While I was not terribly impressed with this season’s premiere for The Flash, the second episode was everything I could have hoped for.
Three plot threads get advanced, and each of them was entertaining and well done. The bulk of the episode was devoted to the villain of the week plot, which was more complicated than it appeared, and also seems to serve as an introduction for some new, shadowy organization. But what made it work so well was that Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet) got to lead this storyline. I don’t think with such charm and energy. It was great to see her with so much screen time this week.
Danielle Panabaker also got some good scenes, as Killer Frost discovers art, and does a very poor job of fitting in at a gallery opening.
The most important plot thread was given to the Flash (Grant Gustin) of course. I mean, it is his show, after all. Barry spends some mopey time considering whether to reveal to everyone that he is going to die in the Crisis, and Iris (Candice Patton) convinces him to travel ahead in time to check out the event. This leads to some world hopping, and an assist from Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp). Barry gets to see a million possible futures, and comes to understand what the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) had been telling him, that the only way to save everyone is for him to die.
I still don’t think the Flash will die, even though the character did in the original miniseries. But it was still more effective to include this whole chapter, making Barry believe that his sacrifice will be needed. As well, this provided the first glimpse of the world destroying Crisis, a visual to accompany all the doom and gloom that is being forecast.