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SDCC 2015: Diamond Select Toys Preview: Muppets, The Flash, Back to the Future and More!

San Diego Comic-Con is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys has revealed a plethora of new items (coming to stores this fall) that will be on display there! With their first-ever product from The Muppets, several new products from Back to the Future, plus new items from Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars, Aliens, Batman, Justice League, Nightmare Before Christmas, Tarot and Sponge Bob SquarePants, it’s the best of all worlds! Read on for pictures and details.

Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates are monstrous! For the first time in DST’s line of Minimates based on the Aliens franchise, collectors will get two deluxe-sized sets containing two deluxe-sized Minimates! Ripley’s Power Loader comes with Ripley and a Battle-Damaged Alien Warrior, while the Queen Alien comes with Bishop (who can be impaled on her tail) and an Alien Warrior. Plus, both sets come with Alien eggs, facehuggers and chestbursters! Each set comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152206, SRP: $14.99/ea.)

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Batman The Animated Series Joker Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! “Hey, Batman! You stink so bad, I can smell you from here!” The first vinyl bank from DST based on Batman: The Animated Series is none other than the villainous Joker! Depicted in his famous animated look, the Joker features high quality collectible sculpting and paint applications, and also has a coin slot on the back to store his ill-gotten gains! An access door in his base returns the money to its rightful owners, and the bank comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item #JUL152191, SRP: $22.99)

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Batman The Animated Series Femme Fatales Harley Quinn PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! DST continues their line of Femme Fatales statues based on Batman: The Animated Series, and Poison Ivy and Batgirl are now joined by the Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn! This 9” PVC statue captures the Joker’s partner-in-crime standing on top of the Bat-signal after defacing it with a can of spray paint! That oughta impress Mr. J! Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item #JUL152194, SRP: $45.00)

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Batman Animated Series Poison Ivy Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Itching to expand on your bust collection? DST is seeding their Batman: The Animated Series line with a brand-new bust of Poison Ivy, the Batman villainess with a soft spot for plants! Dr. Pamela Isley is the third bust in the series, allowing her to team up with Harley Quinn against Batman himself! Capturing Bruce Timm’s timeless design in three dimensions, this approximately 6” tall bust of the bellicose botanist sits atop a decorative base inspired by the show and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces! (Item #JUL152193, SRP: $59.99)

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Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everyone knows that the Batmobile has a lot under the hood, but now it’s got something else under there: your change! This vinyl version of the Batmobile from the Batman Classic TV Series measures 9 inches long, and has a coin slot between the seats and an access door in the base, meaning this high-quality vinyl replica is also a bank, for storing your non-giant pennies and scarred silver dollars. Park it in your home Batcave! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUL152195, SRP: $22.99)

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Justice League Flash Logo Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! When you need a bottle opener, there’s no time to dilly-dally. Show your friends how fast you are at fulfilling your hosting duties with this metal bottle opener in the shape of the Flash’s logo from Justice League! Cast in solid metal and measuring approximately 4 inches long, this opener also has magnets on the back, so you can stick it to your refrigerator or global threat monitoring station for a more rapid response time. Thirst never waits! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL152192, SRP: $18.00)

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Back to the Future Iced Time Machine Collector Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Is it hot? No, it’s ice cold! DST revisits their bestselling electronic 1:15 scale Time Machine from Back to the Future in a new, 30th Anniversary edition box set! Having just arrived in our time from 1985, this Version 1 Time Machine features lights and sounds, plus a thin coating of “frost” over its entire surface, to replicate the effects of time travel. Bonus accessories include flaming tire tracks, a license plate you can pose like it’s spinning, and a case of plutonium! (Not actual plutonium.) Set comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUL152196, SRP: $59.99)

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Back to the Future Monopoly Board Game

A Diamond Select Toys release! Want to travel from 2015 to 1985 to 1955 to 1885 in the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can! This fully licensed Back to the Future Monopoly board game provides hors of fun as you collect locations and time-hop through the world of the BTTF trilogy! The game board features all-new properties taken straight from the films, including Café ’80s and Doc’s Mansion, plus you get new “Chance” and Community Chest” cards, and new die-cast metal game pieces of the time machine, Einstein the dog, the cowboy hat, the futuristic sneaker, the hoverboard and the famous Hill Valley clock! Game comes packaged in a full-color box resembling a case of plutonium. (Item #JUL152198, SRP: $39.99)

