This week, Felicity Smoak stops by to compare superhero teams while flirting with Barry and helping stop the best villain the show has come up with so far.
The Flash runs afoul of a really good, really nasty bank robber named Leonard Snart. When Snart gets his hands on a super-freezing gun, Barry’s life (among others) is in danger.
This doesn’t bode well for Team Flash when Cisco reveals that he was the one who built the freeze gun. Back when Barry first got his superpowers, it seems that Cisco had thought it a good idea to build a weapon that could stop him. You know, just in case Barry turned out to be a nut rather than a hero.
Felicity drops by to check out Barry’s new powers and gives Team Flash some good advice about not letting things like this tear them apart. Together, they all stop Snart but the villain gets away to villain-ize another day.
And Barry and Felicity bond platonically over the fact that both of them are holding a torch for someone who doesn’t feel the same way.
What Hit the Target
I love that the show made a guy named Leonard Snart into a badass. I really love this villain, and I’m so happy that he’ll be back! Prison Break hottie Wentworth Miller’s portrayal turns Snart into Bizarro Michael Scofield – smart, calculating, and even… but this time his plan is evil instead of altruistic.
Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) fits perfectly with this series, doesn’t she? She’s a necessity on Arrow – to lighten up its dark and gritty tone – but this show’s more comic tone was really made for this character to enjoy herself. It seems like they wrapped up her character arc with regards to Barry, so we may not get to see her in Central City nearly as much as I’d like.
That train wreck scene was really well-done. It’s not always easy on a TV budget, particularly, to use a superhero’s powers inventively and impressively week after week. This was a good example of how to do it, though!
What Missed the Mark
Felicity is adorable and all, but can anyone just wander unattended into the police crime lab?
Strangely, Trivia Night in Central City didn’t actually occur at night…
The whole ‘Cisco built a Flash-killing gun’ would have worked better if they’d played that angle in earlier episodes. There’s been no hint of suspicion among the STAR Labs folks, nor any particular animosity. So, while this plot idea was a good one, it didn’t quite fit right with the characters.
While I loved the actual train wreck, there were some other aspects of the climax that confused me. For one, how did Snart enter a moving train seemingly by magic or levitation or something? It might just be bad editing, but this was really badly-played. Secondly, how did Team Flash find Barry and Snart, and manage to show up so quickly with their fake gadget? Barry is the Fastest Man Alive, but that speed doesn’t really apply to STAR Labs’ cars.
The Final Score
This episode benefited from a great villain and the pleasant appearance of Felicity Smoak. It was fun to have Felicity and all the Arrow in-jokes. The story brings some amount of closure to the flirtation between her and Barry but leaves it open for her return. As for the villain, Wentworth Miller brings to life a better villain than we’ve seen so far, and a normal human baddie for variety’s sake. Iris continues to be enjoyable but not have a huge amount of import to the storyline. Eddie also continues his trend of having nothing much at all to do, although he gets one good joke moment and gets to shoot his gun. Given his presumed place in Flash canon, it’s kind of surprising that they’re not doing anything interesting with his character.
And in honor of a borrowed member of Team Arrow, its Felicity’s Quote of the Week:
“Let’s just say my team has a similar setup, but with more pointy objects.”