Review: Mirror Master Makes His Big Debut in This Week’s Episode of The Flash

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - 9:52PM
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The Flash
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - 9:52PM
Review: Mirror Master Makes His Big Debut in This Week’s Episode of The Flash
The Flash had a phenomenal first two seasons, and now that season three is well underway, it's become apparent that the show has no intentions of slowing down now. After The Flash dealt with the ramifications of Flashpoint and the emerging powers of Jesse Quick, the fourth episode of the season, "The New Rogues," successfully introduces one of the Flash's most popular enemies from the comics: Mirror Master.

"The New Rogues" begins with the story of Mirror Master partnership-gone-bad with Captain Cold on the night of the particle accelerator explosion, explaining how it is the new villain obtained his powers. Pairing with him is the Top, another classic Flash villain known for her ability to induce extreme cases of vertigo in her victims. Though Mirror Master originally aims to take revenge on Captain Cold, he takes it upon himself to be the new crime king of Central City after realizing Snart won't be coming back.

Meanwhile, Barry and Iris struggle to be romantic when Joe always seems to be right around the corner. Though Barry talks about the issue with Joe at the prompting of Iris, he eventually comes to the conclusion that it would make things easier if he moves out - a decision that both Iris and Joe support. Jesse and Wally also have some romantic developments in the new episode, as Wally initially rejects Jesse's advances because she's leaving for Earth Two again soon. He later changes his mind, making he and Jesse the first interdimensional couple on the show.

In the end, Barry gets trapped in mirror world by Mirror Master, and the only way to science him out of the situation is to get the mirror extremely cold - something Caitlyn helps with when no one is looking. After Barry reemerges, he and Jesse successfully take down both Mirror Master and the Top. Adding to the craziness, the team also brings in a new Harrison Wells from a different Earth at the end of the episode to fill the void Harry leaves when he goes back to Earth Two.

"The New Rogues" undoubtedly succeeds as another solid episode of The Flash. While the "no time for date night" trope may have felt uninteresting in last week's episode, capitalizing on Barry and Iris' unusual circumstance of being both lovers and adoptive siblings in this week's episode makes the romantic drama seem original, fun, and genuinely intriguing. Likewise, the CGI scenes of Barry and Jesse taking on Mirror Master and the Top are visually stunning and extremely exciting. Furthermore, the tension created by having Caitlyn use her secret powers is definitely effective, and the introduction of a brand new Harrison Wells is a great way to keep fans wanting to see more.

Overall, there is very little to complain about in this week's episode of The Flash. When The Flash isn't busy being cute, it's busy being a spectacle, and when it isn't busy being a spectacle, it's busy being smart. Berlanti and co. have been delivering week after week, and if they keep it up, season three of The Flash could be the show's strongest yet.

The Flash returns next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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