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Back to the Future 30th Ann. 2015 Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time for Minimates to go back to the future! DST is revisiting their popular Back to the Future Minimates mini-figure line, with new box sets featuring never-before-made characters! First up is a brand new set from 2015, featuring three all-new characters ­­– Griff Tannen, Marlene McFly and Marty McFly, Jr. — plus a new figure of two-tie-wearing Marty McFly, Sr.! Each Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories, including Griff’s Pit Bull hoverboard. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152197, SRP: $19.99)

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Back to the Future Trilogy Glass Tumblers

A Diamond Select Toys release! Ring in the new year(s) in style with these three Back to the Future Reelware glass tumblers, featuring all-new artwork capturing the most exciting moments of the BTTF trilogy! From the first movie, Doc Brown connects the crucial power cords in 1955! From the second film, the Time Machine cruises the skyways in 2015! And from the third film, the arrival of the Time Train from 1885! Collect all three glasses to complete the trilogy – you’ll feel like you’re drinking in a different century with each one! Package in a full-color window box.

Part I Tumbler (Item #JUL152199, SRP: $9.99)

Part II Tumbler (Item #JUL152200, SRP: $9.99)

Part III Tumbler (Item #JUL152201, SRP: $9.99)

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Femme Fatales Raven Hex 15th Anniversary PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been 15 years since the debut of the comic book Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, so DST is reteaming with Broadsword Comics for a new statue of Tarot’s sister, Raven Hex! Featuring an entirely new sculpt, this PVC statue of Raven Hex, sister of Tarot, measures approximately 9 inches in a sultry black dress. With the goblin Mudwart by her side, she stands atop an open-book display base, which combines with her sister Tarot’s base to form the complete tome. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #JUL152209, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Minimates Villain Zombies vs. Age of Ultron Secret Wars Box Set

A Secret Wars tie-in! A Diamond Select Toys release! Every year, DST unleashes a horde of Marvel’s Villain Zombies on the world, in the form of a new four-pack of Marvel Minimates! This year, with worlds colliding over in Secret Wars, even our zombie box set is not immune to the effects! Villain Zombie versions of Pyro, Bullseye and the Vulture have been invaded by an Ultron Drone from the Age of Ultron. No matter who wins, we lose! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152208, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Retro Thor Action Figure Limited Edition Gift Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Forsooth, the Odinson approacheth! Capturing Marvel’s God of Thunder in all his 1970s glory, this retro-style action figure set features a cloth-costumed Thor just as he looked when he was released by the Mego Corporation in his first action figure appearance! With his hammer, helmet, and long golden hair, Thor comes packaged inside a vintage-style window box. Thor also comes with two extra heads and outfits to change into his alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake, as well as a more modern take on the hero, complete with an updated hammer. All are packaged in a display-ready gift tray. Limited to 3,000 sets! Designed and Sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item #JUL152207, SRP: $80.00)

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Muppets Minimates Series 1 Two-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to light the lights! DST is proud to introduce the very talented Muppets to the Minimates line! This first series of two-packs features the Muppet Show’s greatest stars, including Kermit with Miss Piggy, Fozzie with Scooter, Gonzo with the Swedish Chef, and Stunt Show Gonzo with a “Batter-Damaged” Swedish Chef. Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #JUL152202, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Coffin Doll Limited Edition

