Check out Violet’s recap of Season 1 Episode 16 of The Flash, titled Rogue Time, where Captain Cold and Heat Wave return to Central City! Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of The Flash, Season 1 Episode 16: Rogue Time
We pick up where the last episode left off, with Barry running so fast that he runs back in time – to the night before, when he was on his way to the morgue. As they examine the crime scene, Joe is astonished at how Barry is able to know things he couldn’t have known.
Over at STAR Labs, as the team discusses the Mardon brothers, Barry keeps simultaneously saying things with people as they say them. Dr. Wells asks to speak with Barry privately, and has already guessed that Barry ran back in time. Dr. Wells seems relieved to hear that Barry only traveled back 1 day, but insists that Barry doesn’t tell him anything about what happened during that day, because any deviation could result in a cataclysm. He instructs Barry to do everything and say everything the same way as the day before, and not to tell anyone that this happened.
Dr. Wells goes to his secret compartment and looks into the future, which remains intact.
Barry stops by the police station, talks to Joe, and remembers all the bad things that happened the last time he lived through this day. He says he has to run an errand, and leaves. Barry goes straight to Mark Mardon’s apartment, and whisks him down into the Pipeline prison. Dr. Wells is upset that Barry messed with the timeline, and says that time will find a way to replace any crisis that Barry averted, and it could be much worse.
Captain Cold and Heatwave are caught and brought before Don Santini. Although their wrists are tied, they attack and kill Don Santini and his men, leaving one alive to spread the word about them.
Now that Mark Mardon has already been caught, Cisco doesn’t have an excuse to skip his brother Dante’s birthday party, so he and Caitlin show up to the party. Dante continuously insults Cisco, who gets fed up and storms out.
Over at STAR Labs, Barry is running on the treadmill just as fast as he was before, but is unable to travel back in time. Dr. Wells says there are any other number of reasons that the wormhole could have been triggered. Joe stops by wondering why he was left out of the loop about Mark Mardon, and why Barry is acting so weird. But neither he nor Dr. Wells are very forthcoming. Just then, Barry gets a call from Linda about their lunch date, and runs off.
When Barry arrives at Linda’s office, she can tell something is going on with him. They break up, and Linda encourages him to go after Iris. He walks right over to Iris’s desk, and asks her to meet up with him for lunch the next day. On his way out, he stops by the desk of Iris’s mentor, Mr. Bridge, and tells him that he’s wrong about Dr. Wells being involved in Simon Stagg’s murder.
Barry meets up with Cisco at a bar. A pretty girl approaches Cisco and offers to buy him a drink. Barry takes the hint and leaves. The girl, Lisa, is very forward with Cisco, and brings him back to her place. But it turns out that Captain Cold is there, and it’s her brother. Snart demands that Cisco make weapons for them. Cisco refuses, but then Mick brings out Dante, who is tied up and gagged.
Cisco gets to work on the weapons, and finishes up the cold and heat guns. Snart’s sister requests a weapon that has to do with gold.
At Barry’s lunch date with Iris, he holds her hand, and pours out his feelings for her, confident that she will reciprocate, based on what happened the last time he lived through this day. However, she says she loves Eddie, and storms out.
Barry returns to STAR Labs, feeling defeated. Caitlin is worried that she hasn’t been able to get in touch with Cisco. Just then, Barry gets a call from Joe that Snart is back, and was last seen at the Santini crime family casino.
Over at the casino, Cold and his sister show up, and Lisa Snart tries out her new gun, which shoots gold. Gunfire breaks out, as bullets, cold, and gold are exchanged. The Flash runs in and takes Lisa hostage, but Captain Cold calls his bluff, and also reveals that he has Cisco. The Flash tells Snart to let Cisco go, and he says he’ll think about it. Then he lets them leave without incident.
The police investigate the crime scene, and Barry tells Joe the situation. Eddie comes in and punches Barry in the face, telling him to stay away from Iris.
Barry returns to STAR Labs, and is upset that his messing with the timeline has made things worse. Dr. Wells finally agrees to hear Barry out about what happened in the previous timeline. They have a heart to heart and discuss the ramifications of time travel. Barry even questions whether he should still try to save his mother. Caitlin returns asking about Cisco.
Over at Santini’s house, Mick is distracted taking flaming shots, while Dante and Cisco are tied to the table, and have a conversation in Spanish. Dante praises Cisco, and admits he’s never fought for anything before in his life — until now. Dante breaks free from the table, breaks the table leg off, and goes after Mick with it. But he gets knocked out immediately. Cisco tries to go after Mick, but gets beat down.
Captain Cold and Lisa return just then. He says he’ll let them go if Cisco tells him who the Flash is. Cisco plays dumb, but Snart shoots Dante’s hands with his cold gun. He asks again who the Flash is.
Cisco returns to STAR Labs and reluctantly admits that he told Snart who the Flash really is. Barry is understanding of why he did it, and apologizes for putting him in that situation. Cisco guiltily leaves, not feeling like he should work at STAR Labs anymore.
