Four New One-Shots Team Up Heroes of the DC Universe
with Popular Characters from ’1970s-Era H-B Cartoons
Hey, Couch Clubbers! I’ve been writing this column through two seasons of The Flash for almost three years and I have so thoroughly enjoyed diving deep on a lot of the weird, lesser known characters. When approaching what to write about for “Run, Iris, Run,” I went back and looked at the archives and was shocked (and a little disappointed in myself), to learn that I haven’t full-on written about Iris West-Allen yet. She’s been featured in many of these #DCTV Couch Club pieces, but never celebrated on her own. So, here we are!
It’s not uncommon for someone to want to step in their husband or wife’s shoes for a day. But we imagine that desire is pretty irresistible when you’re married to a superhero.
In tonight’s episode of The Flash, “Run, Iris, Run,” Iris West unexpectedly finds herself with the Flash’s powers after a run-in with a new bus meta. Barry, on the other hand, winds up completely powerless, leading to him taking on Iris’s role on the team while she suits up and hits the streets.
“Enter Flash Time” starts out the episode building on a concept that was introduced into The Flash television show during “The Trial of the Flash” arc.
“Subject 9,” the title of tonight’s episode, tells us exactly what we are dealing with: the latest bus meta! There’s a small handful of them left for the Thinker to collect, and it seems inevitable that we’re going to be meeting them all in the coming weeks. I’ve been really enjoying these bus metas because they’re each (with the exception of maybe Ralph) weird, under the radar Flash villains that were dug out of comic book history.
If you’re going to be a superhero, you’d better look the part.
As the leader of Team Flash, Iris West knows this as well as anyone. She’s stood alongside Barry through numerous suit updates and was there when Cisco, Caitlin and Ralph all suited up for the first time. But Iris has never worn a super suit herself, until now…
But wait! We know what you’re thinking! Iris doesn’t have powers. She isn’t a superhero.
While this week’s episode title, “True Colors,” might evoke a song that you slow danced to in your youth (okay, maybe that’s just me?), there is so much cool stuff to unpack from it. Even better, almost all of it has to deal with Warden Gregory Wolfe played by the awesome Richard Brooks!
If you didn’t like anything else about this character or this performance, that’s totally fine, but you must admit that Richard Brooks playing Ralph Dibny playing Warden Wolfe was TO. DIE. FOR.