[SPOILERS for those not caught up on The Flash ahead.]
In the season 1 finale of The CW’s second series based on DC Comics characters, The Flash, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and the rest of his team at S.T.A.R. Labs opened up a singularity above Central City that became a portal to alternate universes — introducing the concept of the multiverse. In season 2, Team Flash has been facing off against Earth-2 villain Zoom, battling metahuman doppelgängers, and working with the alternate version of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh).
In episode 13 of season 2, ‘Welcome to Earth-2,’ Barry, Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Harry travel to Earth-2 in an effort to rescue Harry’s daughter Jesse (Violett Beane) from Zoom. However, Barry was captured by Zoom, leaving his friends and their Earth-2 allies to help track down the Earth-1 Flash in episode 14. A new featurette for the upcoming episode delves into how Earth-2 Barry is different from the character fans know, as well as how he’ll help Team Flash.
In the featurette (above) for ‘Escape from Earth-2,’ executive producers Todd and Aaron Helbing discuss the team accepting help from the alternate versions of Barry Allen and Iris West (Candice Patton), highlighting the differences and similarities between their Earth-1 and Earth-2 personalities:
“At the end of episode 13, Zoom has captured Barry but they don’t know where Zoom’s lair is [and] they don’t know how to find him, so they turn to CSI Earth-2 Barry Allen to lead the way. He’s a bit uptight, but you see how skillful he is, and how resourceful [he is]. You understand he and Iris’ relationship – it all makes sense in this episode.”
Leading up to the show’s midseason break, The Flash pulled double duty in setting up The CW’s third DC Comics series, Legends of Tomorrow, while also establishing the season-long antagonist of Zoom. After brief glimpses of Earth-2 included earlier on, the show proved it could pull off a trip to the alternate reality in ‘Welcome to Earth-2.’ The episode balanced a hefty amount of Easter eggs (as well as ties to DC universes from different networks and decades) with an equally exciting and compelling storyline that fans of The Flash have come to expect.
It may seem as though ‘Escape from Earth-2’ will have a bit of trouble following up such a well-received episode, but hopefully it will further capitalize on certain threads established in ‘Welcome to Earth-2’ — specifically having Earth-2 Barry Allen play a larger role than the previous episode, which saw him hidden away while Earth-1 Barry took on his identity. Of course, since The Flash has established its skill in navigating the multiverse, it seems ‘Escape from Earth-2’ will provide another compelling entry to season 2 of The Flash — but perhaps with less Supergirl.
The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW. Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays @8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW