The Flash, Episode 10 “Revenge of the Rouges” Broadcast on January 20, 2015
Written by Kai Yu Wu & Geoff Johns
Directed by Nick Copus
“Previously on The Flash” shows very quick scenes of Barry losing to the Reverse Flash and confessing his love to Iris. The episode begins with a drone firing bullets at the Scarlet Speedster as he runs down his training field. Barry wants to be faster to beat the man who killed his mother, and he taunts Cisco. “You going to bring it, or what?” The drone launches missiles at the Flash, and its explosive blast throws him to the ground. He struggles to get up as another missile is fired at him. He stands his ground and grabs the missile out of the air and redirects its flight back to the drone, destroying it. The training continues. In a custom car garage in Central City a flow of ice engulfs and grows on the entrance. A car drives through, easily shattering it. Captain Cold and Heat Wave emerge. They’re not there for the cars. They’re not there to fight the police. “He’ll be here,” Cold promises. Surprisingly, the Flash doesn’t appear and the two leave before the law arrives. Cue title card.
A few hours later the police are on the scene, including Barry and Joe West. Looking at the debris, Barry realizes it was frozen–Leonard Snart is back in town. He also realizes the criminal’s illegal entrance was a trap for him. At their hideout, Cold reveals to Heat that a rich couple is flying back from Paris with their twenty-five million dollar abstract art masterpiece they’ve purchased, Fire & Ice. Back at S.T.A.R. labs Doctor Wells advises Barry to stay away from Snart and focus on getting faster. At police headquarters Barry tells Joe he doesn’t think he can focus on Snart since he’s preoccupied with finding and stopping the Reverse Flash. “I’m sorry, that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve made up my mind.” He walks away from a stunned Joe. Cue first commercial break.
I have always been a huge fan of Flash comic books and I loved when members of his Rogues Gallery would appear, let alone when they would team up. This is the first super villain team-up on this show. Wentworth Miller is great as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell is an absolute scene chewing madman as Heat Wave. Combined, uneasily, they make a sensational team. They are exact opposites of each other and having them work together was great. The climax on the city streets was unbelievable. I would watch an episode if it just focused on the pair of them. In addition to tensions from these villains, Barry’s having issues with Iris, as she’s moving in with Eddie Thawne. Additionally, Caitlin Snow can’t let her boyfriend’s last appearance be the last time she sees him, and is investigating the last word he said, “Firestorm!” If you’re a fan of this super hero, you’re going to love what she learns, which includes the first appearance of one half of the Firestorm character. Grant Gustin was super as the determined hero. Carlos Valdes had a great scene with Jesse L. Martin, who had a great scene with Tom Cavanagh. The final scene and words from Cold and Heat had me screaming at my television with the tease of someone new.
The good: Jesse L. Martin, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, the effects, the story, the Firestorm plotline, the resolution of some plotlines, two characters moving into new locales, and the introduction of someone new. Plus, Space Ghost! Ghostbusters! and the most brilliant bad guy television broadcast since Jack Nicholson was the Joker.
Fun lines: “Actually, I kind of like it,” “I always keep my promises,” “The nerd survival kit survives,” “Sure,” “It’s beautiful!”, “Very motivational,” “Car trouble?”, “I hope we’re not enemies,” “Stop doing that,” and “That’s funny.” There were a lot of fantastic lines in this episode.
The bad: It’s only an hour long episode.
The final line: This was exceptional. It pushed every button correctly, and then pushed some more. This is the new standard for super hero adventures on television. Overall grade: A+