A Diamond Select Toys release! The beautiful creation of Dr. Finkelstein, Sally now has her very own coffin to relax in! The star of Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas, this 16-inch tall doll of Sally is a must for any home that embraces the spirit of Halloween. With a fully articulated body and a real cloth costume, this exacting re-creation of the classic Sally figure features a unique head sculpt and will rest comfortably in her coffin-shaped window box until the times comes for her to rise once again! Limited to 1994 pieces! (Item #JUL152205, SRP: $49.99)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Series 2 Foil Bag Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who says Christmas can only come once a year? This all-new assortment of Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates features eight new blind-bagged figures, including The Pumpkin King, Santa Claus, Santa Jack, the Easter Bunny, Zero, new versions of Jack and Sally, and a rare, one-per-case glowing Zero! There’s a full set in every case of 18 foil bags, and each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152204, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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SpongeBob SquarePants Minimates Two-Packs Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy… UNITE! The superheroes of SpongeBob SquarePants’ undersea world have joined the SpongeBob Minimates line, and this assortment couldn’t get any more super! Super-chums Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy make up one 2-pack, with another dedicated to Super Acquaintances SpongeBob (as Quickster) and Patrick (as Elastic Waistband). Mr. Krabs’ daughter Pearl comes with happy fish Harold, plus be on the lookout for a rare, one-per-case 2-pack of Robot Mr. Krabs with an angry Harold! Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories, and each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL152203, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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SDCC 2015: Funko Announces a Bryan Fuller Signing and Wave Eight of Exclusives

Funko has announced a Bryan Fuller Pop! figure! The man behind Hannibal bears an eerie resemblance to Hannibal Lector!

This Pop! comes in a run of 144 pieces and will be available during his signing at the Funko booth on Friday, July 10th at 2 p.m.!

The line for the Bryan Fuller signing will not begin to form before 1 p.m. and Funko will only sell Bryan Fuller Pop!s during the signing. They will not sell other Funko items during that time!

Funko encourages fans to bring other Hannibal Pop!s to be signed, too!

Pop TV: Hannibal – Bryan Fuller

Pop TV Hannibal - Bryan Fuller

Without further ado, here is the next installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list!

Pop! TV: Doctor Who – Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Pop! TV Doctor Who - Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Pop! Disney: Frozen – Barbershop Quartet Olaf

Pop! Disney Frozen - Barbershop Quartet Olaf

Pop! TV: The Flash – The Flash Unmasked

Pop! TV The Flash - The Flash Unmasked

Hikari: Star Wars – Darth Vader Matte Black

Hikari Star Wars - Darth Vader Matte Black

Hikari: Marvel – Frosted Groot

Hikari Marvel - Frosted Groot

Dorbz: Batman – Thrillkill Batman

Dorbz Batman - Thrillkill Batman

Review: The Flash #41

theflash041If there can be said to be one common complaint about the Flash and his own series, it would be about the magnitude of the character’s adventures.  By comparison to other heroes who often get thrown into bigger battles and bigger conspiracies, the Flash mostly seems to stay at home in Central City dealing with the usual foes from his Rogue’s Gallery.  The stories are usually fun enough and of an overall good quality, only that there is something missing to move them from being good to being great.

If the big scale story telling is something which is missing from the series, then this new story arc might be the one to do it.  For a lot of heroes and their books, it seems as though Convergence acted as a bit of a brake to forward momentum for the series, but in the case of this title it has taken a little taste of what has come before and expanded on it.  It should be said though that there is probably no better way to push the Flash forward than to give him his arch-enemy to deal with.  While Thawn/Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom was introduced before Convergence this is the story arc that is going to tell the first major battle between the two since Flashpoint (which threw DC into the new 52).  The setting is a simple enough one, Barry is still trying to crack the case of the death of his mother, and visits his father in prison to tell him that he has new information that might help clear his father’s name and to find the true killer.  Barry knows that Thawn is involved, he just doesn’t know who that is and therefore what that means.  Instead he is poking around at parts of the truth.  At the same time his father is involved in a prison break that sees a few of the Rogue’s Gallery making an attempt for freedom.

While it remains to be seen what will happen with the story arc, the setup could not be better.  The story telling is very clever as it tells the story in a way that the reader gets to experience the mystery just as Barry does.  Of course the reader knows that Thawn is coming, but that is really their only advantage over the character.  There are a few other clever moves as well, such as using members of the Rogue’s gallery that are not as well known, and thus less likely to steal the show from the bigger enemy.  As it stands this is shaping up to be the best Flash story since Flashpoint, and for any fans that have been looking for a place to get on board, this is it!

