Published on January 21st, 2015 | by Sharp-O0
Flash Facts – “Revenge of the Rogues”
Things heat up and they’ve never been cooler!
The Flash races back to our screens after its Christmas break and it truly hits the ground running with Revenge of the Rogues!
In the fallout of Barry’s encounter with the Reverse-Flash, the team are helping him step-up his training, all the while Wells is being a sneaky fuck and yet, an utter delight to watch. I still stick by my theory that he’s not truly the Reverse-Flash but the show makes it REALLY hard to keep that theory going.
More fallout from last episode is the Barry/Iris situation and I think Joe’s reaction sums up mine pretty well. I know I harp on about it all the time but still, I don’t think Barry and Iris have chemistry and, at this point, I don’t see her as a legitimate love interest. Barry has better chemistry with Eddie than he does Iris (and
the slashfics I’ve written the Tumblr posts I’ve read make a compelling argument). I thought about and do you know who Iris is at this point in the show? She’s Lana Lang. That’s right, I’m pulling the Smallville card and when you think about it, this is the same schtick we saw there but unfortunately, Iris is the canon love interest for Barry so we’re not getting a later season Lois Lane deal. Oy.
The one relationship that continues to blossom is Barry and Joe. Again, said it before and I’ll say it again, Joe West is the best TV dad ever. Love him to bits. Kudos to the writers and to Jesse Martin for delivering an outstanding performance.
Enough waffling with side-stories, the main event are the titular Rogues! Wentworth Miller reprises his role as the cool, calculated Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold) but brings in his polar opposite; Mick Rory (aka Heat Wave) played by none other than Dominic Purcell! The Prison Break brother duo is back together and puns abound as they deliver performances that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christian Bale might deem over the top. These pair ham it up to the nines and chew every bit of scenery they can wrap their jaws around and it is simply spectacular!
Flash Fact: The hot & cold duo’s caper to steal a painting is actually slyly introducing the next Rogue. The Rathaway’s, while disembarking with the painting, dimiss a message from their son. Hartley Rathaway will be appearing next episode as The Pied Piper!
The intial Rogues first appearance is engaging, humorous and just as exciting as I expected and they translated well, considering the limitations of TV budget. Team Flash’s plan to deal with them results in a nice little about Ghostbusters that I loved and Cisco gets a fair bit of development and screen time as he comes up with counter-measures for the weapons he designed. Caitlin’s off investigating Firestorm, which leads her to Jason Rusch (the second Firestorm) which is a nice nod to the comics.
Stinger for this week is an ironic shot of Snart and Rory in prison jumpsuits being transported to Iron Heights, but not before their transport is attacked and Leonard Snart’s sister frees them with what looks like a duplicate cold gun.
Revenge of the Rogues is a fantastic return for the show and it only seems to be getting better with each passing week. Let’s hope SHIELD can match up when it returns in March but we’ll be back with The Flash next week with The Sound and the Fury!