FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 4×18- “Lose Yourself”

The Flash (4×18)- “Lose
Written by:          Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza
Directed by:        Hanelle M Culpepper
This week’s
episode features the search for Edwin Gauss aka The Folded Man.  Gauss has been reimagined as a hippy teleporter
and that makes him incredibly important to DaVoe since it would mean he could teleport
even without his chair and for Team Flash since he uses Pocket Dimensions and
that would get them into DaVoe’s lair.
But that’s
really just the window dressing since the primary thrust of this episode is the
eternal hero’s debate in comics: To Kill vs Not to Kill.  Ralph is very much in the kill camp as he thinks
the only good Thinker is a dead Thinker. 
Unsurprisingly, Barry has been down this road before and he knows from
experience that killing the villain causes as many if not more problems than it
I thought
this was handled very well, so many times when the title character is in
conflict with someone we’re shown the argument only from the title character’s
point of view.  In this case, both Barry
and Ralph are presented in a sympathetic manner.
Really this
is Ralph’s time to shine; he’s completed his hero’s journey and is in command
of his abilities and confident it who he has become.  Just in time for the DaVoes to attack the Lab
and kick the team’s asses.  Marlize beats
Iris in a fight (though she has a cool moment where she stabs herself with
Marlize’s sword to get to her.) Harry takes himself out trying to supercharge
his thinking cap with Dark Matter and DaVoe gets his hands on all the bus metas…
Including Ralph.
With Ralph’s
body, his powers and training as well as the others DaVoe is now powerful
enough to contain the dark matter that was destroying all his previous hosts
and he escapes after taking Caitlin’s powers away.
Even better,
DaVoe has siphoned Dark Matter from the accelerator and he plans to use it to
start the Enlightenment and kill Team Flash in one stroke…
I guess this
is the end of Act II because it certainly feels like a low point.  This was a good episode, I was a bit
surprised that they killed off Ralph, I had been expecting it in the final two
or three episodes but this felt a bit early. 
So early it feels like a bit of a feint and I’m expecting Ralph to come
back in the end now.
I didn’t
really discuss the B-plot of Joe confronting Harry on his addiction to the
Thinking Cap.  Mostly because nothing was
really settled with it and if it wasn’t just something for this episode I hope
for it to go somewhere down the line and not as just another “addiction is
bad” story.
Like I said,
good episode.  Not “great” or
even “really good” just “good.”  A sold B- or if I were to use a five star
Things We Learned:
  1. Cisco
    has built a weapon using sound to defeat DaVoe.
  2. DaVoe
    has absorbed all the Bus Metas, including Ralph, which allowed him to resume
    his original form.
  3. Caitlin
    is free of Killer Frost… Just when that was no longer what she wanted.
  1. What
    is going to happen to Harry after the Thinking Cap overload?
  2. Can
    Caitlin get her powers back?
  3. I’ve
    been incredibly patient so when are they going to tell us what the Hell the
    Enlightenment is?

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