The Flash Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Mixed Signals

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It's not every day that a superhero must go to couples therapy as that was the latest adventure for Barry Allen on The Flash.

I loved that Barry Allen was back to his good old self, including doing a quick rendition of Risky Business. But then I remembered how it has been in the past when Barry is overly happy.

Heart To Heart - The Flash Season 4 Episode 2

It becomes a, well, blessing and a curse-ish on The Flash Season 4 Episode 2. It reminded me a little bit about when Oliver came back to Star City on Arrow Season 4 and had to get used to changes.

Oh, speaking of Arrow: I hope anyone who watched "Mixed Signals" was caught up on Arrow Season 6 Episode 1. Otherwise, that must have been one big spoiler alert. Whoops!

After seeing Lois Lane in therapy on Smallville, I never thought I would see something similar again on any other superhero show. It turns out I was wrong as that was exactly what we got here.

I appreciate the fact that Iris finally got to speak out her feelings. I get that Barry's action when he went into the Speed Force wasn't cruel per se. But you can't disagree with Iris because she made a great point.

Who Is Coming At Them - The Flash Season 4 Episode 2

How would you feel if that happened to you? If your true love made a big life-changing decision without you and then left you to go into some Speed Force?

I think Barry was so excited to be back in Central City that he needed to slow down. I wish there had been more of them in therapy, though. 

That was one of the strengths and weaknesses of "Mixed Signals". There was A LOT of things packed in this hour. 

I'm happy we got the therapy story at all, but it could have been done differently. At least Iris finally got to say how much everything was bothering her. 

Angel With A Blaster - The Flash Season 4 Episode 2

The Flash will probably not show us any more therapy scenes in near future, but ideally, I would like to see them do it at least one more time before the wedding.

I don't want it to be a one-off where they have now solved all their problems. You can't solve all your issues after one session!

If they at least keep talking with each other about being on the same page, I'm cool with no more therapy scenes. 

Cisco was the struggling aspect of "Mixed Signals" that I both understood yet disliked. At first, I thought it was going to be cool that Barry's new suit had all that new tech.

Multiverse Couple - The Flash Season 4 Episode 2

But then I got bad Spider-Man: Homecoming vibes when Cisco literally pulled a Tony Stark. I should not have to see someone as smart as Cisco do a Tony-mistake, but even worse.

Yes, it was for comedic effect, and logistics, too. And don't get me wrong, it was fun. But the thing with The Flash as a character is that he shouldn't have to rely so much on technology.

And it was almost out of character for Cisco to overdo it that much. As hilarious as seeing the comic nod to Fat Flash, it wasn't worth it at the expense of Cisco's intelligence.

I like when a character messes up and it feels organic. This situation, however, was overdone to the point where was no way that Cisco wouldn't look like a screw-up.

Smile A Little - The Flash Season 4 Episode 2

Then there is also Cisco and Gypsy. I was 100% on Gypsy's side the whole time because, man, did Cisco neglect her or what?!

I didn't expect myself to get so intrigued with the metahuman, Kilg%re. Whoever created him in the comics, I applaud their wacky creativity with the name.

If it hadn't been for the Thinker connection, he would have been a decent one-off baddie. But instead, we're now finally seeing external metahumans.

I'm excited that The Flash is exploring super-powered people that didn't get their powers in Central City. It makes the DC TV Universe feel bigger and not restrictive.

Overall, "Mixed Signals" was a fun hour with solid development for Barry and Iris. Hopefully, Barry takes this lesson into account moving forward. 

It makes me wish that the other DC TV couples would do something similar. Have we ever seen a couple deal with their conflicts in a mature way? I don't think so.

Now it is your turn to let us know what you thought of "Mixed Signals"! Did you love seeing Barry and Iris in couples therapy?

On a scale from 1-10, how much did Cisco mess up with the new suit? What could the Thinker be up to?

Remember you can watch The Flash online right here via TV Fanatic! Get caught up with the fastest man alive!

Mixed Signals Review

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The Flash Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Sharon: These notes are just for me. No one is judging you guys!
Iris: Yes, we know. [laughs]
Barry: Well my dad died too! Just for your notes...
Sharon: So Barry...Iris filled me in a little bit about the two of you on the phone before! Getting married?
Iris: Yeah, it's been a long road getting here!
Barry: Mhm!
Iris: First us growing up together and then I was engaged to someone else.
Sharon: Oh, OK!
Barry: That's worth a write down? He is actually dead too! [chuckles]
Sharon: Oh, you two have had to deal with a lot of trauma!
Iris: Well...
Barry: No, not uhm...
Iris: Eddie...and Ronnie
Barry: I mean a little...
Iris: My mom. H.R.
Barry: Not too much.
Iris: Laurel.
Barry: Some.
Iris: Snart.
Barry: We've been to a few funerals.
Iris: Yeah.

Barry: That particle accelerator explosion four years ago, you were living in Silicon Valley. So if you weren't here that night, how did you get your powers?
Kilgore: Oh wow! You are not going to believe it, it really was something though! A real life-changer! And do you two wanna know the best part? I wasn't the only one.
So, good luck gentlemen! Think Central City is about to have its hands full.