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TV Review: THE FLASH: Season 2, Episode 14: Escape From Earth-2 [The CW]

Grant Gustin Escape From Earth-2 The Flash

The CW’s The Flash Escape From Earth-2 TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 2, Episode 14: Escape From to Earth-2 had some high expectations after last week’s outstanding episode. However, it didn’t live up to the same hype as its predecessor but it doesn’t mean that the installment wasn’t enjoyable. There were some great dramatic moments as team tries to make it back home before Zoom stops them. There were also a few surprises in what was an entertaining hour.

What made last week’s episode great was the setting of Earth-2 and getting to see the counterparts of some of our characters in this alternate world. We didn’t focus so much on that during ‘Escape From Earth-2’ since most of the Earth-2 characters were dead thanks to Zoom. The good thing we took out of the episode was going deep into the Earth-2 versions of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). Despite our Barry getting stuck in Zoom’s lair, we did get to spend most of our time with the other Barry and his goofy personality. Grant managed to pull off playing two versions of himself quite well. It was enjoyable to see Earth-2 Barry trying to play hero despite being under qualified. Compared to the silliness of our Barry at times, his doppelganger goes one step further with his dorkiness.

One of the highlights of the episode was seeing Earth-2 Barry pushing his otherworldly twin to make it out of his cell. We usually see Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) from both Earths trying to coach Barry, so it was nice that he was able to get some advice from himself for once. It was nice to utilize the idea that no matter what problem we face from any Earth, the essentials of what makes us who we are never changes.

Even Killer Frost had to get a morality check, which made her heart melt from being so icy cold to everyone. After losing her love Ronnie Raymond/Deathstorm (Robbie Amell), Earth-2 Caitlin struggled with the choice of either remaining loyal to Zoom or get revenge for Ronnie’s death. This gave Danielle more for her character as Caitlin went into darker territory. Caitlin isn’t so wicked like her Earth-2 counterpart, but she had a flow of emotional problems that she had to face head on. It would’ve been nice to see more of this version of her and see what made her become so dark. After betraying Zoom, her survival seems less likely now so we probably won’t see Killer Frost much longer.

The big fight with Zoom was a nice way to finish off this two-part arc. Caitlin turning her back on Zoom had to be the biggest moment, but it’s fair that the rest of the team had to share some credit as they made their journey back to STAR Labs. Wells was about to make a big sacrifice to save his daughter, and Zoom all the more ready to do just that. Jesse Chambers Wells (Violett Beane) seemed like she would be smart enough to succeed her father, but the two of them are safe for now from Zoom. However, this caused Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) to pay the price as Zoom made one final move before the breach was closed.

That ending was a great way to cap off the plot with Earth-2 even though the second part was somewhat weaker than last week. Earth-1’s story was better this time around, as Geomancer (Adam Stafford) had a role to play for the episode rather than being just a villain. Jay managed to test out the Velocity-9 to near perfection and use it on the metahuman. Hopefully this would open doors to bring in more speeders like Wally West or Jesse Quick. Zoom is still a mystery at this point, but we should get some answers on him soon.

‘Escape From Earth-2’ didn’t have the same level of excitement as last week’s episode, but it did give us a big finish to the team’s journey to Earth-2. It was great seeing the two Barry Allens work together and watching Killer Frost going up against her leader. Even if we didn’t get to see more of Earth-2, there was still more to like in the episode.

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Mufsin Mahbub

Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

  • Stella Kimani

    I enjoyed the episode,you’re right it was fun seeing Barry from E-2 have a bigger role than last time,and he is way dorkier than the flash,its too bad Jay is dead,Caitlin cannot catch a break.

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