The Flash (2014– )
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Running to Stand Still 

Believing Flash to be weakened, Weather Wizard returns to break Captain Cold and The Trickster out of Iron Heights Prison to form a triumvirate against him at Christmastime.


Kevin Tancharoen


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Keiynan Lonsdale ... Wally West
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harry Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Mark Hamill ... James Jesse / The Trickster
Wentworth Miller ... Leonard Snart / Captain Cold
Teddy Sears ... Jay Garrick
Shantel VanSanten ... Patty Spivot (as Shantel Vansanten)
Patrick Sabongui ... Captain David Singh
Violett Beane ... Jesse Wells
Liam McIntyre ... Mark Mardon / Weather Wizard
Cody Davis ... Brat


When Mark Mardon/The Weather Wizard returns to break Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and James Jesse/The Trickster out of Iron Heights Prison, Barry must stop these rogues from making a horror out of Christmas in Central City. Meanwhile, Iris makes the difficult decision to tell Joe about the son he never knew he had, and Dr. Wells finds himself pressured into joining a unsavory coalition with Zoom. Written by mini_jake19/edited by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

8 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


During the scene in which the Trickster plays Santa Claus, the "elves" are wearing the same hats which were used for the Santa scene in the movie "A Christmas Story." See more »


There's no explanation for how Patty got her hands on a thigh-restraint canon to use on The Flash. It would be something Cisco would build, but if not aware of it as something so specifically designed to anchor The Flash, he would have "vibed" her intent and stopped. See more »


Jay Garrick: What's Christmas?
Caitlin Snow: Oh, well, it's this holiday we have where we cut down trees and sing songs to celebrate the birth of a baby 2,000 years ago, and then the Romans killed him, so we give each other gifts...
Cisco Ramon: That's tour explanation?
Jay Garrick: I know what Christmas is.
Caitlin Snow: Oh, right, of course. Um, you know, Joe and Barry and Iris are having people over for Christmas Eve, and they said we could invite whoever we want.
Jay Garrick: Who... who do you want?
Caitlin Snow: You. I want to invite you, I mean.
Cisco Ramon: This is so painful.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Jingle Bell Rock
Written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe
Performed by Mandy Barnett
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Good but could of been better
17 December 2015 | by kezer-64131See all my reviews

Overall a success for Season 2, While it added to the overall narrative i cant help but feel the episodes plot suffered for it. I feel while the ending was needed, i can see why the Interest is in a uproar over it. It is both simplistic while making sense but can leave viewers thinking, "Was that it?". It is partly overkill that we had to wait all episode for something the show runners were hoping to be a show moment but it just didn't pull off.

Captains cold involvement was completely unneeded, I feel he was only involved for maybe a later plot or the very least, to keep fans pleased with a major villain seeing as the trickster isn't exactly a "mainstream" Villain for the series.

The sub plot between Paddy and "the Weather Man" was really underused. We knew this moment was coming since Paddy was introduced and it was revealed she had a personal agenda with Mark. The episode doesn't really address this and it felt to me while watching it was a secondary plot which isn't what i wanted or expected when i heard about this "showdown" between two. Maybe doing this as a two part episode could of given more time to explore this but this would have needed to have been done during the second half of the season after Christmas so it would fit to the schedule.

Overall while i enjoyed it and couldn't help but feel it was a missed opportunity to develop the Paddy story line with Barry . I also feel slightly let down by the Zoom reveal but it does make sense when compared to the overall plot. Please do feel free to look for my video review on my YouTube channel "SolarRobinson" which contains greater detail involving spoilers.

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