The wait is nearly over. It's almost time. The scarlet streak, the speediest of speedsters, the FLASH is returning to out screens in just! Five! Days!
Normally, I can control my excitement and look forward to an event without losing it. Not this time. Flash is the Superhero television show we've waited years to watch, suffering through the limited special effects of Smallville, the plain, sad obscurity of Birds of Prey (yeah, no else has heard of it either) and then then the relentless darkness and Batman copying of Arrow, before finally arriving at the charming, visually impressive, lovable and incredibly goofy Flash.
So let's check out what's coming up...
Episode 10: Revenge of the Rogues (January 20th)
Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) returns to Central City with a new hotheaded partner in tow – Mick Rory AKA Heatwave (Dominic Purcell). The duo plan to steal a multi-million dollar painting, but Cold has another agenda while in town – to set a trap for The Flash. Snart and Mick kidnap someone close to The Flash and threaten to kill them unless The Flash shows up for a battle of fire and ice. Barry tells Joe he isn’t sure he should take on Snart again after the casualties that happened the last time they fought. Meanwhile, Barry asks Dr. Wells, Caitlin and Cisco to help him double his training efforts so he’s ready for the Reverse Flash when he returns to Central City. Iris deals with the aftermath of Barry’s confession, and Cisco makes the CCPD a new shield.
We all, I hope, saw the trailer for this episode in the time since the last episode and I for one can say I am hyped. Of flashes Rogues Gallery, Captain Cold has always been one of the most interesting, and the Captain Cold we've had on screen? The best iteration of the character, bar none. We'll get a few answers in this episode about Barry and Iris, maybe even see, spoilers, this! And we even get Cisco making new gadgets!
Episode 11: The Sound and the Fury (January 27th)
Dr. Wells’ former protégée, Hartley Rathaway, returns to seek revenge on his mentor after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion. Now able to manipulate sound waves, the brilliant Rathaway is a dangerous threat to both Wells and The Flash. Meanwhile, Iris is thrilled when she’s hired by the Central City Picture News as their newest cub reporter. Unfortunately, her editor Eric Larkin (Tom Butler) pairs her with a veteran reporter, Mason Bridge (Roger Howarth), who wants nothing to do with her. Cisco recalls his first day on the job at S.T.A.R. Labs when he met Hartley and Caitlin. Joe asks Eddie for a favour but asks him to keep it a secret from Barry.
Last we saw him, Barry could run on water, which is pretty damn fast and meant out running sound itself. In Revenge of the Rogues, we'll see him push his speed to its limits to fight a villain whose powers can compete with his and whose mind was honed by Wells himself.
Episode 12: Crazy for You (February 3rd)
The Flash attempts to capture Clay Parker (Micah Parker), a criminal who is exploting his meta-human girlfriend Shawna Baez (Britne Oldford), a teleporter who leaves a trail of destruction whenever she goes, to commit crimes. Meanwhile, Iris befriends Linda Park (Malese Jow), a reporter quickly takes a liking to Barry, making Iris jealous.
Teleporting is perhaps the only power that could let someone out run Barry (except for being the Reverse Flash, of course) so it was only a matter of time before we saw it in the show. And the title suggests that this is when we'll see Barry and Iris get together. Oh, don't look at me like that, we all knew it was going to happen one day. Let's hope that Barry manages to play it cool this time.
Episode 13: The Nuclear Man (February 10th)
The team makes contact with Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber), a transmutation researcher who might be the key to locate and help Ronnie, whose powers are spiralling out of control.
For those that don't know, the comic version of Firestorm can transmute inanimate matter from one element to another. He also has one body that contains multiple personalities, the original two being Ronny Ramond and Martin Stein. I will say no more.
Episode 15: Title Unknown (Date unknown)
Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre), a bank robber who has been given weather-controlling powers by the particle accelerator explosion, returns to get revenge for his brother, Clyde Mardon (Chad Rook), killed by Joe and the Flash.
The original Weather Wizard was named Mark Mardon so some fans were confused when we saw his brother Clyde throwing around weather based powers in the pilot. This episode should set that straight and introduce another one of Flash's rogues gallery.
Episode 16: Rogue Time (Date Unknown)
Captain Cold's sister, Lisa Snart (Peyton List), sets to prove her worth and join the Rogues by seducing Cisco, who is at odds with his more successful brother Dante Ramon (Nicholas Gonzalez), and the Flash has to protect them.
Cisco fan service and Cisco's brother in the same episode? And we get another Captain Cold episode? This episode will be a treat!
Episode 17: Title Unknown (Date Unknown)
Barry and Joe recruit James Jesse (Mark Hamill), an anarchist con man and expert bomber also known as "The Trickster", who's been locked up in Iron Heights for years, to help them capture Axel Walker (Devon Graye), a copycat Trickster who has been terrorising the city.
Mark Hamill played the Trickster once before in the original Flash series (fun fact: Barry's father in our Flash series played the Flash in the original!) and now he's back to do it again. This is possibly the episode I'm looking forward to most, because Mark Hamill is a genuinely incredible guy and an excellent, if underused, actor.
Episode 18: Title Unknown (Date Unknown)
The murder of Nora Allen unfolds from the perspective of the Reverse-Flash, whose secrets are revealed.
The Big one. The one we've all be speculating about. This is going to explode when it comes out, mark my words!
Unfortunately, there has been nothing on episode 14, perhaps that's when someone will tell Barry that Oliver is, well, dead. For the moment...