A dangerous career criminal ups his game when he realizes he’s up against a superhero—and he receives assistance from an unlikely and unwilling ally.

Title: “Going Rogue”

Directed by Glen Winter
Written by Geoff Johns, Kai Yu Wu

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Wentworth Miller as Len Snart / Captain Cold
John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh
Al Sapienza as Detective Fred Chyre

Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb

Premise

A career criminal realizes he needs to become something more if he must deal with an actual superhero. He becomes a supervillain with the aid of an advanced device: one developed by Cisco Ramon. Meanwhile, Felicity Smoak visits Central City and assists Team Flash.

High Points

Cisco and crew confronting Captain Cold makes for a cool scene not just because we see Team Flash stepping up. Cisco gets his redemption and we see the thrill of a nerd watching a nerdy world coming into existence.

Low Point

The Flash stops for a nooo! moment even though Captain Cold is still around with the gun. That’s okay, though, because Cold just leaves without taking the final shot.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 They stayed close to Cold’s origin, though he does not develop his own gun, and added worthwhile, though hardly groundbreaking, relationship-building.

The hero has created his own archenemy.

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 The actors do well with the humorous bits, which form an important part of the show. Special guest Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak interacts effectively with this cast, and she has a chemistry with Gustin he needs to develop with Candice Patton. I found Martin and Patton—strong actors overall—curiously flat in their important confrontation over Iris’s relationship with her father’s partner.

Story: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6 Despite elements of angst, this show remembers that superheroes are supposed to be fun.

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6 I suppose I should stop saying how much I want to see the entire mass-media DCU expanded from these shows. Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne need to be in this reality.

In total, “Going Rogue” receives 33/42

Easter Eggs and Allusions

The armored car belongs to Blackhawk Security.

The diamond Snart steals is from Kahndaq, a Middle Eastern country in the DC Universe.

Felicity makes an allusion (though she does not know it, of course) to Barry’s death in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Barry nearly announces his new name—but he gets interrupted and, for now, he remains: