THE FLASH – THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
- RELEASE DATE: Available on Blu-ray September 6th (Click Here to Purchase a Copy)
- WRITTEN BY: Various
- DIRECTED BY: Various
- STARRING: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
I remember getting into the Flash comic book series back in the early 1980’s. Carmine Infantino had returned to the book with his fun and energetic art style, and the stories were less dire than other books (well after the Barry Allen incarnation of the Flash died in Crisis on Infinite Earths and the easy-going Wally West took up the mantle that is). Then came 1989 and the BATMAN film whose blockbuster success caused a superhero boon in booth movies and TV. In ol’ Batty’s wake, they Flash got his own show (which had heavy influences from Burton’s film). The show was fantastic, but sadly only lasted a season. Flash (haha) forward a couple of decades and change, The Flash is back on the TV. Season One was everything you could want in a superhero show; it was fun, the drama hit all the right notes, and they were not afraid to play up the comic book elements and really embrace the character’s history (including nods to the ‘90’s show). So it was with great anticipation that I dove into THE FLASH – THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON.
In Season One we meet Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a brilliant but dorky CSI for the Central City Police Department. He’s obsessed with the murder of his mother and clearing the name of his father (John Wesley Shipp, The Flash in the 90’s show) who was wrongfully convicted for her murder (the real culprit was some kind of supernatural force which young Barry witnessed). One stormy night, Barry is working in his lab when an advanced particle accelerator malfunctions, dousing the city center with an unknown form of radiation. Barry is hit by lightning from the storm and knocked into a shelf filled with chemicals in his lab throwing him into a coma. Upon awakening many months later, he learns that he can move at superhuman speeds…but Barry wasn’t the only one to gain strange powers. Barry becomes The Flash and begins his role as the city’s protector.
After defeating Professor Eobard Thawne (aka Reverse-Flash) a singularity opened above Central City. Only the combined forces of The Flash and fellow metahuman Firestorm saved the city; which solidified The Flash as a true hero in the minds of the public. However, the singularity has unforeseen consequences and a new evil is afoot in the city by the name of Zoom, another speedster from a parallel Earth. Zoom wishes to kill anybody with ties to the speed force which he and The Flash draw their power from. Not content with being the only psycho in town, Zoom unleashes other metahumans from his earth upon Central City (thankfully parallel universe versions of Barry’s friend join the fight as well). Along the way future Flash Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is introduced and Barry begins a romance with Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) a police detective.
I watched the first season of The Flash while sick as a dog, and as crazy as it seems, the show just made me feel better…it’s just that kind of “feel good” superhero action that you just don’t see enough of these days…and season two keeps up the trend. TV Barry is even better than his comic version in my opinion. He’s smart and heroic, but a big dork, and he follows his heart and not some sort of code, and the supporting characters are just as well written. Special mention should also be given to the amazing rogues gallery in the show that is ripped straight from the comic’s pages; Captain Cold, Grodd, King Shark, Killer Frost all are here looking awesome and kicking ass!
The effects on this show amaze me; they’re beautiful. How much do they spend on this? I was expecting King Shark to look like an Asylum movie monster and was surprised on how well they pulled him off. Of course once in a while an effect will look a little too CGI (looking at you flying Hawkman) but for the most part they’re movie quality.
While the show is enough to make this Blu-ray release a must, there are some extras to sweeten the pot. You get The Flash: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, visual effects featurettes, a featurette focusing on Zoom, a featurette on the Kevin Smith directed episode for the season, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.
As you may have guessed I love this show; I can’t recommend it enough! It’s one of the best comic adaptions period. If you like your superheroes to be heroic and not grim and gritty, jump on that cosmic treadmill (I can’t believe I wrote that myself…I hear you clapping one comic fan in the audience), and grab some Flash wings [If anyone gets this reference I’ll be amazed – XIII] and pick up THE FLASH – THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON!