Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Flash - Going Rogue

Introduced way back in 1957 Captain Cold quickly became a staple of the Flash's Rogues Gallery. Although the comic character was responsible for building the device which game him his name, the television series otherwise stays relatively close to his origins of Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) as the skilled thief whose latest heist was stopped by the Flash (Grant Gustin) and decides he must step-up his game by upgrading his weaponry. Getting his hands on stolen Star Labs tech, which we learn was originally designed by Cisco (Carlos Valdes) as a method for stopping Barry if he proved dangerous, the newly-dubbed Captain Cold takes his freeze gun to both complete his robbery and kill off Central City's new hero.

In an episode that already delivers a (mostly) classic take on one of my favorite Flash super-villains, "Going Rogue" also sets the stage for the first formation of the Rogues and offers a guest-spot by Arrow's Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) whose geeky more-than-friendship yet less-than-romance relationship with Barry is allowed to flourish once again. Although the double-date trivia night involving Barry, Felicity, Iris (Candice Patton), and Eddie (Rick Cosnett) is a bit too sitcom-like for my tastes, the episode delivers in nearly every other area including a pretty cool freeze gun and offering some friction among Barry's newly assembled support staff and another example of Harrison Wells' (Tom Cavanagh) temper.

One of the failures of the 90s television show, which is still pretty damn good, was that other than Mark Hamill's appearance as the Trickster the show didn't do enough with the Flash's well-established comic villains. That's certainly not the case here as with the introduction of the Weather Wizard in the show's pilot, Captain Cold here, and the tease of Heat Wave, along with various other DC creations who have already popped-up, Central City is going to be a busy place for the Fastest Man Alive.

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