Check out Violet’s recap of Season 1 Episode 22 of The Flash, titled Rogue Air, where The Flash enlists the help of Captain Cold to transport the meta-humans! 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 22: Rogue Air
Harrison Wells narrates the beginning of this episode, and we see that he is talking to Eddie, promising that he will get back everything that was taken from him.
Barry meets up with Iris at Jitters and promises that they’ll find Eddie. Cisco calls him to STAR Labs and shows him, Caitlin, and Joe what he found in Wells’s wheelchair: some sort of advanced tech that Cisco thinks Wells was using as a battery to power himself to gain more speed. Just then, there’s an alert that the particle accelerator has been reactivated. Barry realizes that Dr. Wells has been inside STAR Labs this whole time.
The guys go down to the particle accelerator, and the Reverse Flash speeds out. The Flash chases after him. Just then, Peek-a-Boo is released from her cell and attacks the others. She is just about to shoot Caitlin, when Iris shows up and knocks Peek-a-Boo out from behind. Meanwhile, Barry is unable to catch up with Reverse Flash.
At STAR Labs, they hear Eddie calling for help and go down to rescue him from under the hatch in the Pipeline. Iris finds the engagement ring on the ground that Eddie was going to propose to her with.
Caitlin gives Eddie a clean bill of health. Just then, Barry returns. Eddie tells the others that Wells said his real name was Eobard Thawne and that he kept working on some sort of metallic tube that was the key to him getting back everything that was taken from him. Eddie and Iris head home.
Cisco notices something on the particle accelerator monitor, and goes down to check it out. He finds the metallic tube that Eddie was talking about, and says it’s some sort of futuristic power source that’s charging up the accelerator. Cisco doesn’t want to risk messing with it, but estimates the particle accelerator will be functional within 36 hours.
The team realizes that if the meta-humans are still in their containment cells when the particle accelerator turns back on, they’ll die. The only solution is to move them to the prison on Lian Yu, the island where Oliver Queen was stranded.
The next day, Joe meets with Cecile, the DA, to get her opinion about the meta-human prisoner transport, and asks her to clear a route through the city. However, she says she can’t get involved, and advises him to get as far away from this as possible.
Barry tells Joe that ARGUS has a transport plane that can take the meta-humans to Lian Yu, so they just need to get the meta-humans to the airfield. Joe breaks the bad news that there won’t be a police escort.
Barry goes to a bar to ask Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold, for his help transporting the meta-humans. He says he’ll help if Barry gives him something in return, which he writes down on a piece of paper. Barry says that’s impossible, that there must be something else, and Captain Cold says he’ll think about it.
Iris goes to talk to Eddie at work, and tells him she found the ring. He reveals that Wells showed him the future, and that she marries Barry, not him.
Back at STAR Labs, Barry tries to convince Joe that the only way to transport the meta-humans is with the help of Captain Cold. Just then, Captain Cold shows up and says that he has figured out what Barry can get for him: to destroy all records concerning Leonard Snart. Barry agrees, but Joe pulls him aside to try to talk him out of it, but it doesn’t work. Barry proceeds with erasing all digital records of Snart, and brings him all of CCPD’s physical files on Snart. Snart’s sister, Lisa, shows up and announces they’ll all be working together.
The Flash tries to smooth things over with the others about all of them working together. It also seems that Snart has promised not to reveal The Flash’s true identity to his sister. Lisa flirts with Cisco, but Cisco insists that it isn’t going to happen.
Cisco’s solution to transport the meta-humans is to use an 18-wheeler with an energy damper inside that will disrupt the meta-humans’ powers. Lisa says she has a commercial driver’s license and volunteers to drive the truck. After they release sleeping gas into the meta-humans’ cells and load them up, they head out, with Cisco riding in the cab of the truck with Lisa, Joe and Caitlin driving in a separate vehicle, and Snart riding on his motorcycle. The Flash runs ahead and puts up barriers to make sure the roads are clear.
Inside the truck’s shipping area, the meta-humans wake up and realize that their powers don’t work.
They arrive at the airfield. While Cisco and Lisa wait in the truck, Lisa presses for him to give her a cool code name. He comes up with Golden Glider. The others stand outside and wait for the ARGUS plane.
The meta-humans begin to argue, then suddenly realize that their powers are working again. Cisco realizes that the damper is fluctuating and runs out to tell the others. Unfortunately, Cisco is unable to do anything about it, and Mardon uses his weather powers to make lightning strike the ARGUS plane, which causes it to crash.
The meta-humans exit the truck and attack. Barry and Joe fight back, but Barry gets hurt. Captain Cold shoots one of the meta-humans with his cold gun, killing him, while Lisa points her gold gun at another’s head. Captain Cold says he wants to call tonight a tie, and says they should all go their separate ways. He tells him to remember who it was that made sure they didn’t get on that plane.
