The Flash is known as the spinoff series to The CW original Arrow, but with this second season it's clear that the show is a huge force to be reckoned with on its own. That's not to pay any disrespect to Arrow - that's still a great show - but where that series is lacking perhaps in humour and relatable storylines, The Flash manages to pick up all of that and far exceed all expectations.
In this second season, we see the fallout of the deadly singularity before speeding ahead six months, discovering how Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was forced to use his speed to repair his ruined city. Now considered a hero by the people of Central City, civilians love Flash and depend on him for all sorts of different disasters.
A solid start introduced a new Big Bad villain - Zoom - along with a host of other characters; some of which were ones we'd already been introduced to, but with different personalities as they existed within another timeline and universe, known as Earth-2.
As foes passed over from Earth-2 to Earth-1 to confront Flash and his friends, it was clear that the producers on the show were intent on delivering something special for super-fans who have read some of the most iconic Flash comic books.
Here perhaps more than ever, The Flash was proved to be an ensemble show, with every single regular character and their respective actor delivering a stellar performance. Writing was also stepped up a notch, with storylines always weaved within others with perfection rather than seeming forced. Special effects were also taken up another level - take a look at the King Shark episode if you want to see greatness achieved.
Though it was close to perfection, there were a few niggling moments that didn't stack up against the rest of the season. The introduction of DC's Legends of Tomorrow for example felt shoved in simply for promotional means. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the story that this brought to the show, but it didn't seem to fit. Luckily this only lasted for a couple of crossover episodes with Arrow before all went back to normality. Or as normal as The Flash can be.
By the time the season came to a close, we'd seen some incredible scenes and chemistry between cast members was at an all-time-high. We had the scariest villain Flash had come across to-date in Zoom, and whilst his storyline wasn't the best one we could have had, he provided some great twists and turns that not even the most seasoned Flash fan could have been able to predict. In many ways this season surpassed all expectations and was more exhilarating than the first. That, for me, is a major win.
There are some brilliant special features included on the season two Blu-ray, my favourite of which has to be the gag reel. I love seeing actors let down their hair and have a laugh on set, and it's good to see that not everything has to be so serious all of the time! With this cast of course there are a lot of giggles.
Blu-ray owners also get access to some deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes VFX on select episodes and featurettes such as The Many Faces of Zoom. Overall, this is a very decent offering from DC.
The Flash: The Complete Second Season is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.