After the shocking conclusion to the Season 3 finale of The Flash, it was safe to say that the we were all left with many unanswered questions. But even more than that, we were left wondering how we were supposed to wait all summer to find out what happens next.
However, after months of eagerly anticipating the debut of Season 4, The Flash has finally made its return to The CW — and what an epic return it was. The premiere episode, aptly titled "Reborn", was undoubtedly an unforgettable thrill-ride that immediately gave us a glimpse of the show's brighter new direction.
However, the episode wasn't short of it's own shocking moments. From flying samurais to Speed Force amnesia, let's take a look at most jaw-dropping moments from the Season 4 premiere of The Flash.
Note: Spoilers for Season 4 of The Flash will follow.
1. Samuroid Makes A Statement
With Barry trapped in the Speed Force, Team Flash needed an enemy powerful enough to force them to drag him back to reality. And that enemy was none other than the intimidating Samuroid.
While you'd think that being a monstrously tall samurai that looked to be etched of stone is one way to send a message, Samuroid's shocking entrance didn't stop there. Why? Well, because he flies too. Flying in with his own personal jetpack, he didn't take too kindly to being confronted by Kid Flash and Vibe, as he wanted the best competition Central City had to offer.
Wielding his sword, he forced it into the ground and it somehow managed to send cars, the CCPD and the two #superheroes flying. He then pointed his supernatural weapon at his victims and angrily announced that he only wanted The Flash. Now that's how you make a statement.
2. Barry Returns From The Speed Force
When Barry disappeared into the Speed Force at the end of Season 3, many of us thought we may have truly seen the last of the Scarlet Speedster. However, it didn't take long for producers to confirm that actor Grant Gustin would indeed be returning for Season 4, and that's exactly what happened in the season premiere when Barry Allen was pulled from the Speed Force.
After failing to persuade Iris to take part in his plan, Cisco and the rest of Team Flash attempted to use the Speed Force bazooka to bring Barry back to them. While they initially thought they were unsuccessful, a sudden breach in Keystone suggested otherwise. And just like that, a naked unkempt Barry Allen reappeared before some rather confused citizens before he collapsed.
But unfortunately it wasn't all good news, as the man they found on the road was a very different Barry Allen. Spouting random phrases and recalling the night of his mother's death, Barry was confused and couldn't really comprehend what was going on. And Team Flash were unable to figure out what was wrong with him.
3. Wally Becomes The Flash
When Barry was suffering from what seemed to be Speed Force dementia, Samuroid returned to threaten Central City as he searched for The Flash. Out of desperation, Wally decided to give him exactly what he wanted, and donned the Scarlet Speedster's iconic red suit.
Showing up as The Flash, Wally faced the sword-wielding monster with no fear. But it didn't take long for Samuroid to figure out that he wasn't actually the beloved superhero. The two battled briefly before the villain got the better of Kid Flash as he rammed his sword through Wally's leg, rendering him unable to walk. With that, he once again warned the wounded Wally that he wanted the real Flash, or Central City would indeed fall.
While it was brief, it was awesome to see Wally don the Flash suit. As comic book fans know, Wally West is the third iteration of the Flash and takes up the mantle in Barry's absence. Thus, this little reference to the character's comic book future was a nice addition to the episode.
4. The Flash Returns And Saves Iris
When Samuorid returned, a desperate Iris was out of options and thus, decided to put herself in harm's way. Hoping that it would remind Barry who he truly was, she confronted the villain and allowed him to kidnap her. And surprisingly, it turned out that this event was exactly the kick that Barry needed.
As Joe pleaded with him in the pipeline, Barry's eyes once again glowed with the lightning and he sped from his cell, taking the new suit with him. In the episode's most awe-inspiring moment, Cisco proudly exclaimed "The Flash is back!" as we saw the Scarlet Speedster race his way towards Iris, giving us an up close look at his brand new suit.
As Samuroid flew over wind turbines with Iris in his grasp, the revitalized Flash caught up with them, and quicker than ever, he avoided the falling turbines and soared into the air. In one fell swoop, he managed to subdue the villain and retrieve Iris before racing down a collapsing turbine to safety.
Upon finding out that Samuroid was actually an android, he turned to Iris and smiled. And the two shared a kiss as Barry reminded his one true love that he would always return to her
5. Killer Frost Returns
When Cisco reached out to his old friend for help with bringing Barry back, he found a very different Caitlin Snow. With her old brown hair back, Caitlin was serving customers at Central City's dive bar. But it didn't take long for him to convince her to return to her former team.
After saving Barry, it really felt like Caitlin had returned to the the team and put her icy days behind her. But when she told a rather shady looking man that she wanted "out" of whatever she was in, she found herself physically outmatched by the angry individual. However, the ice queen once again came to the surface and Killer Frost overpowered her attacker, freezing the top of his forehead with her finger tip.
While we're not sure how Caitlin is able to control both of her personalities yet, it's good to know that we'll be getting our fair share of Caitlin Snow and a vigilante-like Killer Frost.
6. The Thinker Was Responsible For The Flash's Comeback
The Flash is renowned for its thrilling post-credits scenes, and the season premiere was no different. After we discovered that the Samurai was actually an android, the post-credits scene revealed that the whole thing was a plot orchestrated by this season's Big Bad: The Thinker, Clifford DeVoe (and his trusty sidekick, The Mechanic).
As The Mechanic revealed that the Scarlet Speedster returned, the Thinker seemed pleased with the results of their master plan before announcing that he needed to "think" about what came next.
With the first non-speedster Big Bad finally on the show, I "think" it's safe to say that Barry and Team Flash are in for one hell of crazy year.
Despite a five month break, it's clear that The Flash hasn't lost its ability to thrill us. In fact, it's gotten even better at it. While it may have a noticeably lighter tone than last season, that hasn't stopped it from being able to entertain us, thrill us and most importantly, shock us. But something tells me that the best is yet to come.
Welcome back, Flash!
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