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Subj: Re: The Flash "The Darkness and the Light Review *SPOILERS*
Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 at 05:46:21 pm EST (Viewed 319 times)
Reply Subj: The Flash "The Darkness and the Light Review *SPOILERS*
Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 at 01:18:17 pm EST (Viewed 455 times)

    I feel like I want to say more about this episode but I cannot put it down into words. Perhaps that in of itself speaks volumes on how average this episode was. It wasn't the best of the season, but it easn't the worst of the season either. I suppose the huge disappointment with Dr. Light effected my view of this episode. It just wasn't the character I was hoping to see.

You are being too pessimistic I think, this was the Earth-2 Doctor Light, the Earth-1 Doctor Light if she exists is perfectly possible to turn out to be Kimi, as as we have seen people and characters are not at all identical between the earths.
I confess I enjoyed the episode very much as it unfolded as the character work was as strong as the performances. The reaction to the crew to this Harrison Wells and his arrogance in response was well put over, Wells is clearly a man with secrets but the Flash crew are too colored by their own experiences with Eobard Thawne to be able to properly gauge this doppelganger wearing his face. Jay Garrick on the other hand shares his own emnity with Wells, and it does seem a curious coincidence that this man is so resented on both earths.
Jay's fear of the Mysterious Zoom and the unfolding of his own weakness and procrastination is well written, Earth-2 in so many ways seems a magical place, the ideal place. Fascinatingly put across in terms of the little details we hear of it and of course that spectacular opening cityscape with futuristic monorail and golden light shining down the world of Jay Garrisck seems a wonderous place, totally unprepared for the demonic Zoom and his reign of terror. But what is it Zoom actually wants? Why is he going to such remarkable means to test Earth-1? There is an awful lot being left unsaid here and it does come across as a weakness in the series as this new storyarc is a rather too transparent rehash of Season 1 so far.
Unlike series 1 we are still in the dark about who and what Zoom is, on the face of it he is a one-dimensional supervillain with no past, somehow connected to Wells, and well aware, as Wells is, that there is a Multiverse out there. What then can the audience get ahold of with Zoom when unlike the Reverse-Flash they are not made privy to some secret about him? How does this strange faceless other-Flash matter?
Perhaps the twist in the tale is yet to come, but as yet this series suffers a little due to its repeating of the 1st and its successful plot points.

Things to praise and note:

*An impressive costume design and realisation for Doctor Light makes her eventual death dissapointing to see and a waste of a very good character. Linda Park of Earth-2 is made a victim by the mysterious Zoom, but what power does he have over the people he is sending to test the Flash? Why is Zoom so very dangerous?
It does feel like an awful lot is missing where this character and his scheming is concerned.

*Cisco and his growing confidence in himself is one of the shows finest character-pieces. From insecure junior to learning about himself we have watched as he has grown, this episode he chooses a new nickname for himself and while the logic of that is rather unclear the support he is given from his friends is making this series a fine example of why DC/Warners is now seeing great successes in knocking out these superhero television pieces - just some very professional performances on show and a blend of intrigue and friendship that is absorbing to follow each week.

*Harrison Wells calls is - he is on Earth 1. Clearly the producers and writers are devoted to honouring the comicbook source while doing it in a modern context. Less satisfactory is the revelation that Earth-2 Harrison Wells created The Flash and other meta-humans with the same particle accelerator accident engineered by the covert Eobard Thawne. If you accept the reality that Thawne/Wells was forced to create Barry/Flash as he himself had altered time to make the original cause obsolete then just what did empower Barry with Superspeed in the original timeline? Why is it a Wells Particle Accelerator is needed to create superhumans...? Wouldn't they have come about anyway?

*Wells created Zoom. Jay/Flash fought Zoom for two years. So Zoom is from Earth-2? And created by the PA accident? It all feels rather strained, but we know so little about Zoom and his history it is hard to fully engage with the mystery. Zoom and Wells know there is a Multiverse but if Zoom came into existence at the same time as Jay and the two battle on and off for the two years since then how does Zoom get such a reputation annd how does he know of the Multiverse?
Far too much is being dropped in here...