The Flash: Mixed Signals
October 17, 2017 7:33 PM - Season 4, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Barry takes on a dangerous meta who can control technology and confronts and obstacle in his personal life: the ramifications of abandoning Iris for six months to balance the Speed Force. Meanwhile, Gypsy prepares for a hot date with Cisco, but she gets annoyed when his work keeps them apart.
posted by oh yeah! (14 comments total)
So, I almost quit this show last season over what an asshole Barry is toward... well, everyone, but especially women. (I'm still sore about how he bailed on Patty Spivot.)

This felt like a step in the right direction for a change. Iris called out how him making decisions for her wasn't actually charming. She got him into therapy. She got him to admit any kind of wrongdoing. It seems like there's hope his behavior might improve, which would go a long way toward me actually liking him again.

Ditto Cisco listening to Caitlin and attempting to be a better boyfriend.

So... that's good. I mean, it feels unusual for a show like this to embrace a theme of 'don't be a dick.'

I do feel like the meta of the week was pretty lackluster though. I mean, it's telling that they had to add a bunch of pointless, implausible tech to Barry's suit to make him a credible threat.
posted by mordax at 9:45 PM on October 17, 2017

Did they change the actor who plays Wally? He showed up and I was all who's this speedster? Did they introduce this character and I missed it, but then it seemed like he was Wally, so I was very confused. Is it different hair or a different actor or...?
posted by willnot at 10:50 PM on October 17, 2017

Same guy. I think the mask might be throwing you - Barry's looks good, but Wally's changes the shape of his face or something. I'm really not a fan of the design.
posted by mordax at 11:21 PM on October 17, 2017

Wally is the same actor, but he has a totally new hairstyle that somehow makes him look way younger.

Can someone remind me why Draco Malfoy's magic necklace doesn't work on Caitlin anymore to keep Killer Frost at bay? I know there's some reason, but I've blocked a lot of last season out of my memory.
posted by dayintoday at 6:59 AM on October 18, 2017

I like the new hairstyle of Wally. Reminds me of a young Wesley Snipes.
posted by Pendragon at 2:46 PM on October 18, 2017

So Barry and Cisco are Silicon Valley fans. That was a nice little discussion for a show that nobody watches (unlike the Game of Thrones bit).

Wally's new hairstyle was a dramatic change (for the good, i think), his new mask on the other hand, was dramatic in the completely opposite direction.

I'll join the chorus of those saying it's about time Iris gave Barry a firm talking to--he has deserved one for years. Sadly, I have no reason to believe it will stick.

As for the part with the suit malfunctioning, the less said about that the better. (No need to encourage that kind of stuff from the writers and producers.)
posted by sardonyx at 7:48 PM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

Good points on how one shouldn't bail on their girlfriends. Especially on Valentine's, 111 Day.

Loved Cisco's shirt, and then was sad because I googled for it and it turns out to be a Big Bang Theory thing.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:04 PM on October 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

It's funny, I don't recall that shirt from BBT. Usually the shirts on that show are logos for DC characters.
posted by sardonyx at 7:23 PM on October 19, 2017

Can someone remind me why Draco Malfoy's magic necklace

Omg how did I not realize this until now?? Like goddamn mind blowing right now! I guess I didn't care enough about the character to look up the actor (I mean, can you blame me with that ham fisted Savatar's puppet plot and then shoe horned romance with Cait?), but holy crap!
posted by numaner at 8:57 PM on October 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Cisco has worn BBT-themed shirts for most of the run of the show, to balance Sheldon's wearing of Flash-themed shirts on BBT.
posted by hanov3r at 11:31 AM on October 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

he used to wear non-BBT stuff in season 1 and 2. I was excited when he wore a shirt that I actually have.

and a bona-fide nerd like Cisco would hate BBT.
posted by numaner at 11:59 AM on October 20, 2017 [3 favorites]

Well I guess everything is back to normal and we won't have any trouble with theSpeedforce ever again!

It is ridiculous on my part that on a superhero show with speedsters, portals, and time wraiths that I have problems with the believability of someone with powers that can infect technology/computer code.

"This new meta villain can create pockets of slow time"
Me: Ok, interesting challenge.

"This new meta villain can interface with computer code organically!"
Me: I have several questions.

The counseling scenes were well-written and went from darkly humorous/absurd to cutting in an instant thanks to Candice Patton.

The haircut caught me off guard too.

The guy (warden?) at Iron Heights is in on whatever the Thinker's plan is.
posted by mikepop at 1:08 PM on October 20, 2017

I loved the goofiness of the malfunctioning suit but thought it was tone deaf to have that happen when someone is literally being tortured.

Is Wally going to be the designated "character with nothing to do" this season now that Iris and Caitlin are much more proactive?

I mentioned this in last week's Arrow thread but in their season premieres Flash, Supergirl and Legends jumped ahead six months from their finales while Arrow only jumped five months. The newspaper with Oliver on the cover means that Flash and Arrow are in sync, but when last season did they get out of sync?
posted by plastic_animals at 1:22 PM on October 20, 2017

I think they always were a bit out of sync, weren't they? Didn't the crossovers (or one of the crossovers) happen one week apart?
posted by sardonyx at 8:10 PM on October 20, 2017

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