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

(Beware, spoilers below!)

Sometimes a good old fashioned superhero story does the best job. “Going Rogue” is one of those episodes – and it makes for a fun one. Felicity Smoak, best known for being part of Oliver Queen’s team in Arrow, checks in to see how Barry’s been doing since the storm/coma.

I mean, it’s smart to keep cementing the Arrow/Flash links all the way through the season but this episode was undoubtedly owned by Felicity. Pretty much all of the other plotlines in the episode pale to how Emily Bett Rickards manages to light up the screen with both her wit and engaging delivery. Even though I’m not a follower of Arrow, its easy to see why she was such a popular character.

Anyway, back to The Flash. Wentworth Miller makes his debut here Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold (thanks to the naming skills of Cisco). As you may or may not know, Captain Cold turns out to be one of the big Flash nemeses in the future, and Miller does a great job of giving us hints of how he becomes the famed rogue we know him to be. Some might call his delivery melodramatic, but I’d personally blame that on the over-theatrical music which comes up when he’s on screen. I mean, really? How his story resolves itself in the episode is predictable, yet realistic. In the days where superhero shows are very much the order of the season, how a show set their tone is vital for keeping it afloat. If you’ve read my previous reviews on Constantine and Gotham, you can see how much these shows have had to struggle. Despite its relatively light hearted manner, The Flash manages to get this balance just right.

Case in point: in this episode the writers dally with both the ideas of friction between Iris and her dad over Eddie, as well as between Barry and Cisco (and to a certain extent the team in S.T.A.R. Labs). The messages the writers get across, friendship, toleration etc. are ones that can be seen from a mile off, which is partially why they take a back seat to Felicity’s presence. Despite this, the writers don’t make their messages preachy. We as the audience feel like we’ve been treated to no more than the same kind of moral lessons we get in fairytales: they might be trying to drum in an old message but we don’t mind because we’re enjoying the adventure so darned much.

So when it comes down to it, my review of The Flash’s episode is comparatively short. That’s not because I didn’t like or I’m lazy to write, but because I’d really like you to watch it yourself. The plot isn’t too complicated for me to want to flesh it out and I’m left with saying no more than to get excited for the coming of the Rogues’ (I grinned a lot seeing the tease for Heat Wave at the end).

I came to this show full of skepticism: I’m not a Flash fan in the slightest, and I was worried it might be too happy go lucky or childish for today’s audience. I was gladly proven wrong. The writers get some great laughs in, one along the lines of those we see in Marvel movies and enjoy because of their delivery and how it’s set up. The Scarlet Speedster has proven that when it comes to superhero shows he’s the new beacon of hope, and possibly the most worthy successor to the bright light that was (however briefly) Smallville. Go watch it!


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