FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 4x16- "Run Iris, Run"


The Flash (4x16) - "Run Iris, Run"

Written by:          Eric Wallace
Directed by:        Harry Jierjian
 
So by now I think we've had the "tropes and clichés as the foundation of Television writing" conversation more than once. We've firmly established that they aren't something that has to be avoided so much as something the producers have to make their own when they use them.
 
There's three BIG clichés that pretty much every superhero show has done over the years: "The hero loses his/her powers and has to live life like a mortal for an episode," "The hero visits a world where they never existed or never got their powers" and "The hero's love interest gets their powers" episode.  The Flash has done the first one already (actually, they kind of did the second one two last year when Barry visited the future.)
 
The "love interest gets the hero's powers" story goes way back.  It happened several times in the Silver Age comics, there's currently a Spider-Man book based on the premise and Lois Lane is pretty much the Queen of getting superpowers as you can see:
 
 
 
However, Iris is no slouch in the "getting my boyfriend's/husband's powers" department so this week's episode was a matter of time.
 
I don't think I have to recap the episode as it was a by the numbers Flash story with Iris doing the running instead of Barry.  That's not to say the episode wasn't entertaining, it was and that's acceptable.  Not every episode has to blow me away.
 
The B-plot of Harry developing his own "Thinking Cap" and trying to out-think The Thinker was where most of the importance was and that was probably the point.  Using a fun, if clichéd, story to bracket the arc points and introduce another bus-meta.
 
Besides, after last week's deep dive into Flash lore, I'm more than willing to let them coast this week so I guess you can guess the score I'm giving this episode.
 

 
Three Things We Learned This Week:
  1. In addition to meeting Matthew Kim, Harry has used the Thinking Cap to determine the names of the remaining bus-metas.  Their names are: Janet Petty and Edwin Goss. (Gauss is the name of a second-tier Flash Rogue called the Folding Man and many people assume that Janet will be Null. This seems logical.)
  2. Iris quit her job at the paper after Barry disappeared last year and has now restarted her Flash blog.
  3. The Team intends to try and use Matthew's powers to defeat DaVoe.
 
Three Questions:
  1. What was Iris doing for money?
  2. Why was Iris' lightning purple?
  3. Has Matthew unintentionally given powers to someone before Birch?
     
    One Nitpick:
  1. Can put the "Run Barry/Wally/Whoever, Run" line to bed for a while?
    (There was actually going to be two because of Joe teasing Barry at the end of the episode but I remembered that Barry didn't create a tidal wave with his speed, he stopped and since it caused him to travel back in time and stop that tidal wave from ever starting he's never done it.)

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