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The Flash Advance Review: “The Flash Reborn” & “Mixed Signals”

FlashTVNews reviews the first two episodes of The Flash Season 4.

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The fourth season of The Flash begins tonight at 8PM on The CW! The network has made the first two episodes of the season, tonight’s “The Flash Reborn” and next week’s “Mixed Signals,” available to press, and we have some thoughts! Read on.

“The Flash Reborn” – October 10, 2017

“The Flash Reborn” kicks off Season 4 with promises that the new year won’t be as dark and dour as last year’s downer season did. I admit, my love for The Flash waned a bit because part of what made the show so special was Barry Allen’s optimism.

In tonight’s show, a villain comes demanding a battle with The Flash, and the team has to figure out what to do to stop him. Should they send Wally? Or… should they try to get Barry back? It shouldn’t be considered a spoiler that they do find a way to make it work… though the science of it all is really confusing, and things working out as they do is awfully convenient.

While I am glad Iris has taken on a leadership role at STAR Labs, I almost wish she rather than Cisco was the one who believed that he was still alive and coming back. Candice Patton does, of course, do a great job with the material she is given, as is Carlos Valdes; I think I just wished Iris had been the one to believe all this time, that Barry always makes his way back.

I also have to wonder: If they need a Flash to face this Samurai so badly, why not call up Gypsy to help them find a speedster Barry from another Earth? After all, they found a dozen different Harrison Wells? In a way, I’m glad the show stopped leaning on that “other universes” trope, but it still might’ve done the trick.

Also, yes, it’s nice to see Caitlin again and acting normal and friendly with her peers. Again, no need for downer characters here anymore. Happy Barry, Happy Iris, Happy Caitlin, Happy Cisco, Happy Joe, Happy Wally: That’s the show I want. (And Happy Wells when he decides to show up.)

All in all, “The Flash Reborn” gets all the pieces working again, but it’s the next week’s show, “Mixed Signals,” that’s more exciting to me.

“Mixed Signals” – October 17, 2017

The second episode of The Flash Season 4 is more of the kind of Flash I want to see. Barry’s happy to be The Flash, and Cisco’s made him a new suit with some cool gadgets that weren’t revealed in the spoiler photos. There’s no time travel nonsense, and the only dimensional travel comes in the form of Gypsy.

Barry has fun with his powers when he gets up in the morning with what might be one of the most amusing sequences of the show to date… but… something’s off. He and Iris need to talk. So they go to a therapist played by Donna Pescow! If anyone knows that love conquers all, it would be her. The best part of this is that finally, after four years of “brb gotta speed away,” Iris finally gets to say what’s on her mind.

Meanwhile, the “dangerous meta” from the episode description is Kilg%re from the William Messner-Loebs era of Flash comics, and Cisco is having relationship problems of his own, all while getting advice from a certain female friend.

Beyond the optimism, I love that Team Flash is back. The producers promised “back to basics” and I feel like that’s what’s happening here. There’s still a Wells-sized hole at STAR Labs but we’ll see when that gets resolved.

So… check out the premiere tonight to see how Barry comes back. But even if the premiere is not to your liking, stick around for “Mixed Signals.” It’s worth it.

Join the countdown to tonight’s Flash episode on our Flash forum at KSiteTV!

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The Flash “Armageddon Part 3” Airs Tonight – See A Trailer & Clip

Preview trailer and clip promoting the November 30 episode of The Flash, “Armageddon Part 3”

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The third part of The Flash: Armageddon airs tonight (November 30) at 8PM ET/PT on The CW — and we’ve got a preview trailer and a clip to go with the previously-released images and description. You can see the trailer below, and underneath that is the clip, which shows Iris and Allegra investigating Joe’s death.

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The Flash -- "Armageddon, Part 3" -- Image Number: FLA803a_0014r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and Cress Williams as Jefferson/Black Lighting -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

BLACK LIGHTNING, RYAN WILDER, ALEX DANVERS AND RYAN CHOI APPEAR — Barry (Grant Gustin) meets Black Lightning (guest star Cress Williams) at the Hall of Justice after things take a dire turn with Despero (guest star Tony Curran). Iris (Candice Patton) suspects something is off with Despero’s vision of the future so she seeks help from a powerful ally. Javicia Leslie, Chyler Leigh and Osric Chau guest star. Chris Peppe directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen (#803). Original airdate 11/30/2021. Every episode of THE FLASH will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.

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Flash “Armageddon, Part 5” Description: Mia Queen Returns!

Official description with spoilers for The Flash “Armageddon Part 5” featuring the return of Kat McNamara as Mia Queen!

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Mia Queen (Kat McNamara) of Green Arrow and the Canaries fame shows up in the concluding chapter of The Flash “Armageddon!” Here’s a description for Part 5 which airs December 14 on The CW:

THE EXCITING CONCLUSION TO THE FIVE PART ARMAGEDDON EVENT BRINGS THE RETURN OF MIA QUEEN – The conclusion to Armageddon presents an opportunity for The Flash (Grant Gustin) to end his lifelong battle with Reverse Flash (guest star Tom Cavanagh) for good, but the payoff could be too much for Barry and team to handle. Meanwhile, Mia Queen (guest star Katherine McNamara) drops in from the future looking to save a lost loved one, and she won’t let anything stand in her way. Menhaj Huda directed the episode written by Kristen Kim (#805). Original airdate 12/14/2021. Every episode of THE FLASH will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. 

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Flash “Armageddon Part 3” Photos Released

Preview images for The Flash “Armageddon Part 3” airing November 30 on The CW

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The CW has begun releasing photos from The Flash “Armageddon Part 3” which features an all-star cast, even though for right now Cress Williams’ Black Lightning is the only one to show up in the released photos. (Fortunately, of course, Jefferson Pierce is awesome.) The gallery of photos can be found below; a description from the episode can be found underneath. Look for Part 3 to air on November 30.

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The Flash -- "Armageddon, Part 3" -- Image Number: FLA803a_0014r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and Cress Williams as Jefferson/Black Lighting -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

BLACK LIGHTNING, RYAN WILDER, ALEX DANVERS AND RYAN CHOI APPEAR — Barry (Grant Gustin) meets Black Lightning (guest star Cress Williams) at the Hall of Justice after things take a dire turn with Despero (guest star Tony Curran). Iris (Candice Patton) suspects something is off with Despero’s vision of the future so she seeks help from a powerful ally. Javicia Leslie, Chyler Leigh and Osric Chau guest star. Chris Peppe directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen (#803). Original airdate 11/30/2021. Every episode of THE FLASH will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.

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