Less than 5 – Skip it, 6 – OK, 7 – Good, 8 – Great, 9 – Phenomenal, 10 – You owe it to yourself to watch this episode!
The Flash has taken yet another step forward on the path to reclaiming the title of best superhero show on television. This week provides audiences with some of the most heart wrenching material to grace the show thus far as well as inching the overall narrative ahead. Also, #TeamParry for the win!
This week’s episode was all about family. Beginning with the surprise reveal from last week that Iris’ mother is in fact alive and well, Joe is faced with having to tell his daughter the truth after all these years. Having him confide in Barry was a nice touch considering Barry is usually the one accepting advice from his foster father. The scene in which Joe reveals the truth about his wife to Iris was extremely potent. Joe has always been one of the more emotionally strong characters and seeing him break down the way he did had me genuinely tearing up. I’m very relieved to see that they didn’t turn Iris into The Flash’s Laurel. Having her blow up at her father and get arbitrarily upset would feel disingenuous. This was the right move.
Family of Rogues featured some fantastic character development for the Snart’s. They were already well ahead in the complexity department when it comes to series’ villains but the way this episode seamlessly integrated their history into an engaging heist episode was impeccable. In episodes past Captain Cold has come off as brutal yet hokey. Wentworth Miller’s performance has been more cartoon that real character. This episode went a long way in changing that. Miller finally shed some of the over the top vocal ticks he tends to use and spoke in a more believable manner. His interactions with Barry throughout also hinted at his heroic stint in the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow.
Michael Ironside as Luis Snart was a perfect match. While he fell more in line with the freak of the week villains, he came off as powerful and intimidating (something some of the powered villains have failed to do).
Cisco’s “relationship” with Lisa also saw some interesting development. What began as a hoax has seemingly evolved into something real. While I would love to see Lisa come to the good side and try and convince her brother, what I believe is going to happen is something along the lines of her sacrificing herself for Cisco, Cold finding out and holding a grudge against Team Flash and going full on bad guy. Putting himself on the line to save Lisa was a bold move. It is clear Cisco has what it takes to become a hero, now if only he would embrace his epic precog powers!
Amidst all of the family drama were the sparks of romance igniting between Caitlin and Jay as well as Barry and Patty. At this point I can’t decide which pairing I like more. Patty is insanely likeable and has crazy good chemistry with Grant Gustin. She reminds me of early Arrow Felicity but more badass. I was already shipping #TeamParry (Patty/Barry) since last week’s episode but this week has sold me even more. I could watch the awkward flirting all day.
As for #Jaytlin (Jay/Caitlin), they make quite the couple as well. While not nearly as adorable as Barry and Patty, Caitlin and Jay work well together. Seeing her stumble over logic and trying to come up with excuses for Garrick to stay was cute. It’s also nice to see her moving on from Ronnie (who was awesome but didn’t have all that much screen time).
Building off of the confusing cliffhanger from last week, Family of Rogues ends with the Earth-2 Harrison Wells traveling through the newly opened rift into STAR Labs. How our heroes will handle seeing the man that caused them so much strife last year will be an intriguing watch at the least.
Family of Rogues wasn’t the most story intensive episode of The Flash but it did have ample heart to make up for it. Joe continues to be the emotional crux of the series and his chemistry with almost every member of the cast is an impressive feat. Captain Cold and Golden Glider had some light shed on their upbringing making them all the more likeable in the process (despite Cold committing patricide).
Dr. Stein is still sick, Harrison Wells is back from the future and Zoom is still a looming threat. Consider me excited!
Overall Family of Rogues gets a 9/10.