The Freak of The Week on #TheFlash is none other than longtime villain and IGN’s 79th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time: The Mirrormaster! And he is not alone, because we get The Top as well. So that is two for the price of one! In this week’s episode of The Flash: We get to ask ourselves the question: is the #WestAllen romance immature? What about Jesse and Wally: are they finally getting together and what exactly is Earth-19? Read on for this week’s highlights of “The New Rogues”
Meet The New Rogues: Mirror Master and The Top
Ever since I started watching The Flash in 2014, I have read questions from fans asking when Mirror Master was coming to the show. Even Flash-actor Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco Ramon a.k.a. Vibe, asked the producers of the show when Mirror Master would be making his first appearance on the show.
Three years in and we finally see Sam Scrudder, The Mirror Master, on the show and he did not dissappoint at all.
The good thing about The Flash TV show villains is that most of them don’t go for world domination like a Brainiac or Lex Luthor. They are almost classic villains looking for a quick score and are given superpowers by accident. Mirror Master and The Top are no different. When the particle accelerator explodes, Scrudder and Rosalind Dillon, The Top has undergone a genderswap for the #Arrowverse, are fighting none other than Leonard Snart. The fight ended with Scrudder disappearing into a mirror, leaving Rosalind Dillon dizzy from the blowback and confused about Scrudder’s disappearance.
We have been teased about the return of Captain Cold and when I saw that Leonard Snart was about to make an appearance on The Flash, I immediately thought that they would finally reveal his comeback. Alas, I was disappointed when it was nothing more than a flashback and a hologram.
The tie in with Captain Cold, The Top and Mirror Master was great however, I am sure that it is not the last time we have seen the three of them together. In fact, I think the show is working towards The Flash vs The Rogues!
The Romance Resonance
We saw #WestAllen fail hopelessly in last week’s Magenta and this week is no different. I don’t quite understand what the writers are trying to achieve. So far, all of the relationships on the show were quite mature, with marriage and break ups handled in a way that adults would. But with Barry and Iris, I am really unsure as to what they are trying to achieve. Take Joe West, he has known that Barry is madly in love with Iris since he was a child, and he has been pushing to get Barry and Iris together, even denying Eddie Thawne his blessing when he wanted to propose because he thought Barry would make the better partner for Iris. And now he feels awkward when the Barry and Iris get all cuddly? It just isn’t consistent in my opinion.
The same goes for Barry. Yes, he hid his romance with Patty Spivot from Joe, but when he didn’t, he went all out. But now that he is involved with Iris, he is acting like a kid?
The only one who is mature in this episode, or at least shows signs of maturity, is Iris. She actively looked for the mature solution by having Barry and Joe talk it over like adults.
Joe has his own problems in the romance department. When Central City district attorney Cecile Horton, asks him out on a date, he awkwardly rejects her using movie night with the kids as an excuse. Yes, any sane person would really go for movie night with the kids over Netflix and Chill or as Luke Cage puts it: Coffee?
At least Wally West and Jesse Wells finally got together!
Jesse Quick: She Is Real And She Is Spectacular!
This episode was a real treat for us fans. We had Mirror Master, The Top and Leonard Snart but the cherry on top was really Jesse Quick in costume. Actress Violett Beane enthausiastically posted a photo on Facebook saying: Jesse and I have waited a long time for this.
While she looked great fully dressed up, I couldn’t help but notice that the suit had a very strong resemblance to another speedster, Trajectory. And I am not the only one, as fans called out the producers of the show by calling them lazy in the costume department. And I agree, but her original comicbook costume wouldn’t work either. The least they could have given us was a variation of the costume using the comicbook colorscheme.
After last night’s performance, I wondered what it would be like if Jesse Quick has her own show? I mean, Earth-2 looked amazing last season so why not? For starters: not every character that was featured on The Flash needs their own TV show. Some, like Jesse Quick, are better suited to fit a more suppporting role. And with Artemis on #Arrow, Miss Martian on #Supergirl, Wally West soon getting his powers on The Flash and Jesse Quick already having powers, this would make a great Teen Titans team. Something I would be more interested in watching rather than Jesse Quick alone.
It’s Not Cold, It’s Chilly!
Caitlin Frost’s powers are manifesting and it scares noone more than Caitlin herself. Not only did she free Barry from his mirror prison using her cold powers, which she seemed to control to a certain extend, her powers also worked, albeit subconsciously, while taking a shower. As a result her hair started to become white and her lips blue. When the show was announced and we saw the featured names, the name Caitlin Frost stood out. How can a villain working alongside a hero was the big question. The writers have done a bang up job with Caitlin in the past three seasons. But we all knew that the time would come eventually and she would become Killer Frost. It would take a lot to shift Caitlin from innocent and inherently good to the villain that we know from the comics. Something of enormous magnitude would have to happen in order for her to stray from the good path that she is currently walking.
What do you think of this week’s episode? Does Jesse Quick deserve her own show? Is the #WestAllen romance a bit too childish for your liking? And what about Joe, should he just ask DA Horton out for coffee, Luke Cage style? Let me know in the comments.