This episode of The Flash has Barry and Jesse facing off against the Mirror Master and Top. Also, we get a guest appearance of Snart, aka Captain Cold. There are a lot of relationship issues going on this episode, as well as Caitlin’s abilities appearing more. Check out Josh’s recap, followed by our thoughts on this episode titled The New Rogues!
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- Her thoughts on The Flash, Season 3 Episode 4: The New Rogues
On this episode of The Flash, an old frenemy returns–Captain Cold. Only this is Captain Cold three years ago, and it looks like he is having a falling out with his then gang. He and his gang get into a tussle, and this tussle happened right when the particle accelerator happened to be exploding. Well it turns out the two people who turned on Snart–Sam Scudder and Rosalind–wind up hit by the explosion. Scudder had disappeared in the explosion when Snart threw him at a mirror, while Rosalind was hit as well.
Flash forward three years later, and Scudder figures a way out of his mirror prison, and seems to have an ability to move through reflective objects. He uses this power to break out Rosalind, and begin a crime spree while searching for his arch nemesis, Snart.
While all this has been going down, Barry has been training Earth-2 Jesse. Barry tries to be a mentor as Jesse learns the ropes, and while she seems to have the speed, the team and herself soon learn she doesn’t have the reflexes or experience yet that Barry does.
Meanwhile, throughout the episode there are some awkward Barry/Iris moments. They try to have a date at home, and just as things seem to be heating up, Barry hears Joe coming in, and quickly turns the lights on, and tries to act as if nothing is going on. This irks Iris because she feels they are both adults, and it shouldn’t be a big deal for Joe to see them making out. Iris tells Barry to talk to Joe about this.
So, Barry does, and Joe seems to be okay with it for the most part, and it seems that Barry is making the bigger deal about it. Later when Iris asks Barry about if they had talked, it becomes awkward again, and Barry tries to avoid talking about the issues he is having with the situation.
Lucky for Barry, Scudder is creating some mayhem again, so he has to rush off and deal with that situation. Scudder (now dubbed Mirror Master) flees the bank they are robbing, and both Barry and Jesse give chase. Jesse winds up coming face to case with Rosalind, aka “Top,” and she uses her powers of inducing vertigo, which causes Jesse to tumble from the top of the skyscraper they are on. Barry has to rush to her rescue, which winds up leaving him vulnerable to the Mirror Master who manages to trap Barry inside of a mirror.
Another budding relationship in Wally and Jesse seems to be hitting the brakes for a while when Wally says that they shouldn’t start anything when Jesse is leaving soon, back to Earth-2. But he quickly changes his mind, and they share a moment this episode as well. Meanwhile, Jesse has also been a little upset given that she sort of got Barry trapped in the mirror because she required rescue.
Wells and Cisco work for a solution to get Barry out of the mirror, which involves making the mirror cold enough to allow Barry to phase through it. Cisco comes up with a machine in about 30 minutes, but unfortunately it fails to work. But the team gets an alarm which distracts them from rescuing Barry, but Caitlin lags behind. She winds up using her Killer Frost powers on the mirror secretly, and Barry manages to escape.
Oh, but before Barry escaped it seems as though Iris and Barry have figured out their relationship issues. I guess it took just a good look in the mirror to get that figured out.
The team is meeting about the alarm when Barry walks in, and no one can seem to explain why he was able to escape, including Caitlin, who keeps quiet.
Barry, meanwhile, has come up with a plan to capture the Mirror Master, and the team uses a voice modulator to create Snart’s voice. Scudder is lured to a mirror fun house, and Barry greets Scudder. Scudder bounces through mirrors trying to get to the Flash, and eventually the Mirror Master is lured into a circle of mirrors to which Scudder can’t escape due the infinite reflection that the circle makes. Jesse meanwhile gets her revenge on Top, managing to overcome the vertigo effect and taking Top down.
Another thing that happened this episode is Joe looked into Alchemy with a coworker, who seems to have a thing for Joe. That didn’t yield any leads on Alchemy, but Barry seemed to try to encourage Joe to go out with her.
Also, Earth-2 Wells seemed to want to find a stand-in for himself, and decided to look to other Earths for another version of himself to help out the team. They go through candidates, and finally land on one–who actually seems “nice”. Wells seems a bit sad to bring a replacement for himself even though it was his own idea.
In the end, Wells decides it is time to go home, so he and Jesse get ready to head out. But before they go, Earth-2 Wells whispers to Cisco that Barry didn’t escape the mirror on his own, insinuating that something–or someone helped him.
His Thoughts on The Flash, Season 3 Episode 4: The New Rogues
This was a pretty filler episode as long, 22 episode seasons tend to have, but there are a couple of takeaways from the episode. One, I am curious about this new Wells. I am wondering if he is all that he seems to be, or if there will be more to him than just this goofy, nice guy. I wonder–maybe he is a fraud, and doesn’t have the brains other Wells have had? Maybe he has some nefarious plans? Maybe it is another shape shifter? It seems odd that he would simply be a nice, goofy guy.
Barry and Iris’ relationship is still pretty strange to me. The two did grow up as brother and sister, so I think it would weird me out if I were Joe, seeing two kids I raised as my own now making out. But I guess we will have to see where that goes.
As for the villain(s) of the episode, I feel like The Flash and the other CW shows try to make the sort of “cheesy” villains more interesting in the shows, and this one kind of worked, but Top was still pretty cheesy.
Overall, there isn’t much to say about this episode. The overarching story was pretty much at a halt, no sign of Alchemy, nor any more people bleeding over from the previous timeline. Just a lot of relationship stuff happening with Joe, Jesse, Barry, Wally, and Iris. Hopefully next week yields more interesting storylines.
Her Thoughts on The Flash, Season 3 Episode 4: The New Rogues