The Flash: Going Rogue Review

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

A familiar face for those who watch Arrow, and one of The Flash’s biggest villains helped make “Going Rogue” the best episode of the series to date.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Up to this point, The Flash has suffered from its predecessors’ mistakes of having weak, one-off villains-of-the-week. “Going Rogue” showed that when The Flash has an interesting villain, the series is capable of fully thriving. It also helped that Geoff Johns co-wrote this episode.

This doesn’t mean there won’t be uninteresting villains like the Weather Wizard moving forward, because the series has to have some sort of conflict for Team Flash to deal with, but it just gives hope for an overarching villain other that Dr. Wells.

From the very beginning of the episode, Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold, was a large and looming presence. At first I thought it was going to be difficult to separate Wentworth Miller from Prison Break’s Michael Scofield, but Miller had such a command of the character that it was easy to see him as a villain.

Even though Snart wasn’t a metahuman created by the STAR Labs accident, he was essentially created by STAR Labs as he stole Cisco’s freeze-ray gun. Captain Cold was quite meticulous when planning his heists, so it gave the impression that he was a very smart man instead of the other villains who, so far, have been irrational hotheads.

I’ve already stated this in one of my recent Arrow reviews, but it deserves mentioning again: I’m convinced Emily Bett Rickards is one of those actors who have insane chemistry with everyone she interacts with, so it isn’t a surprise that she once again killed it with Grant Gustin. They were just one big ball of nerdy adorableness. (This is not an endorsement of the Barry and Felicity ‘ship, because I’m still Olicity all the way, but you can’t deny the cuteness factor.)

I’m still not on board with the whole Iris and Barry romantic relationship the series is trying to push on the viewers. There just isn’t any chemistry there except a brother and sister vibe. Am I the only one having this problem? Or do others feel the same way too?

Anyways, it was nice to see the bumbly Felicity back. I know it’s character development, but it seems there have been fewer rambling Felicity moments on Arrow this season and toward the latter half of the sophomore season so to see her brain-to-mouth filter completely fly out the window in this episode made me extremely happy.

The show finally had an ending scene without Dr. Wells acting mysterious. Instead, this week ended on a much better note: Captain Cold teaming up with (spoiler alert!) Heat Wave. I see they are on their way to forming a rogues gallery. So exciting.

I don’t know how they do it with such a limited budget and time, but the CGI and special effects are still quite good, especially when Barry took out all of Captain Cold’s henchmen at the very beginning of the episode.

There were some fun comedic interactions between Joe and his partner Eddie. Surprisingly, it took a turn from comedic to dramatic when Joe confessed the new weight on his shoulders to keep Eddie safe now that he’s dating his daughter. I know Eddie Thawn becomes the Reverse Flash in the comics, but right now I’m enjoying his good guy, adorable cop routine.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


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