Can you feel that? The heavy darkness influenced by season 3 has disappeared, which becomes quite clear in this episode. So, lets get into it.
Some Mark Cuban wannabe confidently flaunts his purchasing power by overpaying for a penthouse suite. He pompously prepares to leave, but a metahuman seizes control of the elevator an tosses him up and down like a yo-yo before ultimately plummeting him acrophobia style – yes like the roller-coaster – 100 stories to his death.
I Got This
Barry awakens in a jovial mood, cooks breakfast, and refreshes himself on the TV shows he missed. He also took it upon himself to solidify the West-Allen wedding plans before heading to resume his CSI workload. Much to our surprise, Cisco, whose now a tech consultant for CCPD, detects the traces of a hacker and takes the information back to CCPD. Before delving into work, Cisco unsheathes a new speedster suit for Barry dawning major technical upgrades. Iris approaches Barry to discuss their evening plans, but is surprised Barry took it upon himself to cancel a training session. Caitlin senses Iris’ disconnect and suggests couples therapy to improve their communication woes.
After the two starlets converse, a breach threatens Star Labs, almost sending Caitlin to into a frosty rage. Fortunately, its Cisco’s bae, Gypsy, arriving for a scheduled date that Cisco postpones. Meanwhile, a newly introduced man by the name of Tim Kwon’s car beings malfunctioning and displaying Kilgore’s hacking message. Tim’s car is sent careening down the road, so Barry races to help redirect the car, but trumps Iris’ directions and sends Tim down a construction path that would kill him. Quick thinking and some stolen tools allow Barry to dismantle and halt the car seconds before peril. This ultimately serves as the straw that breaks Iris’ silence about their failing communication so, Iris pulls Barry aside to pitch the idea of couples therapy. Fast forward to Dr. Finkle’s office, where some of the series’ most comedic moments occur as Barry and Iris stumble through half-truths while discussing traumas of their past.
Initiate Revenge Sequence
Cisco uncovers a picture of the two victims (Kurt from the elevator, Tim from the car) and a woman named Sheila Agnoni posing with Kilgore. Meanwhile, Kilgore hacks a robot and sends it to kill Tim who is being questioned by Joe. Joe sends a distress signal to Barry who leaves therapy to reassemble a grenade before explosion. Team Flash investigates the scene, so Cisco shows them the picture and informs the team that the subjects in the picture formerly partnered with Kilgore on a Malware virus project. Long story short, Kilgore has created a biogenetic virus that continually mutates, and Cisco’s involvement to decipher it forces him to cancel his date with Gypsy.
Aiming to avoid imminent danger, Wally sneaks listening devices to Sheila’s house. Tim tries to inform Sheila of Kilgore’s revenge, but Kilgore arrives.
Sheila gets buck with Kilgore – terrible idea – so, he exacts his revenge by making her insulin pump malfunction sending her into shock. Wally hears what’s going on, but Kilgore skedaddles with Tim before Wally’s arrival.
Back at star labs the team deals with relationship issues. Cisco’s frustration, spawning from canceling his date with Gypsy, blocks his ability to think, so he apologizes, but can’y disarm her passive aggression. He essentially cancelled her Earth’s equivalent of Valentines Day. Instead of V-day, its called 1-1-1 Day, which helps Cisco possibly crack Kilgore’s virus. Concurrently, Barry approaches Iris to discuss why he avoided talking with her. Iris comes clean about her struggles, but ultimately concludes her sentiments saying that she’s here to help – blah blah blah – and that she and Barry are “one” in their Flashl-ly duties
Kilgore records Tim confess to stealing and selling Kilgore’s software while he’s strung between a device rigged to rip him apart. Barry and Wally rush to
free Tim, but their plan backfires when Kilgore hacks Barry’s new technology infused suit. Tim makes a break, which gives Barry enough time to run and call Star Labs for help. He can’t get out of the suit, and Kilgore already initiated the suit’s self destruct sequence. Iris puts their trust to the test by telling Barry to throw a lighting bolt at himself believing it will short circuit the suit. Her idea works and gives him [just] enough time to inject Kilgore with antibodies and snatch a bullet fired at Tim.
All Apart of the Plan
Cisco reconciles his 1-1-1 date with Gypsy by arranging a hot date where they can get shmopey – the term coined for cute and emotional.
While held in a power dampening cell, Joe and Barry ask Kilgore how he got his powers since he wasn’t present at the time of the particle accelerator explosion. Kilgore doesn’t quite say how, but reveals there are others just like him. This all appears to be apart of the Thinker’s plan, because at the end of the episode he prepares to find the others like Kilgore.
One of the most thrilling facets of this episode is the removal of the dark season 3 feeling, which leads to an influx of lighthearted comedic moments. The Flash seems ready to recapture its mojo and the action sequences affirm that Barry is wayyyyyy faster than before. Nevertheless, all is not good in the hood. What others has the Thinker created to terrorize Central City? What is his motivation for this all in the first place? How will Barry and Iris fix their communication and progress towards marriage? For the latest developments, be sure to tune in to Atlanta’s CW next Tuesday at 8!