Plot Lines of The Flash: Season 4, Episode 14 “Subject 9”

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.

A Plot: The Devil Went Down to Central City

This episode featured the introduction of The Fiddler, a DC Comics character who was a villain of Jay Garrick, the original Flash. As often happens with the show, some changes were made in the transition from comics to television. Most notably, the Fiddler went from being a man named Isaac Bowin to a woman named Izzie Bowin. Also, instead of being a villain she was, at worst, an anti-hero and at best a strong woman who was confident in her abilities. However, now that DeVoe has taken over her body it’s possible that we will see a more comics-accurate portrayal of the character (although I like it best when the writers keep things fresh by tweaking these adaptations).

Bowin, the ninth bus meta, seems to be the key to DeVoe having a sustainable body but that could change at any time. There are four more metas to find and each new one could seem just as important to The Thinker as the last. Remember, he’s building up to something and I find it hard to believe that he’s found his final form already. I’m guessing one of these metas, the last one to be found, will have a power that allows DeVoe to contain all of the dark energy he’s absorbed from taking on the powers of the bus metas.

This episode also featured a lesson in leadership for Barry. For the first time, he’s found himself in charge of people who need his leadership. This was something that wasn’t really explored with Wally and Jesse. Barry tried the hardass approach with Izzie and it drove her away after injuring her and nearly alienating Dibney in the process. He earned some side-eye from the team when he told Cisco to work faster. We’re exploring not only Barry’s lack of experience leading new metas who need someone to follow but also his obsessive nature when it comes to defeating a supervillain. I feel like the lack of a personal grudge between the Thinker and Barry allows the writers some room to explore these other aspects of the title character and I’m liking what I’m seeing.

B Plot: Restless Cecile Syndrome

I’m really starting to wonder what is the point of Cecile getting powers? So far, the only significance has been her being the catalyst for the cerebral inhibitor, which didn’t even work, so that was a letdown. I have to think her newfound powers are more important than this and I can only come up with one thing: she’ll be the key to defeating DeVoe. Admittedly, I have nothing to go on other than the fact that they both have mind powers. That’s pretty flimsy but I’m curious to see how this may unfold in the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading!