TV REVIEW: The Flash S4E19, “Fury Rogue” (CONTAINS SPOILERS)

The Flash delivers a solid episode in “Fury Rogue,” which starts to clear up the post-Ralph wreckage even if it isn’t groundbreaking on its own. Team Flash finds themselves needing to transport their last bus meta out of Devoe’s (Neil Sandilands) sight, but Barry (Grant Gustin) holds up the process by refusing to properly mourn for his fallen apprentice. Thankfully, both Leo Snart (guest star Wentworth Miller) and Doctor Sharon Finkle (guest star Donna Pescow) are on hand to provide some much-needed advice and reflection.

First things first, “Fury Rogue” is the first episode in a long while that lets Barry and company get one step ahead of Devoe. That alone would make it stand out, but unfortunately it’s a high that doesn’t last very long because The Flash prefers to leave successes to the last minute or so of the 23rd episode.  It is gratifying that the heroes managed to execute a decent plan, though, and it’s interesting that they inadvertently exposed their enemy’s greatest weakness. Like many a comic book villain, his fatal flaw is love – or rather how blind he is to it. While Barry makes a mistake or two while trying to cope with his loss, and I may have thrown something at the screen when he yelled at Iris (Candice Patton), Devoe is unable to account for his adversary’s emotions and how they may be affected by the people he loves. Which is no surprise, seeing as he can’t even account for Marlize’s (Kim Engelbrecht) feelings despite his impressive intellect.

The theme of the year is “We are the Flash,” and it’s evident even when no one actually says it in the episode. After all, Devoe thinks he can fight this battle alone as the smartest man in the world, but he would rather alienate his wife than rely on her. Meanwhile, Barry starts off pushing his wife and friends away in order to shoulder the burden of the mission alone, but their coaxing and advice eventually leads him to grieve properly and reminds the audience once again that they’re stronger as a unit. Too bad “Fury Rogue” skipped Barry actually apologizing to Iris for snapping when she was only trying to help, but their joint therapy session at the end was a sweet peace offering nevertheless.

Leo Snart’s return was as glorious as anticipated, although he should have brought his hand puppets to help with all the grief counseling he gave Barry. Although he came to Earth-1 to help transport the nuclear metahuman Fallout, the villain he accidentally brought with him was way more interesting. Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) of Earth-X is the last remaining member of the regime, and she has a bone to pick with the citizens of the town that killed her unrequited crush. Speaking of which, Laurel can’t catch a break when it comes to Oliver Queen on any Earth, can she? The combination of her sonic powers and Leo’s cold gun turns out to be another ingredient Devoe didn’t anticipate, which would be more exciting if we knew exactly what plans they were thwarting. But, hey, at least they distracted from one of the less memorable bus metas this year.

Barry wasn’t the only one who needed to lean on others in “Fury Rogue,” as both Harry (Tom Cavanagh) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) were still reeling from the respective blows they were dealt. Harry’s story was especially poignant this week, mostly because he learned from his mistake and took steps to ensure that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) wouldn’t follow in his footsteps. It was also nice to see how the writers incorporated not only the theme of teamwork, but also drove home the point that knowledge and science aren’t the only contributions a hero can make. On the flip side, Caitlin did use science to search for Killer Frost, but even she had her most important emotional breakthroughs thanks to the support of Leo and Iris. We’ll have to wait and see how her alter ego fits into the bigger picture, but the episode certainly left us with some interesting questions about just what happened to Caitlin’s frosty friend.

“Fury Rogue” might have landed better if I believed Ralph Dibny was everything Barry said he was, but it was still an interesting exploration of grief and healing with a few fun guest stars to spice things up. However, that’s not exactly enough when we’re 19 episodes into the season. Which is why it’s a good thing that next week looks like it’s diving straight into Devoe’s plan – and not a moment too soon.

Rating: 3/5

Reviewer: Tatiana Hullender (@myrcellasear)

The Flash airs Tuesdays on the CW at 8/7c in the US.

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