Tomorrow the premiere of “The Flash” season 2, starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster and introducing Teddy Sears as the Crimson Comet, a version of The Flash from an alternate reality known as Earth-2.
Anyways, last season ended with Barry running into a black hole formed by the particle accelerator, trying to stop it from destroying the world. Apparently this season takes place a few months, maybe a year, after the end of Season 1, meaning we probably won’t get to see much of what happened immediately. However, it’s been confirmed by the trailers that this will be the cause of
This season’s big bad is Zoom, another “Reverse Flash” (though unrelated to the Reverse Flash in Season 1, who goes by Professor Zoom in the comics). He has different powers than the speedsters we’ve already met – instead of moving fast, he changes his own perception of time, so he moves at what appears to him to be a normal speed, though appearing to move fast to normal people. This makes him faster than even the Reverse Flash. Apparently, here, he’ll be an enemy of Jay Garrick, the Flash from Earth-2 mentioned previously, come to Earth-1 (the “prime Earth” that the shows take place in) to do bad things, which probably involve killing lots of people and beating up Barry Allen.
Another plot point to watch is the Rogues. If you remember from last season, Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold betrayed The Flash and set loose all the captured metahumans so that they’d owe him, and help him out down the line. This is obviously leading to the full formation of The Rogues, which formerly only consisted of Captain Cold, Heatwave, and Golden Glider. This was the “League of Evil” of Flash villains in the comics, and, looking at the title of Episode 3 (“Family of Rogues”), that’s coming sooner than most would think.
We have the following confirmed new characters this season:
Jay Garrick, aka The Flash, aka The Crimson Comet (Teddy Sears) – The Flash from an alternate timeline, Garrick was the “Golden Age” Flash in the comics, and gained his powers in a similar way to Barry. He appears to have more experience as The Flash, and will probably act as a mentor to Barry.
Hunter Zolomon, aka Zoom (Tony Todd) – A speedster who can control his perception of time, giving the illusion of super-speed while moving at a normal pace. He is evil, and is an enemy of Jay Garrick.
Patty Spivot (Shantel Vansanten) – A new love interest of Barry’s, Patty is Joe’s new partner, who wants to focus on taking down metahumans.
Jesse Chambers, aka Jesse Quick (Violette Beane) – Another speedster, who will probably be Jay Garrick’s daughter in this continuity.
Al Rothstein, aka Atom Smasher (Adam Copeland) – A new hero, Atom Smasher is the dude who looked like Bane in the trailer. He’s a metahuman with the ability to change his molecular density, allowing him to control his size. He’s more of an anti-hero, working for heroic ends but without the same moral restrictions as some other heroes. It appears that he and The Flash will be fighting some this season.
Wally West, aka Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – So we have five speedsters this season… and just when you thought stuff couldn’t get very convoluted! Wally is the nephew of Iris West (maybe a cousin in this continuity?) who gained Speedforce powers in a similar way to the other Flashes and became Barry Allen’s sidekick, the Kid Flash.
And then, of course, there’s the old favorites:
Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin) – What can I say? He’s the Scarlet Speedster, the Hero of Central City, and a Legend of Tomorrow. A police scientist with the power of super-speed. It appears this season that he’s heavily affected by the death of Eddie Thawne, who killed himself in last season’s finale to kill his descendant, Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash. He’s been pushing his friends and family away in grief, and this will probably follow him throughout the season, even after he reconnects with people.
Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) – No longer the Reverse-Flash, this season’s Harrison Wells I believe will be the one from Earth-2, who works with Jay Garrick. He’ll be the real Wells too, and not the Reverse-Flash like in Season 1.
Ronnie Raymond, aka Firestorm (Robbie Amell) – Half of Firestorm and husband to Caitlin Snow, Ronnie has power over heat and fire, and can change the atomic structure of some objects. It appears that, after the Season 1 finale, he and Caitlin left Central City to live out normal lives. Unlike Martin Stein, the other half of Firestorm, it appears that he isn’t a Legend of Tomorrow. According to Victor Garber, Stein’s actor, this will all be explained in the beginning of the season.
Martin Stein, aka Firestorm (Victor Garber) – The other half of Firestorm, Stein is the brains behind the operation. He stayed in Central City to aid Team Flash, even without his other half around. He is a Legend of Tomorrow.
Caitlin Snow, aka Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) – The wife of Ronnie Raymond and a former scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, Caitlin left Central City with Ronnie after the events of Season 1. However, it appears that she’ll be returning soon enough. It’s been teased that she has some ice powers and may become the villainous Killer Frost.
Cisco Ramon, aka Vibe (Carlos Valdez) – Another S.T.A.R. Labs scientist, Cisco is a fan-favorite and a huge geek. He stayed in Central City after Season 1 as a member of Team Flash. He was also given powers by the particle accelerator explosion, giving him the vibration-related powers of his comic book counterpart, Vibe.
Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) – A villain with an ice gun, Snart is the head of The Rogues, a team of Flash villains. He is the brother to Golden Glider and a Legend of Tomorrow.
You’ve heard me mention this multiple times already, but be on the lookout for buildup to the upcoming show “Legends of Tomorrow”. This game-changing series will involve heroes and villains from both “The Flash” and “Arrow” working together to stop the immortal Vandal Savage from taking over the world. We need to watch for the explanation of the disappearance of Ronnie Raymond, a (very slight) change in the relationship between The Flash and villains Captain Cold and Heatwave, and the introductions of Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Rip Hunter, and Vandal Savage.
“The Flash” Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm on The CW.