The Flash's team will stretch to make room for another full-time member next season

Another year, another season of The Flash that we wanted to be just a little bit better than it was. Season four did provide slightly more levity than the past couple years, and if you liked the character most responsible for that, then we’ve got some great news for you. (If you didn’t, maybe it’s best to roll with…

Keiynan Lonsdale's Kid Flash is running from both Legends Of Tomorrow and The Flash

Keiynan Lonsdale’s Kid Flash has always been tragically underused on The Flash, save for a few times when Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen was too busy screwing up the timeline to do regular superhero action, so it seemed like the perfect solution when he finally popped up on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow for its most recent…

The Flash season finale delivers a whirlwind conclusion to the Thinker saga

B+

We knew it would come down to this in the end: All you need is love. Exactly how that would manifest itself in the fourth season finale “We Are The Flash” is something I never would have been able to predict, and I’m not certain it made any sense at all. But it was fast-paced, exciting, suspenseful, and full-on comic…

Batwoman to make her live-action debut in The CW's next superhero crossover

At a recent convention in Nashville, Arrow star Stephen Amell teased that he’d be making a “really fun announcement” at The CW’s upfront presentation today, and now we know what that announcement is: Batwoman is coming to the next Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends Of Tomorrow crossover event, and the heroes will be…

The Flash gets the most out of its characters as the Enlightenment approaches

B

“Think Fast,” the penultimate episode of this fourth season of The Flash, peaks early with one of the best action/effects sequence in the show’s history. After DeVoe gains entry to an ARGUS black site by posing as John Diggle (I understood everything about this except how he knows the counter-password to “Elvis…

Team Flash acquires an unlikely ally in a subdued outing

B

As the fourth season of The Flash approaches its conclusion, “Harry And The Harrisons” is a surprisingly low-key and uncluttered episode this late in the game. The stakes are high, but they feel abstracted: it’s usually a very personal threat at this stage of a Flash season, but this year it’s global. World domination…

The Flash tries to make us care about the Thinker, with limited success

C

“Therefore She Is” is a crucial episode for anyone truly invested in the overarching Thinker storyline this season. It provides the backstory and motivation for the season’s villain, and fills in the remaining blanks about the relationship between the DeVoes. For those of us who aren’t terribly invested in that story,…

The Flash and friends spend a filler hour getting in touch with their feelings

C-

When the writers of The Flash decide to hammer home a theme, they don’t hold back. You could hardly miss it this week: Thinking is overrated, emotions are where it’s at! Now, when you’ve built your season around a villain called the Thinker, this is an obvious direction to take the narrative. As DeVoe becomes more and…

The CW renews all your favorites, like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane The Virgin, and Riverdale

The CW is a network that gives fans exactly what they want, which is why The Flash and Supergirl had a musical crossover and why Riverdale is actually somehow really good, so in that spirit it has now decided to renew pretty much every one of its shows with a dedicated following—even if those shows don’t have a huge…

Candice Patton delivers a knockout performance in a fun but frustrating Flash

B

There’s plenty to enjoy in “Run, Iris, Run,” and Candice Patton’s grounded but ever-so-slightly giddy performance is only one such pleasure. The purple lightning is killer. Iris swapping clothes with Caitlin is fun. Two briefly featured villains play their ridiculous scenes to the hilt and obviously have fun doing so,…

The Flash must stop a nuclear blast in a gimmicky hyperreal-time episode

B

For the fastest man alive, Barry Allen is always just a little too slow. His problem every season when it comes to confronting the big bad is that his super-speed just isn’t super enough to catch up to threat, and so he must push himself to go faster than ever. But the question after watching tonight’s episode is: how…

Team Flash gets played like a fiddle as the dour DeVoe saga continues

B-

Is the DeVoe storyline threatening to get interesting at last? I haven’t been a fan so far, but the concept of a supervillain who is constantly absorbing new powers is a bit more intriguing than that of a really smart guy floating around in a chair. “Subject 9" refers to the ninth out of twelve bus metas DeVoe has set…

Barry's prison sentence comes to an end in a muddled episode of The Flash

C+

While Barry Allen has been languishing behind bars these past several weeks, much of The Flash’s entertainment value has come courtesy of Ralph Dibny. “True Colors” is no exception as it reveals another aspect of Ralph’s stretchabilty, allowing several other actors to take a turn as the character. After meeting with a…