FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 4×23- “We Are the Flash”

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The Flash (4×23)- “We Are the
Flash “
Written by:          Todd Helbing & Eric Wallace
Directed by:        David McWhirter
 
“Once more unto the breach, dear
friends…” -William Shakespeare, Henry the V, Act III
 
Another
season comes to a close.
 
Another
climatic battle for the souls of men and the cause of freedom; this time quite
literally as the Thinker intended to use his powers and the combined intellect
of himself and the Speed Force through Barry to reeducate mankind without that
pesky free will.  After three seasons of
villains trying to destroy time and space, it’s kind of refreshing for the
villain to only want to rule us with an iron fist.
 
Most of that
big battle took place within the Thinker’s mind and allowed us to bring Ralph
back from the dead.  Not terribly
surprising since they’d later go on to paraphrase Wrath of Khan and Star Trek
practically invented the end of episode/season reset button to get out of a
character death, also since I’d grown to like Ralph I’m happy to play along.
 
Like
previous seasons this episodes left us with hints at the future.  Singh offering Barry his job back, Wally
being at peace with himself and the birth of Joe and Cecile’s daughter but
there were several I see as pretty important.
 
First when
Cecile showed us a hint of what’s going on in Caitlin’s head and what the
meaning of her repressed memory of Killer Frost might mean.  Second is the now traditional departure of a
Harrison Wells as with his now normal intellect Harry doesn’t seem to want to
stay and help Team Flash anymore.
 
Then of
course there’s the BIG hook for next season. 
Nora Allen.  She is the time
travelling speedster daughter of Barry and Iris, she help Barry take care of
the crashing satellite and she’s “made a big, big mistake.”  I assume this means she will be a large part
of at least the first act of Season Five.
 
All said and
done it was a pretty satisfying season finale, even if it felt a bit uninspired.  This brings up two big questions:
 
How was this
season as a whole?
 
And
 
Did they
correct the slide they had in Season Three? 
 
I think the
answer to both is yes.  They didn’t reach
the heights of Season Two but they told a story I enjoyed and the characters
they introduced didn’t throw a wrench in the cast’s chemistry and in the case
of Hartley Sawyer, I grew to genuinely like. 
I hated the villain for the right reasons and felt I’m looking forward
to see where our heroes go next so yes, it was a good season.
 
That was
just a bit too padded in places. 
 
I suppose
this is our good-bye for now but like Grant and the gang I’ll be back and
hopefully I’ll figure out how to keep the reviews short but still bring back
some of our favorite review memes: Good News/Bad News is too cruel a mistress
to fall into the ashes of history.
 
 
Things We Learned:
 
  1. The
    Thinker has been defeated, Barry’s suspension from the CCPD is over and Harry’s
    mind has been restored.
  2. Ralph
    has also regained control of his body.
  3. Marlize
    has been allowed to go free.
  4. Cisco
    and Harry like Wrath of Khan (The Motion Picture is still better!)
  5. Iris
    doesn’t know the difference between Trek and Wars. (I told you Patty was the
    better woman for Barry!)
  6. Barry
    and Iris’ daughter from the future has revealed herself to the team.
 
Questions:
 
  1. Why
    did Nora come back in time?
  2. Why
    hasn’t she left?
  3. Is
    she stuck in the present?
  4. What
    did Caitlin do using her powers as a child that forced her to repress the
    memory?
  5. Who
    is Thomas?
  6. Will
    Harry’s intellect return?
  7. Will
    Harry return?
  8. Will
    Wally return?
  9. Last
    but not least, did Ralph retain all those powers DaVoe slammed into his body?
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Jason Thompson

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Jason Thompson
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