In Review: The Flash, Episode 26, “Family of Rogues”

A good character episode with some fun moments.

The Flash, Episode 26, “Family of Rogues” Broadcast October 20, 2015

Written by Julian Meiojas & Katherine Walczak

Directed by John F. Showalter

“Previously on The Flash,” the Golden Glider attacks, the Flash is saved by Captain Cold, Jay Garrick introduces himself, the gang finds out there are 52 breaches between Earth-1 and Earth-2, with the biggest inside S.T.A.R. Labs. In the present, Iris calls Barry who’s working late at CCPD; she’s being shot at by two men. As the Flash, Barry has a creative way to save her. He chides her mildly for risking her life for a story, but they part amicably. Cue opening title sequence.

At S.T.A.R. Labs the gang has found the breach in the basement. They have a hypothesis as to how it might work as a doorway, but the scene changes to a bar where Joe and estranged wife Francine talk about Iris and the past. Francine refuses to leave town — she wants to see her daughter. Joes says she has 48 hours to leave Central City. The next day at Jitters, Barry bumps into Patty Spivot and invites her to sit with him and his friends. She’s slightly flustered by the invite and says she can’t because she has to get to work. Cisco’s impersonation of Dr. Stein for Iris and Caitlin is interrupted by a woman who bumps him as she walks by: it’s Lisa Snart. The young man’s attitude goes serious when he asks why she’s around. She says she needs the Flash’s help because her brother has been kidnapped. At S.T.A.R. Labs she tells the Flash Leonard was taken while they were holding up a rack track. She got hit from behind and when she woke up he was gone. She’s calling in the Flash’s favor to her brother. Cisco reveals he put military tracking tech into Captain Cold’s gun so they can find him. After getting a hit on their computer, the Flash races off into the city and into an office building. He finds Leonard casually collecting items and declining the Speedster’s help. A door opens and Captain Cold freezes the Flash from the chest down. In walks Snart’s father, Lewis. Cue first commercial break.

The A-story focused on the Snart family. Lisa has a good reason for not liking her father, and Leonard an even better one. Why Leonard was helping his father was right in line with their comic book counterparts. Cisco got a good scene with Lisa, reminding me of classic Adam West scenes with Julie Newmar: you can tell they like each other, but one is just trouble. Carlos Valdes’ final scene with Peyton List was great. Grant Gustin had several scenes with Wentworth Miller and they, too, are dynamite. A good scene in a bar, one in a building, and their final location. The venom that Miller exudes every time his character has to speak with Gustin’s is outstanding; he’s killing it with just a look — no dialogue is needed to feel the hate. Danielle Panabaker gets a nice scene with Teddy Sears showing how infatuated Caitlin is becoming with Jay. Jesse L. Martin really gets to show his acting chops with a scene with Candice Patton that shows how deeply Francine’s reappearance cuts him. Victor Garber may seem as though his character isn’t contributing much to the episode, but the final five minutes will convince viewers otherwise. There’s also one heck of a cliffhanger that will have fans on the edge of their seats until next week: that’s how you make an entrance!

The good: The story by Julian Meiojas & Katherine Walczak is good, splitting up the story nicely so everyone has a solid acting scene. This was a good stand alone episode that had elements involving the season’s story arc of the breach, but didn’t really focus on it. Valdes and Martin steal the scenes they’re in. It was good to see Michael Ironside, who always brings a perfect sense of wrongness to his characters, which is demonstrated in one graphic off camera death. Captain Cold’s walk down a hall was very cool (No pun intended).

Fun lines: “We should hang out more,” “No one makes me do anything,” “Things are…complicated with family,” “Ow! My head!”, “How hard can it be?”, “Couldn’t have done it without him,” “Good to go out on a high note,” “That’s what you meant, right?” and “Tah-dah!”

The bad: The conversation and conclusion the Flash and Iris have in the opening is odd; comes off as forced. Seems like the writers were really pushing the Flash to use his abilities and have Iris involved. It just didn’t ring true. As much as the story was fun, there was no sense of real threat as in previous episodes.

The final line: A good character episode with some fun moments. Overall grade: B+ 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five 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.
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