The Flash, S1 Ep15 – Rogue Time

Last week’s episode, Out of Time, contained a lot of revelations and game changers for The Flash. Unfortunately, after Barry Allen ran so fast that he went back in time, none of those game changers actually occurred. Cisco is still alive and well, Iris never proclaimed her love for Barry, Barry never revealed his secret identity to Iris, and Wells never revealed his true identity as Eobard Thawne from the future. Now Barry has an opportunity to do that whole day all over again to make sure certain events don’t come to light, but this comes with a cost.

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The Flash has ruptured the timeline

Immediately, Barry finds and captures Mark Mardon, who in the last episode was out for revenge against Detective West. This act begins an all new series of events that mainly affects Cisco. Being that in this new timeline Cisco isn’t distracted with the task of assisting in the capture of Mardon, he has time to attend his brother’s birthday party. At the party, which Caitlin also attends, we are introduced to Cisco’s brother Dante, who turns comes off as a total jerk, making fun of Cisco and his job at S.T.A.R. Labs.

Meanwhile, Barry continues to alter the timeline and attempts to recreate the moment he and Iris shared, in which Iris told Barry she had the same feelings for him that he did for her. This doesn’t go according to plan, as there were plenty of other elements that occurred in “Out of Time” that led to Iris revealing this that no longer happened after the timeline changed. Wells warns Barry that altering the timeline could cause serious repercussions and even though Mardon is now out of the picture, a new threat may emerge in his place. So, Iris now being upset with Barry ends up being the least of his worries.

“Rogue Time” sees the return of Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell). We last saw the two villains in the episode “Revenge of the Rogues”, which ended with the two being broken out of a police transport van by a mysterious new character. That character is revealed as Lisa Snart (Peyton List), the sister of Leonard Snart, who in the comics goes by the name Golden Glider. The trio ends up kidnapping Cisco and threatening his brother’s life in order for Cisco to recreate their cold and heat guns. Lisa Snart also requests that Cisco build her a gun that turns whatever it shoots into gold. He complies.

During their time together, captured by Snart’s team, Dante comes out to Cisco and reveals how proud and even jealous he is of him, which explains why he can be such a jerk sometimes. Dante even tries to redeem himself by taking on Heat Wave on his own. It doesn’t work out as planned and leads to Snart threatening to kill Dante if Cisco doesn’t tell him who The Flash really is. Snart is then able to use this information as leverage for when he attempts to steal an armored truck filled with cash, stating that if Barry takes in him in he will reveal to Central City just who The Flash really is.

This is where this episode lost some points in my opinion. The climax just turned out to be a chat between Barry and Snart which ends with Barry letting Snart go, but promising that if he ever hurts his friends again he will take him in and not worry about his identity being revealed. Other than the brief casino scene prior, the inclusion of Heat Wave and Golden Glider didn’t amount to much, but it’s nice to see that Snart’s team, which is called The Rogues, is growing.

Lisa Snart/Golden Glider joines The Rogues

Lisa Snart/Golden Glider joines The Rogues

The episode ends pretty neatly afterwards. Cisco, feeling guilty over revealing The Flash’s identity, nearly quits his job at S.T.A.R. Labs, but Wells delivers a similar speech to what he gave him in “Out of Time” that makes him stay. Of course, this time Wells’ speech about how he perceives Cisco as a son doesn’t end with Wells diving his hand into Cisco’s chest. Caitlin makes up a neat scientific reason as to why Barry confronted Iris about his love for her, which makes Eddie regret punching him prior. Other than The Rogues still being out on the loose everything seems to be alright.

That is until Wells, in his Reverse-Flash gear, confronts Iris’ colleague who is convinced that Wells murdered Simon Stagg. Wells murders him and deletes any proof there might have been of Wells’ involvement in Stagg’s disappearance. But the sudden death of Iris’ colleague does make Barry become suspicious of Wells, considering the only man that allegedly had anything on Wells was just killed. After it’s all said and done “Rogue Time concludes with Barry approaching Detective West on the possibility of Wells being the Reverse-Flash.

Overall, “Rogue Time” wasn’t that impressive of an episode. The jealousy-induced sibling rivalry between Cisco and Dante added some more layers to Cisco, but in turn felt cliché. After seeing how everything fell apart in the ending of last week’s episode, it feels almost cowardly that “Rogue Time” ended so neat and safe. The episode’s lack of a climax was a bit disappointing as well. At least Barry finally sees that there’s more to Wells than what he thought. I look forward to seeing Barry and Detective West work together in order to unlock the mysteries behind the Reverse-Flash. If things keep going the way they are I’m guessing we’ll no longer see Dr. Wells on Team Flash next season.

Next week the episode I’ve been looking forward to for a while now will air. Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) will reprise his role as The Trickster, having originally played the character in ’90s version of The Flash. Check out The CW’s official promo for “Tricksters” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Rogue Time” in the comments.

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