SEASON FINALE – Team Flash gets help from a surprising ally in their battle against DeVoe (Neil Sandilands).
The Flash Season 4 Episode 23, “We Are The Flash,” brought an end to DeVoe’s reign of terror as Flash and the team were pressed to come up with a way to prevent the Enlightenment from coming to fruition before the entire planet was dumbed down. The finale was entertaining enough, though somewhat predictable in its proceedings. It still delivered a fairly entertaining episode in an otherwise lackluster season.
With DeVoe’s Enlightenment device nearly complete, in order to disable it The Flash (Grant Gustin) and his team must put their faith in an unlikely ally – Amunet Black (guest star Katee Sackhoff). Meanwhile, Harry (Tom Cavanagh) hits an all-time low when the “Council of Wells” kicks him out but then Cisco (Carlos Valdes) introduces him to the “Council of Harrisons.”
The Flash Season 4 Episode 21, “Harry and the Harrisons,” once again failed to really impress or advance the endgame in any major way. While the main plot with Flash, Caitlin, and Amunet Black was good enough, the time devoted to Harry and the new Council of Harrisons not only seemed like a waste, but was cringeworthy.
With The Flash Season 4 focusing on Ralph’s journey to heroism, Iris’ new role as the leader of Team Flash and Harry’s brilliant mind being their “best option” for taking on The Thinker, Caitlin and Cisco have drifted to the background.
It’s disappointing, because their characters have been irreplaceable members of Team Flash from the very beginning. Whether as Caitlin and Cisco or as their heroic alter egos (if Caitlin gets her powers back), the two could easily be incorporated into every aspect of Team Flash’s process, so there’s no excuse for not utilizing their skills and abilities to save the day.
Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash team up with Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) to try to thwart Thinker’s plan. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Gypsy have a heart to heart to talk about their relationship.
The Flash Season 4 Episode 20, “Therefore She Is,” finally brought viewers to the endgame as DeVoe’s plan was revealed to Flash and his team. There were some good moments here, but they were once again hampered by more problems that have become too common as of late on the series. It’s a shame since this could have been a stronger episode otherwise.
When Barry (Grant Gustin) needs help transporting a dangerous meta, he calls on a new friend for help – Leo Snart AKA Citizen Cold (guest star Wentworth Miller). Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) becomes suspicious of Harry (Tom Cavanagh).
The Flash Season 4 Episode 19, “Fury Rogue,” wasn’t necessarily an improvement for the season, but gave an entertaining episode that saw the return of Wentworth Miller as the Earth-X version of Captain Cold and Katie Cassidy as the Earth-X doppelgänger of Laurel Lance, one of the last super-powered Nazis left in that universe. The episode was elevated thanks to the guest stars, but they weren’t enough to make Flash bounce back.
When Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash find a way to enter The Thinker’s lair, Ralph (guest star Hartley Sawyer) considers crossing a dangerous line to defeat DeVoe.
After the disappointment of the previous episode, The Flash Season 4 Episode 18, “Lose Yourself,” was a marked improvement, even if it did feature some of the same problems plaguing the show’s current season. With the help of a tight story and shocking moments, the set-up for the final few episodes of Season 4 has generated some more excitement for DeVoe’s endgame.
Barry (Grant Gustin) and Ralph (guest star Hartley Sawyer) take different approaches to finding the remaining bus metas before DeVoe gets to them. However, Ralph’s cavalier attitude frustrates Barry and the two clash over what it means to be a hero.
The Flash Season 4 Episode 17, “Null and Annoyed,” certainly had an apt title for my feelings towards this episode. After weeks of being on hiatus, Flash returned with an episode that was both annoying and frustrating at several points, and a factor which was made all the more frustrating because it was directed by Kevin Smith. There were some moments that excited me, but otherwise, that was an extremely lackluster and aggravating story.
Team Flash confronts a new bus meta, Matthew AKA Melting Pot (guest star Leonardo Nam), with the ability to swap people’s DNA. During a battle with Team Flash, Harold transfers Barry’s (Grant Gustin) super speed to Iris (Candice Patton). Now, with a new threat unleashed on Central City, Barry must act as the team leader while Iris takes on the mantle of superhero speedster in order to defeat their new foe.
The Flash Season 4 Episode 16, “Run, Iris, Run,” saw Barry’s powers get transferred over to Iris, making her Central City’s new speedster, while the rest of the team tried to figure out how to reverse the switch. While it didn’t reach the highs of last week’s episode, Iris’ hero’s journey told a rather entertaining and intriguing story.
When a nuclear bomb detonates in downtown Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin), Jesse Quick (guest star Violett Beane) and Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp) slow down time by entering Flashtime. As everyone in the city is frozen, the three speedsters push themselves to the breaking point to save the city and everyone in it.
Noted in our recent reviews of The Flash how repetitive some of the plots have been and the lack of strong character development or story progression. This is one reason why The Flash Season 4 Episode 15, “Enter Flashtime,” was such a huge breath of fresh air, and not only the best episode of Season 4 yet, but one of the best episodes of the series overall.