Flash Season 1, Episode 16 “Rogue Time” Review

a954ad7112a747e7c71512d137ef0bc7Barry Allen, for all of his scientific smarts and being a professed science fiction geek never apparently watched Back to the Future or read The Time Machine. If he did he would not have made such a mess as he did during this episode. He would not have disregarded Dr. Wells’ sage advice to not change the past or their would have be huge ramifications.

During the Time Machine’s 2002 movie, something a young Barry would have watched as a child, he sees that the Time Traveler cannot save his fiance, Emma, no matter what he does or how many times he tries. As a result he goes into the distant future and is stuck there. Barry of course who is very emotional and at times only sees what he thinks is best for him, mostly does what he wants, with horrible results.

He uses past knowledge to capture The Weather Wizard before he becomes a major threat. This was greatly disappointing since Liam McIntyre’s Weather Wizard, in my opinion, has been the best Flash villain to date. The effect of this is Captain Cold and his rogues’ band return, and with a new female member. The trio capture Sisko and make him give up a pretty major secret that tips the balance into the rogues favor for the foreseeable future.

Barry also breaks up with Linda, who I honestly thought was a good match for him, to pursue his love for Iris. He learned last week that Iris had feelings for Barry and that of course made him act very irrationally. This backfires on Barry as Iris professes her love for Eddie and totally blows him off. As a result, Eddie punches out Barry. When he later asks Wells about why Iris rejected him, which made perfect sense, he has a hard time accepting the reason. Only a lame reason later salvages the Iris-Eddie-Barry status quo that has been the mandate of the first season.

Again, Caitlin Snow is nothing more than a chess piece this episode and Danielle Panabaker’s strong acting talents are totally wasted. The most significant thing for her this episode is being Cisco’s date to his brother’s party. The writers should be pushing her forward more with the Killer Frost angle. Panabaker confirmed over a month ago that her character would be going evil.

New episode of The Flash airs April 14th!

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I'm the senior producer, founder and Senior Game Master of the Vermin & Valor gaming group. The group has been running table top games and LARPs of a mostly dramatic nature set in a futuristic super hero setting for the past eighteen years. My two favorite comic book heroes are Batman and Captain America, and influences of both can be seen in my character Captain Freedom. I'm mostly a classical comics fan (80's era) as I don't like anything campy and I despise Deadpool. Wolverine isn't high on my list either. My favorite comic book writer is Ed Brubaker. I love the use of real world events and themes in literature and well developed, detail orientated twisting plots, even in video games.My favorite video games are the Arkham series, the Dragon Age series, the Mass Effect series, Game of Throne (both games) and a little known game called The Saboteur. I consider myself an Xbox loyalist and love my 360 and Xbox One. I am also an avid history buff. My two favorite time periods are World War 2 and the Roman Empire. The Middle Ages is a close third. My favorite authors are TS Elliot and Chaucer. I like some Shakespeare, especially A Midsumme Night's Dream and Othello. I am also a huge Game of Thrones fan and would love to be part of an ongoing Game of Thrones LARP group. My favorite character on Game of Thrones is Jon Snow. My second favorite is Littlefinger. I totally despise Caitlyn Stark and cheered when she was killed off at the Red Wedding. The Imp is also highly amusing to me. Personally, I want House Stark to win but I am also fond of House Lannister. I am also deeply into politics (a theme that is huge in my role play games; table top games and LARPS alike. My favorite TV shows are The Newsroom (which ended way too early), Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Archer, Gotham and Arrow. I also like The Flash and love the show Reign I'm also a huge Falling Skies fan as I love the dark twisting plots and tales of survival outside the Zombies genre.As a writer I aim to be passionate about my subject matter and to give both praise and criticism as it is warranted. I love writing about controversial issues and important subjects with a well detailed argument that illustrates my position. I consider myself a very private person and only give personal information to people I have fostered a relationship with and feel comfortable sharing my life with on a daily basis.

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