The Flash Season 2 Episode 19 “Back to Normal”
Things “slow” down on this week’s episode of The Flash! Powerless and human, Barry adjusts to life without his speed after Zoom took it from him, but he soon learns what a heroes true calling is after Harry is taken by a metahuman with enhanced strength. Meanwhile Caitlyn finds herself a prisoner of Zoom, who believes himself to be in love with her. Soon she’s confronted by a familiar face, but will they be friend or foe? Plus, Wally West becomes determined to meet The Flash.
The episode does a fantastic job of showing what a hero truly is. Are they defined by their powers, or by the actions they take to protect people? Just as Barry loses his powers, it feels as if the Multiverse expands in this episode, dealing with multiple Earths, doppelgängers and some big Easter eggs the passionate DC Comics fan base will spot throughout the episode. By episodes end, Barry’s problem will have a solution, but will it come at a cost? Plus, Zoom’s threat will grow larger as we race into next week’s episode. Tune into all new episodes of The Flash, only on The CW!
The Flash Season 2 Episode 18: Versus Zoom Review
The secret origins of Zoom are explored in the return of The Flash. After discovering the way to increase his speed to match Zoom, Barry seeks help in finding a way back to Earth-2, while Wells asks for help in talking Barry out of it, fearing the repercussions of the battle with Zoom. While they do this, Team Flash learns who Zoom really is, and his identity is not only monstrous and haunting, but gives Barry an idea of how to stop him. Meanwhile, Joe bonds and grows closer with Wally, while Iris struggles with emerging feelings.
This episode does an excellent job of giving insight into the murderous mind of the season’s big bad. The complicated history of Zoom serves as an excellent mirror to our own Scarlet Speedster, giving the audience a look at a very twisted version of Barry himself. The confrontation between these two powerful forces leads to a shocking outcome as Zoom looms over the team in a dangerous way. Tune into The Flash, only on The CW!
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The Netflix Theory: How Streaming and Premium Shows Have Changed How We View Television
Someone once said, “The times, they are a-changing…”, or something like that. I think this applies greatly to the world of entertainment, in
particular to how television is viewed. When cable television reigned supreme, we took on shows and appreciated them for what they were, even
if that meant poor writing, cheesy one-liners, and poor special effects. However, with the invention of premium and streaming services, shows
such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Daredevil and Jessica Jones have provided a new standard for groundbreaking television. With these shows,
have we as a society entered a new realm of entertainment?
I pondered this recently as I watched the premiere of a show on the newly dubbed ABC Freeform, called Shadowhunters. Based on the acclaimed book
series by author Cassandra Claire, after watching the show I found myself kind of taken aback. As a fan of both the book series and the film,
I had high hopes for the change to a television format, and yet I found the dialogue, the special effects and the many changes to the story too
difficult to enjoy the show. The changes to the story, several of the characters and the uneven pace of the story itself just made it
uncomfortable to watch. Then I began to think about the shows that are succeeding and have succeeded in recent years, and I asked myself, are
the high standards of these shows making it difficult to enjoy others?
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming the actors on the problems with the show. I can give you an example of what I’m talking about. Everyone
knows Shailene Woodley from her incredible work in films such as The Descendants, Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars. However, she had a
massive role on the ABC Family original series, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, and that show was another example of cheesy lines,
unbelievable plot developments and more. Everyone has seen what an amazing actress she is, but because of poor writing, the show and the actors
on the show suffered.
Writing defines great television, as does most entertainment projects. The expertly crafted works of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Daredevil and
Jessica Jones have brought some amazing performances from the actors on these shows because of deep and invigorating writing teams that have
perfected the art of television. Not only that, but maybe what has made these shows breakout is the fact that they are less restricted in their
What I’ve noticed as a consumer of these shows is that when a show restricts itself in some way, whether it be time constraints, dialogue choices
or just how realistic and gritty the visuals are, (i.e. sexual scenes, blood, violence, etc.), the show tends to suffer in production and
character growth. One cable network that is leading the charge to compete with the streaming and premium channels is The CW, which has their shows
push the limits with smart writing, strong visuals and not as heavy restrictions, allowing their shows to prosper and grow, and lessening the
amount of cancellations the network suffers.
So the question remains: Has the rise of premium and streaming television changed how we consume and enjoy shows? It certainly has for this
writer, and I think it’s changed for the better. After years of seeing great television shows get the ax from big networks because of an old,
outdated way of viewing numbers, its great to see higher forms of art taking shape on streaming and premium networks. 2016 looks to expand
these amazing types of shows, and it’s no wonder big screen actors are now flocking to television shows for their next big roles. This is my