Season 4 of The Flash has definitely been the season of bus metas! Since we returned from the brief break in the season, I have found it deeply satisfying to finish counting down and meeting these staple Flash and DC Comics characters.
Welcome back, Couch Clubbers! For a show that’s all about going fast, this hiatus seemed to take FOREVER.
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.
This week’s Flash is really all there in the title: “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash.” I want to give major props to the show for finding a way to revisit the Savitar LEGO set from last season while still managing to editorialize the fact that keeping this model around in the first place is deeply dark and upsetting.
On tonight’s episode of The Flash, hilariously titled “The Elongated Knight Rises,” we unearth a lot of really cool #DCTV Secrets (aka Easter Eggs) brought to the small screen for the first time. Not only is Barry Allen undergoing a pretty big change and we’re having to see him adapt to his new surroundings in prison, but he is straddled with living up to the legacy laid out by Henry Allen during his time behind bars.
The Flash returns to television this week! Hooray! After leaving us on such an awesome cliffhanger in the midseason finale, I have been dying to see where the show was going to pick back up. If you are (or ever have been), an avid Flash reader, then you know Barry Allen has a classic, defining storyline called “The Trial of the Flash.” It was after this storyline that this midseason premiere was named. This classic storyline also provides the spine for the narrative upon which tonight’s episode was built.
Has it been a year already? 2017 has reached its end, but before we dive into 2018, we’d like to take a moment and look back. For DC fans, 2017 was a remarkable year in comics, film and TV. Our characters reached new milestones and audiences, our writers and artists achieved remarkable new heights and our universe continued to grow in surprising new ways. And yet, within it all, several moments stood out for their importance and relevance. Some of them were groundbreaking, others were a welcome return. All of them are worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.