What's Happening to Cisco?
Here is where we sympathize with those who forgot the reason for Cisco's strange visions of an alternate future or timeline. In the season 2 premiere, Cisco freezes when first witnessing Atom Smasher's arrival at the flash Day festivities, suddenly lost in a vision of the villain being given his orders by an unseen commander (now understood to be Zoom).
The style and colors of the vision match those from the previous season, so it's clear the writers want to align this glimpse with Cisco's ability to remember the alternate version of events which Barry's trip back through time prevented (specifically, his death at the hands of Eobard Thawne). There's just one problem: Cisco was actually present in those other alternate timelines. How could he see into Atom Smasher's origins?
What looks like a major leap or inconsistency to casual viewers could actually make perfect sense, provided we give a little background on Cisco Ramon's own powers in the comics.
In the newest version of the comic book character, his powers are best described as "vibrating between physical planes." What began as an ability to generate powerful shock waves from his body became something else, as new writers claimed his unique physiology separated him from the vibrations of a single universe. Like Barry Allen could vibrate from one universe to the next, Vibe could exist without being anchored to just one.
It's likely the show is following a similar path: Cisco first believed he could see the changed future/parallel timelines/events because he was a part of them. But as his powers begin to develop, he can now see the changes in time and events caused by Atom Smasher's presence - which carry the traces of a parallel universe. The obvious question then becomes: just how much can Cisco really see? The writers have confirmed that season 2 of The Flash will be taking its first steps into the DC Multiverse. Who's to say it's Barry, and not Cisco who could act as the real linchpin of the adventure?
Since the moment is cast aside and left unexplained, we would wager that the writers will expand on the idea in the coming weeks, especially as more and more minions from an alternate world begin to show up.
Who is Jay Garrick?
We're willing to bet that at this point most fans have been made aware of Jay Garrick's existence in the show's marketing. But to offer a quick crash course in the character (and what the essential points of his character really are) and how he may fit into the coming season, we'll run down the most obvious/logical answers. New marketing has confirmed that Jay Garrick - Earth Two's version of The Flash - was brought to Barry's Earth in a battle with Zoom, the shadowy villain of this season.
Jay will have to rely on more than his speed, since his character in the comics has had a less clear tie to the Speed Force than Barry Allen (and Eobard Thawne lost his own innate connection when he traveled back in time). It might sound disappointing to hear that Jay won't be the speedy hero fans know and love until he returns to his own Earth, but then, having an older, more experienced speedster (with knowledge of each new metahuman Barry will face) isn't a bad plan, either.
Fans have already assumed that Jay will be teaching Barry a few new tricks (with or without his signature hat), and for once, viewers can rest a bit easier during his lessons. We're almost positive that Jay is the hero he claims to be, and not a villain deceiving the entire cast.
Those are the biggest questions we feel fans will still be asking weeks after the Season 2 premiere, as The Flash doubles down on the comic book mythology of the Speed Force (with or without losing a few non-comic readers along the way). If there are other lingering questions you can think of, be sure to leave them in the comicsreturned with little rust to be shaken off, moving its cast members into new positions and potentially different roles to play in the coming season. And with a new villain teased, and his motivations and methods already revealed, the months waiting for the new season to begin are already a distant memory.
The Flash returns next Tuesday @8pm on The CW with "Flash of Two Worlds".