Please keep your spoilers inside the car at all times.
You know what, Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) is probably the one of the most refreshing things about this show right now.
The Snarts are back in The Flash 2×03: Family of Rogues. Wentworth Miller doesn’t do a bad job, but the whole premise of him as Captain Cold aka Leonard Snart and new character Lewis Snart played by guest star Michael Ironside feels a little too vacuous. To be perfectly honest, the only reason they are relevant is star power. Both have played great roles and that’s why they’re the guest stars this week. However, Cold is not a metahuman and his super-criminal status depends on the gun he holds which he didn’t even make. That thing breaks and he’s done.
And perhaps that is the one thing that just bothered me the whole episode. We’ve made Captain Cold a recurring villain not because he’s actually a threat, but because of the actor who plays him. For goodness’ sake, Barry stops a bullet this episode. He could have taken the gun from Leonard anytime. Lewis is a threat because he’s figured how to inject people with termite – which we never see – and make them blow up remotely (that involves a micro-detonator with a remote control, which I doubt he devised).
Okey, let’s put the plot here… Lisa goes to the team at STAR Labs because Leonard has been kidnapped… by his own father, Lewis. Unbeknownst to her, she has been injected with a termite device to act as a remote hostage. Lewis wants Leonard to help him crack open a super secure vault. To demonstrate, he kills the previous “tech” guy. Ok, fine – he kills him because he doesn’t like the way he spoke to Leonard… but it’s more for dramatic license.
Lisa Snart (Peyton List) aka Golden Glider is basically a bad girl that Cisco may still hold a candle for. I’m with Caitlin here. She’s a criminal and has endangered lives before. So have all her family, the fact that they don’t kill people directly does not mean they care. They’re not super anything. They’re not super powered. They’re just b-rated criminals at best.
For Lisa’s sake, Barry will have to play along to help them crack the safe without anybody getting killed. He himself will have to catch a bullet (literally) to survive. Lisa will be safe. Lewis will get frozen by his own son. Leonard Snart will end up in Iron Heights (hey they kept the set). Lisa gets to ride into the sunset. Cisco gets a kiss for all his troubles.
On the emotional side, Joe will get hounded by his ex wife Francine. We learn that Joe West lied to Iris all her life and fabricated the perfect mother memories in stories she told to her. However, Francine is alive and has put her troubled past behind. Joe puts off telling Iris about her mother, even telling Barry first. That’s messed up and a half. When at the end Joe finally comes clean to Iris, Iris forgives him a little too easily. That is a too ideal reaction to one parent literally not telling a child that her mother was alive. That scene called for a lot more heart and gut reaction. I’m not sure where they want to take this storyline.
With the new portal/breach/door, it’s up to Jay Garrick to build something to stabilize and control the flow just so someone with superspeed can jump through. The Speed Cannon is put on hold as Caitlin (with knowing looks from everyone else) convinces Jay to stay until the Zoom threat is resolved. Or, as the final scene reveals, someone else appears from the other side of the breach. Say, for example, Dr. Harrison Wells from Earth-2.
- Not the most important thing on this episode, but if I don’t tackle it soon I might explode. Lasers. Do. Not. Freeze. Here’s the other part where that is messed up. Lasers are not visible. So I am not sure what exactly those frozen rods that Leonard walk across are made of. I know, dramatic license! But still… Argh!
- Almost in the same vein. A freeze gun would involve some sort of gas that would carry the cold temperature to the target. That implies that a freeze gun would require not only energy, but some sort of gas repository. In short, you can’t have an eternal freeze gun that keeps firing without ever having to recharge. Dramatic license again? Yeah I guess… I mean, superpowers and all, right?
- Joe West did a very stupid thing. Justification here is based on judgement. Francine still has the right to see Iris. I am not sure where this side story is going, but the way it’s been handled so far does not seem very realistic. Everyone is too grown up and ready to forgive and I’m almost wondering if Joe is going to end up back with Francine by the end of the season (or next episode). A little more realism. I didn’t like everyone being understanding with Joe. Mind you, I like the character of Joe West. He’s definitely an anchor for many things in the show. Still, a little more real.
- Talking about realism, Caitlin is a widow. Aren’t we going a little fast giving her a love interest so soon? She’s not getting over a break up, her husband died. You don’t get over that one easily.
- Shantel VanSanten does a really good job about playing Patty Spivot. How long until she’s brought into Team Flash? In a series where everyone seems to be discovering a dark side, she may be the one that remains refreshingly jovial… Wait, you’re not going to kill her to make the Flash go dark. You better not be bringing her in to pull a Gwen Stacy here.
- So, if we have determined you need to be a speedster to get across the portal, can we call Harrison Wells a speedster – aka Zoom – yet? Or are we going to assume that Harrison is yet a different one?
That will do for now.