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OUT OF THE SPEED FORCE AND INTO THE FIRE! TEAM FLASH MEETS NEW CHALLENGES (AND CHARACTERS) IN THE FLASH SEASON FOUR!

Cast and Producers Reveal New Characters at Saturday’s Comic-Con Panel

BURBANK, Calif. (July 22, 2017) — After three seasons of running, you’d think Barry Allen would deserve a break. He’s faced his evil-twin time remnant, saved his fiancée from the God of Speed and even sacrificed himself to stabilize the Speed Force. But now, in season four, Allen (aka The Flash) and his team will face new threats with the addition of some new characters, it was revealed at the 2017 Comic-Con panel for The Flash on Saturday, July 22. From the official reveal of next season’s big bad and more, the news had fans racing at a fever pitch.

Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sons of Anarchy) has signed on to play the role of Breacher, a feared bounty hunter from Earth-19 and the imposing father to inter-dimensional bounty hunter, Gypsy (Jessica Camacho). His mission is to prevent any inter-dimensional traveler from threatening life on his planet — especially his daughter’s.

Neil Sandilands as The Thinker

Arriving in Central City as next season’s central super villain, Neil Sandilands (The 100, The Americans) will play DC villain Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker, a metahuman with a mega mind who embarks on a season-long battle with The Flash that pits the “fastest man alive” against the “fastest mind alive.” A true genius, he’s devised an intricate plan to fix all that he deems wrong with humanity.

Kim Engelbrecht

Kim Engelbrecht (Dominion, Eye in the Sky) has been set as DC character The Mechanic, a highly intelligent engineer who designs devices for Devoe. As Devoe’s right hand, she’s the truest of true believers who’ll stop at nothing to help him implement his plan to fix humanity.

The Flash returns for season four on Tuesday, October 10, at 8/7c on The CW. Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Todd Helbing and Sarah Schechter. The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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I guess I missed it.

Captain Comics said:

It has been mentioned on the show, repeatedly. That's why they have a buddy system with Ralph. Either Flash or Vibe is with him at all times. 

Bob Ingersoll strikes again, with not one but two more columns on TV's "The Trial of The Flash":

The Law Is a Ass #429: "If At Flash You Don’t Succeed, Try, Trial Again".

In the next one, The Law Is a Ass #430, "Flash’s DA Should Have Said, “Well, Recuse Me!", he offers a couple objections to this point:

ClarkKent_DC said: 

I know this isn't Law & Order, and you all know how much I like District Attorney Cecile, and I am not a lawyer (nor do I play one on TV), but ... Cecile "takes a leave of absence" to defend Barry? No. If Cecile is going to defend Barry, Cecile quits her job.

One hinges on the rather abstruse differences between city criminal courts and county criminal courts, which I did not know, as well as the lack of clarity on whether Cecile is Ben Stone* or Adam Schiff**. But the other one, we all should have spotted: Cecile has a glaring conflict of interest because she's Joe West's fiancee! Even quitting her job wouldn't be enough to fix that problem!

* the executive assistant district attorney

** THE district attorney

Tonight's episode confirms something that seems obvious but has never been directly addressed: Iris actually says the words, "I quit my job."

Oh, yeah, she gets Barry's powers, too.

...and she started writing again! Go Iris!

At one point, she tells Barry, "Back when I was a reporter, I put my life on the line every day."

I paused the TV and told Kathy, "Back when I was a reporter, my life was never in danger once. Except for a few school board meetings that made me want to kill myself."


Bwah-ha-ha!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

At one point, she tells Barry, "Back when I was a reporter, I put my life on the line every day."

I paused the TV and told Kathy, "Back when I was a reporter, my life was never in danger once. Except for a few school board meetings that made me want to kill myself."


Ha!

Except, you don't live in a Comic Book Universe. Lois Lane couldn't step out her door without being in danger. Or being turned into a bug-woman or a centaur or whatever. It occurs to me now, someone being turned into a centaur or insectoid would seriously liven up most school board meetings:

The Huron County School Board successfully passed new safety regulations, despite a brief interruption when a member of the press covering the March 14 meeting was transformed into a gigantic insect.

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Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

At one point, she tells Barry, "Back when I was a reporter, I put my life on the line every day."

I paused the TV and told Kathy, "Back when I was a reporter, my life was never in danger once. Except for a few school board meetings that made me want to kill myself."


That's perfect!

Yeah, being a comic-book reporter is exciting stuff!

I just watched the Iris-Flash episode. Her lack of training was accurately portrayed when Cisco had to rescue her. When she was asked to run on water for the first time and tailor a perfectly shaped tidal wave I had trouble believing that she didn't just sink into the lake.

I just finished reading those four Bob Ingersoll columns. It reminds me of some advice Isaac Asimov once gave to aspiring science fiction writers. He said that it helps to know something about science whether you intend to use science in your story or not, because you will make mistakes.

The same could be said of courtroom dramas.

I just caught up on the last two episodes of Flash

I thought Iris coming up with the way to beat the bomb was handled well. It wasn't out of her wheelhouse -- honestly, anybody could have thought of it. It was just her that did. I understand the point of view that it might have been cool to give it to Jesse, but she's already a speedster and a parti-timer who has less need to prove her worth to the audience. Iris, who is in every episode and is the boss despite no super-powers, had more of a need to show the audience why she belongs where she is.

And did anybody notice "3X2(9YZ)4A" on the erase board early in the ep? That was Johnny Quick's speed formula, which I'm sure everyone here already knows.

I don't have much to say about the second one. Switching powers is a time-honored Silver Age concept. This was just like those, which is to say it's a silly plot device which only works if you don't think about it too hard.

For some reason, Flash won't return until April 10. 

One other thing about this week's episode: "Melting Point" is a horrible, horrible name for a guy whose powers have nothing to do with heat. Cisco really dropped the ball. 

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