The Flash "Rogue Air" (REVIEW)
written by Justin Prince (@prince_justin)
We’re one episode away from the finale and everything is beginning to heat up for Team Flash. As we saw during the end of the last episode, Eobard Thawne/Harrison Wells has been hiding right under their noses the entire time, creating a makeshift lair right under the pipeline. Cisco discovers a hidden powersource built in to Wells’ wheelchair, clearly future tech they hypothesize charges his Reverse Flash powers. When the Particle Accelerator begins to show signs of coming back online, Team Flash discovers the Reverse Flash cave with Eddie alive but visibly shaken. The fact that Wells has been right under their noses isn’t the worst part of the situation, with the Particle Accelerator coming back online, the pipeline that houses Central City’s super villain populace will become quite inhospitable.
Of course, Flash is a hero and even though these metas aren't exactly model citizens he can’t let them die. The episode focuses on transporting these metas to Oliver Queen’s secret ARGUS prison on Lian Yu… first things first, they gotta somehow transport this group of highly dangerous and volatile individuals half way across the world.
With all the commotion, while Team Flash is working to arrange off the books prisoner transport, Iris & Eddie’s homelife appears to be getting quite frigid, and rightly so with Eddie’s future great-great-great-great?-howmanygreatsdoineed?-grandson dropping the ball that Iris and Barry are endgame, so might as well give up right? Aside from the notion that if Eddie pushes forward with Iris, Eobard may never come to be, I keep thinking that all Eddie needs to do is never have kids then problem solved.
Several roadblocks stand in Team Flash’s way, and to make matters worse, Barry cuts a deal with Leonard Snart. With this many metas on one convoy, Snart’s freeze ray is the one weapon that stands a chance in stopping any who try escape. This of course doesn’t go according to plan, makes you wonder why Barry even entertained the notion; never trust the bad guy!
With the finale coming, it wouldn’t be complete without a standoff with Eobard Thawne. Calling Barry out, Thawne is met by not just the Flash, but Firestorm and Ollie in Al Sah-Him clothing. This proto-justice League brings together these heroes for the first time as some semblance of a team, and against an adversary like Eobard Thawne, Barry needs all the help he can get.
This one fight scene made itself out to be one of the most satisfying action sequences of the entire season. Oliver steals the show, and in the interest of “Batman-ing” (a common phrase I use in my Arrow reviews) having the one hero with zero superpowers being the one who dominates the super-villain seems fitting. Sure Flash can run fast and Firestorm’s an atomic mass of fire, but chalk it up to the power of experience and high end tech to be the winner, Batman-ing done right.
This episode set up a huge part of the CW DC Universe. The birth of Snart’s Rogues, yet another reference to Hal Jordan/Green Lantern (did you catch it?), and Thawne ejecting his costume from his ring, something I’m hoping we’ll be seeing Barry do as his character evolves.
This series has already blown by practically in the blink of an eye, where they go from here is already decided, but I know what I’l be doing this Tuesday night as the finale brings this already legendary inaugural season to a close.