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THE FLASH / 4x01 / The Flash Reborn
[With Barry in the speed force, Iris, Kid Flash, Joe, and Vibe have
taken over protecting Central City. However, when a powerful armored
villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco
makes a risky decision to break Barry out of the speed force. However,
the Barry that comes out isn’t the same Barry that went in.]
Six months have passed, with Barry still in the Speed Force. A Steroid
Samurai arrives in town and wants The Flash and won't settle for the
B-team. Caitlin is somehow Frost-free and tending bar in a dive, looking
like she's aged a decade and dressed like it's Laundry Day at a trailer
park for bikers. And Cisco has recruited her back to the team. With the
band back together, Barry is freed from the Speed Force but
is...rattled. Iris ends up turning herself over to the Samurai because
she has faith that Rattled Barry will save her. In other words, because
she's very stupid. But her move actually ends up working because bad
soap plus bad writing plus a really bad idea equals a quick and happy
and anticlimactic ending, with another of those "Oh, wait, we're running
out of time so just make the problem go away" edicts to the writer of
this one. So yeah, Barry magically recovers because Joe told him that
Iris was in danger. That's it. That's all it took, apparently. And even
better, everyone is perfectly fine with Iris going home alone with Barry
right afterwards. No further testing, no holding him for more
observation, Nope, just let him leave the lab and throw her out there
with him and put her at risk like that. Wait, why was I complaining
again? Then Caitlin goes back to the dive bar to give her no-weeks'
notice and frosts out when a skeevy guy there gives her a hard time. And
finally, we briefly meet the latest Big Bad and his henchman.
Henchwoman. Henchperson. Whatever. The two behind Steroid Samurai, who
turned out to be an android. We're given no real clues about their
ultimate plan, but it serves as an adequate teaser for what's surely to
Some random thoughts:
* At one point, Iris enters the main lab and is talking to Cisco before
even confirming that he's there. Which, of course, he isn't. This one is
right up there with people who begin talking to the person they assume
is at the door even before they've opened the door to confirm who's been
knocking or ringing the bell.
* One of the writers must have read the word "quark" somewhere. Because
* When they confront Steroid Samurai, the police once again show that
they have no clue of what "crossfire" is. But they would have figured it
out quickly enough if they'd all started blasting away at the dude.
* Soon after Barry returns to being Barry and heads off as The Flash,
someone states that he has never run faster. But he's at least five
seconds into this particular run and he's still within city limits
despite running in a straight line.
* This one had terrible CGI throughout. Just terrible. Was it a rush job
or are they cutting costs?
* At one point, Barry rushes off to do his Flash thing and some loose
sheets of paper go flying. It just never seems like a legitimate episode
to me until that happens.
DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW / 3x01 / Aruba-Con
[When the Legends realize that they broke the timeline, Rip Hunter
arrives with his new organization – the Time Bureau – to relieve them of
duty. The Legends are thrilled to get a chance to put the team back
together but a new threat arises when Rory spots Julius Caesar in Aruba.
Sara, Nate and Ray devise a plan to steal the Waverider back from the
Time Bureau in order to try and stop Julius Caesar from conquering the
"I didn't know Men's Wearhouse gave group discounts."
"Your salad sucks."
"We followed a trail of petty larceny reports. He's been holed up on the
beach, running up a room service tab and a serious collection of STDs."
"Alpha team, do you have eyes on Caesar?"
"We came, we saw, we kicked Caesar's ass."
Rip is sporting a new outfit, a new 'do and a new leaderhip role with a
new group of time cops. As such, it's RIF time for our heroes. Six
months after they are cut loose, they're all in dead-end jobs and not
loving life. Except for Rory, who's kicking back in Aruba and bonding
with Caesar. Yes, it's anachronism time, and the others are happy to
quit their jobs and head off to be time heroes once again. They quickly
steal the Waverider and reunite with Jefferson and Stein. They return
Caesar to his proper place in the past, but he gets his hands on the
wrong history book. Hello, new time anomaly! Rip's team shows up to fix
the problem and only makes things worse, so of course our heroes save
the day once again. In the process, Rory liberates some of Rip's new
tech. On the character development front, Stein makes Jefferson happy by
choosing to stay with his Waverider family until his granddaughter is
born, and Nate pines a bit over Amaya who, back in 1942, ends the
episode by doing what she does best against some invaders. I expect her
to be rejoining the team soon.
In short, the season premiere of this one continues the show's habit of
not taking itself too seriously at all and was therefore a gazillion
times more fun and entertaining than the season premiere of THE FLASH.
Jim G. | A fan of the good and the bad, but not the mediocre
"Captain, respectfully submit that the attractiveness of the ship's
occupant makes the rescue imperative." -- Lt. Gordon Malloy, THE ORVILLE