Long Live the Flash!
Welcome to the breakdown of “The Flash.” Last night was the season 4 premiere and I have a lot of thoughts on it. Without further ado, let’s break it down.
The season starts off six months after the events of the season 3 finale. Iris is moving forward with her life while Joe, Cisco, and Wally are defending the city from evil. Oh, and Caitlin is a bartender that isn’t evil. Shit gets bananas when a samurai threatens to destroy Central City unless the Flash fights him. Cisco devises a plan to bring back Barry. When they bring him back, he isn’t like anything from before. He’s speaking in gibberish and leaving symbols on the walls. It wasn’t until Iris puts herself in the line of danger that Barry snaps back into it and saves the day. It turns outs the samurai sent by people from the future who are looking to change what Savitar did.
Is it just me or is the DC universe just ripping plots from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer?” Barry coming back and then not being himself is just like when Willow and the gang rose Buffy from the grave and she was out of it for most of the episode. It wasn’t until the ones they love are in trouble that they finally back to it. It will be interesting if Barry will also be like Buffy throughout the season. Buffy was ripped from heaven by her friends and had to deal with the harshness of living. If they do this with Barry, then it will be an interesting season. That might be too dark for “The Flash.” If this was “Arrow,” they would be all over that shit.
Playing the part of the depressed character that is holding it together and not letting it all out goes to Iris, who is keeping herself busy in order to deal with the fact that Barry is no longer with them. It was like what Kara did but Iris let herself feel a tad bit more. Iris used it to fuel her work and not hinder her life. Between “The Flash” and “Supergirl,” we’ve seen two different ways to deal with grief. One that doesn’t deal and shuts herself out of the world and another that uses that grief to fuel her work and continue what her partner’s work.
“The Flash” continues on with what appears to be the theme of the DC premieres: new beginnings or rebirth. They rushed too fast into bringing Barry back into the fold. It would have been nice to actually see them have to deal without for more than 15 minutes. They did the same thing last season with Flashpoint. They rushed it instead letting the events unfold for a while. It would be nice to see things as they happen. This premiere was still better than the one for “Supergirl.”It didn’t drag and it was interesting enough to where I was entertained and engaged.