of a familiar face. Caitlin is still mourning Ronnie in a light way, blaming herself for not leaving Central City when he asked her to. Yes, we got a heaping spoonful of "I blame myself-NO..I blame myself" yada, yada, yada.
Thank god for Atom Smasher, who was a cool villain for the brief moments we saw him. Yes, before anyone throws a wet slipper at me for not pointing it out, the man under the mask was indeed Adam Copeland, aka WWE Hall of Famer EDGE. I was sad to see him go without a bigger bang, but he left gifts.
Apparently he had made a deal with someone who promised to return him "home" in exchange for killing the Flash. In his last dying breath he uttered the name Zoom. Could Atom Smasher have been ripped from another dimension instead. We did see a corpse of the same person killed in a nuclear plant at the beginning of the episode. Did Atom Smasher kill his "version" of self in the current dimension as a ruse in order to hide his identity? Could the mysterious Zoom have been responsible?
All summer we've been getting served nothing but Zoom hype. Some fans believe it will end up being another version of Harrison Wells, some fans believe it may end up being Eddie Thawne in a grand, evil return. All I know is that this better be a nice surprise, wrapped and opened with a big bang! The CW lately has been giving us the contents of the box and then telling us how it was wrapped.
In his last will and testament, Harrison Wells left Barry two huge gifts. It almost makes you miss Dr. Wells and in a way, reveals that he really, truly did love Barry Allen in a macabre sort of way. First he left ownership of Star Labs to Barry, and lastly...
Harrison Wells left a full confession for the murder of Nora Allen. Details and everything allowing the Central City DA to finally release Henry Allen and give Barry a happy ending to a tragic chapter in his life. Too bad Henry leaves town in the end so that his son can operate as the Flash without Dad as a distraction. Bummer...
Episode 2 will more than likely be all about Jay Garrick. It has been hyped and buzzed about, and now it's time to see the man from the past race alongside Barry. I won't speculate any more on the who, what, when, where, and why in regards to Jay's arrival in Central City. I want to be surprised about it and I hope they don't let us down.
So although I liked the show to a certain extent, Flash S2E1 fouled off the pitch rather than hit a home run. Let's hope they hit a grand slam with Jay Garrick and EP2 next week!