REVIEW: The Flash, S4 Ep12 – Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash

The Flash appropriately continues to take a break from diving back into the Devoe situation, and delivers another lighthearted episode, with potentially high stakes involved. With a title like “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash” we can expect something a bit on the fun side and The Flash definitely hits the mark. When a new meta-human is discovered with the ability to shrink and enlarge people and objects, Ralph and Cisco land in the crossfire resulting in them becoming two inches tall. This new meta-human, officially known as Dwarfstar (Derek Mears), also has a strong connection to that of Barry’s prison buddy Big Sir (Bill Goldberg) which can lead to Big Sir’s release. Meanwhile, Cecille’s pregnancy ignites a meta-human ability to read minds which leads to some drama in her relationship with Joe.

Cecille and Joe go to therapy

Despite being in a relationship with Joe and knowing the truth about Barry, a lot of time it feels like Cecille hasn’t been officially inducted into Team Flash. She still feels like an outsider. This week’s episode helps flesh her out a bit and strengthen her relationship with Joe by supplying Cecille with telepathy. For the most part, this sub plot is played up for laughs, particularly moments where Cecille is just having fun reading everyone’s mind, or reading the mind of her and Joe’s eventual couples therapist. The situation does lead to revelations within her relationship, and brings to light thoughts of other characters like Wells and Iris. All that being said, while the sub plot was enjoyable, the episode could have been just as good without it, though this new ability of Cecille’s could lead to much more in future episodes.

The meat of the episode dealt with taking down Dwarfstar. Coincidentally, Dwarfstar is the man responsible for murdering a security guard whose death Big Sir was blamed and imprisoned for. This is without a doubt a huge coincidence, but Harrison Wells does point that fact out and even suggests this coincidence may be for a purpose, possibly even something orchestrated by Devoe. For much of the episode, Barry instills hope in Big Sir making him believe that Dwarfstar will be arrested and will confess to his crime freeing Big Sir in the process. Of course, things don’t go to plan. I say “of course” because the episode makes it pretty obvious that things won’t go according to plan, since there should be some consequence for Barry making promises he knows he cannot guarantee.

The Dwarfstar debacle, like the Cecile sub plot, was also played up for mostly laughs as both Ralph and Cisco shrink. Their lives do end up being threatened when Wells makes a mistake with his embiggening ray. The battle between Team Flash and Dwarfstar had a satisfying ending, with Cisco and Ralph finding a way in front of Dwarfstar’s crossfire once again in order to return to normal size. Even though Dwarfstar does not confess to the murder that landed Big Sir in prison, Big Sir still gets the “movie ending” Barry promised, as Barry breaks him out of prison and brings him to a secluded village in China. All seems well and the episode seems to conclude with a happy ending, although a shocking twist does occur in the final act.

Introducing Sylbert Rundin, a.k.a. Dwarfstar

In “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash,” we find out that the Iron Heights Prison Warden Gregory Wolfe (Richard Brooks) is working with Amunet Black (Katee Sackhoff). Barry’s sudden interest in freeing Big Sir makes a suspicious Wolfe plant a hidden camera right outside of Barry’s cell, allowing Wolfe to see Barry use his super speed. The episode concludes as we realize Barry will become another person in Amunet Black’s meta-human trafficking ring. While Katee Sackhoff’s portrayal of Amunet Black has been one of this season’s weaker elements, it’s good to see that Barry will be in a completely different predicament next week. There are only so many episodes The Flash can have with Barry living the normal prison life. Overall, “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash” was enjoyable throughout, supplied plenty of laughs and fun moments, while also providing some tension and a surprising twist. While not necessary to main plot, Cecille’s telepathy dilemma provided some much needed character development and laughs, as did Ralph and Cisco’s predicament.