The Flash is probably the most acclaimed superhero show on TV today, earning praise from critics and fans alike for its exciting storylines, engaging characters and awesome superhero action scenes. And it looks like we'll get even more thrilling adventures from the Scarlet Speedster with the upcoming Season 3 premiere, set to change the Flash's universe as we know it with the history-altering Flashpoint event.
Season 3 premieres on the CW on October 4, and if you want to catch up before the season premiere, it would be ideal to begin now. The good news for you is that there are many different options when it comes to watching past episodes.
Is The Flash on Netflix?
Netflix is the go-to streaming service for many, but viewers of the CW superhero shows have become irritated at the fact that it takes a while for new seasons to be added to the platform. Currently, you can only watch Season 1 of The Flash on Netflix, though that'll likely change in the future.
Back in July, Netflix and The CW signed a deal to exclusively stream the network's shows eight days after their season finale. Moving forward, this should give fans more than enough time to catch up on all of their favorite CW shows before new seasons, but the deal hasn't brought Season 2 of The Flash to the service just yet.
What Other Ways Can I Stream The Flash?
Thankfully, there are several solid options to watch The Flash Season 2. Your best bet is to purchase individual episodes or seasons for streaming through services like Amazon Prime, iTunes, the Xbox Marketplace, Vudu or the Google Play store. Depending on the service, each season should cost between $30 to $40, a fair value considering you'll get over 20 episodes of a TV series.
Unfortunately, Hulu isn't a great option for streaming The Flash. The service only has episodes 9, 10, 11, 12 and 17 from Season 2, which won't have you caught up for the new season premiere.
Essential Episodes From Season 1
It's pretty difficult for even the most die-hard fans to get through two 23 episode TV seasons in just a couple weeks, but thankfully you don't have to watch every single episode of The Flash to be ready for Season 3. While I definitely recommend checking out all of Season 1, only a handful of episodes are vital viewing when it comes to the upcoming season. Check out my picks for essential Season 1 episodes below.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Flash. Hope you're caught up on your Flash Facts before reading more.
"Pilot" — Season 1, Episode 1
The pilot episode brings fans the Flash's origin story as we watch Barry get struck by the lightning bolt that awakens his super-speed. We get introductions to Iris West and Joe West, as well as the S.T.A.R. Labs crew that helps Barry harness his powers for good. We also learn about the death of Barry's mother, a key mystery throughout the series that drives the young hero to become the Flash.
"Going Rogue" — Season 1, Episode 4
This episode's important because it introduces TV fans to Captain Cold, one of the biggest and baddest villains on the show. "Going Rogue" shows how the iconic Flash villain gets his hands on his infamous freeze gun, leading to an epic showdown between the villain and the Scarlet Speedster.
"Flash Vs. Arrow" — Season 1, Episode 8
The Flash made his first appearance on an episode of Arrow, so its only fitting that Oliver Queen come to Barry Allen's show. This adventure sees Arrow visit Central City to help the Flash track down the evil Captain Boomerang, though the real fun comes when the pair are forced to fight by an emotion-controlling metahuman. The fight is one of the best action scenes in the series, but more importantly the episode is a great example of the interconnected nature of the CW's DC shows.
"The Man in the Yellow Suit" — Season 1, Episode 9
The mid-season finale of Season 1 finds the Flash finally confront the Reverse-Flash —the man who killed his mother. Their first showdown is a historic moment in the show that also leads to the reveal Reverse-Flash's secret identity. Needless to say, it's pretty shocking.
"Out Of Time" — Season 1, Episode 15
It's tough not to get too spoilery when talking about this one, but "Out Of Time" is essential viewing because it introduces fans to Eobard Thawne, the true identity of Reverse-Flash. You'll also want to watch Episode 16, "Rogue Time," which is basically the second part of this one.
"Fast Enough" — Season 1, Episode 23
Naturally, Season 1 of The Flash provided an impressive culmination of the show's events, featuring another battle between Barry and Eobard Thawne tied to the murder of Barry's mother. Oh, and the fate of Central City is threatened when Thawne opens up a black hole that only the Flash can close.
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Essential Episodes From Season 2
It looks like the universe-hopping events of Season 2 will be pretty closely tied to Season 3, but that doesn't mean you have to watch every single episode in the sesaon. If you're pressed for time, you'll definitely want to watch these fantastic adventures:
"The Man Who Saved Central City" — Season 2, Episode 1
The Season 2 premiere sets up the new status-quo after the jarring events of the Season 1 finale. It introduces the first tease of Zoom — a new, deadly villain — as well as the idea that Barry might need to work with other heroes to take on Earth-shattering threats. It also ends on a great cliffhanger, with the first appearance of Jay Garrick.
"Flash of Two Worlds" — Season 2, Episode 2
This episode provides a proper intro for Jay Garrick, a speedster from a parallel earth transported to the show's world after a battle with Zoom. This one's crucial because it introduces the concept of parallel universes that The Flash explores throughout Season 2 with storylines bouncing between the main world, Earth-1, Garrick's world of Earth-2 and more.
"Enter Zoom" — Season 2, Episode 6
"Enter Zoom" shows the first confrontation between the Flash and Zoom, providing our first good look at one of the Flash's greatest foes. Considering he's the big bad of Season 2, you basically need to watch any episode featuring a Zoom/Flash battle.
"Running to Stand Still" — Season 2, Episode 9
First off, this episode's great because we get to see a team-up between Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, and the Trickster — three of the Flash's deadliest villains. But more importantly, we get to see Joe and Iris meet Wally West, Joe's son and Iris's brother. Wally will appear as Kid Flash during Season 3, so you'll want to get familiar with him now.
"Welcome to Earth-2" and "Escape from Earth-2" — Season 2, Episodes 13 and 14
This two-parter sends the Flash and several members of his team to Earth-2 in an attempt to take down Zoom in his own universe. Not only is there some impressive action, but we get to see some interesting alternate-universe takes on our favorite characters. This is probably the only time we'll see Joe West sing for real.
"King Shark" — Season 2, Episode 15
This one might seem like a throwaway episode, as it's centered on the Flash and his crew taking down King Shark — a giant shark-man that really isn't that important to the show. However, the most important reason to not skip over this episode is to not miss the reveal of Zoom's identity!
"The Race Of His Life — Season 2, Episode 23
The Season 2 finale sees a culmination of all the universe-hopping adventure when Zoom challenges the Flash to a race that he must accept. With the threat of the Multiverse hanging in the balance, the Flash is ultimately able to defeat Zoom. But the cliffhanger ending finds the hero traveling back in time to prevent the death of his mother, which will play a key role in Season 3.
The Flash Season 3 speeds to the CW on October 4. What are your favorite episodes of the series so far? Let me know in the comments below.