Previously on The Flash, “Mixed Signals”
For such a light and silly episode, a lot of deep shit went down.
Our meta-human of the week: Rebecca Sharpe, whose codename might be Jinx or Hazard, but I’m calling her Becky with the Good Luck. Prior to three weeks ago, Becky had the worst luck. Nothing ever went her way. She even lost her job after being sexually harassed, which… sounds about right in America. Then, she caught a bus that was blasted with dark matter and became a meta-human whose power grants her extraordinary good luck.
This would be kind of cool if she didn’t immediately start using her power to rob banks. The closer Team Flash gets to apprehending her, the worse their luck becomes. Well, except Wally, who was dumped by Jessie before they’d even heard of Becky with the Good Luck. Becky’s power expands, causing harm and damage throughout the city until it threatens to cause another particle accelerator explosion. Wells, the bearer of Wally’s bad news, manages to stop it.
Even When They Do Good, They Fuck Something Up
Why was dark matter floating around all willy nilly? Becky’s bus was right in the path of Barry’s exit from the Speed Force. Everyone on the bus (including the Kilgore killer from last week) was affected. They know there were a dozen people on the bus; with two in custody, they’re now looking for ten other meta-humans.
Harry proposes a cause and effect connection between recent events: the Samuroid was sent to get The Flash, which caused Cisco to free Barry, which caused the metas. The Thinker anticipated the team would figure this part out, just not so soon. Fingers crossed they figure out sooner than later that:
1. If this is all going according to someone else’s plan, maybe they shouldn’t put these bus meta-humans in the same prison and
2. The Thinker has been surveilling them through the Samuroid’s mask, which they keep in S.T.A.R. Labs… for reasons.
Up to Speed
In case you were still doubting the show’s lighter direction, they were like, “Laser tag, motherfuckers!” That’s apparently a thing Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin do before eating at a food truck. I dig it.
Speaking of, Candice Patton and Grant Gustin flexed their comedic muscles once again this week when, worried that their bad luck might mean they’ll never get married, Iris convinces Barry to have a quickie (ceremony) at the tail-end of a funeral service. They don’t go through with it because November sweeps and crossovers.
When Becky’s ex was screaming about the hot soup and live lobsters, did that sound like Tom Cavanagh to anyone else?
I know I said that the show needed to find something to do with Wally, but I didn’t mean for them to write him off — especially in such a bullshit way. After having his heart broken, Wally went to Earth-2 so Jessie could break up with him in person. He noticed that no one seemed to notice he was gone. If Jessie needs to figure out who she is without being in a relationship, Wally decides maybe he should as well. In another city.
I mean, I guess.
My problem isn’t that Wally would do this — I believe that he would — I just hate that it came out of nowhere and that EVERYONE basically Kanye-shrugged it off. Sure, he’s a speedster and can be back home in a flash (heh), but considering how often they’re targeted by mega-villains, and that his sister is getting married, and that he’s in school, and that he’s part of a crime-fighting team, you would think they’d give this whole development some serious consideration and conversation. In my house, we put more thought into whether we’re going to order from Pizza Hut or Papa John’s. Also, it sucks that Jessie is apparently leading her own team on Earth-2, yet Wally needs to leave to find himself.
At the very least, we should have had more signs that this was a possibility. Instead of it being a throwaway line, maybe Wally should have had serious questions as to why Barry got a new and improved suit while he was in the Speed Force forever (or at least they thought he wasn’t coming home), and Wally, who was THE Flash of Central City for six months, didn’t get so much as a new pair of boots. This way, his departure doesn’t feel like that time Henry Allen got out of jail after 15 years and left town to go fishing… for months.
But Wait; There’s More
Cecile is pregnant! Didn’t see that coming, but I like it. This show has several unconventional family dynamics that mirror real life. There could be lots of great stories to mine from two people who thought they were done raising kids finding themselves expecting a baby.
That said, I’ma need Barry and Iris to hurry up and
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The Flash S4E3 Review Score
"Luck Be a Lady"
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keinynan Lonsdale