The Flash Season 4 Episode 16 Recap/Review: 'Run, Iris, Run'

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Last week's episode of The Flash was very unique despite it kind of breaking the rules of Barry's power limit. This week is very different though mainly because Barry is without his powers as Iris now becomes a speedster. 

Before the adventure begins, Harrison Wells wants to ask the team if he should make his own 'Intelligence Booster' similar to the one that Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker uses.

Everyone seems on board with the idea apart from Cisco because he's scared Wells will become a mad scientist like DeVoe himself.

I'm actually with Wells on this as I feel Team Flash needs all of the help they can get to beat DeVoe in his match of chess.

Any chance they can out think The Thinker will be really helpful as nothing has worked so far.

While Wells works on that, a bank robbery occurs in Central City as a British man is stealing money from a vault. He practically can shoot fire out of the palms of his hands and can melt metal like butter. 

Interestingly enough, a brave Asian man by the name of Matthew Kim stands up to the robber as some type of hero. When he touches the man, his powers are removed which causes the police to come. 

Sadly, Matthew Kim runs away from the scene not allowing anyone to congratulate him. After the incident, Team Flash arrive to investigate exactly what the heck is really going on. 

Iris and Joe head to the hospital where Matthew Kim works to try and question him on how he managed to de-power the robber. Kim is hesitant to answer any questions and threatens Iris. 

Joe calls The Flash to come, but Kim de-powers Barry. In the process of this, Kim runs away yet again while Iris now has powers like The Flash!

It's kind of refreshing to see Iris out on the field rather than just hiding behind a desk. Iris is not as brave as she used to be, so it was great to see her become more fearless. 

However, Iris is far from being a confident hero because it's her first day on the job. Her first assignment is to save people from a fiery building but she fails to put out the fire. 

Cisco has to breach her out of danger and everyone is worried that Iris is not ready to become a hero yet.

The problem is that there is no other speedster around and Ralph Dibny is becoming a hermit as he's too scared to face Clifford DeVoe.

With nobody else able to save the city, Iris has to use her powers once more when another fiery dude threatens the city. This time it's a man that was at the robbery scene where Kim transferred powers to. 

Kim is unaware that he only transfers powers to different humans as he initially thought he was a "hero" de-powering criminals.

Iris now has to face the fiery man, but he creates a tornado which is hard for her to handle.

Harrison Wells comes up with brilliant idea to use his 'Intelligence Booster/Thinking Cap' to help Iris in this situation. He says she should use her speed to create a tidal wave big enough to extinguish the bad guy's powers. 

To me, this was the most unrealistic scene of the entire episode. Huge tidal waves are usually deadly and they cause a lot more destruction than what was shown here in The Flash. 

Despite being a huge tidal wave, the water was small enough to extinguish the bad guy without causing any additional property damage.

This was a little too convenient for my taste, although it was nice to see Iris be the hero for once.

At the end of the show, Iris and Barry agree to swap sides again as being a hero is much harder than it looks. Kim changes the powers around, although this might not be the last we see of him. 

Team Flash want Kim on their side because his power could become useful in the future against Clifford DeVoe.

I have a feeling Harrison Wells might become the new "Thinker" since he's loving the amount of power he gets from his own Intelligence Booster.

Anyway, this week's episode was not as exciting as last week's one but at least we got to see a much braver Iris.

Not to mention the comedy did not feel as forced and unfunny as it has been thanks to Ralph Dibny only getting a smaller part this week.

The Flash is on a break until April 10th, so we will have to wait for a month to see how things will unfold. There are only two more metahumans left for both Team Flash and DeVoe to find!

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