Story: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen Art: Brett Booth
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

The Flash Season 1 and Arrow Season 3, Out September 22

Flash S1 flatWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the first season of The Flash and third season of Arrow will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on September 22, 2015, just in time for the new seasons.

The Flash was an instant hit, delivering the most-watched series premiere in The CW’s history. The episodes averaged 6 million viewers weekly throughout the season. With the blu-ray and dvd release, fans will get all 23 episodes of the first season plus three hours of extra content including episode commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

The series follows Central City forensic investigator Barry Allen who as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry is now the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and his close friends who know his secret, race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another.

Arrow S3 flatArrow average 4.2 million viewers weekly for each original episode, making it the #2 show among total viewers for the CW behind The Flash! The third season release contains 23 episodes plus almost three hours of extra content, including episode commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

In the third season of Arrow, Oliver Queen’s Arrow has become a hero to the citizens of Starling City – but he will quickly discovers that doesn’t mean he can lead a normal life in the hit series based on the DC Comics character. A new wave of diabolical masterminds – including the insidious and pervasive havoc wrought by the lethal and secretive League of Assassins – threatens all he holds dear. Team Arrow has grown into a powerful force, but the dangers and secrets that bind them together often put them at odds with each other, as the shadows cast by Malcolm Merlyn and the omnipotent Ra’s al Ghul trigger shifts in loyalties and alliances that test them to their core.

You can pre-order both releases now. Pre-order The Flash Season 1 here, and Arrow Season 3 here.

 

 

 

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Review: Justice League of America #1

jla001The DC Comics Universe is in a bit of flux at the moment.  Superman has been depowered to a degree and Batman is presumed dead and Jim Gordon has replaced him.  With DC’s two most popular character out of commission, it makes the present continuity a little challenging, especially as a few of the other major characters are undergoing some changes as well.  Some simply don’t recognize these changes, as the Darkseid War in Justice League attests to, but other series are trying to stay current with the changes elsewhere.  This newest series of the Justice League acts as a bit of middle-of-the-road approach to giving fans the heroes that they are used to.  Superman is still Clark Kent in his secret identity at the Daily Planet, Batman is still alive, and Wonder Woman’s costume hasn’t changed.  In short this story is based sometime in since the founding of the Justice League and the beginning of the new 52, a period which is said to be five years but which has not been explored in great detail thus far since the DC relaunch.

This oversized issue has two basic plot points that are presumably somewhat linked together.  In the first Superman is dealing with a mysterious organization led by a mysterious scientist who is somehow pulling a dead or dying Superman out of the timestream, but on numerous occasions, and appeals to the present Superman to find answers.  Meanwhile the remainder of the Justice League has been drawn to a power plant in Metropolis as a supervillain unknowingly lies in ambush for them.  While the first half of the story adds a bit of intrigue, it is soon taken over by the second half and this quickly turns into an all out brawl that the League is best known for.  A relatively significant developments occur and the characters are left at the end to deal with a new threat.

The approach here is an interesting one.  While there is change underway with the heroes elsewhere at DC, this is evidently a case of “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.”  By throwing the heroes back to an earlier time the die hard DC fan can get their dose of their favorite heroes while DC also tries to appeal to some new fans with the different versions of Batman and Superman in other places across its universe.  As it stands this works pretty well, a relatively common story for the Justice League, but also one which pulls out all the stops and goes for a big show as opposed to a slower approach.  It is big and brash but also a lot of fun, and worth a look for those that miss their usual heroes.

Story: Bryan Hitch Art: Wade Von Grawbadger and Bryan Hitch
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

Review: Justice League #41

jl41After a lead-in issue, the Darkseid War starts here, and for those that had been let down after looking for something more monumental in Convergence, there might be some salvation here.  The title is one that was least affected by Convergence, getting a one-month break as opposed to the two for most other titles.  The previous title introduced the fact that Darkseid and the anti-Monitor are a lot more closely related than previously indicated, and this issue builds on that and more as the steps to an all-out war come closer, a war that has been brewing since the first story arc of this new 52 title.

