[Review] The Flash (2014) Episode 4×09: “Don’t Run”

Welcome back to Flashcaps, where we review previous seasons of the CW’s The Flash.

written by George Hatch

And we’re back! Just in time for the…Christmas…episode…

Can I go back on vacation?

Spoilers under the cut.

The Plot, thusly: Barry and Caitlin are kidnapped independently of one another. Barry is caged and studied by the Thinker, while Caitlin is coerced into operating on another metahuman prisoner of Amunet Black, named Dominic. Iris has to make a choice about who to devote their resources to finding, and they rescue Caitlin. Barry escapes on his own and manages to beat the Thinker, who falls into the river. While the Christmas party is going on at the West household, Barry is arrested for the murder of Clifford DeVoe, who did a mind-swap with Dominic and dumped his old DeVoe body with a knife wound in it at Barry’s apartment.

The Good: I really like how Katee Sackhoff plays Amunet Black. She’s like the personification of Customer Service Face: Always smile, always be upbeat, never let a shred of real emotion pierce the veil. DeVoe is finally doing something, yay! The characters outsmarting the villains instead of overpowering them makes me so happy. I liked the Brainstorm character, for as little as we saw him.

The Bad: Even though he was mostly minimized, Ralph is still Ralph. Admittedly far less sexist than last we saw him, but still just awful. Also, if “BAKING SODA!” becomes a thing, I’m going to retch.

All in all, this was a really good episode. A high point to go on mid-season break for, and the Christmas stuff wasn’t nearly as annoying as last time. Keeping Ralph from spreading his Ralphness all over the episode also undoubtedly helped. More Amunet, please.


Seasons 1-5 of The Flash are available now on Netflix. George Hatch can be found not coming up with a better coda than this on Twitter at @Raeseti.

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