THE FLASH Season Two
Saviour of the multiverse!
released OUT NOW! 2015-2016 | 12 | Blu-ray/dVd Showrunner andrew Kreisberg Cast Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes
Season two of The Flash embraces the concept of multiple realities so crucial to the DC comics universe and – ahem – “runs” with it. The result is hokey sci-fi bunkum of the highest order. But hugely entertaining sci-fi bunkum that, like season one, manages to sell this nonsense through vibrant characters and acting that’s way beyond the call of duty. Barry cries a lot in the last few episodes; it takes an actor like Grant Gustin to nail that without making him look wet.
This time round Team Flash faces Zoom, a villainous speedster from Earth 2 voiced by Candyman Tony Todd. He’s hotly pursued by Earth 2’s tin-helmeted Flash, Jay Garrick (no spoilers here!) and an inspired alternate version of Harrison Wells, who turns surly sarcasm into high art. Joe West’s estranged son Wally and Wells’ daughter Jesse join the mix too, teasing more speedsters to come. Cisco develops powers. Iris gets a new boyfriend. There’s a fabulous, epic two-parter set on Earth 2 (aka Instagram filter world) and a doesn’t-quite-come-off Arrow/ Legends Of Tomorrow crossover. Plus a glorious standalone monster-of-the week romp featuring the return of Killer Shark.
There’s an annoying overreliance on technobabble revelations and solutions; a few twists make little sense; and Zoom, after a powerful first half of the season, devolves into a woefully one-dimensional ranter with a ludicrous evil goal. But mostly, The Flash season two is huge fun, packed with fan-baiting Easter eggs and occasionally genuinely touching – especially the surreal and melancholic episode directed by Kevin Smith.
Extras The main draw here is “Chasing Flash”, a 50-minute doc following guest director Kevin Smith’s Flash “journey”; expect fanboy geeking-out. You also get numerous short behind-the-scenes featurettes; character-based pieces on Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Vandal Savage and Zoom (28 minutes); 16 deleted scenes; last year’s Comic-Con and Paleyfest panels; and a gag reel. Dave Golder
Kevin Smith reckons his directing work on “The Runaway Dinosaur” was the best he’s ever done. He’ll be back for season three.
The race to KFC commenced.