Synopsis: Barry is brought out of the Speed Force to help fight an armored villain, but he isn’t the same person.
Review: Six months have passed since the events of the season three finale and Barry is still in the Speed Prison within the Speed Force. In his absence, the crime fighting in Central City is being carried out by Cisco aka Vibe and Wally West aka Kid Flash. They are both being led by Iris and Joe West is providing police support.
Unfortunately Kid Flash and Vibe are not anywhere near as good as the Flash was at taking down metahumans and when a Samurai gives them an ultimatum to bring him the real Flash. That is exactly what they set about doing, but before doing so Cisco needs to recruit some help from Caitlin Frost who has been tending a bar. Eventually with the use of a new toy called the Speed Force Bazooka the team manages to bring Barry back, but as ever things are not as straightforward as they seem.
As premiere episodes go this wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t the best we’ve seen either.
The Samurai was always going to be a somewhat one-note villain and as things turned out he’d served his purpose by the close of the episode, which was to bring Barry Allen back to Central City. The fun part was the reveal of who it was that has created the Samurai robot in the first place. I honestly did not think we’d see the villain of the piece this early in the season.
Grant Gustin does a great job of showing us a Barry Allen that has gone pretty much off the rails insofar as his language skills. By the close of the episode he is telling Iris that he feels reborn, but at what cost will this rebirth come.
It was great to see Caitlin Snow back, but more fun to see that she has not completely shaken off the remnants of Killer Frost. I’m pretty sure the question most will be asking is what she has been up to in the six months since we last seen her. And what connection does she have with the rather rough looking character at the bar where she was working.
Overall a promising beginning, but nothing overly spectacular as yet.
- Incidental Music9.5