Spoilers for anyone who isn't yet caught up with The Flash's current episodes.
With each new season of The Flash, it's imperative for viewers to steadily exercise their brains in order to handle the multi-layered prognostication that each episode inspires, usually in the final seconds. While the speedsters from earlier seasons made time travel the most maddeningly debatable element, Season 4 turned potentially everything we've seen and heard into questionable mysteries, thanks to The Thinker's thought-provoking plot.
With only a handful of episodes left before Season 4 has gone off into that pocket universe in the sky, I still have almost too many questions remaining about so many different aspects of The Thinker's twisty and exposition-averting arc. So let's go over a bunch of them, shall we?
What Is The Enlightenment?
In the simplest terms, The Enlightenment can be defined as "Clifford DeVoe's grand plan for The Flash and Central City," but by this point, we're needing a lot more than just the simplest terms. DeVoe first mentioned a seemingly a lower-case enlightenment back before Barry ended up in jail, and it hasn't really been fleshed out any further since, though vocal shoutouts have been scattered. I have to assume he has been or will be developing a device meant to take over the minds of everyone in the city, or on the entire planet. But is he actually going to make them smarter and more logical? Or dumber and more subservient? Will anyone actually be enlightened here?
Seriously, Why Those Twelve Specific Bus Metas?
Throughout Season 4, The Thinker has targeted a dozen metahumans whose powers sprouted when Barry escaped the Speed Force, and it's been made abundantly clear The Thinker orchestrated it all for very specific outcomes, thanks to his powers of projecting such specific outcomes. It all made fine enough Arrow-verse sense for him to want metas with relevant abilities like Ralph's, Brainstorm's, and Melting Pot's. But was Hazard really necessary? Or Null? OR THE FIDDLER? Could six or seven metas not have been enough for DeVoe? Considering Ralph Dibney's arrival in Season 4 made a continuity error out of Ralph's Season 1 namecheck as a victim of the first particle accelerator explosion, I'm wary a comprehensive answer may not arrive.