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SERIES INFO

Created By:
Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg
Cast:
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
Writing Credits:
Various

Synopsis:
Barry "The Flash" Allen tries to stop Eva McCulloch and also find a way to locate his missing wife Iris West-Allen.

MPAA:
Rated TV-14.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English

Runtime: 762 min.
Price: $44.98
Release Date: 10/12/2021

Bonus:
• Deleted Scenes
• “DC Fandome” Featurette
• Gag Reel
• “The Journey Ends” Featurette
• “Never Alone” Featurette


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The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (December 28, 2021)

While we wait for the character’s feature film to arrive in 2022, we can watch the continued TV adventures of The Flash. Here comes Season Seven, and all 18 of its episodes appear on this three-disc set. The plot synopses come from IMDB.

All’s Well That Ends Wells: “When an experiment to save Barry's (Grant Gustin) speed backfires, Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh) searches for a way to save The Flash and comes up with a dangerous plan. Iris (Candace Patton) makes a startling realization inside the Mirrorverse.”

Because I’m old and forgetful, I never remember how the prior season ended when the new one starts. This means that even with a show-opening summary, I feel out of the loop.

I admit I’d prefer that one year wrap up events and start fresh the next. At least that’d leave me less confused.

My addled brain aside, “Wells” becomes a clever open to Season 7. Granted, its climax blatantly rips off Star Trek II, but this still becomes a lively launch to S7.

The Speed of Thought: “When Barry suddenly gains the power of speed thinking, he attempts to use his new gift to save Iris. While Barry is thrilled with his new power, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is hesitant to trust it. Eva (Efrat Dor) must face a shattering truth.”

The “speed thinking” element adds an interesting twist, but the choice to make “super smart Barry” an emotionless automaton works less well. Though the episode still has a lot going for it, this trite element becomes a drag on it.

Mother: “As Eva becomes more powerful, Barry and team must find a way to stop her. An old friend risks her life to help.”

On one hand, “Mother” offers some pretty good plot points and action. On the other, we find out the source of Barry’s speed is… love. Seriously?

Central City Strong: “Abra Kadabra (David Dastmalchian) returns to Central City seeking revenge for an unimaginable wrong. Meanwhile, a mysterious behemoth strikes at the city.”

The return of Dastmalchian always offers a welcome presence, so he adds spark to the proceedings. On the other hand, “PTSD Iris” follows cliché paths that drag down the episode. Still, Dastmalchian becomes enough to buoy the show, though some CG that would’ve looked bad 15 years ago turns into another issue.

Fear Me: “A new villain named Psych (Ennis Esmer) strikes at the people of Central City, giving them visions of their worst fears - and Flash is his next target.”

Isn’t Psych really just a ripoff of Batman’s Scarecrow? The two do seem awfully similar, and Psych also leans into Freddy Krueger territory. Still, the narrative brings some good action, and a Killer Frost subplot works.

The One With the Nineties: “Cisco and Chester (Brandon McKnight) travel back in time and get stuck in 1998, where they repeat the same day over and over again.”

The episode’s title offers a wink at Friends, though no one should expect “Nineties” to reflect that series. Still, it comes with enough fun moments to make it a pretty good episode.

Growing Pains: “When a mysterious ice powered enemy frames Frost (Danielle Panabaker) for a brutal crime, she must find a way to clear her name. Barry and Iris have a surprise houseguest, and Joe continues to deal with Kristen Kramer (Carmen Moore).”

I’ve never much cared for Frost/Caitlin, largely because Panabaker doesn’t impress as an actor. Nonetheless, “Pains” offers a pretty good mix of action and intrigue, so it becomes a solid episode.

The People Vs. Killer Frost: “With Frost facing an unjust punishment for her past crimes, Caitlin goes to great lengths to save her sister. Meanwhile, Barry's efforts to protect Speed Force Nora (Michelle Harrison) lead to a shocking discovery.”

Though not a bad show, “People” goes down some rather melodramatic paths. Add to that some heavy-handed symbolism related to the “meta cure” and this becomes a decent but erratic episode.

Timeless: “After a devastating betrayal, Barry turns to Timeless Wells for help. Iris leads Team Citizen down a dangerous road in search of answers. Cisco confides his biggest fear to Kamilla (Victoria Park).”

I have to admit the “Forces” of S7 leave me semi-cold, and their exploration here just feels like more iffy symbolism. Some intriguing threads emerge but the episode overall sputters a bit.

Family Matters Part 1: “Iris is pushed to the limit as she seeks to uncover the mysterious truth about Psych. Barry initiates a new training system, that could potentially backfire. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Cisco make life-altering decisions.”

As always, I defer comments about two-parters until I get to Part 2 – so go there!

Family Matters Part 2: “Barry and Iris come together to try and stop a dangerous force from destroying Central City.”

“Matters” involves two of the series’ less interesting characters: Fuerza and Psych. That’s a negative, and the continued involvement of the “Forces” becomes a problem as well.

Toss in a ridiculously simplistic resolution to the Frost saga and this becomes a blah pair of shows. At least “Matters” apparently wraps up the Forces narrative, so hopefully we’ll move ahead from here.

Good-Bye Vibrations: “Cisco and Kamilla tell the team they are leaving Central City. Barry, Iris and Caitlin don't have much time to digest the news because a new version of Rainbow Raider strikes and OG Team Flash must join together one final time.”

