A couple weeks ago, Netflix released season 4 of The Flash. I watched the first episode of season 4 and the last episode of season 4, back-to-back. It’s something I did with Supergirl last year—bookending the season—and I really liked seeing how the show changed over the year.

It made me realize that I was way more excited about season 4 of The Flash when it started, compared to how I felt as the season progressed.

For starters, I was really excited that the main villain was not a speedster. Interviews with the writers and cast last year said that season 4 would have a lighter tone, especially since season 3 was dark and dreary. I was looking forward to a more light-hearted Flash up against a different type of villain.

​But somewhere along the way, season 4 fell into the same redundancies as last season.

So all of that to say: I thought the season 4 finale was a decent episode. But I thought it could have been a lot better.

Here’s what I would have liked to see instead:

  • DeVoe’s plan to reboot everyone’s brain included a part he didn’t tell anyone about: He would use the satellites to reprogram everyone’s minds with what he thought “good humans” should be. The Thinker becomes The Teacher.
  • Barry goes into DeVoe’s mind to find a way to beat him and discovers that additional part of the plan.
  • Barry realizes he could broadcast something else. He has always been able to bring out the good in people. Now Barry could do it for everyone—make everyone be good. And for a moment, he wants to. Because if everyone is good, there’s no more crime to fight. No more bad metas to beat. Barry would be free. Team Flash could move on with their lives. Everyone gets their happily ever after.
  • Barry starts broadcasting. Reprogramming everyone gives Barry the peace he wants, but it makes him the same as the villain.
  • His friends have to stop him. That becomes the struggle—convincing Barry that he can’t force people to be good, even if Central City might end up a better place.

It would have been interesting to show how easily Barry could have acted the same as The Thinker. Barry would have to accept that it’s not his place to decide how people should be.

But that’s not what we got. We had to settle for missed character opportunities. Again.

So far this season, The Thinker’s advantage has been that he can out-think everyone. He knows every variable, every possibility, and every probability. Because of that, he can predict people’s behavior and manipulate them. His plans aren’t perfect—Team Flash finds him sooner than he expected—but he can account for changes and adjust as necessary because he knows everything that’s in play. The Thinker knows everything that could happen but he doesn’t know what will happen for sure.

Barry has a way of knowing what will happen (no time traveling required), and that’s how he can beat The Thinker.


Spoilers for 4×09 “Don’t Run”

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Sometimes, the Ninth Doctor’s series doesn’t seem so long ago, but that aired in 2005. Twelve years! That’s a long time in TV years.

That’s a lot of time for character development, exploring themes, and even calling back to previous stories and characters (villains, too!).

I can’t speak for other fans, but I feel like Doctor Who has exhausted a lot of content in the last 12 years.

That’s not a slight to the writers, by the way. The show has become comfortable. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it could be better.

Introducing a female Doctor changes that. It’s a fresh take on what we already know; a new lens to see the universe through.

What’s the TARDIS like with a female Doctor at the console? What’s the Doctor’s dynamic with her companions?

Instantly, we have new things to explore, but we also have the usual things to get used to with a new Doctor. Personality quirks. Sense of humor. Being open or reserved.

Doctor Who has always been about change. It doesn’t matter who the Doctor is — it’s still the Doctor.

the-oncoming-storm

I posted a new playlist to 8tracks called The Oncoming Storm. It’s the kind of music I imagine the Doctor would listen to before defending Earth against the latest threat.

Here’s the full tracklist:

  1. Marchin On – OneRepublic
  2. Letters from the Sky – Civl Twilight
  3. David – Noah Gundersen
  4. The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
  5. You’re the One That I Want – Lo-Fang
  6. What You Wanted – OneRepublic
  7. Fire – Noah Gundersen
  8. Geronimo – Sheppard
  9. Just One Yesterday (feat. Foxes) – Fall Out Boy
  10. Things We Lost In the Fire – Bastille
  11. Who Are You, Really? – Mikky Ekko
  12. I Ran – Boga

Spoilers for 3×23 “Finish Line”

After last week’s episode, I wrote what I thought would happen in the finale. Turns out HR sacrifices himself to save Iris. I didn’t see that coming, but it was a theory floating around, and it plays out well. So, with Iris alive, Barry doesn’t go back in time and that derails most of my speculation…but I got a couple things right.

Barry tries to save Savitar

Barry remembers Snart’s advice (“your goodness is your strength…The Flash should remain a hero”) and decides anger and hate aren’t the right motivations to beat Savitar. He needs to try helping Savitar, instead of fighting him. Barry offers to help Savitar survive the time paradox, and Savitar seems to accept Team Flash’s help. (But it’s a TRAP.)

Barry must atone for Flashpoint

After Jay Garrick is freed from the Speed Force, the Speed Force becomes unstable. Energy is leaking into Earth and destroying Central City, and it’ll get worse if a speedster doesn’t go into the Speed Force to stabilize it. Barry volunteers, no hesitation and no questions. He realizes it’s time to pay penance for the damage he caused with Flashpoint, so he says goodbye to everyone and leaves.

The season 3 finale ties up all the loose ends from the season. It ends with Barry entering the Speed Force, and that’s not really a cliffhanger—we know Barry will come back. We just have to wait to see how.