TV Review: The Flash [S4Ep18] “Lose Yourself”

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 4.17.18

Synopsis:

The Team Flash grits hit the pan. They confront Devoe. Heroes are made. Heroes are hurt. Heroes are killed. Heroes are gone. And the show feels like it should for the first time in a very long time.

You Complete Me

The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThis is the Ralph show, featuring a lil’ bit of Barry.

So anyway FlashDib tracks down the bus that got hit by the dark matter and STOP.
A.R.G.U.S. would’ve been all over that bus. There is absolutely NO WAY IN GRUNT that bus would’ve just been sitting out in the open like that. Ugh. But anyway. They have some more really annoying exchanges, and Barry takes a poke at Man of Steel by saying that “people with their abilities” don’t have to kill. There’s “always another way.” Mmm hmm.

Barry’s so moral that I guess I’m not going to bring up how imprisoning metas in the pipeline was illegal, since it bypasses their due process, and also cruel and unusual punishment. Because how could you not go crazy in that little cell? I know I sure would. Moving on.

Schlup Schlup and Away

The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerHarry’s got a sonic scepter powerful enough to decapitate Devoe with one strike, and kill him with two. So we can already foresee the scene where Barry stops somebody from strike two.

Caitlin talks to herself as Killer Frost and it’s the funniest thing. Notes n’ such. So she’s figured out how to stimulate her adrenal glands and control her changes now. That’s awesome. I also want you to notice how useless Iris is in all this. Did she really have to tell Cisco to incorporate the scepter into their tech? Did she really have to tell Caitlin to “get that pen ready?” Um, that would be a big fat NOPE on both.

The Fab Four BAMF to the next spatial displacement event, thinking that Devoe will show up, or the last meta. It’s the last meta, Edwin Gouss, in his draws and bathrobe. And he falls back into his spatial warp like it’s a toilet. Let’s hurry up and get to some real action, folks.

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How Big art thy Britches

Harry’s melting down. He holds that cap now like, the precioussssss. Joe recognizes his addiction and asks to borrow it, but Harry is still like, it is my precioussssssss. Yep we can see the end coming. And if only a speedster can access the Gideon room…

Hard to believe they let Barry and Caitlin share the screen. And that Iris was the one that “assigned” them to work together. Caitlin’s all about unleashing that inner penguin in the hippie complex where Gouse is hiding. More speeches about not killing. Could they telegraph it any harder?

The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerHOLY COW CAITLIN GOT STABBED.

Cutting through Team Flash

Aaaaaaaaand just like that she’s alright. *Whew* I was worried there for a minute, but apparently her frost powers also include accelerated healing. That doesn’t make any sense, I think, but we’ll go with it. Barry’s increased metabolism is one thing, but what do Caitlin’s cold powers have to do with healing? Thing about it was, just a few inches to the right, it would’ve gone through her heart. Yikes.

Ralph is again pushing killing Devoe. Barry and Iris are really irritated with him, but he does have a point that Team Flash never varies their strategy. Doesn’t take accelerated thinking to outthink that. Then there’s some more stupidity with Gouss and Ralph. Turns out Gouss his seen Devoe and Marlize already. I have to admit the fact that the last meta is a total stoner is kinda funny.The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker

Showdown at S.T.A.R. Labs Corral

Cisco is building a model Enterprise NCC-1701 that a crazed Harry destroys, and Joe finally confronts Wells about his addiction to his cap. The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThe preciousssssssss. I think Cisco should’ve smacked the crap out of Wells. I really do. That was uncalled for. Also, everybody talks like Scotty when we’re dealing with TOS. #GeekKnowledge
Joe is also useful here, which is a welcome change.

Barry confronts Ralph on his way to kill Devoe, Ralph silly-putty’s the scepter inside of his rib cage. Barry finally acts like he’s the fastest man alive with a suh-WEET off the wall supersonic punch and lays Ralph out cold. I told you, heroes only get their powers right when they fight each other. How many times have we seen Barry in a situation where he should’ve done that? But anyway, I love when Flash acts like Flash so I’ll take it.

