After a long wait, The Flash is finally back and it feels good. The fourth season of the popular CW show premiered last night, and it a lot happened. Let’s dig into this episode and dissect the return of The Flash.
From the beginning of the episode it’s clear Iris has taken the lead of Team Flash (Kid Flash or Vibe?). The team now consists of her, Wally West (Kid Flash), Joe, and Cisco (Vibe). They’re out to capture the villain Peak-a-Boo, with Kid Flash, Joe, and Vibe on the ground tracking her down. The scene is pretty entertaining, with some neat action featuring the two heroes. With that being said, the dialogue is pretty cheesy and weak. The quips and jokes didn’t really land for me, something I think the rest of the episode suffered from a bit from but not as much.
Once they capture the villain, a little bit after another flies by; Samuroid. He comes out of nowhere, demanding for The Flash or else. This leads to Cisco with the brilliant idea of bringing Barry back from the speed force, mainly because he was developing a plan for months. This all happens way too quick for me, even for a show called “The Flash” I like a little bit more build up. Within fifteen minutes of the episode, the team is already trying to get Barry back. It’s certainly not enough time to feel the affect his 6 month absence had the team.
Caitlin Snow is also back, she’s apparently honed her powers for now and works at bar. There’s explanation for how and why that is, but I assume it’s something that will be addressed later on. Cisco gets her back and they try to get Barry back from the speed force, but it seemingly fails. Yet it didn’t, as Barry pops up bare naked miles away from Central City and the cops pick him up.
He’s BACK….well sort of. It’s obvious the venture in the speed force has seriously affected Barry’s brain; with him drawing random symbols on any wall he can find. He’s definitely not right in his mind but there’s a hint of the old Barry in him, his behavior is pretty crazy. I have to point out Grant Gustin’s performance, it was as weird as it was brilliant. He was convincingly insane, which is a complement. He was a shining point in the episode, but it doesn’t mean the rest of the cast was weak. In fact, I think the whole cast did great, but the dialogue wasn’t. They did the best they could, and I truly don’t blame them for the problems.
After he came back, the last half of the episode felt stronger and I can’t help but feel that the episode was very rushed. I though it was obvious how the writers wanted to force the story to have Barry back ASAP and have things back to normal. This is a shame, as I would have liked to see a bit more development of the team before he’s back to normal; something that happens pretty quickly.
After a few monologues from the characters, Iris decides to let herself be captured by the Samuroid (this name is growing on me). Barry snaps out of it and saves in a neat action full of VFX. The moment is actually pretty cool as he is noticeably faster this time around and has a new much better looking suit. He’s now officially back and although it felt a rushed, can’t help but feel excited for what’s to come next.
Before I talk about the ending, I have to point out something. When Caitlin turns to Kiler Frost for a quick minute at the bar, why in the freezer was she acting like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze? The dialogue was atrocious when it felt like it should have been more serious. The whole scene feels out of place, which is disspointing because I think her character is very interesting and deserving of more development. Nonetheless, it could’ve been worse but it should’ve been so, so much better.
At the very end, we find out where the Samuroid came from; this season’s big bad The Thinker. He looks pretty neat, especially the make-up and prosthetics but the full leather suit looks cheap. Beyond that, having a maiin vllain not be a speedster will be a nice change of speed, so I’m looking forward to what the showrunners have come up with regarding him.
In conclusion, the premiere fell flat for the most part. It had its moment, particulary in the last half. But I see hope in the rest of the season with Barry back and the gang seems to back like in the good old days. I’m ready for some fun and entertaining Flash episodes, and it seems like we’re getting back to that. Time will tell…
The Flash is on The CW every Tuesday 8/7 c.