Everyday Cosplay: Captain Cold

If you’ve been around here for long, you’ll remember that after a few episodes of The Flash‘s first season, I wasn’t sure if I was a fan of the show. Because of that, I backed off of The Flash for a bit, and didn’t really keep up with Barry Allen and the rest of the gang at Star Labs. Sure, I’d watch the crossover episodes, but that was about it. But as more episodes passed, more and more people told me that I needed to give the show another shot. They said that though The Flash had some growing pains starting off, they definitely found their groove as each episode passed. I’m always game for another superhero show in my life, so I gave the show another shot, and I am so glad that I did. Any doubts that I had about the show previously are completely gone. I’ve fallen madly in love with Barry, Caitlin, Cisco, Iris, and Joe. I even have a soft spot in my heart for Harrison Wells, even though I know the truth behind his identity. Though, full disclosure, I’m pretty sure my love for Harrison Wells is a side effect of my love of Tom Cavanagh.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

Regardless, I rescind everything negative I said about The Flash. It’s a fun, exciting show, and I love having it as a part of my superhero TV lineup. Because I’ve fallen back in love with the show, I thought I’d do an everyday cosplay outfit dedicated to one of The Flash‘s sassiest villains–and a future hero on Legends of Tomorrow: Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold.

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Who is your favorite villain on The Flash? Will you be watching Legends of Tomorrow when it premieres? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: The Flash

Fall TV is officially back in full swing! My faves are all coming back this month, and one of those–The Flash–premieres tonight! It looks like things are going to be getting pretty crazy in Central City this season, and I cannot WAIT to see what is in store for Barry and the gang. To get in the spirit, I’ve pulled together a super comfy look to pay tribute to Barry Allen himself. Check it out! Everyday Flash

The Flash premieres tonight on the CW at 8/7c! Be sure to tune in!

The Flash Recap: Going Rogue

Though we were only three episodes in last week, I felt like I had to talk about how I wasn’t as excited about The Flash as I thought I’d be. However, after Tuesday’s episode, I have got to say I was impressed and encouraged. So let’s talk about some of the great stuff from Tuesday’s episode, “Going Rogue”. Obviously if you’re not caught up on The Flash: SPOILERS, DEAD AHEAD!

In this episode we were officially introduced to Wentworth Miller’s character, Leonard Snart

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…aka Captain Cold, and we were treated to a visit from everyone’s favorite hacker, Felicity Smoak.

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In this episode, the unfortunately named criminal, Leonard Snart…

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…gets his hands on a powerful freezing gun Cisco created while Barry was in a coma (to stop Barry in case he woke from his coma as a speedy evildoer). With this new weapon, Captain Cold’s crime game is brought up to a whole new level. Though Captain Cold isn’t a meta-human, his serious evil streak paired with a deadly gun makes him a formidable enemy for Barry. After shooting Barry with the freeze ray, Captain Cold is able to slow Barry down enough to can kill an innocent bystander before Barry is able to intervene.

Barry has a really hard time dealing with the fact he was unable to save someone, and he feels betrayed when he learns Cisco was the creator of the gun. Felicity, well versed in the brooding, lonely superhero, is able to offer Barry a bit of guidance, reminding Barry that, though Cisco should have told Barry about the gun, no one knew what to expect if Barry woke from his coma, and no one knew what would happen with his new abilities. She also tells him the life of a vigilante is a lonely one, and he doesn’t need to make it any more lonely than it needs to be.Though Barry leaves to fight the Captain alone (with his communication device off, no less), Cisco, Felicity, and Caitlin end up coming to Barry’s aid, saving him before Captain Snart

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…can kill Barry. Team Flash 5eva.

This episode felt like one of the most genuine episodes since the premiere. The story was simple and character-driven, we got a pleasant visit from a friendly face from Starling City, and we were introduced to a villain who is clearly going to be around for more than one episode, like past villains. Unfortunate name or not, I think Captain Cold will prove to be a very interesting villain. Wentworth Miller did a great job in this episode, and I cannot wait to see what else he brings to the show and to his character.

