THE FLASH Sea­son Two

Saviour of the mul­ti­verse!

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

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