One win, one loss, one death, the return of Wells, a new rival and a new suit – and that was just the premiere of The Flash Season 2.
The usual Barry vs evil meta-human (in this case Atom Smasher) battle took the back seat this episode as Barry dealt with a few emotional scars left behind by his deceitful mentor – Dr Wells – and a close friend’s passing.
If you haven’t watched the episode yet, I highly recommend you do so before reading any recaps.
One of two big surprises this episode was the return of Dr Wells, who was ‘unborn’ towards the end of Season One.
Earlier this year, Executive Producer Gabrielle Stanton confirmed Barry’s former mentor and arch rival would be back but as a ‘very different Wells’.
True to Stanton’s statement, the man behind the Reverse Flash made several appearances throughout the episode in both flashbacks and a video message that gave his character a touch of redemption.
What was the message that could soften our opinion of the Dr? A confession to killing Nora Allen, which Barry used to release his father who had wrongly served 14 years for the murder.
Where there was a win for Barry, there was also a loss.
The reunion with his dad was short-lived when Henry Allen decided not to stay in Central City.
The second HUGE surprise this episode was the shocking (SHOCKING) death of Ronnie aka one half of Firestorm.
His passing came as a total surprise because Caitlin had only just reunited with her fiancé who she thought had died during the Star Labs experiment.
Perhaps creators didn’t want fans to focus on Ronnie and Caitlin when they’re trying to get things going between Iris and Barry.
Either way, I didn’t see his body so therefore I’m not convinced his dead. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Ronnie pops up again in the future.
Speaking of what’s to come, this episode introduced fans to this season’s villain, Doctor Zoom.
The villain was mentioned by meta-human Atom Smasher (the evil meta-human mentioned earlier) who told our red speedster that Zoom had promised to ‘send him home if he killed Barry’.
And just to end things on a positive note, we officially got to see the new suit designed by Cisco. The quirky scientist revealed the new getup to the team, which is now made up of Barry, Cisco, Caitlin, Joe, Iris and Professor Stein.
Were you as surprised as we were this episode?