Joe stops by Iris’s office and tells her about Eddie punching Barry. Joe asks Iris who she loves. She says she loves Eddie. Joe advises her to make them both believe that.
As Cisco goes to pack up his things, Dr. Wells brings him to the room with the containment area they used for Reverse Flash. Dr. Wells tries to convince Cisco to stay, saying that they love him, and that he’s like a son to him. Caitlin calls them back up, and reports that Snart’s plan was to trigger the relocation of the casino’s money.
Meanwhile, Captain Cold and Heatwave get on their motorcycles following the money truck, while Lisa rides Cold’s sidecar. The guys in the truck see their attackers coming, and the guys in the back of the truck open the back and start shooting. Lisa shoots her gold gun at them, and Heatwave uses his gun to melt the truck’s tires. But then, the Flash runs up and tackles Captain Cold off of the motorcycle. Lisa tries to jump into the driver’s seat, but the motorcycle flips, and Heatwave crashes into it.
The Flash brings Captain Cold out into the middle of the woods. Barry removes his mask, since Snart already knows who he is, and threatens to bring Snart down to the Pipeline prison. But Snart warns him that if he does that, he won’t be around to stop his private uplink that will broadcast Barry’s identity. Barry tries to talk Snart into leaving town, but he refuses. Barry tells Snart at least not to kill anyone, and says otherwise he can keep pushing his luck, but that if he goes near any of his friends or family, he doesn’t care who he reveals his identity to, he’ll put him away. Then Barry runs off, leaving Snart in the middle of nowhere.
Barry meets up with Eddie, Iris, and Caitlin at Jitters, where Caitlin has explained to the others about Barry’s “lightning psychosis” — claiming that Barry’s recent odd behavior is a side effect of being struck by lightning. Iris and Eddie are very sympathetic toward Barry, and glad he’s getting help for his condition.
Meanwhile, Reverse Flash attacks Mr. Bridge at the office, asking him what he knows about Harrison Wells. Bridge says everything is in that drive, and tells him to take it. Reverse Flash kills Bridge, and scrambles the hard drive, erasing the story that Bridge was writing about Wells.
Back at STAR Labs, Barry is about to ask Dr. Wells about Simon Stagg, when he sees a story pop on his computer screen about Mason Bridge going missing. He goes to his lab at the police station and asks Joe to meet him. Barry tells Joe that he thinks he was right about Dr. Wells.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 16 of The Flash: Rogue Time
I was just a little disappointed in this episode. I guess I didn’t expect things to go quite so differently, and kind of question whether Barry doing things differently this time really would have resulted in those changes. How did Barry catching Mardon lead to Captain Cold and Heat Wave returning to town and causing a ruckus? Did they not come to town the first time around? Or were they there all along? As for Iris, I had a feeling that things wouldn’t go how Barry wanted with her. Her feelings only came out because of the stressful, “we’re about to die” situation that they were in.
It was also weird how Barry just kind of let Captain Cold go. I know, I know, there’s supposed to be that spinoff and all, but it kind of didn’t really make much sense that Snart would agree to stop killing people, or that Barry would be okay with him continuing to terrorize the city.
I also think that Cisco still wouldn’t have gone to his brother’s birthday party. Didn’t he just recently skip a family event and instead watched movies with Dr. Wells? Well, at least Cisco didn’t die this time around.
Of course, the most interesting thing was that Barry has become suspicious of Dr. Wells. Does he know that he’s onto him? Probably. This could get interesting.
Overall though, still very much enjoying the show and the time travel aspect!
Josh’s Thoughts: The Flash, Season 1 Episode 16: Rogue Time
I thought The Flash took a step back this episode. I really thought it would be awesome seeing what Barry changes, but I didn’t really feel it worked. I really didn’t like how Captain Cold was handled. It was way too obvious that this was a way to spin him off into his own show. It seems like Barry basically was bargaining with Captain Cold to do his evil deeds somewhere else. I guess Barry didn’t have a lot he could do though, since Captain Cold knows his true identity. I guess we will see how the new FIRESTORM show goes, and see what happens to the Captain.
Another thing that was bothersome was why did Captain Cold show up, just because the other villain was taken care of sooner than he was in the previous timeline? The only logical solution I can come up with is that maybe the destruction in the city turned Captain Cold off from coming to Central City before. It seems to me that he would have already been in town though, as he started trouble pretty quickly.
But it was interesting seeing the difference in Dr. Wells between the previous timeline and now. It is so hard to hate Wells when he is helping Barry or the rest of the group, but then you realize—he will kill Cisco, and probably anyone else in the group, if they find out too much. Let’s see what is going on next episode though….Hopefully I can get more into it!
Scenes from The Flash, Season 1 Episode 17: Tricksters
Here are scenes from the next episode of The Flash, titled Tricksters: