By Ivan Mateo
Coming off the heels of a successful first season, the season premiere of “The Flash” absolutely produced high levels of anticipation.
The fundamental goal for a superhero is to save the world and protect the innocent against any possible harm. Superheroes desire to uphold this mantle of protection at no cost. If they fail, then they fail not only the person they tried saving, but also themselves. Heroes cannot fail because it is not embedded in their DNA. What happens when a hero fails?
In the Season 2 premiere, “The Man Who Saved Central City,” Barry Allen/Flash (Grant Gustin) attempts to cope with problems and failures following the previous season finale. He failed in saving the day alone. He could not be a hero without the help of his friends, and subsequently lost someone in the process. How do normal people get away from their problems? They usually run away. The Flash runs away faster from his problems, friends, and family to engage his dilemma alone.
While Flash continually fights his past demons, Atom Crusher, played by former WWE superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland, appears to ruin the celebratory festivities at “Flash Day.” Martin Stein (Victor Garber) aptly names the villain “because he absorbs atomic power, and he, well, smashes.” Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), used to naming the super-powered villains each week, gives Stein a hug and welcomes him to the team.
Audiences finally received much needed closure regarding Barry’s father, but as soon as he returns, he leaves. It’s for the team to stay the same, but him leaving is a bit abrupt.
In the first season, “The Flash” always shared moments of comedy between its characters, and the premiere for season two is no different. Caitlin questions the creation of the Flash Signal. “That light was perfect bait. What made you think of that?” To which Cisco slyly replies, “I don’t know. I think I saw it in a comic book somewhere.” Sure, Cisco, sure.
Generally, the special effects for “The Flash” are top of the class, but some of the scenes with Atom Smasher were laughable. It’s reminiscent of that Stretch Armstrong toy from the 90s.
When people in our lives are too stubborn, sometimes we have to find other methods to help them. Detective Joe West, unrelenting in his care for Barry’s well being, simply states that partners and friends are needed. We all want to make a difference, and that means fighting meta-humans. And that means working with the Flash. They have your back, Barry, whether you like it or not. Sometimes, we have to step away from our problems to see and appreciate what is missing in our lives.
As much as we may want to accomplish things alone, audiences realize along with Barry that the people who truly care about us will not leave us to fight our problems alone.
“The Flash” airs on The CW network on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Television
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