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The Flash's season two opener ties off loose ends from last season and opens the door to new exhilarating season-long storylines, making for a welcome and reinvigorated return of this super series.
Central City is still standing, and so it seems the scarlet streak completed his mission.
After a long, Flash-free summer, however, even a transitional hour makes for a welcome return to this world.
The season 2 premiere ran the gamut of comic book winks, joyful optimism for the heroism of the Flash itself and plenty of puppy-dog acting from Grant Gustin, who was just a pleasure to watch.
What The Flash's producers can dial down is Barry's waterworks. I counted no fewer than three scenes in which the young man wept. Yes, I understand that Grant Gustin is a talented actor, gifted with the ability to cry on cue.
The Flash does an excellent job of not only assessing the damage done to every character, but actually takes time away from more stereotypical genre moments to explore the emotional stability of Allen following the transpired events.
Rather than showcasing the immediate outcome of the wormhole kerfuffle, the show jumped forward six months to showcase a drastically different status quo for Barry and friends.
An ambitious offering that does its best to balance a villain of the week whose origin has season long implications and the clean up from the end of the first season, all while allowing the entire cast to do what they do best.
The Man Who Saved Central City might not have been an entirely smooth journey, but it got us to where we're going, and I'm really, really excited about where we're going.
I wasn't particularly pleased with the rushed and nonsensical way they handled Henry Allen's release and immediate departure, but that's a small price to pay for an otherwise cohesive, entertaining, and emotionally satisfying episode.
Happily though, this opening episode doesn't get too bogged down in dealing with the cataclysmic aftermath of last season.
Henry assures his son that when he needs him, he will be there. But right here and now, Henry is poised to make tracks for the train station, to resume his life elsewhere. This is where I, twice, exclaimed at my DVD player screen: What the [heck]?!
The Man Who Saved Central City, ties up the loose ends from the finale, but takes the time to examine in-depth the emotional fall out. Unfortunately, the premiere falls flat in setting up the new season, but it was the lesser of two evils.