The Flash has returned for the latter portion of the first season. (Can we pause for a moment to relish the fact that there will be a second season? …. Okay. Good. That’s out of the way.) Upon the show’s return in ep. 10 “Revenge of the Rogues” we also see the return of a villain – one frosty (pun intended) gentleman known as Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). He teams up with the hot-headed (pun still intended) Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) to challenge The Flash (Grant Gustin).
The episode was a great way to get back into the season. Some have complained that The Flash has a new villain each week, a story line that can get old quickly. However, with a returning baddie, a recurring plot line that can be richly developed is presented. Cold is a nemesis of The Flash in the comics, so the antagonistic relationship is one with plenty of history to pull from. Considering how last night’s episode ended, the journey is not over for Cold. It appears to be in its infancy, as a sister is introduced to the foray.
Meanwhile, the threat of Reverse Flash lurks. This episode makes it clear that there is more to come in that regard, but is smartly not providing the audience with too much of a good thing, perhaps in an effort to keep the story fresh. But Barry Allen will train harder to prepare to take on Reverse Flash – whose identity may (or may not) have been revealed during the holiday hiatus. If you’ve seen the spoiler, (which I won’t reveal here – relax), then you’ll have been paying attention to certain things that one character said and did in an entirely new way. It certainly adds some color to the character interactions with this “fact” tainting them.
Keep watching the show and hunting for those “easter eggs.” In a foreshadowing of next week’s episode, the painting Heat Wave and Captain Cold steal is taken from the Rathaways… and whose son will we see in ep. 11 as the Pied Piper? You guessed it… he’s a Rathaway. What other easter eggs have you caught?
The Flash shows on Tuesdays on the CW at 8/7c.