Review: The Flash Season 4 Episode 1 “The Flash Reborn”
“COMING HOME — With Barry (Grant Gustin) in the speed force, Iris (Candice Patton), Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Vibe (Carlos Valdes) have taken over protecting Central City. However, when a powerful armored villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco makes a risky decision to break Barry out of the speed force. However, the Barry that comes out isn’t the same Barry that went in.”
Last season, Barry Allen went into the Speed Force.
During his captivity, Cisco Ramone, Wally West, and Joe West kept Central City safe under the leadership of Iris West. With a new threat, more potent than the team can handle, Cisco reveals his plan to bring back Allen. He recruits Caitlyn Snow to help him. After six months inside the speed force, Barry Allen returns. His return was not without problems; Barry’s mind was scrambled and incoherent. All he wanted to do was write these symbols, possibly a coded formula, on every surface he came in contact. Iris comes up with a gutsy plan to bring Barry back to their reality, and The Flash is Reborn to save the day. At the end of the episode, we see this season’s new villain, DeVoe.
The episode, overall, was pretty good. The team found a way to cope with the absence of Barry. The focus of the story centered around Iris and her inability to let go of Barry despite her actions to the contrary. Caitlyn might be involved in some questionable activities; Killer Frost is still around, and both personas are fighting for control. It seems as though DeVoe knew of Barry’s stay in the Speed Force and created the Super Samurai to bring him back, which is interesting because this might be Barry’s toughest foe who is not a speedster. I like the fact that The Flash is so much faster now and I believe the formula | codes Barry kept writing is the key to defeating DeVoe.