We also got another glimpse into the character of the uber sketchy Dr. Harrison Wells, in a way that didn’t include his super secret, future-showing hologram room.

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Harrison is furious with Cisco when he finds out Cisco not only created, but then promptly lost, an incredibly powerful, dangerous weapon. It’s the first time we see Harrison act like anything more than a cool, science-loving, uncle-boss to Cisco and Caitlin, so it’s a bit startling. However, it’s also understandable. Cisco created a dangerous weapon in STAR Labs and then housed that dangerous weapon within STAR Labs without telling his superior. In fact, Harrison probably wouldn’t have ever known about the gun had one of Captain Cold’s men not stolen it.

Still, knowing what we do about Harrison’s secret room, his knowledge of Barry’s future, and the fact he is lying about his injury–and the need for glasses–made his furious reaction to Cisco a bit unsettling. That paired with his warning to Cisco at the end of the episode to never do something like that again–a warning administered in a highly threatening tone–sent up a ton of red flags for me. Still, is Harrison a bad guy, or is he just the biggest supporter of Barry the world’s ever seen? We know Cisco’s gun was created to stop Barry, and it is the only thing that can truly slow him down. With his knowledge of the future, maybe Harrison knows this gun will play a part in the destruction or departure of Barry from Central City, and that was what angered Harrison so much.

Or maybe it’s because Harrison is actually a crazy, evil, whackadoo scientist that is bent on destroying everything. Only time will tell, really.

The other notable moment in this episode was finally getting some context around this moment:

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The Olicity shipper in me was, surprisingly, pretty okay with this moment. Actually, a lot more okay with it than I thought I’d be. Basically what happens: Felicity is on the train back to Starling City, and Barry zips onboard to say goodbye. They both discuss their complicated love lives, Felicity with Oliver, and Barry with Iris. Felicity makes an off-hand comment about the two of them being perfect for one another, if only they weren’t pining for other people. Barry promises to be there whenever Felicity needs her, and Felicity does the same. Then they kiss. Like I said, I’m on the Olicity train, but I found this whole situation–and the whole episode–pretty sweet. Oliver is some pretty heavily damaged goods right now, so even though it seems like neither Barry or Felicity are in a place where they want to date one another, I still like them together. They’d make a pretty cute couple.

Besides, I love that Felicity isn’t a character who lives and dies by this unrequited love with Oliver. Oliver pushes her away, and Felicity creates boundaries with him to protect herself. She goes back to work at Queen Consolidated, even after Oliver lost the company, and she’s spending time with other guys. Of course she cares for Oliver, but she does her very best to move on and growing as a person after he broke her heart. Sorry Ollie, Felicity’s a catch. You snooze, you lose.

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I realize this episode was a bit out of the ordinary since Felicity was a part of it, but I’m hoping this episode signals the forward motion of this show, developing characters, fleshing out villains, and digging a bit deeper beyond, “It’s cool to run fast!” Great episode, Flash. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store next week.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!

Confession: I’m Not Sure How I Feel About The Flash

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I’ve been watching The Flash for a few episodes now, and I have to admit: I’m not in love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not enjoying the show, but in the face of shows like Supernatural and Arrow, I feel like The Flash is missing something for me. However, I remember Arrow took a few episodes for me to be fully hooked, so I’m still giving The Flash a chance. I’m in no way about to bid farewell to Barry Allen (especially since The CW has officially ordered a full season of the show), but here are a few things I want to see happen over the coming episodes:

More Explanation Around Harrison Wells. Seriously, wtaf is going on with this guy?!?

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I love Tom Cavanaugh, and I think he does a great job as Harrison Wells. However, I have no freaking idea what the heck is going on with him. Twice now, we’ve had him go into his super-secret room, stand up from his wheelchair, remove his glasses (is anything real about you, Harrison?!?), and act fairly sinister about Barry’s future as The Flash. Maybe this is a nod to comic book readers, and they totally have an idea what’s going on here, but I’m completely in the dark–and not in a good way. 99% of Harrison’s interactions with everyone points to him being a good guy. Sure, maybe he’s a bit of a misguided scientist, but he doesn’t seem particularly evil…that is, until he jaunts over to his secret room. While I get the writers don’t want to show their hand too early, I really hope we start getting bigger views into Harrison’s actual character, rather than these overly ambiguous, highly confusing mini-scenes.

