As per usual – spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen season 2 or 1, stop reading now if you don’t want spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉
Season 2 starts out 6 months after the finale of season 1. Barry Allen (the amazing Grant Gustin), The Flash, has forced everyone off of Team Flash due to his survivor’s guilt, so the first episode deals with getting the band back together. Thanks to Iris (the always wonderful Candice Patton) the team does get back together, because she simply stops giving Barry the option of pushing everyone away. In many ways, giving them a family history – having Iris know Barry better than anyone – really helps push some of these storylines. Family often will step in whether you want them to or not, because they want to help.
Season 2 is a good season with an excellent bad guy, although two big bad speedsters in a row is a bit tiresome (more on that in the season 3 review) but Zoom is appropriately terrifying. There are quite a few good stand alone episodes in season 2, something The Flash should do more often. Sometimes having a bad guy of the week is more fun than the tedious, overarching bad guy that looms over the entire season.
To that end, “Family of Rogues” sees the return of Snart and his sister. This is a great episode that I would give an A++ to except that during the episode, Snart uses the cold gun to freeze lasers during a heist. He then walks through the lasers as they break.
He freezes LASERS.
We had to pause the television set as my husband lost his mind to a rant about how you cannot freeze lasers and are they kidding with this?
I’m a big fan of Rachel Bloom’s series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and there is a song in the first season where they sing, “Don’t think about it too hard, too too hard” and season 2 is when the physics, such as freezing lasers, caused me to sing this quite a lot. This song refrain got quite a lot more use in season 3, too.
However, other than the simple insanity of FREEZING LASERS the episode is one of the better ones, especially for fans of Captain Cold, aka Snart played by the wonderful Wentworth Miller.
Season two is a lot of fun, and has a lot of really great episodes. We get a new Harrison Wells from Earth 2 and the Arrowverse is expanded into a multiverse, which is pretty cool because it explains away any continuity problems found in other iterations of DC including Kara Danvers and Superman existing on a different world altogether. It also gives unlimited story telling options, as the multiverse itself is infinite.
The beginning of the season gives us a new love interest for Barry, one we all know is doomed due to his feelings for Iris, but fun to watch nonetheless. Patty Spivot, a new police officer who falls for Barry, is played by Shantel VanSanten. Patty is charming and fun and it’s nice to see Barry interested in someone who is free and clear to be with him. Of course, because this is a CW show and you have to have the stupid romantic angst, (why not have people get together and stay together? why is it hard to write a decent relationship on tv?) things don’t work out well between them and she leaves. However, she was a fun character addition while she lasted.
Season 2 has a lot of good things – the new Wells being kind of a dick, Cisco learning about his metahuman powers – although him whining about them and wanting to keep them secret felt out of character by a lot – and the addition of the multiverse creates a really fun season. Also, by the end of the season, Iris’ confesses her feelings to Barry, which is good as she spends most of the year grieving for her lost fiancé.
Having Iris actively working with Team Flash makes the show better all around and helps grow her character. In season 1 she was the love interest and often bait and not much else, although Patton did a good job with the material she was given, but in this season she stands on her own more. She even shoots a bad guy at one point. One of the better scenes is when the cops arrive, Iris’ friend says that Iris is a great shot and Barry basically says, yeah she really is. The lack of surprise for Iris’ talents coupled with his casual pride in her was fun. Gustin and Patton do such a great job with Barry and Iris, and the writers give them a lot of great material to work with.
While I warned about spoilers, there are really so many huge spoilers that I’m omitting because finding out about them as you go is way more fun. The whole season is fun, but much of the physics of the universe is insane, so this season gets a B-. I don’t mind cartoon physics, but you have to make the laws of your world a) consistent b) sane c) you can’t freeze lasers. Also, I knocked off some points simply because two speedsters in a row in two seasons focused on one Big Bad is tiresome at best.