The action doesn’t start with the Justice League, even though it soon comes back to them.  Instead the story focuses on who is apparently going to be a defining character in this story arc, Mister Miracle.  As he weaves his way out of and then back into Apokolips, he gives insight into what is happening and what he hopes to accomplish.  Although the Terminator like sub-plot with Lashina and Kanto seems to be its own thing, it ties back into the Mister Miracle side of the story as well, with an equally great last minute reveal as happened in the lead-in issue.  This story also ties heavily into the one focused on the Crime Syndicate from Forever Evil, and builds well on this former crossover, tying the two together.

There are definitely a lot of players associated here, and while the issue does well enough to follow up on the developments of the previous issue, there is a bit of a dropoff in tone.  Part of this is the ease by which Darkseid’s daughter manages to lay waste to the Justice League, a common enough ploy to establish a new villain as particularly threatening, even if her demise is assured by the end of this story arc.  As it stands though this issue is saved by the role of Mister Miracle, as opposed to the relatively regular story of an alien invasion which the Justice League has to deal with, Mr. Miracle gives this story a heart that manages to keep it moving along through its disparate story elements.  There are certainly bigger fireworks to follow, but for the time being this issue manages to put all the players in place while also giving the reader someone new to cheer for.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

DC Mopeez are Out in August

Even your favorite DC superheroes have bad days! Introducing Funko‘s DC Mopeez line, which features characters from Batman, Superman, and Justice League!

These four and a half-inch plush figures are weighted on the bottom to retain a slouchy posture and adorable frustration.

DC Mopeez are out om shelves this August.

The Flash Season 2 Gets a Teaser

In case you missed it after last night’s first season finale, The Flash showrunners Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti tease what to expect for the upcoming second season, returning to The CW this Fall.

TV Review: The Flash S1E23 Fast Enough

theflash_full_costumeWhen the partical accelerator is back online, Barry will have to go back in time to stop Eobard Thawne on the night of his mother’s murder 15 years ago.

This is it, the finale to the first season of The Flash. The episode is interesting in that about 3/4 of it is Barry debating his options. Eobard has given Barry a way to fix things. Go back in time, save his mother, and giving Eobard a way to head back to his time. But, should he? That’s a lot of the episode, what Barry gains versus what Barry loses if he does this.

The answer takes up the last 20 minutes or so of the show, and leads to one hell of a fight between The Flash and Reverse Flash. That’s really the last little bit of the episode, and it has some twists and turns that had me saying “holy shit.” Add a cliffhanger that literally has the fate of the world at stake. Well, that’s something I guess we’ll find out about when the second season begins in the fall.
The episode is an interesting one, where the majority is focused on the relationships that have been built up through the season. It wasn’t what I’d expect, which was a massive fight for a lot of the episode.There was also some great references for the comic fans, along with some foreshadowing. Not only do we get to see the helmet of Jay Garrick, but also Rip Hunter is mentioned. Hunter will play a huge role in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which will debut in 2016.The episode was one full of heart and excitement, and I can’t wait until the series returns this fall.

Overall rating: 9.3

TV Review: The Flash S1E22 Rogue Air

theflash_full_costumeAs Wells once again gets the upper hand on the S.T.A.R. Labs team, Barry realizes he needs to make a big move and reaches out to an old foe, Captain Cold, for help. Joe and Caitlin warn Barry that Cold can’t be trusted. True to form, Cold has his own agenda that involves the meta-humans trapped in the containment cells. As things seem to be going from bad to worse, The Flash gets reinforcements – Arrow and Firestorm.

The first season is beginning to wrap up as Wells’ plan is coming to light, and that plan forces team Flash to make a mistake that opens up a hell of a potential second season.

It also leads up to a battle between Barry and Wells, with a little help from the Green Arrow and Firestorm. It’s an awesome battle with great use of speed in fighting, though the Arrow and Firestorms’ roles were a bit weak.

For me, the best part of the episode is really the whole section featuring Captain Cold and Golden Glider. Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold is so much fun, and I look forward until the whole Rogues get together for what should be an entertaining time.

The episode really kicked things up, leading into the season finale next week. Lots to look forward to in what is a beyond solid first season.

Overall rating: 8

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