- Release Date: 2014-10-28
- Name of Series/Era: Flash
- Media Type: TV Episode
- Genre: Superhero
- Writers: Geoff Johns, Kai Yu Wu
- Directors: Glen Winter
- Publishers: The CW
- Timeline: DC: Arrowverse
After stopping a robbery, Barry identifies the criminal. When the villain gets his hands on a stolen cold gun that could kill the Flash, Barry faces Capt. Cold in an epic fight.
“Going Rogue” presents us with the first “cool” villain of the series (pardon the pun). I’ve been on the fence about this show. Although it’s been whimsical and certainly not a bad show, I felt it was too much like what we’ve seen before, especially with the whole villain-of-the-week thing. Well, this episode finally breaks that model, giving us the first recurring villain who is also not stupid. That is why this episode is my favorite of the series so far.
Leonard Snart/Captain Cold is a terrific villain, and played by one of my personal favorite actors Wentworth Miller (Prison Break). His performance was literally icy. At first I thought it was a bit over the top, but it really worked once I realized that he was not a villain of the week. Also, his expression when Cisco calls him Captain Cold is priceless.
Felicity (from Arrow) has a guest appearance in this episode, and her personality is as quirky as ever. She and Barry really have great chemistry, which makes the end of this episode a bit hard to follow. I mean, who kisses someone right after establishing that there’s nothing between them? People on the CW apparently.
Character development was not terribly strong in this episode. Mostly it was more of the same, although Felicity’s inclusion did shake things up a bit. Though I’m starting to get tired of how much of a genius she is, it’s too exaggerated. I can’t log into my Gmail faster than she can hack the strongest firewall. It just doesn’t seem realistic at all. And this is a problem prevalent over this episode and Arrow. That said, the development of Cisco’s character was accelerated in this episode, mostly because everything is his fault and he feels bad about it, but still good character development nonetheless. The final moment between him and Dr. Harrison Wells is chilling, given what we know of Wells.
Overall, it was a good episode, but mostly just because of Captain Cold. The comicbook nerd in me was geeking out for all 42 minutes. This is definitely an episode you don’t want to miss.