Review: The Flash Season 2 Continues to Be Amazing In ‘Family of Rogues’

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 11:52AM
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The Flash
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 11:52AM
Review: The Flash Season 2 Continues to Be Amazing In ‘Family of Rogues’
The Flash has done a great job at retaining its momentum throughout the first few episodes of the second season. Fans were blasted with an emotional punch with the season opener, and exciting details about the DC multiverse came into play last week in 'The Flash of Two Worlds.' Last night's 'Family of Rogues' certainly kept up the pace as well, as it continued to take the audience on a fun-filled, emotional ride by bringing back one of the Flash's oldest enemies, Captain Cold.

This week's episode detailed the Flash's efforts to stop Captain Cold (AKA Leonard Snart) from hurting anyone with his latest schemes. Snart and Allen had a deal in the first season that allowed Cold to continue his criminal operations without interference from the Flash. Just as long as Cold didn't harm anyone with his hijinks, the Flash would leave him alone and in turn Snart wouldn't reveal Barry's identity to the world. However, Cold has just started a job with his father, who is not so conscientious about whether or not anyone gets hurt in the process of getting what he wants.

It's later revealed that Snart's father has put some sort of explosive in his daughter's neck and that the only reason Cold is even working with his dad is because he's threatened to kill the Golden Glider if Cold refuses to lend his gun to his efforts. While the team works frantically to find a way to remove the bomb without causing it to explode, Barry pretends to be a criminal in Papa Snart's new crew. Eventually, Team Flash saves the day and Captain Cold ices his own father for the pain he's caused. The episode then ends with Stein's powers flaring up and taking quite the toll on his body, and Barry speaking to Cold as he sits in prison, telling him that he can see there's still some good in him. Just before the close of the episode, Harrison Wells steps through a wormhole, foreshadowing one of the biggest reveals still yet to come this season.

'Family of Rogues' was most definitely a nice break from focusing on Zoom and his plans to kill the Flash. Captain Cold is always fun to watch, and the interactions between Cisco and Lisa Snart were also quite entertaining. Likewise, seeing Barry act like he was some techie criminal was fresh and new, and watching how he was able to get the right code for the digital lock so quickly and how he played off getting shot by Papa Snart was a huge reminder as to why a superhero show about the Scarlet Speedster is just so awesome.

Another part of what made 'Family of Rogues' so intriguing was the underlying themes that were brought to light throughout the show. For instance, the episode brought out issues with polarization by showing that there aren't just good people and bad people in the world and that it's often a bit more complicated than just "good guys vs. bad guys." That's definitely something that was needed in a show like the Flash, where Barry Allen has such a strong moral compass and almost always makes "the right choice" in every circumstance. Likewise, the parting sentiment that Barry leaves Snart with concerning how deep down, Cold knows that he doesn't have to let his past define him was something that everyone should have the ability to relate to.

In the end, 'Family of Rogues' was an extremely strong episode of the Flash. The return of Captain Cold was a lot of fun to watch, and the show made a really good move by helping viewers to see the good side of Leonard Snart; this could end up being a fantastic setup for Legends of Tomorrow, in which Cold will likely serve a much worthier cause. For these reasons, 'Family of Rogues' earns a clear 8.7 out of 10.

Catch the Flash again next Tuesday at 8p.m. ET on the CW. 
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