"For a non-metahuman, Leonard Snart is proving to be quite the nemesis."
We return from the mini-break with a high action episode. Captain Cold returns with a new friend, Heat Wave, and a new target: The Flash.
When we began this year my biggest complaint was how young Barry and his team seemed. They don't seem quite that young anymore.
As the story opens Barry’s working out his inner guilt with some training, hoping to get fast enough to beat the Reverse Flash. In the middle of all this training pops up a familiar face: Captain Cold. Cold’s working with a new partner, Heat Wave, and stealing a symbolic painting: but all this new is just a cover for a burningly cold inner rage directed at the Flash.
During all this, Iris continues to finalize her move-in with Eddie, leaving Barry with Wonder-Years style mixed feelings. He bonds with Caitlin, who’s in nostalgia-land herself, thinking about and hunting for Ronnie. Cold's drive keeps him on his toes as the violence escalates; failure after failure leads Cold to try and bait the Flash to be on the ropes–by capturing members of the Flash team, starting with Caitlin.
When it all comes to a head, Eddie and Barry reach a new level of trust, Eddie and Iris find a new level of strength in their relationship, and even Cisco takes on new aspects to his character – but neither side exactly wins, and neither Captain Cold or Heat Wave will be spending any time in the pokey this time around.
Bits & pieces
–Barry redirecting the missile during his training. Awesome!
–Joe asking Barry to clean up after Iris. Cute scenario, cute question… and extremely hubba-hubba cute in the eyes. I’d clean up for you, man.
–Cisco’s speech to the cops. The question that came to my mind was “What is Wells training him for?” And he IS training our Cisco for something.
–Joe catching Wells out. “I thought, that doesn’t sound like him. I guess because it sounds like you.” Brilliant.
–The painting before it’s unpainted looks exactly like the sort of abstract Meaningfulness I don’t enjoy, just FYI.
–Joe leaping over to rescue Caitlin: DUDE!
–Barry moving back in with Joe. The whole scene was just well done.
Wells: …to catch Cold. Yes, I said it, Cisco. As soon as it came out of my mouth, I heard it.
Caitlin: My dead fiancé can fly. I haven’t broken that to my parents yet.
Barry: (holding up a beer) You know this does nothing for me.
Joe: Just drink it.
Once again, Jesse Martin gets the record for Awesomest Number of Scenes. You don’t realize it till afterwards and you look down at your list of Best Moments and go, uh-huh. This episode saw our team really begin to gel, and the supervillains were nice, but sugary background for once to the more meaty interaction of our characters.
Four out of four Absolute Heat guns.