A Clearer Mission for Barry 

I love Barry Allen. I think he’s the most adorable thing ever, and I love how nerdy, goofy, and awkward he is.

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But The Flash? He’s kind of got a bit of a wobbly mission. There’s the fighting crime part of it, there’s the finding other meta-humans bit, and there’s the finding his mother’s killer bit. I get that this is setting up to be a huge universe with multiple seasons, but so far I felt like this season has been a bit of “Oh, wow, he runs fast!” and “I will find who killed mom…and other meta-humans” and “I can save this city”. Sure, we’re not too far into the season, but like Oliver and his list, I hope that we will start to see the makings of a clearer season 1 story arc for Barry and The Flash.

Continue Being Besties with Team Arrow! 

arrow-flash-spinoff-gifs-cw-doctorI’ve talked a lot about stuff that I don’t like about The Flash, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I love that Arrow and The Flash work together so closely. I think they bring such interesting dynamics to the other’s universe, and I like the mentor relationship Oliver has with Barry. I just don’t want Barry to end up with Felicity. #Olicity 

Keep Developing the Characters

the-flashI was thrilled to get a closer look into Caitlin Snow’s life and her fiance, Ronnie (played by Robbie Amell). We’ve also gotten a glimpse into Barry’s childhood living with Det. West, as well as a particularly touching story from Barry’s dad about Barry learning to walk. This show has several characters bursting with potential, and I hope the show keeps giving them room to grow and develop. However, with new character introductions each week it seems, I’m hoping that the show doesn’t get too caught up on introducing us to new faces rather than fully forming the ones we already know.

What do you think of The Flash so far? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out the trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, “Going Rogue”, below –Felicity Smoak is in next week’s episode, guys!

The Flash Recap

The-Flash-Title-Card2The Flash officially premiered last night, and I’ve gotta say: I was impressed. The episode was a pretty basic origin story. We got to see how Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) becomes the Flash, we got a peek into S.T.A.R. Labs, and we got a glimpse into Barry’s childhood, family, and friends. Spoilers ahead. 

If you want to check out the synopsis, I’ve got that for you here. However, a quick synopsis is this: an enormous accident at S.T.A.R. Labs with a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, Barry is struck by lightning from that storm, and sent into a nine-month coma. When he finally wakes up, Barry finds that in addition to suffering no ill-effects from the coma and gaining accelerated healing powers, the lightning also gave him other prizes, too.

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We also learn that the storm created other “meta-humans”–or at least one other meta-human, who chooses to use his power for evil and attacks the city. When Barry confronts the scientists at S.T.A.R., he finds out they really have no idea how many people were affected by the storm, or how many other meta-humans were created. I’m no physicist, but I’m gonna guess a LOT of meta-humans were created–a great deal of bad meta-humans, I should add.

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While we didn’t get to dig too deeply into the supporting characters, we really got to know Barry, and I already am a huge fan of our new Flash. He’s sweet, kind, and just a bit awkward. His reaction to his superpowers is also hysterical. While initially freaked out, it takes him about ten seconds to realize what’s happened, and start running around the city at breakneck speeds–right into the back of a truck, but getting the hang of super speed does take time.

It also helps if you have a buddy who is already in the vigilante business with whom you can talk things through. Barry takes a brief detour to Starling City to talk about his new powers with Oliver Queen, who is, of course, lovely and helpful.

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Their interaction also led to what would become my favorite moment of the episode:

While most of the episode was a straight up origin story (which was awesome, btw), it also had quite a twist ending.

Throughout the entire episode, we were lead to believe that physicist Harrison Wells (played by Tom Cavanaugh) had been injured in the storm and was in a wheelchair. However, in the last few seconds of the episode, Harrison rolls into a secret area of his lab, stands up from his chair, and walks over to a device that pulls up a holographic image of a future newspaper with a headline about the Flash going missing.

