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The Flash’s seventh season revealed a show that felt too often like it was running in place with little sense of direction. The pandemic forced the sixth season to end without a conclusion. That led to several episodes of Season 7 to be used to wrap up the big conflict and payoff Season 6.
In truth, the Mirror Monarch storyline already wore out its welcome by the end of Season 6 and was limping towards the finish line. With that arc resolved, showrunner Eric Wallace adapted a modern storyline from the comic books involving the Forces.
This led to a weird stretch where Barry and Iris decided the four people that came into possession of these Forces were their children.
It was an awkward main plot. The writers actually made some huge strides in giving the supporting cast subplots of consequence.
There’s little chance the writers could craft such lackluster subplots for everyone again so hopefully these were a result of a pandemic hangover.
Sawyer Hartley’s firing led to a quick write-off of Ralph/Elongated Man while Cisco had a less prominent role as actor Carlos Valdes moved on.
New arrivals to the core team, Chester (Brandon McKnight) and Allegra (Kayla Compton), fit in fine although they definitely feel like replacements. Danielle Panabaker’s Killer Frost is responsible for some of the more frustrating stories throughout the season.
The Forces weren’t the main threat as the writers again tried to make Godspeed a formidable foe yet he just fell into the just another speedster trap of every speed-focused villain since Zoom.
Barry and Iris’ dead daughter, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), returned from another universe only to be joined this time by her brother, Bart (Jordan Fisher) as new speedster Impulse.
Most of these developments were underwhelming and disappointing although it was nice to see Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) have some dedicated subplots.
Season 7 was one of the weaker seasons of the series so far. Hopefully with a renewed focus and more time to chart a season next year will be an improvement to get the series back on the right track.
Episode 1 – All’s Wells That Ends Wells
Episode 2 – The Speed of Thought
Episode 3 – Mother
Episode 4 – Central City Strong
Episode 5 – Fear Me
Episode 6 – The One with the Nineties
Episode 7 – Growing Pains
Episode 8 – The People vs. Killer Frost
Episode 9 – Timeless
Episode 10 – Family Matters, Part 1
Episode 11 – Family Matters, Part 2
Episode 12 – Good-Bye Vibrations
Episode 13 – Masquerade
Episode 14 – Rayo De Luz
Episode 15 – Enemy at the Gates
Episode 16 – P.O.W.
Episode 17 – Heart of the Matter, Part 1
Episode 18 – Heart of the Matter, Part 2
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This time felt like a missed opportunity to include a featurette on the challenges of shooting a series during a pandemic. A typical season journey summary can be somewhat slow and dull, but making a show as the world continues dealing with COVID-19 would have been a fascinating hopefully one-time featurette.
DC FanDome 2020: The Flash – (33.52)
This is The Flash panel from DC FanDome with most of the main cast members teasing a glimpse of what’s in store for Season 7. It’s a nice feature filled with the panel selfie cam views everyone saw far too much of in 2020.
Gag Reel – (10:10 minutes)
These are always fun and this one was especially entertaining watching the cast trying to spout some of the show’s science mumbo jumbo dialogue. It’s clear the cast enjoys working with each other and has a great time. That’s what makes it such a shame that so little of this season was as enjoyable as this feature.
The Journey Ends: Carlos and Tom (9:41 minutes)
This was a comprehensive look at the chemistry with Cisco and Wells. Cast and crew talk about the importance of the characters and what Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh brought to the roles. Curiously, there’s no direct interviews from Valdes or Cavanagh.
For this segment, most of the crew talks in a socially distant setting from their homes. This leads to inconsistent high quality video as it varies from the crew member’s video setup.
Again, this is one of those scenarios where some acknowledgement of the pandemic would have provided a unique time stamp on this season and the extra precautions and measures taken even for Blu-Ray supplemental material.
Never Alone: Heroes and Allies (20:49)
This featurette focuses on the wider CW Verse shows (Batwoman, Stargirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Superman & Lois) and a historical look at sidekicks. Geoff Johns is the lead talking head in this segment as a terrific gatekeeper and DC historian beyond his responsibilities as the series creator of Stargirl.
With a full 1080p full HD video and DTS-HD master audio for English 5.1, the video quality is impressive. It’s not reference quality, but you won’t have any issue with how it looks or sounds. This is basically the same high quality you could expect when watching the broadcast HD version.
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