TV Review: The Flash S4E1 The Flash Reborn

With Barry in the speed force, Iris, Kid Flash, Joe, and Vibe must protect Central City; a powerful armored villain threatens to level the city if the Flash doesn’t appear; Cisco decides to break Barry out of the speed force.

The Flash kicks off the fourth season with the question right out there, what do you do when the Flash isn’t around? Everything is addressed in a proper way, like how do explain Barry not being around and it works in that don’t think about it too much sort of way. There’s also a lot focused on bringing Barry back. That’s not an if, it’s a definite in things that’ll happen and in this episode that’s exactly what occurs. But how? What’s wrong with him? Where has he been? How long has he been there? There’s a lot of questions left unanswered and that’s a good thing.

There’s also a new supervillain and we have to wonder why is he out there, especially with what was uttered at the end. It’s an excellent start to what’s to come.

Now the title of “The Flash Reborn” evokes DC Comics “Reborn” comics, which the Flash had one of its own and in kicking things off in a way, the episode does a good job. There’s lots thrown in here, for instance Caitlin, and lots of mysteries presented. But, the show knows its heart is all about Barry and Iris and it’s hard to not gush a little when that’s presented before us.

The Flash tripped a little last season with some highs and lows so I’m interested in seeing where the fourth season goes. This episode though is a solid start with a lot set up and the fundamentals all there. It’s been the normal break, but it’s great to see the Flash back as its optimism is something that stands out from the pack.

And the villain? That’s an interesting one. Something new, creepy, and pretty excited.

Overall Rating: 8.15