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.
After helping Barry and Jesse stop a nuclear explosion from destroying Central City, Jay Garrick, the Earth-3 Flash, has announced he’s retiring from the business of being a superhero and a new female speedster is taking his place.
The Flash has not shied away from introducing a vast amount of speedsters, and it looks like one more is joining the mix. There’s a female speedster learning from Jay Garrick on Earth-3 to take his place and become the new Flash. Who is it? We don’t know, yet, but there are a variety of comic characters the show could pull into the mix.
Barry (Grant Gustin) meets a powerful woman whose abilities could help him in his battle with DeVoe (guest star Sugar Lyn Beard). Meanwhile, after learning that DeVoe is targeting everyone who was on the bus, Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) decides he doesn’t want to be a hero anymore, his only concern is staying alive.
The Flash Season 4 Episode 14, “Subject 9,” once again delved into DeVoe’s evolving plans with the new metas. This was an entertaining episode, but one that also again suffered from some The Flash’s old and tired tropes. While it still upped the stakes in some interesting ways, especially when it came to Barry’s personal life, it fell flat for numerous reasons.
After hearing that Amunet (guest star Katee Sackhoff) has struck a deal to buy all of the metahumans in Iron Heights, Barry (Grant Gustin) must decide if he should expose his powers in order to save his cellmates.
The Flash Season 4 Episode 13, “True Colors,” was a step in the right direction for the show after its recent stumbles over the last two or three episodes. It offered an intriguing prison break where Barry had to rely on something other than his abilities while upping DeVoe’s threat level to the team and city. It wasn’t perfect, as there were a couple of problems with the plot and some characters, but was a noticeable improvement.
A meta who can shrink anything he touches battles Team Flash. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Ralph (guest star Hartley Sawyer) get caught in his crossfire and are shrunk to miniature versions of themselves.
The Flash Season 4 Episode 12, “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash,” relied heavily on lightness and humor to win out in this story. Some of it succeeded, but some of it also fell flat for me. The story wasn’t really anything we hadn’t seen before either, though there were a couple interesting developments toward the end of the episode.
With Iris and Barry finally tying the knot this season on The Flash, the next inevitable step in their relationship is the birth of their first child, and while it may seem like the writers would want to put that off for as long as possible, it might not be far off to assume Iris is already pregnant.
The Flash hasn’t been shy to rush through many of Barry and Iris’ relationship steps since the two officially got together, and it’s looking like the writers aren’t going to slow down any time soon. As the season progresses, we know Iris will be getting her very own superhero suit on Season 4 Episode 16, which is aptly titled, “Run Iris, Run,” as we can assume Iris will be the speedster hero fighting crime in Central City.
When a familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City, Ralph (guest star Hartley Sawyer) must rise up to defend the innocent while Barry (Grant Gustin) is detained by his trial. Meanwhile, Barry searches for the strength to keep his optimism alive in the face of his new circumstances.
The Flash Season 4 Episode 11, “The Elongated Knight Rises,” offered a different type of episode for the season—one where Flash did not suit up again or even feature the DeVoes. Rather, it focused on Ralph Dibny’s growing role as a superhero and one of the few protectors in Central City now that Flash is behind bars. The episode saw the return of one of Flash’s oldest foes, Trickster. This time, Trickster was teaming up with his mother though, played by Corinne Bohrer (who played Prank in the 90’s Flash series alongside Mark Hamill). Together, they took on Ralph just as he was starting to feel overconfident in his role as a hero. However, this was a pretty mediocre episode considering Ralph was finally given a proper superhero suit and name.
After being framed for a murder he didn’t commit, Barry is put on trial, and the outcome is, well, less than shocking. What does this mean for the series going forward?
The Flash Season 4 Episode 10, “The Trial of The Flash,” was an entertaining episode that upped the anger Flash was in as well as DeVoe’s threat level, but it was also a bit frustrating at times. By the episode’s conclusion, the threat of Barry staying in prison and how the team will handle this new twist in their lives wasn’t really overwhelming, because we know he’ll get out and they’ll manage to save the day somehow, so it just lacked the flare that the story should have had.
The Flash Season 4 will return with Barry and the team left in a very precarious place. When we left them, Barry had just been framed by DeVoe for his own murder, having transferred his consciousness into the body of one of the new metas. The team, and Central City itself, could be without the Flash for a while with him in jail and DeVoe roaming free and more dangerous than ever.
The Flash Season 4 brought a lot of the magic of Season 1 back, but it didn’t quite reach the potential of what it could be yet again. So, here’s what we think can make the latter half of the season even better than the first, and even better than Season 1.