Remember, having a good a villain pose is half the battle.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Robert Frost – Fire and Ice
Its always fun when a poem can so aptly describe an episode of a tv show.
That’s right folks, Goon is back and writing stuff for this site again. I apologize for so abruptly stopping on the reviews, but I have a good excuse, my computer committed Sepuku and by the time I got it repaired the shows had already hit the their mid season breaks, but there back now, and so am I. If anyone out there actually cares…
After getting his butt handed to him by the Reverse Flash, who appears to be Wells but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if this was a mislead of some sort, Barry has stepped up his training, hoping to be able to match his yellow clad nemesis when next they meet. At the same time none other than Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold, has returned to town with a friend in tow, Mick Rory, aka Heat Wave, and the two are intent on taking down everyone’s favorite speedster. They try to lure him out, but Barry has devoted himself to training and improving his skills, opting to let the police handle this one with a little from Wells and Cisco. At the villains second strike the police fail to stop him, not knowing that Rory is packing a heat gun which he gleefully uses to set pretty much everything on fire. The two escape and Barry now decides to take them down, being spurned into action at the injuries of the police officers. At the same time Caitlin is looking into Ronnie and the last thing he said to her, firestorm. With some help from Barry she realizes that its an anagram for something I can’t even begin to try and remember, but basically deals with changing matter from one thing to another, basically Firestorm’s powers. She tracks down the person that wrote the paper on it, a Jason Rusch (one of the people to be Firestrom in DC Comics) who says that he stepped away from the project when the government got a bit too interested in it. The Rogues nab Caitlin after her visit with Jason and use her to draw out The Flash, who is more than happy to answer the challenge to save his friend. Wells realizes that their weapons can be neutralized if they cross the streams from them (cough Ghostbusters cough). After being saved from a near hit by Eddie, Barry takes a blast
Worst. Chorus line. Ever.
from both guns head on and uses that to force the two weapons to cross. The baddies are caught, Caitlin is saved, and Iris has finished her move in with Edidie, resulting in Barry choosing to move back in with Joe, giving us a heart warming moment between the two. We close out with Snart and Rory being saved from a prison transport by an unseen person identified as Snart’s sister.
After far to long, I am happy to say, this episode was fantastic because of the villains. If every other part of this episode was terrible, which it was not, Snart and Rory would have made up for that. Snart was basically the same as he was when we saw him last time, cold and detached, taking a methodological approach to everything, not even letting his failed plans to draw out the Flash upset him. The only time he came close to loosing his cool is when dealing with Rory. Rory was the exact opposite, he’s a quack pot. He is crazed pyromaniac that just wants to burn things, in his first encounter with the police he goes off the deep end as he spraying them down with firey doom.
This is what so great about the episode, seeing these two villains juxtaposed next to each other. One second being at each other’s throats and ready to blast each other, the second working together to take down the Flash, and even having some clever bits and barbs back and forth, Rory taking shots at Snart over his speeches and attentions to detail. It was great because we got to see just how different these two are, and personally I think showed the strength of Snart’s character in his ability to keep this crack pot in line. That being said, there was a couple of eye rollingly bad moments with Rory, primarily in his little crazy speech to the captive Caitlin, talking about how fire is undefined:
1. A state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.
2. A burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace.
So yeah, he is all sorts of crazy, and obviously failed high school science.
Barry was interesting in this episode too as we see a depart from the usual lighthearted Barry we know, and seeing him focused and determined on improving his skills and powers, which was not a bad thing as it does make sense after what happened in the last episode, but wasn’t anything great.
It felt more like a requirement for a teen drama, they have to have the occasions where the the protagonist breaks character and acts out of the norm. Fortunately, it made sense in the narrative and was played well by Gustin, who continues to be amazing as Barry Allen.
Apart from that there wasn’t too much else noteworthy to this episode. Cisco got to give a solid speech to the cops, which was nice to see, and Caitlin going further into the Firestorm sub plot that has been developing over the past few episodes. I do have to admit I am honestly loving how they are handling it, instead of just dropping him, we get short glimpses of him and are watching his story unfold bits and pieces at a time, enough to keep the viewers interest, but not so much that it over shadows the main plot or characters.
We also deal with the developing Iris/Eddie relationship, the two now moved in together at the episodes end. Again nothing great, but that is because I honestly am having trouble caring about Iris. She is far from a bad character, but she is basically this shows version of Laurel, and we all know how useless she is. I am still waiting for Iris to do something noteworthy instead of just being Barry’s friend/unrequited love. We did get a great moment between Joe and Barry, and damn it all if those two don’t have fantastic on screen chemistry, they play off each other so well and you can honestly believe that there is a father/son bond between the two.
Overall, this was great return to Central City, the villains were amazing, and we got to see Barry acting a bit out of the norm, but in a good way that made sense. It is great to see the show back, and judging by some of the news posts I have seen for the rest of season, the show is just starting amp up into levels of true awesome.