The Flash Season 4 Trailer: A World Without Barry Allen

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The CW has released a new trailer for The Flash Season 4. Picking up months after the end of Season 3, Barry Allen has been trapped in the Speed Force, leaving Iris, Cisco and the others to defend Central City in his absence. Despite their skills, they’re barely holding Central City together and are desperate to get Barry back.

When Barry does return, however, he’s not the same Barry that went into the Speed Force, coming out a markedly different man.

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What Lies Ahead on The Flash Season 4?

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In just a few short weeks, The Flash will return to TV with its fourth season. The last we saw of Barry Allen and the rest of the team, Barry had just stepped into the Speed Force as punishment for altering the timeline and causing Flashpoint. With Barry out of action, how has the team gone on without him?

The Flash Season 4 offers some new and interesting changes to the show that will hopefully pay off as the board is reset. What are some of the things we can look forward to with the new season?

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Diversity on CW DCTV: Accomplishments and Issues

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In a world where cultural diversity is still extremely low in 2017, the CW Network is doing its part in terms of cultural inclusion. Specifically in their DC Comics programming.

The prime example that comes to mind when thinking of DCTV’s diversity is the racial switch of Iris West, love interest of Barry Allen on The Flash. This was praised by critics and fans alike. Another involves Vixen, specifically Mari McCabe who is the first iteration of one of DC Comics first black super heroines, who has her own CW Seed animation series. As much as there is to be praised, there is also issues with the programming’s handle of POC characters, including whitewashing these characters.

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What Can We Expect from The Flash Season 4?

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With the third season of The Flash fully over for a couple of weeks now, fans can turn their thoughts to the upcoming fourth season of The CW’s superhero show. Though I expressed my disappointment in the show’s third season in our review, the final few episodes did pick up and its finale, “The Finish Line,” left some very intriguing tidbits for The Flash Season 4. Let’s take a look at what we might expect to see in the fall.

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The Flash Season 3 Falls Flat

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The Flash has been one of The CW’s best shows since its beginnings, mixing its superheroics with a good dose of humor, character depth and drama. After the cliffhanger the second season left viewers on, with Barry traveling back in time and preventing his mother’s murder at the hands of Reverse-Flash, there were high hopes for what The Flash Season 3 could bring.

While The Flash Season 3 was entertaining, it unfortunately wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been. There were a few things that just missed the mark slightly, keeping this season from being the show’s best while the potential was always there. There’s still plenty to enjoy, from cool moments to new characters and Wally West’s emergence as Kid Flash, but its still not quite up to par.

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The Flash Review: The Finish Line (Season 3 Episode 23)

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With nothing left to lose, Barry (Grant Gustin) takes on Savitar in an epic conclusion to season three.

The Flash Season 3 Episode 23, “The Finish Line,” ended in what was a fairly emotional and very spectacular finale. Everything came together as Team Flash worked together to finally put an end to Savitar’s threat as they came to grips with who they are and what they can become. It wasn’t wholly perfect, but was still a satisfying finale nonetheless.

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The Flash Review: Infantino Street (Season 3 Episode 22)

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THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS; WENTWORTH MILLER RETURNS AS CAPTAIN COLD – With only 24 hours left until Savitar murders Iris (Candice Patton), Barry (Grant Gustin) struggles to save the woman he loves and makes the choice to use any means necessary to do so. Realizing he has one option left to save her, The Flash turns to Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) for help.

The penultimate episode – The Flash Season 3 Episode 22, “Infantino Street” – had Barry team up with an unlikely ally in order to steal a key component in the “Speed Force Bazooka” as they inched closer to Iris’ possible death. It was a good episode that set the stage nicely for the finale, only hampered once again by the mismatched tones in the episode.

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The Flash Review: Cause and Effect (Season 3 Episode 21)

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Barry (Grant Gustin) takes drastic measures to stop Savitar. Meanwhile, H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) continues to push Tracy Brand (guest star Anne Dudek) to design the trap for Savitar and Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) returns with an interesting proposal.

The Flash Season 3 Episode 21, “Cause and Effect,” was a fairly good episode, but one that was again marred by a mismatched tone. After Savitar’s identity was finally discovered, Barry and the rest of the team tried to solve how they could stop Savitar from being two steps ahead of them. Their plan massively backfired though, causing Barry to lose his entire memory.

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The Flash Review: I Know Who You Are (Season 3 Episode 20)

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Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team meet Tracy Brand (guest star Anne Dudek), a scientist, who may be the key to stopping Savitar. Unfortunately, Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is also after Tracy so Team Flash must battle their old friend, which proves to be particularly difficult for Cisco (Carlos Valdes).

On The Flash Season 3 Episode 20, “I Know Who You Are,” we finally learned the identity of the evil speedster, Savitar, in a fairly surprising reveal. Unfortunately, however, the long awaited reveal was marred by some unnecessary side-plots that just didn’t fit in this late into the season.

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The Flash Review: Abra Kadabra (Season 3 Episode 18)

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The Flash (Grant Gustin) battles Abra Kadabra (guest star David Dastmalchian), a villain from Earth-19, who makes him a tempting offer – release him and Abra Kadabra will reveal Savitar’s true identity. Desperate to save Iris (Candice Patton), Barry considers taking the deal but Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) breaches in to capture the villain for her own reasons and during the melee, Abra Kadabra manages to escape.

The Flash Season 3 Episode 18 “Abra Kadabra,” was both enjoyable and frustrating at the same time. The positives of the episode come from the cast, once again giving strong performances during some emotional scenes and the moral dilemmas several of the characters faced.

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