The Flash: Return of the Reverse Flash Review

  • Episode (S02E11):  Return of the Reverse Flash
  • Review:  ★★★★★

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It had to happen; the writers had to bring back the Reverse Flash. To do this they came up with a really messed up way of bringing him “back from the dead”.  You know that no one stays dead in the DC Universe? The wonderful thing about parallel universes and time travel is that they can always come up with a means to return just about anyone. I admit the episode was done really well.

This Reverse Flash is one that didn’t kill Barry’s mother or Harrison Wells. Harrison Wells points out that this time frame is his origin story. Cisco is the reason that this set of the story line happens and it leads into him becoming Vibe. It’s an excellent way to tie a time travel story together and leave hope for future plot lines.

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Last episode we had to pain through Barry’s loss of Patty leaving for school. I thought she was gone, but like any break-up it keeps coming back to haunt us. Patty likes to think she’s figured out Barry’s identity. Of any character that’s been on any show I want Patty to learn the truth,  knowing full well that Iris is his comic future wife. The ending of the couple is one that has a finality to it, one I can live with. It also makes sense in the end;  how long did Barry really hope to keep a secret from a detective?

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The show has also been dealing with Joe’s dying ex-wife. It’s the family story built into the Flash show that brings the narrative somewhat down to earth. The West family will be with us for awhile and we hope the best for them. It’s a good thing that they come together to accept their family roots and the love they truly feel even if they haven’t been with Wally for long.

The Flash -- "The Reverse Flash Returns" -- Image FLA211a_0013b -- Pictured: Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Flash always manages to strike a good balance between the drama and action.  There were some heartbreaks, the West family coming together, and the return of the biggest villain from last season.  This episode opened plenty of possibilities for what’s to come over the next few months and is not one you want to skip.

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