That first fight between Captain Cold and The Flash, Felicity's peppy visit, and Cisco's character development
A few too many "cool"/"cold" references in dialogue
An Old Friend, A New Villain, And One Tricked-Out Vacuum Cleaner Are All That’s Needed To Bring The Team Together
On this week’s The Flash, DC fan-favourite super villain ‘Captain Cold’ gets his origin story played out. Barry first encounters Leonard Snart with some other criminals during an armed robbery. Leonard needs to step his game up if he’s going to take down an opponent as fast as Barry, so he gets his hands on a stolen “cold gun” developed by Cisco in secret at S.T.A.R. Labs. Barry and the entire team get some guidance from Felicity, who has come to visit after learning of Barry’s special power. Felicity doesn’t just have advice about running a successful superhero team, she’s offering up some love advice for Barry, too. Speaking of Iris, she’s trying to mend the relationship with her father, who is still cross after learning of her dating Eddie. What does Felicity bring to this still-forming team? How does Barry handle his most brilliant opponent yet? Let’s discuss.
Sunshine’s In Town
Felicity fans rejoiced as Emily Bett Rickards dropped in to Central City to check in on Barry after learning of his super-speed abilities. After seeing how rough of a go she’s been having back in Starling City, it seemed fitting for her to get away and get refreshed. There was an extra lightness to Felicity’s energy, particularly with all the zingy one-liners and even the banter she shared with Barry. Writers Geoff Johns & Kai Yu Wu jam-packed comedic material in and Emily Bett Rickards handled all of it like a champion. This was also the first introduction Felicity and Iris had with one another and they hit it off exceedingly well. We couldn’t be happier because given the flirtation Felicity has had with Barry and Barry’s unrequited love for Iris, the stereotypical way that these two would have handled meeting each other would have included cattiness and snark. Instead, these two gushed separately to Barry about how the other was so “beautiful” and “nice.” This not only gave greater character insight to these two ladies but it sets a better example for impressionable viewers.
“I wanna see it… and by ‘it,’ I mean your speed, in case you thought I was talking about something else, which I was not.” ~ Felicity Smoak
Too Cool For School
Leonard Snart is first shown as being part of a group of criminals partaking in an armed robbery. When The Flash arrives and undermines their work, Leonard keeps his focus on Barry to take in everything he sees. We learn that Leonard wasn’t simply a member of the team, he was the mastermind. Every part of that robbery had been carefully planned and calculated, but superhuman abilities were not a part of his equation. So to remedy this hiccup, he gets his hands on some stolen weapons from S.T.A.R. Labs, including a “cold gun” designed by Cisco (which come with a pair of protective eyewear, that are unsurprisingly stylish). Leonard Snart proved more dynamic than your average super villain because of the level of his brilliance. He is meticulous and thorough in the planning and execution of his schemes, making him Barry’s most formidable opponent to date. Through just a few encounters with Barry, he is able to deduce Barry’s need to save people as being one of his most defining characteristics and in turn uses it against him. Wentworth Miller was everything we hoped this character would be: smooth, slick, and oh so cunning.
“If you wanted to get away, you should have taken something faster than a train.” ~ Barry Allen
“That’s if I wanted to get away. I’ve seen your weakness, at the armoured car then at the theatre. See while you’re busy saving everybody, I’ll be saving myself.” ~ Leonard Snart/Captain Cold
Let’s Get Creative
Finally, Cisco was given more material to work with so he could get some development going. That cold gun Leonard started wreaking havoc with wasn’t just a weapon from S.T.A.R. Lab, but a weapon Cisco developed. He did this all in secret, something Dr. Wells was furious about, and Barry is left feeling betrayed that this weapon was designed to potentially take him down. It’s all very logical, as Caitlin points out that the reactor they’re all in was created to do good but a malfunction had devastating results. Barry is understanding of this but simply doesn’t like that the secret was kept after all the work they’ve done and the friendships they’ve formed. This was written well and exemplified the maturity these characters have, even when in an argument.
“I couldn’t shoot if I wanted to. This is actually the S.T.A.R. lab’s vacuum cleaner, with a lot of LEDs.” ~ Cisco Ramon
There were many things set up and hinted at for future plot points, such as every other thing that came out of Dr. Wells’ mouth. Dr. Wells’ anger got the better of him in his treatment of Cisco, and it made us wonder if he’s starting to lose a grip on his calm facade. He also mentioned “foreseeing” great things for Felicity. Perhaps this is referring to something that’ll happen in the eventual crossover (yes, another one, and we’re just as excited for it) between Arrow and The Flash. Dr. Wells was so harsh on Cisco that it was one mean word away from being an outright threat. Writers Geoff Johns & Kai Yu Wu did well in continuing to build the suspense and mystery for us to know what Dr. Wells’ plans are for Barry, though we doubt that they’re anything good. Director Glen Winter did excellent work with all the action between Barry and Captain Cold and the VFX team continued to deliver quality effects that are incredible to watch without overshadowing the plot of the episode. We’re still left wanting more of Iris, though, as Candice Patton has such vibrancy when she is on screen but her online pursuit of the streak was only briefly mentioned while her romantic and familial life took precedence yet again. We’re also still waiting for some hints of where boyfriend Eddie Thawne is headed. Something feels slightly off about him and perhaps this is being done deliberately, since “Eddie Thawne” in the comics is the civilian name of “Reverse Flash” (this is Barry’s arch nemesis in the comics, so…) But the most exciting set-up of all for us came at the very end of the episode when Captain Cold met with Mick Rory (“Heat Wave”) to begin plotting their villainous collaboration and offer up the heat gun. We don’t actually get to see Mick’s face but the voiceover was done by the actor who will be playing him, Dominic Purcell. We let out a squeal of delight at having this kick-off the Prison Break reunion for Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell. Though last week offered up a Killer Frost/Firestorm tease, this is the fire & ice duo we’re most excited for!
Questions, Comments, Concerns…
- Joe’s face when Eddie won’t stop talking! xD
- Wentworth Miller! I’m positively giddy!
- Love that Iris and Felicity have nothing but love for each other. Cattiness between girls is so 2004.
- Barry looking around like he’s about to get Punked. 😀
- Felicity that’s not what we were thinking but now we know what type of mind you have… 😉
- Gawd, Iris, we’re not a two, Iris, just love me already, Iris! <– Basically what Barry just said.
- Hot damn, Felicity! That dress!
- Dear small child’s parents, do a better job teaching your child not to take gum from strangers!
- Clearly that museum worker has no faith in the appeal of the exhibit.
- Barry looks like he just got punched in the gut. #Jealousy
- Oh no, that car slide was too hot. *fans self* Ironic since it’s Captain Cold. #HardyHarHar
- Felicity, YOU WOULD bring up Oliver and that salmon ladder. xD
- Caitlin! Stop trying to stifle Cisco’s creativity! #CaptainCold #SuperNames #KeepThemComing
- HE IS SO EXCITED TO BE CALLED CAPTAIN COLD I CAN’T BREATHE
- THE #PRISONBREAK BROTHERS ARE BACK TOGETHER I CAN’T STOP YELLING
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