Friday, March 27, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 1, Episode 16 “Rogue Time” (B)

This episode wasn’t nearly as satisfying as the hour that came before it, both in terms of its plot developments and its general positive nature. It’s an important lesson for Barry that he’s at his best when he’s quietly confident rather than outright cocky, since his attempt to predict every moment with a full knowledge of what was going to be said made him seem awfully arrogant and produced wholly different results than he was expecting. Things played out very much unlike the previous time Barry experienced it, but thankfully no one had to suffer the consequences since the creator of the tidal wave ended up in the underground prison before he could grab Joe or stir up any storms. In his place, we got the “Prison Break” boys back along with the newest member of their gang, played by Peyton List, who gave Cisco a wild ride before coming clean about her true intentions. It’s interesting to see Barry make a deal with him to continue his crime wave in exchange for keeping his identity a secret on the condition that he stops killing people. Cisco’s brother Dante, played by Nicholas Gonzalez, started out as quite obnoxious and didn’t end up being too much better when he revealed his true nature, and I think we’ll do well to be rid of him for a while. Fortunately, Cisco is safe, and it was very intriguing to see Dr. Wells’ conversation about him being like a son take a very different and much livelier direction. It’s a shame Barry ended his relationship with Linda, the one event that actually went well in this version of events, since Iris clearly isn’t interested just yet and we’ll have to wait a while until another major outpouring of suppressed love for her adoptive brother.

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