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Yeah, I’ve got no clue what they’re setting up either, and IGN even sat down with Cavanaugh to try go get some answers, but he said, “I feel like it bodes well if there’s characters we can’t talk about. We’d love to tell you but we can’t. That’s good for the people who are watching the show. We’ve got secrets to unveil. It’s extremely fun to play, having a bunch of different levels at work. The way he has been crafted, it’s really enjoyable.

It looks like everyone on Team Flash is staying pretty tight-lipped about what the future holds for the show, but I like that. I’m ofically intrigued, and I am such a fan of their choice in a Barry Allen.  I cannot wait to see what comes next on The Flash. They’re definitely also gonna have to explain this from their upcoming episodes preview:

flash felicityWhat did you think of The Flash premiere? Are you going to keep watching? What did you make of that ending? Let me know in the comments!

 

CW News: Official Synopsis Released for Supernatural, Arrow, and The Flash

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The CW has officially released the synopsis for Supernatural, Arrow, and The Flash’s premiere episodes, as well as the synopsis for the Supernatural 10 year retrospective, “A Very Special Supernatural Special”, and I’ve got the info for you right here:

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“A Very Special Supernatural Special”:

A PAST AND FUTURE LOOK AT “SUPERNATURAL” ─ This one-hour special takes a behind-the-scenes look at the past nine seasons of the hit drama about the thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester Brothers. Interviews include series stars Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Misha Collins (Castiel) and Mark Sheppard (Crowley), along with series creator Eric Kripke and executive producers Robert Singer and Jeremy Carver. The stars and producers share stories and clips of their favorite memories, monsters, demons and angels from seasons one through nine and tease the upcoming action fans can expect in season ten. Original airdate 10/6/2014.

Season 10 Premiere, “Black”: 

DEAN IS LIVING IT UP AS A DEMON WHILE SAM HITS ROCK BOTTOM IN THE SEARCH FOR HIS BROTHER — Dean (Jensen Ackles) is a demon and running amuck with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) while Sam (Jared Padalecki) tries to figure out what happened to his brother. Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) is dealing with his diminishing grace. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver (#1002). Original airdate 10/7/2014.

You can read a few of my thoughts on season 10 of Supernatural here, here, and here.

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Season 3 Premiere, “The Calm”: 

OLIVER SEARCHES FOR AN IDENTITY BEYOND THE ARROW — With crime in Starling City at an all-time low thanks to the Arrow (Stephen Amell) and his team, Oliver thinks he can finally balance being both the Arrow and Oliver Queen and asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date. However, when a new villain (guest star Peter Stormare) emerges, who has claimed the name Vertigo from the recently deceased Count, Oliver is caught off-guard and someone close to him is hurt. Oliver and a newly suited up Roy (Colton Haynes) take on the Count. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) becomes a father, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is promoted to Captain, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) joins Arrow’s inner circle and Felicity gets a part-time job at a tech store to make ends meet. Also, Oliver fights to regain his company, Queen Consolidated, but comes up against a very worthy opponent – the charming Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn (#301). Original airdate 10/8/2014.

I’ll be honest, I’m a bit behind on Arrow, so I was pretty bummed when Netflix changed up the date of their release of season 2. I was all ready for an Arrow binge. Because of that, I’ve not really talked too much about Arrow here, yet–that’s definitely about to change, so stay tuned! 

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Series Premiere, “City of Heroes”:

THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE IS BORN — Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father (John Wesley Shipp) was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris (Candice Patton). Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his S.T.A.R. Labs team members, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris (Candice Patton) is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe’s new partner, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it’s time to put Barry’s new powers, and himself, to the test. David Nutter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kresiberg and Geoff Johns and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns (100). Original airdate 10/7/2014.

I’m so excited for this show! They’ve done a fabulous job bringing Arrow to the small screen, so I have a ton of faith that they’ll do an amazing job with The Flash. And I’m loving the fact that this show will crossover with Arrow. Check out this picture Stephen Amell’s posted today on his Facebook page:

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