There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess: Episode 1.04, “Going Rogue”
|November 17, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess|
Joe’s gotten an episode, Caitlin’s gotten an episode, and now it’s Cisco’s turn. This would be great, since he’s my favorite after Barry…except Cisco’s behavior in this episode makes no actual sense whatsoever. He supposedly made the cold gun in case Barry turned out to be evil…but when? Because literally from the moment they met Cisco was beaming up into his face and giving him high tech presents and telling Caitlin how great Barry was. By the second episode he and Barry had their own secret crimefighting club. And Wells doesn’t seem to have shared Barry’s potential for superspeed with Caitlin and Cisco, so Cisco would’ve had no reason to make the gun before Barry woke up. Nor does Cisco seem like the type to act like he REALLY REALLY likes someone to their face literally constantly – he is never not looking at Barry like he’s Disneyland – but secretly distrust them and be plotting against them, so…? Basically this makes no goddamn sense in terms of either timing or the characterization we’ve been given of Cisco so far. Nor does Barry’s “After all we’ve been through!” mean much, since it’s been like two weeks and though Barry’s had some experiences, Cisco hasn’t really been through anything yet, with Barry or solo. There was absolutely no setup for any of this, so none of it works…and I’d also suggest that you shouldn’t ever make a character’s first feature episode about him betraying the hero, because you haven’t developed that character enough to make the betrayal mean anything.
Even in this episode Cisco’s behavior doesn’t gel with his actions. He still comes off as basically this enthusiastic, brilliant kid…so he’s way too chipper at the end when he reveals the vacuum cleaner trick. A MAN DIED, CISCO. On the other hand, his youthfulness works really well when he’s feeling hurt (“You just turned your earpiece off. How are we gonna talk to each other?”) and when Wells is getting creepy-angry at him. LEAVE HIM ALONE, WELLS, HE IS A BABY.
The timeline of the theft doesn’t make sense either – Cold’s supplier says the cold gun was stolen “after the incident” at S.T.A.R., which to my mind implies immediately after, or at least close to it…but Cisco says the gun’s been gone “a day, maybe two.” Oh, and speed is not the opposite of cold. So yeah, none of that works, and I hope Cisco gets a better chance to shine soon.
However, the two other major components of the episode – Cold and Felicity – work much better. Wentworth Miller is lots of fun as Cold, and much more restrained than the scenery-chewing of the earlier villains, even if he does spent a little too much time telling people to “chill out” and “cool it.” I loved the rules against unnecessary killing, I loved the parka, I loved the Heat Wave teaser, and I loooved how visibly pleased he was by Cisco’s name for him. EVERYONE ON THIS SHOW IS A NERD. (Barry is also clearly trying not to smile when he first hears the name. Everyone loves Cisco!) But perhaps someone should tell that child in the museum not to take gum from growly strangers in trenchcoats.
Felicity, too, is a delight, which she usually is over on Arrow so that’s no surprise. Oh, sure, the “trivia night” during broad daylight at a coffee shop everyone is treating like it’s a bar (Eddie goes to “get more drinks” because I guess we all drink three lattes in the evening?) makes no sense, and the “hot” dress is, I’m just going to say it, basically awful. But she’s so spunky! And babbly! And kind of into Iris in a way that’s very similar to how she was kind of into Laurel! I loved the final scene between her and Barry, I thought it was sweet and funny and a nice little closing-the-door on that relationship (and I’m sure Grant Gustin appreciated the Superman movie reference). I also liked/WAS VERY WORRIED BY her oblique reference to the Crisis (“What would happen if he ran too fast? One minute he’s running and the next, poof! He’s dust in a red costume?”). Also Wells may be a creepy bastard but at least he appreciates her genius more than Ollie “You’re My Secretary Now” Queen does. (Side note: the Team Arrow she describes is not the one I watch every week. “Believe me, it took much more than just watching Ollie do the salmon ladder to make me trust him.” So you just sat in that cold basement helping him murder people for funsies then?)
Joe continues to be awful, sadly. YOU ARE AN ADULT. STOP GIVING PEOPLE THE SILENT TREATMENT. (Or “cold treatment,” as Iris non-idiomatically puts it.) Or nastily telling your partner that you aren’t friends. Or apparently not speaking to your daughter for weeks just because she wanted to become a cop. (I also hate that she gave that potential career up but is sticking to her guns about her love life instead.) The reveal that he’s actually upset because now he has to care if Eddie dies because Iris will be sad is some major nonsense. HE’S YOUR PARTNER, JOE. YOU SHOULD ALREADY CARE.
But as usual, there’s so much delightful fun going on in the episode that it outweighs the bad. Like the opening scene, with Barry having the absolute time of his life playing games against all three S.T.A.R. Labbers. Or the glee I feel whenever Barry blitzes out of a scene and makes someone’s hair blow around – it’s such a great little touch. Or the bizarre and silly museum exhibit on BOVINE MCFEELY, probably this show’s greatest contribution to the mythology. Even Joe gets in on the fun, with the “Leonard? That’s almost as bad as Bartholomew,” “Snart ain’t sexy either” exchange. And of course, there are some fun Easter eggs, like Dexter Miles or the references to Kahndaq.
In conclusion, MORE CISCO BUT MAKE IT MAKE SENSE NEXT TIME.