The Flash: The Complete Second Season

| September 2, 2016

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray collection I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.]

Following the defeat of Reverse-Flash in the season one of The Flash, things have somehow only gotten worse in Central City. The singularity opened up by Barry in his attempt to go back in time and save his mother has opened a series of wormholes across Central City that lead to Earth 2, home of the evil, speed force-devouring Zoom. While following up Reverse-Flash with another speedster villain may seem needlessly repetitive, The Flash’s second season is in fact an excellent continuation of an already stellar series—the best series in CW’s Arrowverse.

Zoom may not be as well-rounded a character as Reverse-Flash, whose personal connection with Barry made him a far more interesting villain, but Zoom is a fascinatingly monstrous antagonist, the likes of which we’d yet to see in The Flash. He moves faster than any other Speedster, having absorbed the speed force of Earth 2’s old school-style Flash, Jay Garrick. Add to that his demonic black rendition of the traditional Flash uniform, his pitch black eyes and claws, and the voice of Tony Todd (Candyman) and Zoom’s onscreen presence is downright inhuman.

What’s more, he brings with him from Earth 2 a host of metahuman villains he hopes will push The Flash to intensify his speed force. Thus, we get the likes of Dr. Light, Sand Demon, and King Shark added to the series’ already impressive rogues’ gallery. We see plenty of returning rogues as well, including Captain Cold, the Weather Wizard, the Trickster, and even Reverse-Flash (chock that one up to the wibbly wobbly, timey wimey).

More excitingly, we get to meet Captain Cold’s dad, Lewis Snart, who’s played by Michael Ironside. Ironside of course played the head-exploding villain Darryl Revok in David Cronenberg’s Scanners (1981), one of my favorite movies from my favorite director of all time. In a fanboy-thrilling nod to Scanners, Lewis wields a button that he uses to blow up people’s heads! It’s an homage that makes a series I already love all the more exciting.

I recently reviewed Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season and had a lot of problems with that season, but can honestly levy no such complaints against The Flash—a series that fills me with the same sense of childlike wonder that the 1990-91 series of The Flash did when I was a kid. Not only is the series the best thing in CW’s Arrowverse, it may well be the best live action superhero series of all time. The only competition it has in that regard, to my mind, is the 1970’s-80’s Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno series, The Incredible Hulk.

The Flash: The Complete Second Season will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray (including Digital HD) and DVD on September 6, 2016. The home video collection not only includes both episodes of the Arrow/Flash crossover event building up to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but also boasts over four hours of special features. Special features on the collection include:
-Behind-the-scenes visual effects featurettes for almost every episode,
-the “Star Crossed Hawks” and “Star Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage” featurettes also included on Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season,
-“The Many Faces of Zoom” featurette,
-“Chasing Flash: The Journey of Kevin Smith” featurette (Smith directed the season’s 21st episode, “The Runaway Dinosaur”),
The Flash: 2015 Comic-Con Panel,
The Flash: 2015 PaleyFest,
-Deleted scenes,
-and a gag reel.

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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