The Flash s2e11: The Reverse-Flash Returns

The Flash — “The Reverse Flash Returns” — Image FLA211b_0028b — Pictured (L-R): Amanda Pays as Christina McGee and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 8/10

After the Turtle winds up dead, the Reverse Flash is back in town, but it’s a Reverse Flash from the future’s past, meaning it’s the Reverse Flash before he meets Barry or anyone else on Team Flash. Also, Barry has relationship problems with his girlfriend.

Okay, I think I’m officially fed up with stupid superheroes who can’t tell people who are important to them that they’re superheroes! It’s like if you can’t trust them enough to tell them that, then you shouldn’t be with them as a friend, lover, family, whatever. You are putting their lives at risk by being around them if you are unwilling to tell them you’re out every night fighting crime. Something this show and Arrow remind us of constantly (though less so with Arrow now).

I guess Supergirl does it right by admitting to the important people in her life right away. Well, other than her boss, Cat Grant, who’s perfectly capable of taking care of herself. I guess my point is this show uses the “I can’t tell you I’m the Flash” plotline far too much to stir up drama between the characters, but it’s old at this point, even though we’re still fairly early in the show, and it causes nothing but trouble for the people involved.

Anyway, this episode had some good drama and some good action, and, even though he’s been downgraded to a one-shot villain, seeing the Reverse-Flash again is fun. He’s a great villain to the Flash and the original evil speedster for this show, and every speedster badguy after that is just a copycat.

SCORING:

+8: Good episode with a few faults

-1: Why can’t Flash tell his girlfriend who he is? Oh, because it’s in the script. I see…

+1: Reverse-Flash is a great villain, too bad he’s, more or less, just a minor problem now

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