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.