It's been six months since Barry Allen's victory over Savitar and his sacrifice to the Speed Force for the greater good. His team attempts to move on with their lives, including safeguarding Central City, yet secretly hoping for the scarlet speedster's return, which grows even stronger with the escalating threat of the metahumans and the other unknown dangers emerging from the shadows. Even if their wish is fulfilled by some miracle, will it be the same Flash who is lost to them? And will this reborn hero become great enough to finally claim his destiny as The Fastest Man Alive as he prepares for the grand battle of 'The Fastest Man Alive vs. Fastest Mind Alive'???!!!!
For recap, see Recap.The Flash 2014.
Tropes in The Flash (2014) Season Four:
- Affably Evil: Amunet Black. Even while she's selling meta-humans into slavery, she smiles and laughs, having the time of her life. It makes her someone fans just Love to Hate.
- Arc Words: "We are The Flash". This also serves as the title for the season finale.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: DeVoe will be the main villain, as he got to bring Barry back for some reason. Amunet Black is also a contender, although DeVoe proves to be the bigger threat between the two.
- Came Back Strong: If the promo and Word of God is anything to go by, this will the unstated result of Barry Allen/The Flash's epic rebirth and return to his superhero ways.Grant: Initially, Barry is pretty scrambled when he comes out of the Speed Force,. Hes not himself, hes talking nonsense. The way I see it, when he was in the Speed Force, he experienced his whole life laid out in front of him from start to finish. So in some sense, he comes out very wise, kind of knowing everything, but he has no understanding of what hes seen, so he comes out very jumbled and talking what he thinks makes complete sense, but just nonsense to the rest of the crew.EP Andrew Kreisberg: The most important thing about Barry this year is that the experience of being in the Speed Force was a bit of a baptism for him. The premiere episode is called The Flash Reborn and Barry, in a way, has been born again. His experience in there has really washed away a lot of his sins and cleansed him of a lot of his doubts, his fears, and his guilts, and it really is leaving him free and clear to just have an open road and a fresh start. He really loves being The Flash again.Grant: A huge weight has been lifted and hes forgiven himself again of all the mistakes he made the last couple years and people that hes hurt, Grant agreed. Hes ready to move forward with the team and move forward with Iris [Candice Patton] and be happy Barry again and save Central City.Im having fun with it, just getting to laugh things off a little bit more again as the character,When we see a bad guy that rolls around, a villain of the week, its not such a daunting task. We can have a little bit of fun taking down these guys now.Andrew: Its not in the titles, but every one of these shows whether its Supergirl, Arrow, or Flash it really is like Arrow Begins, Flash Begins, and Supergirl Begins,Now its season 4 and hes really become The Flash in the comic books, the one who really is in full mastery of his skills and has the emotional maturity that he has in the comics.
- Create Your Own Villain: Team Flash learn that by springing Barry back from the Speed Force, they essentially recreated the antimatter wave like the Particle Accelerator accident from Season 1, and with it a new batch of metas that will wreak havoc. What they don't know for now is that someone spurred them into doing so anyway.
- Cryptic Conversation: Pretty much anytime DeVoe and Marlize talk to each other.
- Dark Humor: In a Call-Back to an early season 1 episode, a mugger attempts to rob and shoot Ralph and Barry. Due to Ralph's elasticity, the bullets rebound into the mugger, effectively shooting him in the leg and the ass. The entire scene is somewhat hilarious to watch as the mugger in question writhes on the ground in obvious pain.
- A Day in the Limelight: The girls of Team Flash have one in the titular "Girls Night Out" where things go awry during Iris' bachelorette party. Barry doesn't even wear the Flash suit during this episode (mainly because he spent it absolutely smashed at his own bachelor party).
- Demoted to Extra: Jesse Quick and Jay Garrick, show up only once this season — "Enter Flashtime".
- A Glass of Chianti: Clifford and Marlize often celebrate their individual victories with glasses of champagne. Clifford also secretly puts a Fantastic Drug—secreted from a metahuman he created—into his wife's drink to suppress her humanity from rebelling against his increasingly monstrous behavior.
- Happily Married: Barry and Iris, following Crisis on Earth-X.
- Hes Back: We'll see Barry Allen so much sooner than we think.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Big Bad DeVoe's ultimate Evil Plan, called "The Enlightenment", remains a mystery throughout much of the season.
- Lighter and Softer: After the dark tone brought by Zoom and Savitar, the series takes on a campier tone than even the first season. At least at first; as the season progresses it gets darker, though not as dark as the previous season.
- Older Is Better: Cisco created a new Flash suit for Barry and upgraded it with every piece of technology he could fit, most of which even Barry didn't know about (including such things as an Iron Man-esque palm mounted energy weapon, inflatable feature in case of water, lockdown to prevent his identity from being exposed, self-destruct). That made the suit a MASSIVE liability when confronting Kilgore, a Technopath who promptly took control of the suit and even turned Barry into People Puppets. When they resolved the problem, Barry asked Cisco to remove everything but the essentials like tracking, monitoring vitals and communication.
- Orcus on His Throne: For most of the early part of the season, all DeVoe has ever done to oppose Team Flash is with his remotely-controlled Samuroid, and nothing else. He doesn't need to lift a finger, because apparently everything that Team Flash have done is All According to Plan (his, that is).
- Product Placement: This season is sponsored by Microsoft, so Everyone Owns A Surface. More than that, a number of the earlier episodes included bonus "Stretched Scenes" that nominally feature Ralph, but actually place a Surface front and center as a Similar to the Show ad.
- Revisiting the Roots: The series is lighthearted as before, Barry's forensic knowledge has more emphasis and the team returned to Barry, Cisco, Caitlin, Joe and Iris with the addition of Harry and Ralph.
- Running Gag: In the earlier episodes, "This house is bitchin'." Revealed to be Arc Words connected to Barry and Iris's future daughter, Nora.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Barry Allen and Ralph Dibny blatantly hate one another, yet their rivalry is largely Played for Laughs.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: This is something of a recurring theme for the season. Even by the standards of the shows villains, Amunet is depicted as especially heinous for kidnapping and selling metahumans. DeVoe ends up taking this trope to its natural conclusion by pulling a Grand Theft Me on multiple people, subjugating their consciousnesses, for his own benefit. And then it turns out that hes been drugging his wife into compliance to keep her working for him.
- Story-Breaker Power: As of "Enter Flashtime", Barry demonstrates he is now able to move so fast that even a nuclear explosion moves so slowly it appears it has stopped, with only people Barry touches or other Speedsters able to even recognize anything is happening. It really begs the question how anyone could possibly beat him or even inconvenience him at this point.
- To Be Lawful or Good: This argument is what got Ralph fired from the CCPD. Barry caught him faking evidence to ensure that a guilty man went to prison. Barry didn't see it that way at the time, and still doesn't agree with Ralph's more Anti-Hero approach to life.
- Unholy Matrimony: DeVoe (aka "The Thinker") and his wife Marlize are this, with him having Super Intelligence and her being a brilliant engineer who can bring his ideas to life.