Streaming Consciousness: The Flash Season 4

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The Flash Season 4The Flash has been one of my favorite characters within the DC universe for a very long time. I got in on the ground floor of the Wally West post-Crisis days when Barry was gone and Wally dropped Kid-Flash and became The Flash. I watched The Flash tv series in the 90’s starring John Wesley Shipp as a hybrid of Barry Allen and Wally West – he had most of Barry’s story, but Wally’s metabolism weakness (he had to eat a lot to maintain it), along with Amanda Pays as Tina McGee, the S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who helps him figure out how to effectively use his power.

The CW series was a no brainer for me, and I’ve watched it religiously since. Having said that, Season 3 was difficult. Barry, played by Grant Gustin, became a little too dark and serious for my tastes. In my opinion, he was emulating Oliver Queen. Whether that was by design on the part of the writers, I’m not sure. Maybe they were just trying something different, but it came off as him trying to be Oliver – and it didn’t work. The season ended with Barry trapped inside the speed force, and everyone really down.

Enter Season 4, now available on Netflix, and we get a much needed infusion of humor again. Mostly thanks to the introduction of private detective Ralph Dibny, who becomes a metahuman known as The Elongated Man. Hilarity ensues, and I was much, much happier with Season 4 over all. It took a little time to get over the hump from Season 3, but once they did, well – they ran with it…

Lots going on in this season, between the Thinker orchestrating the creation of a busload (literally) of metas whose powers he would be able to combine and use for his own nefarious purposes. You also had the inevitable and extremely well-done cross over event with Supergirl, Arrow and Legends (Supergirl (part 1) Season 3, Episode 8, Arrow (part 2) Season 6, Episode 8, The Flash (part 3) Season 4, Episode 8, and Legends of Tomorrow (part 4) Season 3, Episode 8), that saw our Arrowverse heroes kicking some Nazi butt! I may have to write one of these posts specifically about those episodes, cuz damn, they were good.

But the best part was how everyone seemed to relax a little and have fun with the show. Again, I don’t know if this was something that was decided ahead of time or how it all worked out to be this way, but it was brilliant and really amped up the fun factor with me for the show this year. Even the villains this season were running with it, which is brilliant.

So to quote the quote so often said within the show… Run Barry… RUN!

Trailer: (doesn’t do this season justice…)

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