We’re almost to the finish line. The Flash‘s less than stellar Season 4 comes to an end next week, until then we got the penultimate episode last night. The battle against DeVoe is nearing its finale minutes and Team Flash is gearing up for an intense final battle with him. Let’s unpack this week’s episode!
(Before we begin, I have to bring up my thoughts on Iris revealing DeVoe to the public. At first, I thought it was a good idea, but I now remember that The Thinker has the powers to control the internet plus his human form. This seems like an oversight from the writers, but I’m not gonna hold it against them. Definitely not the worst thing to happen this season let’s be honest. Anyways, back to the present.)
Diggle, played by David Ramsey, makes a small appearance in the opening. He always shines in his role so it’s nice to have him back here. His presence is due to The Thinker shapeshifting into him to break into A.R.G.U.S. This leads into perhaps the best action scene in the season thus far. In a mostly one-shot sequence, DeVoe uses all of his powers to take out the guards and it’s pretty glorious. The best part is that you can tell Neil Sandilands did it all mostly himself, with some CGI of course.
After that, we head back to S.T.A.R. Labs and watch the gang try to figure out how to stop DeVoe from launching his satellites. They ramble on for a bit but easily the best part is when Cisco makes an awesome Legion of Doom and SuperFriends reference in one breath. The worst part is when they play up Harrison Wells’ loss of intelligence for laughs, or at least try to do so. Still not sure what they are going for here, am I supposed to feel bad or just laugh at him? I don’t think the writers know as well.
The real Diggle assists the team since he has majors ties to A.R.G.U.S., which is pretty important, you know, they have been harboring the “Fallout” metahuman. This (somehow) leads to Barry wanting to break into the facility(with hostages) and possibly become fast enough to go through The Thinker’s portal. For as much as the showrunners tried to make this season more than about becoming faster to defeat the villain, they’ve resorted back to that simple concept yet again. There is a cool part to this, Caitlin and Cisco have figured out a way so that they can travel with Barry in “Flashtime”. This means they can tap into his speed force and go as fast as him for a little bit, if it works this gives them time to rescue the hostages.
While they get the hang of it, we spend some time with Cecile and Joe. Her powers are now allowing her to inhabit other peoples minds as she reads them, another side effect of the pregnancy. The continued ridiculousness of this situation is nothing out of the ordinary for this season, but I think it’s also become obvious she’s gonna be the key to stopping DeVoe.
Wells and Iris are now investigating the past of Marlize, DeVoe’s wife to figure out where she may be. Harrison has the idea of trying to turn her on their side, but Iris brings up a good point as to not do it. This was a legitimately well-executed scene that gave some reason as to why dumbing down Harrison was the only way to figure this out. After this, we get a scene with Barry teaching Cisco and Caitlin that goes by too quick, accompanied by Joe dealing with Cecile in a scene that could’ve been cut entirely. A penultimate episode of a season shouldn’t have nonsensical scenes like this that only slow down the plot in unnecessary ways.
Barry’s struggle with pushing Cisco and Caitlin to conquers the ways of the speed force should be the main focus of this episode. Instead, it really doesn’t feel it until the very end, when things finally pick up. The Flash and squad complete their mission successfully, destroying the satellites and seemingly foiling DeVoe’s plan. But wait, there’s more, obviously since DeVoe is really good at thinking this isn’t the end of his plan just yet. The Thinker is now able to hack into S.T.A.R. Labs and control their satellites. This not only allows him to starts the enlightenment but also shows how incompetent they are in securing the facility.
Even with its many pitfalls, this is a fine episode for The Flash. The action is great, Neil Sandilands steals every scene he’s in and Iris/Wells have some good moments. The story is a bit all over the place as per usual, which means they really have to try hard in order to complete this season with a bang. They really have to deliver next week and give a proper ending to the Think/Flash storyline.