The Flash zooms into its second season premiere with “The Man Who Saved Central City.” The episode begins months after the singularity struck Central City. Still blaming himself for the death of Eddie (Rick Cosnett), Barry (Grant Gustin) has decided to go it alone. He severs ties with his friends in order to keep them out of danger, protecting the city on his own. Central City has declared a Flash Day to honor its hero and protector, but Barry doesn’t even want to show up to accept the key to the city. He has a change of heart and goes to the event, only to have it disrupted by a meta-human named Atom Smasher (Adam Copeland). As a result of absorbing atomic energy, Atom Smasher can increase his size and his strength to epic proportions, and he wants Barry destroyed. The Flash realizes he’s not going to be able to defeat this new threat without the help of his friends. So Barry and the team get back together once again to battle Atom Smasher.
I really enjoyed this episode, having watched it twice already. There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on that I can’t even mention due to spoilers. As for Dr. Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) demise, Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) seems to step into his shoes seamlessly, and makes a great new addition to Team Flash. His rapport with Cisco (Carlos Valdes) in this episode leads me to expect those two will have a great dynamic this season. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) came across more jovial this episode, but still has it in him to give Barry some tough love when needed. We get to see a few flashbacks this episode which were handled well. The pace of the show was perfect in my opinion, and kept things moving along nicely. Barry still has his emo moments, but they move along faster than last season, and he seems much more confident as the Flash. If the season premiere is any indicator, then Season 2 is going to be very exciting with many plots unfolding.
The Flash Season 2 Premiere airs Tuesday, Oct. 6th at 8PM ET on The CW.