The Flash: The Revenge of the Rogues Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

After a long winter hiatus, The Flash returned with a strong episode that continued its momentum it established in “Flash vs Arrow.”

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

For any Prison Break fan, it was a shot of nostalgia to see Dominic Purcell (Heatwave) and Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) together again on the small screen. At first it was hard to wrap my mind around them playing characters other than the Scofield brothers, but once I saw how they interacted with each other I was on board.

They had such a different dynamic which speaks to their versatility as actors. Sure, the dynamic was somewhat cliche with Rory being the hot head with the heat gun and Snart being cool and collected but it played out well on a series that embraces the quirky. They were given more screen time than the average weekly villain. This worked to the episode’s advantage by giving the audience a pair of fleshed out villains. I do wish Heatwave got his own episode to shine before they paired the two up, much like how Captain Cold got his own episode.

At the end of the episode with the duo in the prisoner transport vehicle and being broken out was a nice little shout out to Prison Break. And in case you’re wondering in the comics Snart’s sister, Lisa Snart, is super villain The Golden Glider.

I really like how they began the episode. They changed up Barry’s voice over to say that he wasn’t the fastest man alive. This was actually one of the driving forces behind “Revenge of the Rogues.” Throughout the episode he tried to come to grips with the fact he lost the battle against the Reverse-Flash, aka the man in the yellow suit. Thanks to Team Flash does this by training with missiles, drones, and bullets. This sequence showcased the episode’s coolest effect with Barry leaping and in midair flinging the missile back at the drone. It still amazes me how well the series does special effects.  

Dr. Wells and Joe had some very dynamic scenes. Whenever they share dialogue the shows seems to hit the next level. They are two sides to Barry that are in conflict with one another. Joe represents his heart, who in this episode wanted to save people, while Dr. Wells represents his brain, which in this episode was the part of Barry who wanted to improve his abilities and speed. At the end of the episode, the heart won out. He went on saving people and the city.  

Even with everything going on the writers managed to write in Caitlin’s search for Ronnie and the FIRESTORM mystery as well as Eddie and Iris’ living situation. Eddie continues to be underused and quite likeable while FIRESTORM turned out to be an acronym for a transmutation research project.   

There were plenty of Easter Eggs throughout the episode. The Ghostbusters quip of crossing streams was a fun little shout out to the movie franchise. Dr. Martin Stein and Jason Rush are both names synonymous with Firestorm. Stein is the other half of the first incarnation of Firestorm while Jason Rush is the third incarnation of the superhero. The Rathaways, who were identified as the owners of the Fire and Ice painting, are the parents of Hartley Rathaway aka the Pied Piper who will be appearing in the next episode.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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