The Flash, S2 Ep03 – Family of Rogues

Last week’s episode of The Flash concluded with both Team Flash learning of the existence of 52 breaches that lead to Earth-2, one being located at S.T.A.R. Labs, and Iris’ supposedly deceased mother returning to Central City. These plot points continue to be addressed in “Family of Rogues,” with the addition of some family drama occurring among Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), his sister Lisa/Golden Glider (Peyton List), and their father Lewis, played by guest star Michael Ironside.

The Flash -- "Family of Rogues" -- Image FLA203b_0083b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart and Mark Hamill as James Jesse -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Michael Ironside guest stars as Lewis Snart

As the title suggests the main focus of “Family of Rogues” is on Captain Cold, as he has recently begun working alongside his father. The plot begins as Lisa Snart requests Team Flash’s assistance in finding her brother, thinking he has been kidnapped. We learn a lot about the Snart family in this episode, as we find out that Lewis Snart was an abusive father and his role ended up shaping Leonard and Lisa into the villains they are today.

When Lisa finds out that Leonard is working with their father she can’t believe it, due to the fact that both of them hate their father. At first it’s easy not to trust Lisa and think that she was leading The Flash into some kind of trap, but that isn’t the case at all. It turns out Leonard is only being forced into working with his father because Lewis Snart threatens Lisa’s life with a bomb in her head.

“Family of Rogues” paints a very different picture of Leonard and Lisa than what we’ve seen before. For one, we are able to sympathize more with the both of them, especially Lisa, considering the abusive household they were brought up in. Secondly, we see that Leonard Snart has a good side to him. He is a villain with a code who has an agreement with The Flash to not kill people, but also has a soft spot for his sister and will do anything to keep her safe, including working with a father he despises. This helps make it more believable seeing him on a team of heroes in the eventual DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. What still doesn’t make sense will be Heat Wave’s inclusion on the team, being that he is just a psychopath.

“Family of Rogues” also gave us some more insight into Jay Garrick’s character, as he attempts to fix the breach that can potentially bring him home. We learn about his grief having lost his powers, afraid he will never get them back. He is in a different place than wherever he was on Earth-2, and once he returns he will have to start a new life as a normal person. A moment between him and Caitlin helps him to realize he still has a lot to offer his world, being a scientist. Nearing the end of the episode he and Caitlin do fix the breach, but he decides to stick around on Earth-1 until Team Flash’s Zoom debacle is concluded. I’m glad to see he hasn’t left and really hope he gets his powers back soon, so we can see the two Flashes battle Zoom together.

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Iris’ mother walks back into her life

What seemed the most out of place for this episode and the season so far is the inclusion of Iris’ mother Francine West (Vanessa Williams). While finding out that Mrs. West was a drug addict who turned her back on her family and that Joe lied to Iris about her was a compelling little plot, it seemed to come out of nowhere and has no affect on the overall status of the season. That being said, there was a touching father-daughter scene between Joe and Iris as he finally tells her the truth, and it’s nice to see that there’s more to these characters’ lives than what’s going on in their crime fighting escapades. Also, there are some comparisons drawn between Joe West and Lewis Snart as Joe lied to protect his daughter and save her from knowing who her mother was, while Snart couldn’t care less about his own daughter and uses her as a pawn in his schemes.

The episode concluded with Cisco successfully removing the bomb from Lisa Snart’s head, so The Flash could help Captain Cold become free of his father’s grasp. Although, with his sister safe he ends up murdering his father with his cold gun, thus breaking his deal with The Flash and landing him in prison. I’m thinking that his sister, along with Heat Wave, will most likely end up breaking him out.

“Family of Rogues” was another solid episode in The Flash‘s second season. While the Iris story seems out of place, I want to see how it affects the overall story in the episodes to come. Wentworth Miller’s portrayal of Captain Cold continues to be a welcome addition to the series, and it was nice seeing him, and his sister, in a different light this time around. It was also fun seeing Barry briefly pretend to be a bad guy working with Lewis and Leonard. Right now all we have to worry about is the fate of Dr. Stein, as the episode concluded with him bursting into blue flames. Also what was up with Earth-2 Harrison Wells arriving in Earth-1? I’m still betting that this Harrison Wells is actually a good one, but we shall see.

Next week Team Flash will have to find Dr. Stein a suitable replacement for Ronnie in order for him to contain his Firestorm abilities, and may find one in Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh). Check out The CW’s official promo for “The Fury of Firestorm” below and feel free to let us know what you thought of “Family of Rogues” in the comments.