The CW’s The Flash Going Rogue TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 1, Episode 4: Going Rogue introduces us to a new villain, Leonard Snart / Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and a crossover character from another show – Arrow, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). This presents a very interesting dynamic with one character being a potential love interest and the other a powerful enemy. Looks like Barry Allen / The Flash (Grant Gustin) cold have his hands full.
After watching Barry show off playing Ping-pong with Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), then beating Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) at a board game, having him get check mated by Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) was a smooth way to tell him he needs to grow up and take his time. The writing on this show is still crisp and interesting and these little details are a part of the reason why.
There are many things that will make this job difficult for Barry. When he foils an armored truck robbery, he allows the bad guys to get away so he can take one of their victims to the hospital. This wasn’t all he did wrong…he also let Leonard Snart, a character who will soon become Captian Cold, know that was one of his weaknesses. The up side to this is we know Barry is a kid and is still learning to deal with his new powers. The down side is, the villain pool is going to get deeper and they will no doubt get more ruthless. Snart is no weak link. After Barry identifies him to Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) we quickly find out this guy does his homework and will not stop till he completes his mission. Leonard is going to be a fun character to watch cut loose.
With the complications of everything else going on, Barry returns to his forensic lab with Iris West (Candice Patton) and Felicity Smoak is waiting to see him. To the normal viewer this was supposed to be an awkward scene for Barry. We all know he is in love with iris the new problem here is…his on screen chemistry with Felicity smashes that storyline. Actually, Felicity is a very subtle scene-stealer. There is clearly more heat generated between Barry and Felicity than with Iris. It was cute in the first two episodes but now the line is drawn. The writers are going to have to work with this, its just too delicious.
Getting ready for round two, Leonard acquires a Freeze gun stolen from S.T.A.R. labs. This weapon evens the playing ground when he and Flash cross paths for a second round. Barry gets injured and it could have been much worse. The interesting thing here is Cisco made this weapon when he wasn’t sure of Barry was going to be a good guy or bad guy. My conflict with all of this is…Cisco was doing a good thing by anticipating a potential problem but Dr. Harrison comes down on the kid pretty hard for making the weapon. With that placed on the table. I’m going out on a limb. We have seen Dr. Harrison kill a man in cold blood and walk…he is up to something and it may have something to do with Barry’s mother’s murder. I went there and won’t take it back. Even his lighting in the scene where he rips Cisco is dark.
During the final battle against Captain Cold, we see Barry’s weakness for wanting to help people leave him vulnerable. The bigger theme came to save the day when his team arrives just in time to save him. No man is an island, I hope Barry was paying attention…we were. The humor in all of this was watching Cisco threaten Captain Cold with a large vacuum cleaner. It played well and we also know that this team plays well together. This is yet another strong point for the writers and another strong episode for the series.
During the end of the episode, Captain cold has an interesting discussion with a character that remains off screen. During his discussion he tries to recruit the fellow to join him. He offers the man another weapon stolen from the S.T.A.R. lab…a heat gun. The fellow in question…Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), better known as “Heatwave.” Looks like those stolen weapons are going to keep Barry and team on their toes for a while. I guess we will have to just wonder what fun Heatwave is going to bring to the table.
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