Previously on The Flash, “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”
For Black History Month, The Flash turned a White man into a Black man and turned a Black man into a White woman. What a time to be alive. Can an episode be both stupid and good? I enjoyed “True Colors,” but it was dumb. Just really dumb. Dumb for no damn reason.
If The Thinker knows all and there’s no such thing as a coincidence, are we to assume that every coincidental event is part of his plan? And why didn’t he know that Amunet (Katee Sackhoff) would attempt to buy the bus metas he created and then corralled into Iron Heights? Why didn’t he know that Warden Wolfe (Richard Brooks) had a secret meta-human wing where he held metas he sold to Amunet?
Conveniently, Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) is with Iris when she goes to visit Barry and she reads Wolfe’s thought as he spins some yarn about why Barry isn’t able to receive visitors. Armed with the truth (he’s going to sell Barry and the other bus metas to Amunet), Iris and Cecile return to S.T.A.R. Labs where the team realizes there’s not much they can do; how do you explain Cecile’s power to Singh? Well, you could have Cecile prove her power to Singh and then set up a sting operation before the sale, but that would be too much like right. I mean, it’s not like they live in a world with super beings or anything.
The team decides on a riskier plan: Ralph, using his newfound identity-morphing powers, will pose as Wolfe, meet with Amunet, and call off the deal. This almost works, but he’s unable to hold up the charade through the whole meeting and has to bail. Thankfully, Barry has rallied his fellow slaves into a revolt and they attempt to leave the prison through underground tunnels.
It all comes to a head in the prison yard when the metas are confronted by Wolfe and Amunet. It’s Becky with the Good Luck (Sugar Lyn Beard) who saves the day as she uses her powers to cause a series of calamitous events that incapacitate Wolfe, his men, and Amunet. She even stops the other metas from turning on Barry when Wolfe reveals that Barry is The Flash. DeVoe was right: Becky’s power may be the most valuable of all the bus metas. Maybe that’s why he kills the others, but inhabits her body after absorbing all of their powers.
Barry refuses to go with Cisco and Killer Frost when they breach in to rescue him. He trusts that they will get him out the right way, and zooms back to his cell. At his appeal hearing, everyone is shocked when DeVoe wheels into the room, alive and well, and claiming not to know what happened. It’s really Ralph, and it works. Barry is sent home.
Marlize is less than pleased with her husband for killing people, including Wolfe. Now in Becky’s body, DeVoe keeps his promise to “erase all doubt from her mind” and spikes Marlize’s drink with The Weeper’s tears. Marlize is suddenly in love and compliant.
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Becky as DeVoe should be a lot of fun, but there wasn’t enough build up to the DeVoes turning against one another. Maybe if the show spent time focusing on them in episodes other than the ones in which they do something big, this would have felt earned. Marlize had taken to hiding her thoughts from her husband. Why?
Nice to see the team FINALLY start to question why DeVoe picked these metas to create and then gather in the same place. Still, why the hell did he need them in prison to begin with?
I’m so glad Barry is out of prison. I couldn’t take another episode like the last three.
How many times will Ralph need reminding that the power was within him all along?
For real though, who taught Barry how to do hash marks?
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The Flash S4E13 Review Score
The Flash – S4E13 – “True Colors” | Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keinynan Lonsdale, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet