The Flash: “Revenge of the Rogues” Review


Going into last night’s episode, I was excited because I felt the show would be taking a more mature and earnest tone–and it didn’t disappoint. The show grew up over the midseason break and decided to take itself a little bit more serious–which I very much appreciated. Maybe CW’s The Arrow rubbed off on The Flash or at least Oliver rubbed off on Barry.  That’s not to say that The Flash didn’t have the same humor we’ve all become accustomed to because it definitely did.   Revenge of the Rogues also did a great job of moving the show into a new and more intriguing arc.

The episode begins with Barry training(sorry no training montage) and being focused on getting faster after being defeated by the “Reverse Flash.” While he’s training, Captain Cold and Heat Wave decide to send The Flash a message in the form of breaking into a garage full of luxury cars in hopes of a response. Due to Dr. Wells getting into his head, Barry decides not to respond–much to the dismay of Joe. When Joe questions Wells about the way he is seemingly manipulating Barry, you can feel the tension between them grow. They are both trying to guide Barry down different roads and this power struggle doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon as Joe begins to wonder about Dr. Wells’ true motives.

On somewhat of a sidenote, I got a kick out of Cisco gaining some respect for transforming the cops shields into shields that resist temperature attacks as well as watching Caitlin learn more about her “dead flying fiance’s” possible whereabouts. I appreciate that the writers are giving more depth to Caitlin and Cisco and having them be more than just the sidekicks.

Also, Iris and Eddie are moving in together so……yea. I couldn’t care less, but I felt the need to just say it.

Later on in the episode, it isn’t until Caitlin is captured that Barry decides it’s finally time to make a move–which leads to a very entertaining fight between Flash and the Rogues. Hearing the cops rave about how much of a hero Barry is was nice to watch and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens now that the public knows that the Flash exists.

The main thing I took away from “Revenge of the Rogues” was that the show has found its voice and is moving forward in a more mature and confident direction– and I’m excited to see where it goes.


Rating: 9.5/10

Random Thoughts:

  • I really don’t care about Iris and Eddie moving in together–or their relationship.
  • I hope Caitlin doesn’t end up being a supervillian(She probably is though)
  • I wish the Gotham writers at FOX would take a lesson from the Flash and pick a tone and then STICK TO IT!