The Flash, Episode 25 “Flash of Two Worlds” Broadcast October 13, 2015
Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing
Directed by Jesse Warn
“Previously on The Flash,” the Singularity opens, the Atom Smasher attacks Barry and is defeated only after saying that Zoom sent him to kill the Flash, Harrison Wells killed Barry’s mother so he doesn’t know whom he can trust, the gang reunites at “safer than ever S.T.A.R. Labs”, and Jay Garrick walks in. Atom Smasher came through the breach, from Garrick’s world, and there will be more that follow. “Jay, exactly how do you know all this?” Barry asks. “Where I come from,” he responds, “I was a speedster like you. They called me the Flash.” Cue opening title card.
Jay continues saying he was in a fight with another speedster, Zoom, who’s evil. Zoom was about to kill him when the portal opened and Jay went through. He ended up on Barry’s world, powerless, unable to return home. Realizing his story is unbelievable, Barry wants to run some tests on him to see if his tale checks out. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, a portal opens and Eddie Slick and Zoom come through. The black clad villain says he’ll take the man home after he kills the Flash. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Caitlin is running tests on Jay. He tells her his origin, which is similar to Barry’s. The rest of the gang discuss the possibility of the multiverse, with Dr. Stein giving a lesson of the possibility of an Earth-1 and an Earth-2, as well as an infinite number of earths. The is beyond Joe’s understanding, so he leaves to go back to work. Caitlin comes in to say there’s no residue of the Speed Force in Jay, but she did, secretly, run a lie detector test on him and he’s telling the truth. Barry doesn’t buy it. Back at Central City Police Department, Officer Patty Spivot introduces herself to Joe so that she can get on his Anti-Metahuman Task Force. He tells her it’s disbanded, but that doesn’t dissuade her. He shoots her down because she’s a rookie. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Jay is being locked up by Barry. Their conversation on trust is cut short by Cisco’s interruption that there’s a fire at the water front. “Be careful,” Jay urges as Barry dashes off. Cue first commercial break.
Holy smoke! What wasn’t in this episode? The Multiverse, including a cool number of portals into Central City, Zoom, the Sand Demon, Monty Python banter, a Green Arrow cameo from last week’s season premiere of that show, a reference to a Swamp Thing villain if you listen closely or if your eyes are quick, one of the team recognizes another’s abilities, plus one hell of a double cliffhanger: one on Earth-1 and another on Earth-2. The special effects were good, with Sand Demon having several very cool scenes. It’s been a forever since I’ve read this character in the comics, but I quickly figured out how he would be defeated after he first fights Barry. The scenes between Grant Gustin and Teddy Sears were great — he’s a nice replacement figure for Harrison Wells…heh, heh, heh. When Jay put on the helmet it was a major fanboy moment, only outdone by a reenactment of one of the Flash’s most famous comic book covers. Shantel VanSanten made a good first impression as Spivot, who gets to tell her motivation in an excellent scene with Jesse L. Martin. Martin’s reaction to her speech is great, but he tops it after a surprise appearance by someone at the station. Every character got some growth in this episode, which was an incredible juggling act by the Helbings. Credit should also be given to director Warn, who shows how a shot should be filmed that focuses on a character that’s feeling out of sorts (Hint: Cisco).
The good: The script, the direction, the actors, with Teddy Sears and Shantel VanSanten great, and Kett Turton was also good as Eddie Slick — I’d love to have him return. A cool training sequence gives Barry a new ability. Excellent effects and Earth-2 exists!!! And it was done fantastically!!!
Fun lines: “Bless your heart,” “I thought it would be harder than this,” “I’m a huge fan,” “I’m gonna let you have that one,” “I was being thorough,” “Exotic matter,” “Getting gooseys!”, “What’s happening to me?”, “”I’m not gonna let us make that mistake again,” “Time to learn something new, kid,” “Coming,” “I got a vibe…”, “There’s fifty-two…”, and “Hello, kids.”
The bad: I’ve got nothing!
The final line: I yelled in joy at the television several times. I never thought I’d ever seen the Multiverse brought to live action, let alone this well. It’s a fan’s dream come true. Overall grade: A+