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February 27, 2018 at 09:00 PM EST

The Flash

TV Show
run date
Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton
The CW
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B

Welcome back to The Flash! The Scarlet Speedster returned from his annoying Winter Olympics-imposed hiatus with an episode that featured some fascinating developments in the whole DeVoe saga. As has been the case this season, “Subject 9” is another okay episode that’s elevated by how humorous it is. Harry and Cecile’s pairing may be the most inspired development on this show in a long time.

Last time we checked in with The Flash, Barry had just been released from prison in the wake of DeVoe sucking the life and powers out of Barry’s fellow Iron Heights metahumans. Barry assumes he can just return to his normal life, but Singh asks him to take a permanent leave of absence until people in Central City fully believe DeVoe is back. In the grand scheme of things, this is a minor plot point, but I actually like that the show didn’t assume Barry’s life could go back to normal, especially in a city where metahumans are a thing. It makes sense that many people would question everything that went down with how Barry got out of prison.

Needless to say Barry’s feeling a bit down, but luckily his mood doesn’t drag the episode down with it — and the reason for that is that Cisco and Ralph continue to be reliable sources of humor. For example, Cisco, who was unfortunately tasked with babysitting Ralph, is suffering in Ralph’s living conditions. Think: a sweat-filled futon and using a sink as a shower. Anyway, Cisco and Ralph’s brief team-up helps Team Flash find one of the bus metas: Izzy, a country musician who can control sound waves.

Izzy initially turns down Barry and Ralph’s offer of protection and uses her powers to send them flying. However, she quickly changes her tune (sorry) after Becky/DeVoe comes after her because he wants to transfer his consciousness into her body since his current body has started failing. Izzy’s able to fight off DeVoe because it turns out her powers accelerate the deterioration.

As we saw last week, DeVoe and Marlize are going through a bit of a rough patch, so much so that DeVoe felt it necessary to drug her with Weeper tears. While the Weeper tears don’t make an appearance in tonight’s episode, the tension is still there. DeVoe is frustrated that Becky’s body is deteriorating already and he’s taking it out on Marlize, who thinks his hot temper is a sign that each transference is affected his cognitive function, too. DeVoe doesn’t react well to that suggestion.

Again, Izzy rejects Team Flash’s protection, but then Ralph gives her a pep talk that changes her mind. It helps that Izzy is also attracted to Ralph. In general, The Flash‘s repeated use of inspirational pep talks is starting to wear on my patience, but I really appreciated how the show acknowledged how often they use them in this episode:

Ralph: I don’t know, guys. I feel like if I just followed her into that hall and just gave her one of those ‘Hey look’ inspirational talks, I could probably get her to stay. 
Cisco: Then, what are you still doing here?
Ralph: Sorry, I didn’t know if you guys drew straws for this or something…

Sure, meta-humor doesn’t absolve The Flash for frequently falling back on this storytelling device, but it helps make it a bit more palatable. (Next: Izzy vs. DeVoe)

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