Flash, “Welcome to Earth-2”, Review!

Jondee here at Earth-2,

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Last episode, we had Wells confessing that he was stealing Barry’s Speed Force for Zoom. Barry told him they are family and are headed to Earth-2. Caitlin and Cisco monitor the Flash as he closes the breaches with Wells’ device. This is over the narration that Wells gives to his imprisoned daughter, Jesse.  Barry has dinner at Joe’s house with Iris.  She wants him to come home.  He leaves the last breach at S.T.A.R. Labs and he flashes in with Cisco and Wells using the speed cannon. We get glimpses of visions passing into Earth-2, there is an archer, one is of Supergirl (Melissa Benoist)!, and then what looks like Gorilla Grodd.  A gunfighter with a melted face, Jonah Hex! The trio arrives at S.T.A.R. Labs of Earth-2, a world that is filtered orange with a high tech rail passing through Central City. The lab has three pylons. Cisco and Barry take selfies and Wells wants them to focus. They meet Wells’ assistant, Henry Hewitt (Demore Barnes), who turned into Tokamak! Wells activates a news wall (this is tech out of Total Recall) and gets the notice that Zoom’s attacks are increasing against Mayor Snart(!). Cisco puts on the Vibe visor, but gets nothing. He finds out the frequency is off. Next the news wall shows Earth-2 Barry with a bow tie as a member of the CSI. Barry flashes in the other Barry who is stunned to see another Barry and Wells. Barry doesn’t like the geeky Barry and knocks him out with a taser. He takes the identity of the Earth-2 Barry using his glasses. Central City P.D., Barry walks in stunned at the Earth-2 department. He sees the police captain Singh taken in as a prisoner, Deadshot (Michael Rowe from Arrow), Floyd Lawton, as a police officer with both eyes(!), and Iris is Detective West! Iris kisses Barry, her husband(!), her watch gets a metahuman alert from the Flash.

The Flash -- "Welcome to Earth-2" -- Image FLA213b_0137b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

A warehouse, a woman is there for Zoom, and wants the taking from a bank robbery. It’s Caitlin’s Earth-2 form, Killer Frost, finally! Panabaker gets her day as a powered villain.  She first appeared in Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #19 (2013). She kisses the robber and freezes him to death, this is right out of the comics. Another gunman is hit by flame, it’s Robbie, Deathstorm! Deathstorm debuted in Brightest Day #10 (2010). They kiss and get an alert from breachers. Iris and Barry go to their house, Iris undresses to her bra, Earth-2 is better than Earth-1! She notes that Barry got a call from his mother! He calls his mother, but almost can’t speak. Barry has given her an anniversary trip to Atlantis! Barry cries at hearing his mother again. Central City, night, back at the lab, Wells is worried that Barry is late. Cisco shrugs it off and wants to find his double. This makes Wells angry. At the Jitterbugs nightclub, there is soulful singing, it’s Joe! Finally!, Jesse L. Martin originated the role of Tom Collins and played him in the film of Rent! Now we just have to have a duo with Grant who was on Glee. Joseph is worried about Zoom and estranged from Barry. Jay is working on the speed cannon with Joe bringing them in. Adam Fells (Adam Stafford), Geomancer, is attacking Central City. Geomancer is a villain, not the hero from Valiant Comics, who first appeared in JSA #5 (1999). Joe suggests Jay using Velocity-6 to give him the speed to take on the super villain. He reveals to Caitlin that he has taken the Velocity-6 and that is what’s destroying him.

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Iris gets a metahuman warning and then others on their watches. Deathstorm and Killer Frost have arrived! Killer Frost is looking for the breacher. Iris jumps up with her gun. Killer Frost activates her powers. Barry tries to stop Killer Frost by calling her Caitlin. Barry pulls up a table to stop ice spikes. Joseph is knocked down. Flash takes the super villains out and faces fire and ice. Killer Frost remarks, “God, this is making me so hot.” Barry takes the helmet off of the Flash, Jay Garrick, statue and deflects Deathstorm’s blast. Barry is back at the lab and tells the others. Wells calls the people he knows as “reflections.” Back at Earth-1, Joe is talking to Captain Singh. His son, Wally, walks in. A tremor shakes the building and Joe runs off. Earth-2, Joseph is recovering in the hospital, Iris and Barry are there. Joseph tells Barry to take care of Iris and then dies! Night, Central City, Deadshot and Iris are getting ready. She pulls a stun baton on Cisco. He has brought a weapon from S.T.A.R. Labs. Iris kisses her husband and moves out with Floyd Laughton. Barry has to stay behind. Earth-1, Geomancer cracks pavement stopping police cars. He is waiting for the Flash. Joe pulls his gun on Geomancer and he is knocked down by the Flash, Jay Garrick! He hammers his helmet which sends shockwaves that hits Geomancer. Flash starts to run, but stumbles. Geomancer has Flash in his hands when he is shot by Joe.

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Iris, Laughton, and Cisco have arrived at a warehouse on a tip. She gets a metahuman alert on her watch. Killer Frost and Deathstorm are there. The officers drop their weapons. A figure in the shadows says the villains are working for him, he appears with leather jacket and visor – it’s evil Cisco! He says, “Dopple” and his counterpart says, “ganger.” Evil Cisco, calling himself Reverb, he says Vibe has the power. Reverb was the name of Cisco’s brother, Armando, who had his powers.  He first appeared as the hero in Justice League Quarterly #1 (1990).  Cisco says, “Are you Cloud City Vadering me?” lol. Reverb puts on his visor. Cisco calls in the Flash. Iris hits Killer Frost and Deathstorm goes nuclear. Laughton fires at Reverb and he is vibed away! Reverb hits the Flash, he knocks out his counterpart, and the two villains hit the Flash with their powers. Zoom kills Deathstorm and then Reverb!, Cisco sees the same move Reverse Flash used to kill him. Zoom chokes Killer Frost and flashes away. Killer Frost runs off. Caitlin looks over Jay recovering. They have one day to save the team. Flash revives. He sees Jesse in her cage. Zoom appears crackling with Speed Force. This show was for fans of the show who can pick up the references, new iterations of characters, and a glimpse at a cool world.  Five Infinite Flash Rings out of Five!

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