There were moments of “Going Rogue” that reminded me of the first season of Lois and Clark. This puts The Flash in good company since I’ve got a lot of affection for the first season of Lois and Clark.
Opening with Barry testing his abilities by dashing between three games felt like a montage from those early episodes of Lois and Clark, when Clark would do accomplish ordinary tasks in extraordinary times and ways using his powers. The scene of the three games and pushing Barry’s limits both physically and mentally worked very well in the episode and it also underscored the theme of the episode — that being the Flash is more than just about zipping around from place to place quickly. It’s about being part of a team.
Barry will need to remember that later in the episode when it turns out the latest super villain he’s facing isn’t one of the storm’s creation but instead one created by a member of his own team. In the early days before Cisco knew if Barry would be a force for good or evil, Cisco created a freeze ray to thwart Barry. Now said weapon has been stolen from Star Labs and put into the hands of a criminal who, at first, wants nothing more than to steal a very large diamond. It was interesting to see Leonard Snart start as an average, run of the mill criminal who soon gets greater aspirations when he realizes the true power he wields.
Of course, it was hard to separate out previous “freeze ray” comic book tv show plots from what was unfolding here. I kept expecting the diamond to somehow be a component of the freeze gun or a larger freeze gun that Captain Cold decides to experiment with. Not that it couldn’t still happen, of course. It’s also hard not to be reminded of the superlative Batman: The Animated Series episode, “Heart of Ice” featuring Mr. Freeze — especially since it feels like the cold ray looks and feels like something from that animated project brought into the live action world of The Flash. (more…)