The Flash Review – S02:E03 – Family of Rogues

“Family of Rogues,” this week’s episode of The Flash was a bull ride. Pretty much every thing we thought about every loose thread being tied up blows up in our faces. After watching the episode I felt like one side of me was laughing and saying, “You really thought it was all over?”

SPOILERS ABOUND

If watching for camera angles, I argue the best shot is probably somewhere in the beginning, when we pull back to reveal all the players at S.T.A.R. Labs. Who ever is in charge of those sweet moves deserves a big fat hug. The pretty shots always say something on this show, as beautiful as they are.

It’s worth mentioning at the end of last week’s episode, Iris’ mother came strolling back into town to Joe’s disapproval. The one interesting thing to come from the situation is the fair technique of gender reversal, being quite the Hollywood trick these days, which I admittedly buy into. It’s not the most unique way to take liberties on subjects having been done before, but at least it’s something to change pace. My concern was the scenario would play out like a b-level telenovela, down do the darn camera work. As viewers, there isn’t much say we have, and unfortunately my concern manifested into reality.

Joe offers momma Iris monetary compensation to leave, Mom exclaims “Never,” and Iris finds out in the worst kind of way – at a dining room table.

I adore Joe. Joe’s sort of a father figure to us all. He’s smart, strong, and even though he’s no superhero, he sure feels like it whenever he offers up his wisdom. He’s television’s surrogate father, if you will. The show runners and writers have a terrific understanding of Joe and his ambition as a father – too much maybe. Joe realizes his ex-wife isn’t leaving town and explains to Iris in too long of a monologue what happened to Iris’ mother.

The story shared isn’t anything we’re not used to hearing. If someone wanted to, they could leave the room into a kitchen and barely listen to the background noise, returning only for Joe’s final breath. The only moment that mattered came after the sloppy writing, when Iris stretched her hands onto her father’s, resulting in one of the show’s most touching moments – pardon the pun.

Iris had two other great moments. One when she was pursuing a journalistic story, risking her life in the process, and the other when her story made front page. Iris is given the news in front of papa bear and freaks out with immense joy. Little by little the show is allowing Iris to grow into someone we can understand. Her child-like courage and ear-to-ear grinning relates to the youth in all of us.

Meanwhile, back at the lab, Jay stabilized the singularity, giving him a chance to return to his home world. Team Flash convinces him to stay until Zoom’s capture.

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Lisa Snart. Courtesy of dc.wikia.com

Lisa Snart, Cold’s sister, finds Cisco at the local java hut asking for Flash’s help in retrieving her captive brother from their abusive father. Lisa reveals a sickening scar on her body to Cisco, then telling Cisco how dangerous of a person her father is. That makes my teeth grit. One reason because hurting offspring is sickening, and the other reason because this type of story is overused, if not completely common and desensitizing.

Cisco, using his scientific detective skills and bravery manipulated by lustful intention, delicately removes the explosive from Lisa’s neck while the Flash and Cold team up to put an end to Cold’s father. Leonard, or Cold, takes the extra step to make sure his father can’t harm him or his sister again, murdering him in cold blood. I’m really not trying for the puns today. This of course leads to Leonard’s incarceration.

Barry visits Leonard in prison, insisting Leonard has good intentions, and deep down he’s a good man. This is perhaps to begin DCS Legends of Tomorrow parallel series, where it’s already revealed that Captain Cold will indeed fight alongside misguided villains and anti-heroes as a hero. I’m a sucker for super hero team ups, and I devour any chance the medium has to present the potential of forces of good coming together.

Dr. Stein is now in critical condition after turning into a hot blue ball of fire. I’m not sure what’s going on with him, but it scared me to bits. The cgi was well done, even though I’m wondering how turning into something of tremendous heat didn’t melt him. I’m legitimately curious.

I don’t want to keep forgetting stingers.

Dr. Harrison Wells arrives through the singularity at the end of the episode. It’s to be assumed he’s in our world now, and we’re not sure what he wants. I’m guessing he’s going to play master manipulator and suggest to Team Flash that Jay’s not trustworthy.

That one moment with Iris and Joe keeps leaving a bland taste in my mouth. I wish it could have been dealt with on the surface levels of filmmaking rather than juvenile essay format. It’s borderline unforgivable. Iris kicked ass though, so there’s still that!

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“Family of Rogues” lives up to The Flash so far, giving us a taste of villains becoming heroes. Faults continue to remain in certain fatty dialogue. Sleepy moments are overshadowed by the show’s better habits.

8/10

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: mtv.com

Daniel Mihailescu
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