FAMILY ON ICE
Note: The following review goes into detail about the episode. SPOILER ALERT!
The Flash took a break from the parallel worlds plot this week as it turned to a more grounded battle against one of Flash’s usual rogues. Wentworth Miller’s Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold, has been one of The Flash’s most reliable baddies, offering some great character dynamics and a dose of cartoonish personality not found elsewhere on television. While “Family of Rogues” didn’t advance the overall story much, it did give another great story featuring the man with the Cold Gun.
“Family of Rogues” sees the appearance of Michael Ironside as Louis Snart, the scenery chewing patriarch of the Snart family, who has drafted his kids into helping him pull off a huge heist. Ironside does great work in the role, absolutely selling Louis as the kind of hard-hitting scumbag who could rule a city with or without superpowers. While the show does delve into his twisted relationship to his kids, the show doesn’t really attempt to make him anything other than cartoonishly evil as he plants a bomb in his daughter and blows his own henchmen’s head off. What fuels “Family of Rogues,” however, is how Captain Cold reacts to all this, reluctantly working with his father, and then with Flash in order to save his sister’s life. Lisa returns in this episode as well, and is able to bring some immediacy to things as Flash and Cold race to save her from her father.
This episode did offer a slight update to the Earth-2 plot with Jay Garrick constructing his “Speed Cannon,” a portal back to his world with the help of Caitlin. While Garrick’s dialogue could be clunky at times, the budding relationship between him and Caitlin continues to be intriguing, as are the fleeting interactions between Barry and Patty Spivot, who seems at long last like a love interest worth investing in.
“Family of Rogues” was a fine exploration of the Snart family, despite how over the top Louis Snart could be. With such a talented actor in Michael Ironside, it’s curious why he wasn’t used for a comics character Icicle Sr. Nevertheless, the interactions between Leonard, Louis and Barry gave the episode more than enough narrative steam, and a charming B-story for Caitlin and Jay topped it off nicely. Here’s hoping we see Captain Cold again before he heads over to Legends of Tomorrow.
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