In last night’s episode of The Flash, “Going Rogue” interesting events unfolded in regards to Barry’s team, his love life, and Iris’ love life. The episode grade wise was a solid A- encompassing everything we’d expect this show to do. It handled serious situations in a non heavy-handed way, while balancing a level of honesty mixed with great amounts of humor. I’m also happy to report that there is no threat to team Olicity! That fact alone made it a very good episode.
The episode this week didn’t have Barry going after any metahumans but instead taking on Leonard Snart, Central City’s ultimate meticulous thief. Snart for a villain was a reputable one holding his particular ideologies in the case of what he did for a living. As a character, his complexity of his beliefs mixed with his background and skill set making him an interesting match for The Flash. What made him dangerous to Barry wasn’t the fact that he had one of Cisco’s stolen weapons, a freeze gun that could kill Barry if he was overly exposed to it; it was his cold demeanor that was shocking.
Now, the weapon that Cisco built was completely understandable. After he explained it to Dr. Wells and the rest of the team, but his actions had fatal consequences. For the first time the lighthearted character of Cisco directly felt the effects of the life of a superhero. Now the one thing I was concerned with was the scene he had with Dr. Wells. In that scene, the kind doctor’s dark side bubbled up to the surface and it felt as if Cisco noticed. That makes me concerned for his safety.
In regards to Felicity’s function this episode, the sweet and awkward dance between her and Barry continued. It was clear to Iris upon seeing the two together that chemistry was undeniable. On the other hand, it seems that Barry and Felicity realize it but remain to pine for the people that they can’t have. Their relationship as friends remains intact, even with the anticipated kiss seen in the promo around the world. Felicity however, was able to be a strong voice to Barry’s team when faced with the lack of trust that occurred in this episode. I was happy to see her character develop and become a guiding force for the team of Central City, and I was happy to see her prepared to return to Starling.
As Felicity was able to face her conflicts, Iris was ready to face her father. The scene where Detective West and Iris have it out about her relationship with Eddie really gave us beautiful scenes between Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton. I really love this cast’s ability to give us great chemistry. The other thing that I was thrilled with, were the special effects have found their footing. Sequences were not only brilliant portrayed but believable. Now with the show taking a week off and returning on the 11th of November, my only thing I hope they change is the opening recap monologue. Last week’s was a stronger opening for recapping, compared to this week’s. It sets a better tone.
If you haven’t now is the time to catch up on The Flash and see what you’ve missed. With the freshman series landing a full episode order from the CW it’s safe to say it’s going to get good!