An injured Barry realizes Snart sabotaged the truck, and asks why he let the meta-humans escape. Snart replies that now they owe him, and will be more useful to him as part of his Rogues. Captain Cold reminds Barry that he is a criminal after all, so this is really Barry’s fault.
Back at STAR Labs, Barry is upset that Snart used him instead of the other way around. Joe gives Barry a pep talk, and makes Barry agree to “no more walks on the dark side.” Just then, alarms go off, and Cisco tells them that the particle accelerator is fully charged and online, and whatever Wells needs it for, it’s ready.
Iris confronts Eddie and tells him she loves him, and that whatever future Wells showed him, it’s not their future. However, Eddie says that ever since the beginning of their relationship, there’s always been three people in this relationship: him, her, and Barry. He says he always knew, but he thought he could love her enough to change things. He asks her to let this end if she really does love him. She agrees.
At STAR Labs, they see Dr. Wells outside on the monitor. The Flash goes outside to face him. Dr. Wells says that he knows Barry thinks of him as the villain, but all he’s done is what he had to do, nothing more, nothing less. Barry asks him about the particle accelerator, but Wells isn’t very forthcoming.
FIRESTORM and the Arrow show up to help fight Wells. They each take turns taking on Reverse Flash, and the Arrow shoots an arrow filled with nanites into his leg, which prevents him from using his super speed. However, Wells is able to vibrate the nanites out and regains his speed. Working together, they are able to knock him out and capture him.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 22 of The Flash: Rogue Air
I wasn’t very excited about this episode. It felt like more of a placeholder until we get to the season finale than anything else. I guess I didn’t like how it felt like the momentum of the storyline was halted, especially after we were already sidetracked last week with the Grodd storyline. There’s all this build up with them finding out the truth about Wells, and then we get these two episodes that don’t really move the story forward.
I guess this storyline was also to try to set up the Arrow/The Flash spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow, and give Captain Cold some meta-humans to call on for help in the future, as well as erase all records on him. I’m also not sure why Barry really even needed Captain Cold’s help. They could have done the same exact thing transporting the meta-humans in the truck without Captain Cold’s help, and things would have been fine, because he wouldn’t have been there to sabotage the mission. It just felt like most of the episode was pointless. That, and knowing it was supposed to be a crossover episode, I kept waiting for the crossover to happen, which it didn’t until the last few minutes.
I also felt bad for Eddie, but I kind of felt like it was bringing it all on himself this episode. From the moment he gets rescued, he’s grumpy towards Iris. I didn’t like his attitude that just because Wells showed him that in future Iris and Barry get married, that it must mean it’s true, and he just accepts it as such. Eddie knows that Barry is trying to go back in time to save his mother, so wouldn’t he come to the conclusion that things are not set in stone, and that he could change the future as well? Sure, you could say that he always felt that Iris and Barry had a connection, so he’s just accepting that, but why wouldn’t he want to try to change things? Things have already changed with Eobard Thawne going back in time to their timeline, so why couldn’t Iris and Eddie ending up together change as well? I just really did not like Eddie’s defeatist attitude, and that he was willing to give up so easily, when Iris is there, begging him, pleading that she wants to be with him.
In any case, I’m glad that we’re getting back on track for the season finale, and I’m more than ready to see what happens next with Dr. Wells!
Josh’s Thoughts: The Flash, Season 1 Episode 22: Rogue Air
So Eddie seems defeated as I thought he would this episode. He has decided that the future has already happened, and is already setting the wheels in motion to break up with Iris, basically telling her that he doesn’t want to ask to marry her anymore. Self fulfilling prophecy seems to be in full swing.
The interesting part of this episode is Dr. Wells. While it was a big fight with Wells and Barry, with his helpers Arrow and FIRESTORM, it still seemed a little too easy for my taste. I think this might be another situation where Wells wanted to be captured, and this all plays into his grand scheme.
On top of that, I am beginning to think that Wells wants Barry to go back in time and save his mother. I am wondering if this will some how cause an effect that Wells has already predicted if history is changed, and is something he has been trying to accomplish all along.
I thought the episode was pretty exciting, even though it was fairly predictable. Captain Cold is still bad, and of course something would go wrong in transporting these super villains. I guess it is a good way for them to make a re-appearance next season.
It is pretty cool how CW is developing its own mini “Justice League” though. We have four heroes already, and what looks to be more on the way. It certainly is fun seeing these characters once a week rather than having to wait for a big film like Avengers to come out every couple years.
So as Barry said at the end of his appearance in Arrow, it will be time for a pointed conversation with Wells. I guess we will see if this is the end of the super villain Reverse Flash at the end of the season finale, or if this just the intermission until next season!
Scenes from The Flash, Season 1 Episode 23: Fast Enough
Here are scenes from the season finale of The Flash, titled Fast Enough: