“Cold” is a running theme throughout this show, for reasons that go beyond the appearance of Leonard Snart. More than one relationship needs a serious thaw as The Flash gets ready to fight his first non-meta supervillain (and, in this spirit of full disclosure, my favorite Rogue), Captain Cold!
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
What does the fastest man alive do on his day off? Barry is hanging out at S.T.A.R. Labs, having fun while training under the watchful eye of Harrison Wells. He’s playing Ping Pong with Cisco, the old board game Operation with Caitlin, and chess against Harrison. He’s winning 2 out of 3 (guess which one wins over Barry). We cut to an audacious robbery of an armored car, expertly planned by…well, you know. The robbery is foiled by a speeding Barry, but one of the bad guys shoots a guard, and Snart & Company get away while Barry rushes the guard to the hospital.
Joe West and Eddie Thawne are investigating the robbery, with a noticeable chill in the air due to the revelation of Thawne’s relationship with Iris. We find that the target of the robbery was the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond (a nice nod to Black Adam’s continuity). And, with Barry’s help we find that the leader of the group is Leonard Snart. Snart’s father was abusive and is now in prison, and Snart has become a master thief.
At Snart’s lair, we see him trying to analyze just what happened, and he realizes, “We’re gonna have to up our game.” He gets a weapon that was stolen from S.T.A.R. Labs, one designed by Cisco to stop the streak (before they knew Barry could be trusted). This weapon is described as producing “some sort of substance like a white flame but it’s not hot, it’s cold”. Of course, it comes with glasses for the glare, helping us go for the classic Captain Cold look. There is an early confrontation between Snart and Barry that turns out very badly, leading to an innocent death.
Meanwhile, Felicity Smoak has come to town from Starling City to check up on Barry. We are teased with their relationship throughout the episode…as Iris is determined to play matchmaker for the two of them. This leads to a somewhat awkward double date at Jitters during a trivia contest (their team? E=MC Hammer). Actually, there are a LOT of delightfully awkward moments for Felicity and Barry throughout this episode. This is played so adorably that I really hope they bring Felicity back soon (Actually, there is a promised crossover for FLASH and ARROW around Episode 8, so hold on to your hats).
Felicity plays a pivotal role in this episode, helping Barry and the S.T.A.R. Labs team as they deal with their own chilly relationship – after all, how would YOU feel if you just found out that the stolen super-weapon was designed by your friends to use against you?
While Flash is on the treadmill at S.T.A.R. there is a great line from Felicity, with a nod to Crisis On Infinite Earths. “…if he ran too fast would he go poof? Like turn into dust in a red suit?”
No time to figure that out, though. Snart is back in action, going after the diamond which is now at the Central City Museum. This leads to the big battle between Flash and Cold…and we’ve said more than enough here, so you’ll have to check out a replay of the episode if you want to know more.
What we can say is that we finally see a dark side of Harrison Wells played out in front of the S.T.A.R. Labs team. He is royally ticked off that Cisco designed a weapon that can hurt Barry, and that the weapon was allowed to be stolen. And, we can also tell you that the epilogue (for once) does NOT surround Harrison Wells, but rather the recruiting of another future Rogue…and I can’t wait to see the debut of this Rogue as well!
SUMMARY: This episode delivers on all levels. We get a classic Rogue with a believable tale (or as believable as a comics-based show can get), and we have plenty of high-octane action. Yet, this show still gives us credible characters and relationships and a great plot. It’s very well-written, exceptionally acted, and a real treat to watch. We have a bit of a break, as the next new episode hits the airwaves November 11th. I can’t wait to see what happens then!