The Flash (2014– )
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The Darkness and the Light 

As an encounter with another Earth-2 meta-human leaves Barry blinded (right before his first date with Patty), Dr. Wells outs Cisco.


Steve Shill


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon / Vibe
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harry Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Ciara Renée ... Kendra Saunders
Teddy Sears ... Jay Garrick / Flash
Violett Beane ... Jesse Wells
Tom Butler ... Eric Larkin
Melise ... Linda Park / Dr. Light (as Malese Jow)
Shantel VanSanten ... Patty Spivot (as Shantel Vansanten)


Barry learns a new breacher, Dr. Light, has come through the portal and sets off to capture her. Jay tells Barry that Dr. Light was not a threat on Earth-2 and that Barry can reason with her. However, during a fight with The Flash, she blinds him and drops some shocking news about Zoom. Meanwhile, Barry and Patty go out on a date. Written by THE CW

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Release Date:

3 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At the press conference on Earth-2, at least one journalist uses an audio recording device of the brand "Zoom." See more »


As soon as Joe sees Harrison Wells, he draws his gun and fires. As Wells is unarmed and poses no obvious threat, no trained police officer (like Joe) would have done this. See more »


Caitlin Snow: You've coffee on your Earth, right?
Jay Garrick: I think coffee's the one constant thing in the multiverse.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


The Flash Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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3 November 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

After last week slightly deviated from being The Flash to being a set up to Legends of Tomorrow, we got a great episode of pure entertainment. At its best The Flash and Arrow have always been great at giving the entire ensemble their moment to shine. Tonight was a prime example of that. There was so much to love about this episode and so much to look forward to.

Beginning with the big WTF from last week, Wells is back and an even bigger jerk than previously. As always, Wells has a little bit more up his sleeve than we thought, but I think this will be a much different Wells than last year. You can see the difference in Cavanagh's performance and in his motivations. This time he wants to get his daughter back. Now, how he got through to earth two without being a meta-human and why Zoom cares so much about Wells that he needed to kidnap his daughter? I don't know. But I do like this new curve on the Wells character.

On a lighter note, Barry took Patty out on a date finally. While the tone veered more into a Friends or Seinfeld episode, it worked really well for their offbeat dynamic. Patty is quickly becoming my favorite character on the show. Santel VanSanten and Grant Gustin's chemistry is as good if not better than the Oliver and Felicity relationship in Arrow. Plus, watching Cisco be the third wheel through Barry's glasses was priceless.

Speaking of Cisco, it's about time he tells everybody about his powers. That secret never made sense to me so I'm glad the writers didn't delay it any further. I was glad to see Wells' meta-human detector watch didn't go off when it came to Caitlin. I don't think she ever needs to become Killer Frost. Perhaps a visit from another earth's Caitlin but her place in the team works just fine as a regular human being. But it was funny to hear the line "I don't think any of us will become evil" come out of her mouth. I guess it's also worth mentioning Cisco's flirting was with the one and only Hawkgirl a part of the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow. Definitely glad this episode didn't focus on her as we already had last week's set up for that show.

Caitlin also had a brief little fling with Jay as the second couple of the episode. I don't know if it was because I loved the scenes with Barry and Patty so much but I never bought into Caitlin and Jay. It just seemed forced. Typical writing to have them almost kiss before the villain breaks it up. Dr. Light AKA Linda Park was decent as the next Zoom pawn. Her powers were unique enough and it gave us a first look at Barry using speed mirages. I could be wrong but I believe that is something Zoom is known for doing, so that's another interesting link. So overall, a very fun episode that brought a lot of things we were waiting for and teased just enough for the future without overwhelming the audience.

+Barry & Patty

+Wells is back

+Wells' motivations make a little bit more sense


+Well balanced episode

-Caitlin & Jay seemed forced


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