‘The Flash’ Season 9, Episode 2 Review
by Frank Martin
When a show has been running as long as The Flash has, the honeymoon phase for fans is definitely over. Their expectations should be fairly low by this point and seeing a great season is largely out of the question. There’s always a chance it may deliver a surprise halfway through or even towards the ends, but right now, the best thing fans can hope for is something decent. Two episodes into the ninth and final season, that’s absolutely where the show is at. It’s not mind-blowing, but at least this past episode was just good enough to keep the show moving forward, even if it is past its prime.
After a lot of teases from last season, The Flash has delivered on Caitlin Snow’s (Danielle Panabaker) transformation. Killer Frost was dead, and Caitlin was determined to bring her back. Unfortunately, something went wrong and a brand new third persona was born in the process. This new character was introduced to team Flash and made the decision to live her own life rather than trying to revert to either of the other two personalities. It’s also apparent that she is definitely something different. She’s not Caitlin and she’s not Frost. She’s like a young child, innocent to the world around her as she tries to figure it out.
The other storyline revolved around the reintroduction of Pied Piper (Andy Mientus) and a new villain called The Fiddler (Magda Apanowicz). The two separate storylines intersected a bit, but for the most part, they stood out on their own and were able to carry the plot forward. In a lot of ways, the Fiddler’s storyline is merely moving the season in the direction of revealing the main villain. The other storyline was mainly about character and how all of the players will react to this new version of Caitlin. This season hasn’t done anything to really blow audiences away yet, but it seems as if it is putting all the right pieces in place. So, hopefully, the time will come when it will really shine as a good send-off for the show and the Arrowverse.
The Flash airs Wednesdays on the CW.