Seriously, the writers over on “The Flash” are insane. Following up with their fast-paced, mind-bending first season of the TV show, it seems like they’re going with the “everything and the kitchen sink” method for the follow-up. It was recently confirmed that that this season would open up the multiverse with the inclusion of Jay Garrick–the original Flash in the comic books–and apparently that’s not enough to keep these writers busy. Now TVLine is reporting that not only will season two of “The Flash” include speedster Jesse Quick, but that they’ve already cast her.
According to the outlet, actress Violett Beane has taken up the role. If you don’t recognize the name, you’d be forgiven, as this is an actress who’s pretty much new to Hollywood. If you look at her IMDB page, she’s only got a couple credits to her name, and neither of them have been released yet. Needless to say, this is an exciting opportunity for the actress, and I’m personally very interested to see what she’ll bring to the table.
It isn’t clear how the character of Jesse Quick (aka Jesse Chambers) will fit into the plot of the show. Will she be someone from Barry Allen’s “Earth” or does she exist as a specific Earth’s version of The Flash? Admittedly that part seems unlikely, since her character isn’t historically considered to be a version of Flash in the comics (at least not that I’ve read), but movies and TV aren’t always completely faithful. Plus I like the idea of the multiverse having a female Flash. Either way, the character is reported to show up in multiple episodes, so perhaps it’s safe to conclude that her involvement will be in an arc of some sort, rather than as a character that pops in and out of the series.
As exciting as this piece of news is, I’m admittedly a bit worried for this upcoming season of the series. While I enjoyed the frenetic pace and fun tone of season one, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed with all these recent announcements from The CW. Rather than taking its time to develop characters and stories naturally, it seems like the network is pushing to keep throwing more things at it. It’ll be only a matter of time before the plot and characters become too confusing to follow.
While I could be wrong, and this could be the best season of television ever, I can’t help but get an “Amazing Spider-Man 2” feel from it. Will it become too jampacked and convoluted to be an enjoyable run?
We’ll have to wait and see.
“The Flash” returns to The CW on October 6, 2015 at 8/7c.