If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, this will be your only and final warning about any potential spoilers. With that said, we’re also shooting for a much shorter recap, but when you’re a fan of the show, it’s hard to leave anything out. Unfortunately, no one wants to read 1200 words about something they may have already seen or could watch in the same amount of time it took to read. So, without further ado, here’s the recap.
We start off this week’s episode staring at one of the many breaches in Central City. This one just happens to be located in the basement of S.T.A.R. Labs. The only problem is that it’s unstable. Basically, everything they’ve tried to send into it gets sent back. Barry even tries to run at the wormhole thinking it needs a speedster’s touch, but he just get’s tossed back. Jay Garrick, rocking a new haircut, is determined to figure out a way to stabilize the breach.
Back at the lab, Barry (dressed up as The Flash) and Cisco locate the whereabouts of Captain Cold. It turns out that the Captain was never kidnapped. He’s actually been working with his father, Lewis Snart (Michael Ironside). Lisa later explains that her father was abusive and finds it hard to believe that her brother would ever work with their father. There has to be a catch.
After analyzing her head, Cisco finds the same kind of explosive inside of Lisa Snart’s head. Barry comes up with a plan to infiltrate the Snarts’ operation by posing as a new tech guy hired by Captain Cold. Lewis takes the bait and they head off to the job. Barry is able to secretly use his abilities to get them to their destination. To the surprise of no one, Lewis Snart shoots Barry. After the commercial break, we find out that Barry caught the bullet and played possum while the Snarts entered a safe to steal some diamonds.
When all was said and done, Cisco and Lisa share a kiss, he calls her “Golden Glider,” and she races off on her motorcycle. Barry and Patty share another awkward moment and she mistakenly gives him her phone number. At the lab, Jay Garrick has finished stabilizing the breach. For a moment he contemplates going back home, but is convinced by the crew to stay a while longer.
It seems all is well in Central City, but soon enough, Professor Stein has a moment where he lights up like the Firestorm entity, but this time the flames are blue. The final scene of the episode catches everyone off guard. It’s now night time at the labs, and no one is around. A person emerges from the breach that has been stabilized. Out comes Dr. Wells, but he looks different. It’s not the Wells we knew during season one, and it’s not the Wells we saw at the end of the last episode. So who is this Dr. Wells?
It was nice to finally get a lighter episode of The Flash – for the most part. If they had gone with a serious tone for a third, straight episode, it may have been too much for the home audience. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. Instead we jump right back into the norm with one of the best relationships, Cisco and Lisa.
Cisco and Lisa wasn’t the only relationship the show touched upon. The whole episode dealt with relationships. It even dealt with parental issues such as the Snart family problems, and there was even a moment with the Wests.
Another relationship that appears to be brooding is between Jay Garrick and Caitlin Snow. Now, it may just be her personality and kindness, but it’s hard to ignore her glances and the blabbering she gave at the end of the episode. This is a weird one. Consider this: she was morning the loss of Ronnie is episode one, still upset episode two but starting to move on, then in episode three seemed over Ronnie enough to move on with Jay. Maybe things are moving a little too fast here? It could be.
While this episode was fun in the relationships it explored, it wasn’t as great as the first two. In one spot, an actor didn’t get what he deserved. In another, an important situation didn’t get played out as much as it should have. Okay, so where did this episode fall behind?
One spot is what they did with Michael Ironside. This man is a great actor. He’s been in films such as Top Gun, Starship Troopers, and Total Recall. His face and voice are extremely recognizable. For whatever reason, he was underutilized in this episode. While he was the main bad guy in this week’s episode, Lewis Snart wasn’t as strong of a character – at least not one that Michael Ironside should be playing.
“Family of Rogues” overall rating – B
Next week’s episode – “The Fury Of Firestorm”