Though Cisco’s (apparent) departure could lean toward the sappy side of the street, “Vibrations” opts for a large dollop of comedy. This works well and makes “Vibrations” a fun episode that lets S7 bounce back after some lackluster shows.

Masquerade: “Cecile faces her past when a new enemy traps her in a mental mindscape. Chester questions his place on the team taking Cisco's position.”

Much of “Masquerade” comes with a “been there, done that” feel, as it gives us a story that seems like material we’ve seen in the past. It manages occasional moments of inventiveness but ends up as a mediocre show overall.

Rayo de Luz: “When Ultraviolet (Alexa Barajas) returns to Central City, Allegra is determined to find her cousin and change her heart. Joe finds evidence that Kristen Kramer may not be the good cop she appears to be.”

Can I dislike an episode with fights between hot women clad in tight clothes? No, I cannot. Even without that appeal, “Rayo” manages pretty good action and intrigue, so it bounces back after the lackluster “Masquerade”.

Enemy at the Gates: “When an army of Godspeeds attack Central City, Barry and Iris must put their family plans on hold and focus on the latest threat to their home. Chillblaine (Jon Cor) is released from prison and claims to be reformed but Frost has her doubts.”

Though Iris’s apparent pregnancy becomes the dominant topic of “Enemy”, it tosses a lot of other subjects at the viewer as well. This makes it a fast-paced episode but not one with great focus.

POW: “John Diggle (David Ramsey) arrives in Central City with a weapon to help Barry stop the Godspeed War. Allegra and Ultraviolet's new bond is put to the ultimate test, while Joe and Kristin Kramer are hunted by a former colleague of hers.”

With little time left in Season 7, “POW” ratchets up the narrative intrigue. It does enough to make it a good teaser for the two-part finale.

Heart of the Matter Part 1: “Barry and Iris greet their future children, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Bart (Jordan Fisher), only for a shocking secret to threaten their new familial harmony. The Godspeed war intensifies and threatens to destroy Central City.”

Keep moving!

Heart of the Matter Part 2: “The Flash enlists a host of speedster allies, including Iris and his children from the future to end the speedster war and defeat a deadly new adversary: The villainous Godspeed.”

“Heart” winds up S7 on a blah note, mostly because it works too hard to become Big and Melodramatic. Everything gets amped to 11, and this makes the show grating more than exciting.

Also, we get the unwelcome return of the ever-annoying Nora, and Bart seems irritating as well. Though much of S7 offers entertainment, “Heart” becomes an underwhelming finale.


The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B+/ Bonus C

The Flash appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The episodes come with solid visuals.

Sharpness became a minor issue at times, as the shows could look a little softer than usual. However, most of the time the programs remained well-defined and accurate.

No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to materialize.

As usual, Flash went with a largely teal and orange palette, though we got purples and reds at times as well. Within production choices, the hues looked appropriately vivid.

Blacks came across as deep and dense, while low-light shots offered solid smoothness and delineation. The episodes consistently looked good.

In addition, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Flash offered engaging soundscapes. With ample amounts of action of display, all five channels received ample usage, and the information meshed together in a compelling, involving manner.

Music sounded full and rich, while speech seemed natural and concise. Effects boasted strong range and impact, with fine low-end response as necessary. The audio worked well for the shows.

14 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 22 minutes, We get clips for “Mother” (4 segments, 6:29), “The One With the Nineties” (1, 1:48), “Timeless” (2, 2:37). “Family Matters, Part 2” (1, 1:02), “Good-Bye Vibrations” (2, 5:19), “Masquerade” (1, 0:36), and “Heart of the Matter Part 2” (3, 4:09).

Most of these tend toward short additions and minor character pieces. Nothing I could call memorable appears.

On Disc Two, DC FanDome runs 33 minutes, 52 seconds and provides a Zoom panel. Conducted by Entertainment Weekly’s Chancellor Agard, the chat includes executive producer Eric Wallace and actors Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Nicholet, Brandon McKnight and Kayla Compton.

The panel discussion covers aspects of Season Seven. It leans promotional but some decent notes emerge.

Personal footnote: Agard is the son of a long-time co-worker and I saw him occasionally as a kid. They grow up so fast!

On Disc Three, a Gag Reel spans 10 minutes, 10 seconds and presents the standard allotment of silliness and mistakes. A little of that content goes a long way, and 10 minutes wears out the welcome.

The Journey Ends spans nine minutes, 41 seconds and offers remarks from Wallace, Panabaker and writers Kristen Kim and Lauren Barnett.

“Ends” looks at the Cisco and Wells characters as well as their relationship on the series. It offers a few useful thoughts but it mostly exists to praise the actors involved.

Finally, Never Alone goes for 20 minutes, 49 seconds and features Wallace, Panabaker, actor Camrus Johnson, Stargirl executive producer Geoff Johns, Batwoman executive producer Caroline Dries, Superman & Lois executive producer Todd Helbing, and Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Phil Klemmer.

With “Alone”, we look at sidekicks/secondary characters in the DC universe. This becomes a somewhat superficial show but it adds some interesting facts and notes.

With Season Seven of The Flash, we get a good but erratic batch of shows. Still, the series displays enough life to make this a largely enjoyable set of adventures. The Blu-rays boast very good picture and audio along with a modest set of supplements. This doesn’t become the best season of The Flash but it comes with enough entertainment to make it work.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3 Stars Number of Votes: 1
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