The Flash: “Going Rogue” Season 1 Episode 4 Review

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The Flash finally has a villain worth fighting, making this a much, much better episode than we got last week.

Going Rogue had a lot going for it. Caitlin and Cisco are coming into their own, but now Arrow‘s Felicity is here to unite the team and make them stronger. But with Felicity came Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), a foe not affected by the particle accelerator that simply has a freezing gun and a band of goons.

Where Weather Wizard and Mist were smoke monsters and Multiplex was already killed off, Captain Cold is a villain intrigued by the very idea of defeating the Flash, creating a relationship between hero and villain that is essential to superhero mythos.

Yes, a few of his lines came dangerously close to the cold puns Arnold Schwarzeneggar threw around as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. Yes, he lacks the tragic backstory that makes the comic version of his Batman counterpart way more interesting. But having a villain take interest in defeating the Flash was a welcome change of pace. This is something Arrow did very well in its second season with Deathstroke. The best villains are the personal ones.

The action was up to par this week as well. Many of the Flash’s heroic moments were slowed down to great effect, showing us every move Barry made to save people.

Though the final confrontation between Flash and Captain Cold was a bit anticlimactic. It was great how Felicity got Cisco and Caitlin in the field, just as she and Diggle have done on Arrow. But once there, Cisco kind of just lets Captain Cold walk away. It’s exciting that he’s out there persuading other criminals to take the leap to supervillainy, but there could have been a bit more of a punch to their confrontation.

Meanwhile, Detective West is still mad at Iris and Eddie for having a relationship behind his back. This subplot could have been worse, but it also could have just not been there and the show wouldn’t have suffered at all.

Something I do want to mention, however, is that this is the first Flash episode not to have any flashbacks, and it was much better for it. The story was focused and without interruption.

Going Rogue is the best episode since the pilot. Featuring a suitable villain in Captain Cold and some guidance from Felicity, this was a fun hour that helped build The Flash‘s world and establish greater character connections. Here’s to hoping future episodes won’t need a helping hand from Arrow to do so. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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