Season four of The Flash is coming our way next month, and the newest promo teases a number of new revelations, while leaving us with a whole bunch of questions.
As we know, last season saw Barry sacrifice himself to the speed force after defeating Savitar, in order to save Central City. The speed force needed someone to replace Jay Garrick, who was himself sitting in for Savitar, so Barry took one for the team. Granted, I thought it was messed up that Garrick didn’t volunteer to go back, but I get that it wouldn’t have let this season end up where it did. But I digress.
The newest promo, Hero Reborn, shows Barry free from the speed force. It’s unclear how he actually gets out, but what is evident is that it’s not with the rest of Team Flash’s help. The trailer starts off with a car driving down a road. We then see Barry’s streak come down the road and stop against the front of the car. The camera angle is from underneath the car, and all we see is Barry’s bare legs. For some reason, Barry appears naked in the promo and we are given no reason why. He went into the speed force clothed, so maybe it has to do with him going through his own personal hell, which its past inhabitants had gone through? Even if that is the case, why is he naked? Surely worse things have happened to Barry that he can relive, over and over again.
Also, how the hell did he get out on his own? The speed force always needs someone to take the spot in order to have balance. Did Garrick return to the speed force on his own out of guilt and swap with Barry? Doubtful. They wouldn’t have simply plopped a random person in there as it would defeat the entire plot of him escaping in the first place. There are obviously things they are not telling us, but the fact that he appears to be naked is one that throws me for the biggest loop.
We also don’t know who is driving the car, but it’s a pick up truck and doesn’t appear relevant. Immediately afterward we see Cecile lead the team into a room of CCPD saying “You need to prepare yourselves”. They all walk in and Iris says “Barry, you’re home” with Barry just sitting in the middle of the room in a chair. This isn’t the same old Barry, however. No, no, no. This Barry has a full beard (apparently you can’t shave in the speed force) and appears to be in a semi-catatonic state. He reacts stoically to the team entering the room, and doesn’t move a muscle.
How did Barry get to whatever road he was on to CCPD without Joe hearing about it? He’s a cop after all. It obviously has to be in Central City, since he’s at CCPD. So, Barry has to be somewhat aware of who he is. Since that’s the case, why isn’t he talking? Why didn’t he shave? Why is he naked? What the hell is going on? Of course, with what is becoming status quo on The Flash, Iris gets kidnapped. This time, it’s by Baron Kitana who we’ve seen in previous trailers.
One thing we can definitely understand is that Barry is much, much, much faster this season. Barry wakes up at Star Labs and Cisco starts telling him that he made a new suit. Barry seems out of it, but then things speed up a bit (pun intended). The proverbial lightning flash pops up in Barry’s eyes, but it’s a bit of a darker red than normal. We then see Barry speed all over Star Labs. He goes up the walls and we see him break out of the meta cell. That’s right, Barry is in the meta cell for some reason, and we can only presume it’s because the team isn’t sure how he’ll react in his current state. He then blows right through the glass, knocks Joe over and proceeds to run all over Star Labs. The trailer ends there after Cisco says “The Flash is back”.
First of all, how in the world did Barry break out of the meta cell!? It nullifies meta powers and makes it “impossible” to escape. Wells, Reverse Flash, Peekaboo, Killer Frost – nobody escaped. Since the cell is supposed to stop all powers, it wouldn’t matter how fast Barry is, he still shouldn’t be able to escape. Maybe it has something to do with the meta cell not being powerful enough, and Barry’s faster speed surpasses its capabilities. Who knows? What we do know, is that something intense is up with Barry, and not even Team Flash knows what’s going on.
Obviously it’s going to get worked out. After all, we know that Barry and Iris get married this season, and that they take down The Thinker. This will surely tie into the more emotional feel of the season, especially in the crossover. They’ve mentioned that this season’s crossover will be more emotional, as aliens is a hard thing to top. We’ll have to see how it plays out. After all, even though we know Barry and Team Flash will eventually take down The Thinker, watching it unfold is all the fun. This will be a two night feature rather than a four night like last year, and air on November 27th and 28th.
Season 4 of The Flash debuts Tuesday, October 10th at 8 PM eastern on the CW. Check out the promo below.