The Flash Season 4 premiere made quick work of getting Barry out of the Speed Force, but Team Flash soon learned that Barry’s time in isolation had an adverse effect on his mind. Once he returned from the Speed Force, Barry began speaking in a strange rhyming pattern, which seemed like utter nonsense to the members of Team Flash and to fans watching at home.
Spoilers for The Flash Season 4 Episode 1 follow.
Although Barry’s ranting may have seemed like utter gibberish, it’s very likely that he was experiencing some type of temporal displacement — at least mentally — because of his prolonged exposure to the extradimensional energy in the Speed Force. We know that Savitar’s time in the Speed Force drove him insane; however, Barry was not exposed to the same nightmare as his time remnant. So, why was Barry in a fugue state when he returned from the #SpeedForce?
It makes sense that the sheer amount of information in Barry’s mind was too much for him to process, thus why his speech seemed incoherent — much like when Jack O'Neill on Stargate SG-1 had the wealth of Asgardian knowledge downloaded into his brain.
At San Diego Comic-Con this year, Grant Gustin explained what Barry's time was like in the Speed Force, which was backed up by Barry's mental state during The Flash Season 4 premiere:
“In the Speed Force, time is kind of non-linear, and I think this experience in the Speed Force has been different for him… He sacrificed himself to stabilize it, so I think he’s kind of been on his own and he’s been experiencing his entire life from start to finish again and again and again.”
When he first came out of the Speed Force, many of the things Barry said were from events he had experienced in his past, the key example being the phrase, "I'm not sure I’m like you, Oliver," which was from a conversation Barry had with Oliver Queen in The Flash’s pilot episode.
Given Gustin's comments from SDCC — and what we saw of Barry Allen in the Season 4 premiere — we can safely surmise from Barry’s ramblings are dialogue from events during his life. From the information we have, it's logical to assume that some of the sentences he is reciting are from events that haven’t taken place yet.
Now that we have a general idea of why Barry Allen was speaking gibberish, we must find out what future events he was alluding to. The first two that stick out involve Barry’s future children with Iris and a reference to a popular Flash comic book storyline, "The Trial of The Flash."
Barry Hinted At His Future Children And The Trial Of The Flash
While Team Flash was trying to figure out how to snap Barry out of his crazy talk, Barry uttered the phrase, "We're going to need more diapers." Many believed this was referencing Barry and Iris’s children, the Tornado Twins. This will be a big deal on the show, but since Iris and Barry's wedding hasn't taken place yet, it seems unlikely that we will be seeing the Tornado Twins anytime soon.
Beyond that brief line of dialogue, Barry also referenced a future event that was teased all the way back in Season 1. When Team Flash first sees Barry at the CCPD, he exclaims, “Your Honor, I’m innocent. I didn’t do this! I didn’t kill anyone!” This is likely referencing the "Trial of The Flash" storyline from DC Comics, in which Barry Allen stands trial for the murder of #ReverseFlash.
In the original "Trial of the Flash" comic run, Reverse-Flash attacks Barry Allen during his wedding — where he was marrying his second wife, Fiona Webb. During the altercation between Barry and Reverse-Flash, Barry accidentally snaps Reverse-Flash’s neck, and then Barry is charged with murder. The Flash is found guilty, but later learns that the whole event was a trick set up by Abra Kadabra.
Like many of the comic book storylines that The Flash adapts, it will probably be very different from the original. Based on the clues given in The Flash Season 4 premiere, Barry will likely stand trial for the murder of someone. Abra Kadabra could still play a role, but given The Thinker’s looming presence in Season 4, it’s possible that this could be a part of his master plan.
Given the amount of time Barry was speaking nonsense during The Flash Season 4 premiere, we are likely to pick up on even more references to future events as the season progresses.
What Is The Importance Of The Phrase "This House Is Bitchin'''?
Unlike Barry’s speech alluding to future events that will take place in his life, deciphering his cryptic writing is a harder nut to crack. Given the number of clues that fans picked up on after listening to Barry’s gibberish, it makes sense that his writing also carries a hidden message.
When Barry was writing over every surface that he could find — like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind — Cisco became convinced that Barry was trying to send Team Flash a message. After several failed attempts to crack Barry’s code, Cisco finally finds an algorithm that could translate it. Once he ran the symbols through the computer, a single sentence appeared that said, "This house is bitchin'."
Cisco, Catilin and Iris dismiss the sentence as nonsense, but much like Barry’s ramblings, this is probably referencing something that hasn’t happened yet. While it was a moment of levity during the episode, the phrase could be very important in the future. Sure, Barry uttering “this house is bitchin’” in a future episode would be a great callback to the premiere, but it will also lend credence to Cisco’s algorithm.
Barry already stated that the knowledge he gained during his time in the Speed Force could change how they view physics and the world. If Cisco’s algorithmic key can crack Barry’s cypher, then they could discover the wealth of knowledge Barry obtained when he was in the Speed Force.
Fans will likely be deciphering the sheer amount of information dropped in The Flash Season 4 premiere over the course of the season, but for now, we have many great episodes to look forward to. The Thinker’s master plan has yet to be revealed and with the "Crisis on Earth X" crossover only a few weeks away, we can’t wait to see how the whole season plays out.
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