The Flash S2 E1 ‘The Man Who Saved Central City’ Recap

The Flash -- "The Man Who Saved Central City" -- Image FLA201b_0462b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Cate Cameron /The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The first season of CW’s The Flash brought us modern TV take on the Scarlet Speedster. We met Barry Allen, Iris West, Firestorm, and the Reverse Flash just to name a few. The season finale left us with quite a cliffhanger as Barry ran into a singularity to stop it from destroying the city.


The Season 2 premiere brought us back to Central City in a time of both sorrow and celebration. Barry has decided to take on crime fighting on his own in order to keep those around him safe – such a cliche superhero thing to do. The team has broken up with Cisco now working for the Police department, Kaitlyn working for a different lab, and, as we finally learn through a flashback, Ronnie is missing after Firestorm separated in the middle of the singularity to help stop it. In the meantime, Central City is prepping for a celebration to thank The Flash. A celebration that Barry is not keen on attending as he does not feel he deserves a celebration after Eddie died and Ronnie went missing.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a day in Central City without a metahuman attack. The Atom Smasher makes his first appearance during the Flash Day celebration attacking Barry. With the help of Joe, Barry is able to fight him off, but only temporarily. With the rest of the team tired of trying to convince Barry that he can’t do this alone, he finds them at STAR Labs trying to work out the identity of the Atom Smasher and how to beat him. Once again Barry attempts to take him on alone and again fails, nearly killing himself in the process.

Barry then realizes that he needs to make peace with what happened during the singularity event and he needs his team back. They assemble in time to stop Atom Smash and learn of a new threat, Zoom, who wants to kill Barry. This wasn’t the only surprise though. in his last will and testament, Harrison Wells in fact confessed to killing Barry’s mom, therefore proving his dad is innocent.

With his dad out of jail, Barry is anxious to piece his family back together, but his dad has other plans. Concerned that having him around will take away from Barry reaching is full potential. Although this came as a shock to Barry, it wasn’t as big of a shock as when an unknown man waltz right in. His name: Jay Garrick. In the comics, Jay Garrick is the original Flash, though this is not yet known in the show. He comes with a warning: this world is in danger.

With this warning, Garrick implies that there are other worlds, which for those of us following the show, we know that this season will be exploring other parallel timelines are worlds. This is just the beginning, but we will have to wait till next week to learn more about the Jay Garrick portrayed in the show.

The Flash airs on The CW 8|7c.

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