You are a Moron

“Thor, son of Odin?” Is it just me, or is that the second time this show has made a reference to a Marvel movie? What is UP with that? Same thing happened on last week’s Kryptonwith Adam Strange almost calling himself Dr. Strange. DC’s envy is showing.

More preaching by Barry. Ralph reveals that he’s scared for his friends. It was really a touching moment. Ralph’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep Team Flash safe.

Also, notice how Barry didn’t even try to hide his identity from Stoner Warp.

PSYCHE, Devoe’s ahead of them again, and he/she’s all hologrammy at home while teleporting to S.T.A.R. Labs and absorbing their data. Wowzers.

Purple Reign

The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerDevoe has out-thought Team Flash again, but that’s honestly not too hard.

So guess what? Iris has an earring bomb. Holy crap that was all Mission Impossible of her. Devoe sics t-bone T-rex on Ralph, Harry caps up, Iris and Marlize square off. Marlize is wicked with that sword. Harry overdoses on dark matter and passes out. Ralph super stretches his legs to run away from Jurassic numbskull, and then knocks him out. Go Ralph! Unfortunately Devoe does what he came there to do and absorbs the remaining metas. They’re all dead and he’s got their powers. Iris only avoids death because she’s got main character powers HOLY CRAP IRIS STABBED HERSELF AND SHOVED MARLIZE BACK THROUGH DEVOE’S PORTAL. The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThe Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThe Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThe Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThe Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThat was awesome! Joe took out the samurai. Ralph uses his sonic scepter key imprint to morph his hand into it, and has a chance to kill Devoe…..but he doesn’t. He just ties him up. Turns out Ralph was listening to Barry after all.

HOLY CRAP GOUSS/DEVOE WAS FAKING. HE NULLS BARRY HEAVY AND STARTS TO ABSORB RALPH.

He succeeds. Ralph dies. And then Devoe Ralph rises and takes out Flash, Vibe, and Killer Frost. And I am speechless. Too bad they made it easy for him and attacked one at a time. Devoe rubs Barry’s face in it as he thanks him for training Ralph and then back-portals out of there. Holy Mother of Ninjas.The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker

Did I ask for action? Yah this episode shut my mouth.

The Agony of Defeat

Everyone’s super sad and HOLY CRAP CAITLIN’S NOT KILLER FROST ANY MORE. …..What? That’s just the end of that? Waitaminnit, what? She looks at her notes to herself like she lost her twin sister….

Okay, I have this feeling, since I doubt Ralph will stay permanently dead, that Killer Frost’s power will be restored to Caitlin at some point in the future. I didn’t think I’d be sad if Caitlin ever became normal again…but I am. Just wow. The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle PanabakerThe question will also be, will she want it if it becomes available again?

Iris finds Barry at Ralph’s office cleaning up. But Barry’s so broken and dour he won’t even talk to his wife. That was deep. That’s not the first time Barry’s done that, but you could see the utter hurt in Iris’ eyes. Barry has a drink in Ralph’s honor to a very sad soundtrack and I have to wonder what show I’m watching this episode was so powerful.

Ralphvoe and Marlize toast to their victory. Turns out Ralph’s body can handle Clifford’s mind without breaking down and HOLY CRAP HE STRETCHES BACK INTO DEVOE AND THEY TOTALLY MAKE OUT. He even looks younger and more dashing. Team Flash is defeated like never before, and Marlize and Clifford are reunited and I am freaking the GRUNT out.The Flash, 4x18, Lose Yourself, The Flash review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker

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Conclusions

I’m just speechless. This is the show we wanted. This is the show we fell in love with. This episode was BOSS. I’m not going to erase it from my hard drive. Parts of it I just kept watching over and over. I sure hope they keep this level up until the end. We’ve yet to see how many of the consequences seen today are actually going to stick by season’s end, but in terms of giving us that thrilling, can’t wait until the next episode feeling?

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