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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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Y'know, I know this is The Flash and not Law & Order, but I thought it was pretty dumb of Team Flash to just give up once they captured the latest meta and he wouldn't cop to the burglary that put Big Sir in stir.

If only they had someone on the team who knows how to examine evidence, like, say, a CSI ...

... or someone who could re-examine the case file and see how the arrest was made and what was and wasn't done properly, like, say, a police detective ... 

... or someone who could go over the trial record with the knowledge of how prosecutors try their cases, like, say a district attorney who is on a leave of absence ... 

I know! I totally accept that they have to baloney their way through the superscience. (And they even called themselves on that one, when the new mayor touted that Kord industries would develop "lasers that don't freeze" -- a reference to a ridiculous Captain Cold appearance in season 1 or 2.) But they could at least give a little more lip service to the justice system, since that's the sandbox they're playing in.  

And also, I wish they wouldn't rely on "running a scan" to figure everything out. With Trickster and Prank, they stalled, saying it was tougher to scan for them because they weren't metas. Wouldn't it have been great if Joe found them instead, doing the basic police work of finding out that Prank still owned property in the city, and it was an abandoned toy factory? It's not that hard to make all the characters as smart as they should be. 

I also wondered why the toy factory wasn't the first place they looked, since Prank was connected to it..

Scanning and hacking are the laziest plot devices on TV today.

"It's not that hard to make all the characters as smart as they should be."

Not to sound snarky, but the characters can only  be as smart as the people who write them.

None of those writers got to the place they are by being this lazy. They're all capable of better, and have shown it -- even on earlier episodes of The Flash. Before Joe knew Barry's secret, he did actual police work. He investigated. But now he lets Cisco do all the investigating. 

Especially the latter. Even Gambi is an expert hacker on Black Lightning, and can create a hologram city for them to make plans on. Please. If you can do that, you're not running a tailor shop.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Scanning and hacking are the laziest plot devices on TV today.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"It's not that hard to make all the characters as smart as they should be."

Not to sound snarky, but the characters can only  be as smart as the people who write them.

Not so, as any writer who has had to put words in Reed Richards' mouth will say. 

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Yeah, that was a really stupid development. It's not like they wouldn't be able eventually put together enough evidence to give Ratchet a retrial -- a confession isn't the only thing that would trigger that.

Barry basically did what Ralph talked Joe out of doing -- he took a shortcut to justice.

 

Not only that, now Barry is actually guilty of a crime, abetting an escape from prison.

And worse yet, now Big Sir is guilty, too, of escaping from prison -- through no fault of his own. Even if he was innocent before, Barry made him a criminal.   

Am I mistaken, or did Barry dump him in China? How's that going to work out for him? 

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

And worse yet, now Big Sir is guilty, too, of escaping from prison -- through no fault of his own. Even if he was innocent before, Barry made him a criminal.   

Who knows? He seems to be in a Buddhist sanctuary, so it could be OK for a while... unless he wants to leave. In which case he might be out of luck.

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