In July 2017, was announced to be cast as Clifford DeVoe, a genius who embarks on a season-long battle with the Flash in order to fix all that he deems wrong with humanity; while was announced as Marlize DeVoe, DeVoe's right hand and a highly intelligent engineer who designs devices for him; and as Breacher, a bounty hunter from Earth-19 and the father of Gypsy. Against Iris' orders, Team Flash successfully returns Barry, who rambles random statements and continually writes symbols on the walls. Even though the show is called The Flash, I like the idea that these characters can stand on their own. He even sacrificed his stretchy self to protect Cisco and Caitlin, as a human canopy, from an acid bath — only to realize that Harry has neutralized the goo in time, saving his life. The plan works and Barry speeds away, rescuing Iris and defeating the samurai, who is revealed to be an android. He also befriends , his father's former cellmate.
It was revealed that , who joined the cast as Julian Albert in the third season, would not be a series regular in the fourth season, and that there were no plans for him to appear. Sure, Cisco and Harry are amazing, and Cisco and Ralph are fun, and there was that kinda moving moment with Barry and Iris but it all felt hollow, perhaps because no matter how much fun Sawyer was having on screen or how cool the costume and effects look, it couldn't change the fact that the silliness of Barry doing hard time in Iron Heights is just going to cast an inescapable shadow over the proceedings. By the end of the month, he had been fired, with his name eventually being removed from the credits from all shows he worked on. Or maybe she's just not Dawn Allen after all. Ralph sneaks into the prison to talk to Barry about how scared he is.
Barry and Ralph make it to the nexus; Barry wakes up in the real world and Ralph reclaims his body just as DeVoe was going to kill Cecile. In the final scene, Cisco and Ralph are at Jitters to celebrate his victory and both realize they have no money on them. I watched those when they aired because I am old af, dear readers. After a visit from an old friend, Ralph is reminded of his shady past and wonders if he's really a changed man. Later, Ralph reveals he mailed the necklace back to Chayton's tribe before visiting the little girl in the hospital, using his abilities to entertain her. Eco-terrorist Veronica Dale sets off a nuclear bomb, which Barry tries to stop, entering a form of superspeed known as Flashtime, where everything is frozen.
Searching her mind for Killer Frost, Catlin has Cisco vibe her into a repressed memory of a childhood accident; Killer Frost was already part of Caitlin decades before the particle accelerator had created any metas. Cisco and Caitlin go to rescue the hostages, but get captured by Axel and Zoey, who intend to kill them. They are able to turn the tables on our heroes and capture them with some power-reducing cuffs. He then grabs Ralph to make an escape through the breach. I wish things were a little less over the top, but on the other hand, they even used snippets of the music from those Trickster episodes, so how can I stay mad, right? Lyla transfers Borman to another facility and Leo returns to Earth-X. Barry, Cisco and Ralph shield civilians from the falling satellites and the mysterious girl helps Barry destroy the last one.
Ralph takes the fork, with the intent to go with Edwin to kill DeVoe, which Barry argues against. Wells uses his thinking cap once more, determining the final two bus metas are Janet Petty and Edwin Gauss. Iris claims they have to look for both of them, despite Harry's claim that they have insufficient time and resources and that they can only afford to search for one. Barry asks the team to look into the case. This scene also shows just how much Barry has improved as a mentor to an up-and-coming hero. The media officially names Ralph the Elongated Man, to his annoyance. Barry and Joe head to DeVoe's house, but find a middle-aged man in a wheelchair.
And I kinda love the stupid way he gets his dopey name. Cisco presents Barry with a technologically advanced suit, intended to facilitate his activities. In the meantime, rather then put Killer Frost or Vibe in charge of protecting the city, or calling Wally West or Jesse Wells back, the S. The two come up with a new plan on how to lure out Stretchy Man to finish him off. If it had been a normal human with no meta powers he had hit with the acid, it would have burned right through the leg. Cisco deciphers Barry's writings and finds an apparently meaningless sentence. Eventually, DeVoe manages to take over Edwin's mind, and as well takes the abilities of Janet Petty and Matthew Kim, before transferring his mind into Ralph's body.
Singh reveals to Joe he is appearing as a witness for the prosecution against Barry. Team Flash reluctantly go to Amunet for help, encountering her successor Norvok in the process, though Barry insists Amunet must not kill. Snart learns about Ralph, and convinces Barry to allow himself to grieve his fallen allies, which Barry eventually does, giving him strength to defeat Laurel. A couple of inmates try to fight Barry until the warden interrupts it and tells Barry that he has a visitor: it's Iris. Deacon kidnaps a witness, a former member of a tech team that stole his idea for profit. She manages to use her abilities when DeVoe inside Sharpe's body comes to claim her.
I suspect the warden will find out somehow given how much they're focusing on him. He and Cisco then celebrated the big win with java at Jitters, only to realize neither of them had any cash on hand. Big Sir isn't a character I'm too familiar with from the comics, but Goldberg made a great first impression. Cisco: Iris, a chicken needs to leave its roost sooner or later. Admiring Cisco's gallantry, Breacher allows the relationship.
What I loved the most though was the reminder of the mysterious letters Barry was writing in the premiere. Sprinkle in a few wacky things, like, say a goddamn Samuroid ripped straight from the comics, and ladies and gents, you've got a good season of The Flash lined up. Now give Goldberg some power armor! The team realizes that DeVoe plans to use the Enlightenment Machine to launch dark matter towards Earth, reverting all of humanity into a simplified state, similar to what Harry is dealing with. I think some of it is to add that layer of scuzziness to Ralph since his characterization owes more to ex-con Plastic Man than it does the Ralph of the comics. If I missed any details, this is why. Cisco intervenes and saves Ralph, whom Barry, having revealed his alter-ego, convinces to help arrest an escaping Bellows.