Captain Cold and Heat Wave head into town. Who ya gonna call?

Title: “Revenge of the Rogues”

Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Geoff Johns, Kai Yu Wu

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Wentworth Miller as Len Snart / Captain Cold
Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave
Luc Roderique as Jason Rusch

Premise

As Barry experiences doubts after learning he’s not the Fastest Man Alive, Captain Cold arrives in town with a hot-headed partner.

High Point

Despite my Low Point, I enjoy how much this show takes place in the DCU, with Cisco telling the police how to deal with someone called “Captain Cold,” and Catlin trying to learn more about her allegedly dead boyfriend, who can apparently fly.

We’re also seeing the villains develop into the Rogues’ Gallery, that assortment of characters from the comics who actively see themselves as the Flash’s adversaries and, in context, the movement makes sense.

Low Point

The Flash tries to strike a balance between real-world and comic-book, and has proved surprisingly successful. This episode fares less well than others, with the villains going too far over the top with the campy performances and supervillain dialogue. The heroes, meanwhile, had to deal with excessive overlapping dialogue of the unrealistic variety.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 The villains have potential, but they favored overplaying their roles when a limited amount of campiness is great, and would suffice.

Gustin and Martin had some good moments.

Story: 5/6 The story works reasonably well. I had to wonder why the police stood around during Barry’s battle with Fire and Ice. Maybe someone could have taken a shot at the villains while they were busy trying to hit the Flash?

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Revenge of the Rogues” receives 31/42