The Reverse-Flash Returns
The Flash Season 2



Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

Filled with compelling drama and Barry's emotional angst, "The Reverse-Flash Returns" diverges from the up-beat action that fans of The Flash have come to expect.

Episode Info

Cisco gets a vibe of Eobard Thawne, but Barry and the team don't believe it. But after an attack at Mercury Labs, Christina McGee confirms that the Reverse Flash is back. Meanwhile, Iris and Francine share a nice moment that brings Iris closer to her brother.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Teddy Sears
as Jay Garrick
Shantel VanSanten
as Patty Spivot
Matt Letscher
as Eobard Thawne
Amanda Pays
as Christina McGee
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Critic Reviews for The Reverse-Flash Returns

The Reverse-Flash Returns could have been a good episode, if it weren't for The Flash's almost-masochistic desire to focus on Barry and Patty's bland "romance."

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While the titular foe's homecoming poses the largest threat to the well-being of Team Flash, it is the emotionally charged hurdles that elevate so much of the episode's drama.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Given the importance of Reverse-Flash to Barry's overall story, and all the complicated temporal mechanics required to bring him back, the hour would have worked a lot better without that story.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode succeeded in fleshing out the rivalry between Barry Allen and Eobard Thawne while also giving just about every main cast member some compelling dramatic material to work with.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 8.7 | Full Review…

Barry sure did have a lot of guilt laid on his shoulders in this episode; he bared some of the weight responsibly but shrugged a good portion of it off as if it were only a matter of circumstance instead of anything with real gravity to it.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Flash catches up to his evil opposite and whales on him good.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

In any case, there's a nice layer of tragic inevitability to the revelation that Barry and Thawne's fates are essentially linked, with the two forever reliant on each other, not unlike positive and negative electrical poles.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The science in The Flash can be more than a little confusing. Ultimately, it matters little in "The Reverse-Flash Returns." It's the emotions that count.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

All I want to do is kind of vibe out over the possibilities of that Hunter Zolomon scene from Episode 11, because Jay Garrick has really been such a disappointment as a character overall.

Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

Some of the greatest hope I have for The Flash moving forward rests in hipster universe HR and his investment in building Wally as a deus ex machina for when Barry falls apart.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's really upsetting to see a TV show let you in on all of the plot lines for an entire half-season by spoiling their outcome.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The Reverse-Flash Returns is absolutely a perfect example of the show not only continuing important story elements from the first season, but improving on them.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…