"I just... I can't tell you... how I feel, Iris. It's like... everything that was wrong in my life. The pain, my past, my mistakes, it's all just washed away, and all I see is you, and us, and our future together. Iris, it's gonna be great."
Barry Allen to Iris West
"The Flash Reborn" is the first episode of the fourth season of The Flash, and the seventieth episode overall. It aired on October 10, 2017.


With Barry in the speed force, Iris, Kid Flash, Joe and Vibe have taken over protecting Central City. However, when a powerful armored villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn't appear, Cisco makes a risky decision to break Barry out of the speed force. However, the Barry that comes out isn't the same Barry that went in.[1]



  • The title of the episode is an homage to the title of the Season 1 episode "The Flash is Born".
  • This is the third episode of the series not to feature Tom Cavanagh.
  • This is the first episode of the series to use a new title card.
  • This is the first on-screen appearance of Shawna Baez since "Rogue Air".
  • Barry's spectacular return from the Speed Force and his apparent confused state of mind while reuniting with Team Flash in the CCPD precinct somewhat resembles the Season 4 premiere of Smallville, entitled "Crusade". The latter episode features the return of protagonist Clark Kent from a several-month-long imprisonment in another plane of existence alongside some temporary personality changes.
  • After Barry returns from the Speed Force, he quotes numerous lines from the past and the future:
  • Near the start of the episode, when the Samuroid first appears, Cisco jokingly calls him "Mifune". This is a reference to the famed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, well known for his work with Kurosawa (above) and also referenced in the animated series Soul Eater and Naruto.
    • Cisco also mockingly nicknames the Samuroid as "Samurai Jackass", before going back on his suggestion. This is a reference to the animated series Samurai Jack.
  • Wally refers to the Samuroid as Kurosawa, referencing famous Japanese film director and screenwriter, Akira Kurosawa.
  • Cisco claims to have "made a few slight modifications" to the Speed Force bazooka, making note of his reference to the well-known phrase by Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise.
  • When needing to wake Barry up, Cisco thinks of playing Poker Face by Lady Gaga, which was the same song Barry previously woke up to in "Pilot".
  • Cisco suggests that Barry's time may have given him the answers to "life, the universe, and everything", referencing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    • Caitlin follows this up by joking that the symbols Barry is drawing is his way of giving "42" to the prior question, a reference to its occurrence in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Killer Frost references the Hulk with the phrase "Don't make me frosty. You wouldn't like me when I'm frosty."
  • This is the second time that The Flash's new suit appeared in the series. The first time was in the episode "The Once and Future Flash", which is worn by Barry's future self in 2024.
  • Cisco exclaims, "Great Caesar's ghost!", a phrase popularly used by DC character Perry White, and "Excelsior", the catchphrase of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.
  • Cisco mentions that Felicity Smoak and Curtis Holt were among those who helped him modify the Speed Force bazooka. This confirms that Felicity and Curtis were among the survivors of the Lian Yu explosions in the Arrow Season 5 finale, "Lian Yu".


  1. Flash Season Premiere Spoilers: “The Flash Reborn” - FlashTVNews
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