Barry Allen gets a new suit from his team in The Flash season 4 episode 2, 'Mixed Signals', but while the new costume has bonus features, they don't seem all that helpful for the Scarlet Speedster while he is out saving the city. The CW series debuted its season 4 premiere, which saw the return of Barry to the real world. While he looked very different after half a year of being trapped in the Speed Force, he is rather eager to get back to his old life and self. By the end of the episode, thanks to a dangerous stunt Iris pulled, we see Barry as normal looking as possible, and Caitlin reports he’s now faster and healthier than ever.
While it seems that everything is back to normal, at least in regards to Team Flash with their hero and leader returned, Barry's escape from the Speed Force doesn't mean everything will be smooth sailing from now on. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed Barry's lost time in the Speed Force will have repercussions that will manifest in a lot of interesting ways, like returning to be Central City's local crime-fighting hero and putting on an upgraded suit chockful of new bells and whistles. We already saw the new armor courtesy of some promotional photos, but this is the first time we're seeing it in action.
The new promo for next week's episode, titled 'Mixed Signals', sees Barry officially getting Cisco's homecoming gift: a shiny new suit. Although Wally appears to be very impressed with the suit, Barry isn't. He looks perturbed, faking a smile as Cisco hands him a massive binder that turns out to be the user guide to his new suit. Things only get worse when the suit starts acting up during a mission, which makes for a very funny sequence. You can check out the full promo above.
Despite the comedic suit mishap - which is obviously part of The Flash returning to the fun and lighthearted tone of season 1 - Team Flash will need to get their game faces on, especially with a brand new villain arriving in Ramsey Deacon (Dominic Burgess), a metahuman who can control technology. Plus, down the line there will be the arguably more formidable foe in season 4's big bad, The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), prompting a highly cerebral battle for the Scarlet Speedster due to his new nemesis' extraordinary mental powers, thanks to his Thinking Cap.
We don't expect 'Mixed Signals' is the end of Barry's journey to get back to his own self. While it seems to be presented in such a funny way at this point, it is highly possible that him feeling uncomfortable and a little out of place within a group of people he genuinely loves and trusts will have some more serious consequences in the long run. However that pans out, fans are expecting nothing but another wild and enjoyable season of The Flash.
The Flash season 4 airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW