The Flash, Episode 4 “Going Rogue” Broadcast October 28, 2014
Written by Geoff Johns & Kai Yu Wu
Directed by Glen Winter
On his day off, Barry is learning to multitask at S.T.A.R. Labs: he’s playing chess, ping pong, and Operation simultaneously. Meanwhile, an armored car, from Black Hawk Squad Security (a wink to the comic fans), is going through an industrial park, passing a lone motorcycle whose rider is masked. In his ear the biker hears, “182 seconds, gentlemen,” which sparks him to go after the vehicle. A second motorcycle arrives, along with a bigger vehicle that stops the moving bank vault. Out of the larger vehicle comes the leader who sprays a mist-like vapor on the car’s doors. The robbery is detected at the labs and The Flash arrives on the scene, knocking down the robbers, who escape as Barry takes a wounded guard to the hospital. Time passes and the police have arrived on the scene. Joe tells Eddie that the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond was untouched, as that’s what the crooks were going for. Arriving late, is terminally late Barry Allen, just back from the hospital, and he tells Joe that he saw one of the thieves with his mask off, later identifying the man from some mug shots back at the station. Iris arrives and tells Barry she’s started a blog on “The Streak.” He tries to tell her to stop the site as it will attract trolls, but his conversation is cut off upon their entering his lab and finding attractive Felicity Smoak. After introductions with Iris, she looks around the facilities where the lightning bolt entered. At Snart’s hideaway, his gang grouses about the red blur that stopped them. Snart kills a man who wants out, saying after firing his gun, “We’re going to have to up our game.” Walking through a park, Felicity reveals she knows Barry’s secret, thanks to Oliver. He reveals he has a heat resistant suit and she wants to see it. He takes her hand and off they go. Cue first commercial break.
Wentworth Miller eats up the screen as Captain Cold. He’s the first official killer for crime’s sake and I cannot wait to see his return. He just has to turn his head slightly to create instant tension, and his smile will leave viewers cold with fear. I was overjoyed when he put on the blue parka for the final conflict with Barry, as that’s what he wears in the comic books. Amazingly, it didn’t look silly. There’s a neat twist as to who created Cold’s gun and it provides some good tension in the episode, and gave a hint of another character’s true nature just before the ending. I don’t watch Arrow, gave up after first five episodes of Season One, but after seeing Emily Bett Rickards in this episode as Felicity…uh…wow. Smoak was a great partner for Barry, as they are both aware of secrets, and they do have a lot in common. It was nice to see them pining for one another, though Barry still had eyes for Iris. The final scene on the train with the two of them was a refreshing up front conversation where all is laid bare between characters and isn’t milked for years. The last group of people Barry rescues is on a par with effects from The Matrix. What the heck is The Flash going to be capable of once he reaches his maximum limits, since it’s repeated time and again in this episode that he’s not even close?
The good: Flash on the treadmill, hilarious radio songs at the wrong time, how Snart gets his gun, the conversation between two allies that gets serious with an arm grab, a funny Star Wars cameo, an awesome effects sequence for a major rescue, and Snart’s joy at hearing his criminal name from Cisco. The cameo in silhouette at the end had me jumping up and down like I was 15 again.
The bad: Four episodes in and I’m done with the pep talk in the last quarter of each episode to buck up doubting Barry’s nerve. I sure hope the writers give it a rest. That’s all I’ve got. The rest of the episode was great.
The final line: The first classic villain from The Flash’s Rogues gallery has appeared and he’s incredible. This was great. Overall grade: A-
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.