The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
When Arrow debuted on the CW that became a great moment for comic book fans. A great show. Acting, storylines, score, the works. Even though it was on TV it was still an epic comic book show that brought to life a story that even the big budget films could not do. During the second season Barry Allen was introduced mid-way through setting up not only the origin of the Flash, but setting up his own show as well. We also got to meet Caitlin Snow, and Cisco Ramon during the final episodes as well. The following year The Flash was launched and much like his super power it didn’t take long for the show to speed to the front of the CW pact.
Now that Arrow is sadly gone The Flash is easily the new frontrunner of the Arrowverse, although he has been for quiet sometime now. The Flash has always had a knack for introducing likable characters, adding great villains, always giving up a new Wells, and for a show that almost always have a fairly dark season story it can be not only humorous but very warm as well. Now I have yet to see a bad season of The Flash. This review is for Season 6, and it is still going strong creatively.
Season 6 takes place 4 months after Barry and Iris have lost their daughter Nora during the climax of season 5. Barry and Iris have comes to terms with her passing, or erased from existence if you will, but the rest of the team feels differently. As the first episode is usually a quick throw away the Flash attempts to stop a Black Hole from swallowing Central City. I only mention this because Cisco cues up the old Queen Flash Gordon song while Barry runs into it. Yes he does save the day . Form there the first part of the season deals with Barry trying to stop the impending Crisis that is coming, in which he is scheduled to die. He also during this time frame battles Bloodwork aka Ramsey Rosso a scientist who has injected himself with Dark Matter to possibly stop him from dying of HLH. He becomes able to use his blood, now overtaken with Dark Matter to control people to do his bidding. During this time we are introduced to the new Wells, Harrison “Nash” Wells and Indian Jones type adventurer who has come from Earth 1 to find Eternium to stop the Monitor and the impending Crisis, but more on that later. See Crisis was a giant Crossover that begins during the half way point, which I will cover later.
The second half beginning at episode 10 begins the main story line introducing Joseph Carver and his missing wife Eva who it turns out is alive and well, she’s just trapped in a “Mirror Universe” and thanks to a bungled job of investigating Iris is now not only trapped with her, but a Mirror doppelganger of her is now assuming her identity in the real world. Joseph is a billionaire tech guru but also a madman who has a team of assassin equipped with black hole guns to eliminate his enemies, two of which are Joe and Iris West To make matters worse Barry enhanced his speed during crisis which is killing the speed force, and in turn causing Barry to lose his powers. It all sets up the return to the real world of Eva who is now the famous villain The Mirror Master.
Now The Flash season 6 was good. It was a half and ¼ season. The first half was all about Crisis, which I will cover in a second. The following would have been the Mirror Master Storyline. Unfortunately for the Flash and the rest of the world Covid-19 happened. That caused production to be shut down so this season ends on the 19th episode as opposed to the usual 23rd so the final episode is actually the typical set up episode to the final, hence this season ends on a darker tone. Some people complained about that, but please keep in mind this happened because of pandemic it was no fault of the shows. Unfortunately during this time frame Hartley Sawyer who plays Ralph Dibny aka The Elongated Man was fired from the show after some old “Tweets” came to light. I wont get into that, as you can research that yourself.
Of course we had the villains of the weeks as always. We get old favorites like Grodd, Reverse Flash, Amunet Black, and more. We also get new ones like the Black Hole, Turtle, Goldface, and Sunshine. We deal with Killer Frost getting a great redemption arc, and the adventures of Ralph as he searches for, and finally finds Sue Dearbon. And we of course get the massive Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover. And fans if you buy the Blu-ray you get all 5 episodes of this massive event, that will never be done again.
Crisis on Infinite earths begins with the Flash, in fact it was already set up during the first episode of the very first season. All of the heroes from all the shows, this year join together to Stop the Anti Monitor from destroying all the earths. This was the most well done crossover event ever, and that’s saying a lot. I would rank this higher than any superhero film in terms of depth and story. Following a set up from the very first episode of the Flash (We see the newspaper saying he will die in Crisis) and culminating from the end of last year’s Elseworlds crossover we are witness to an event that will never happen again. In fact the creators themselves even said they would have to scale back the yearly crossovers as they could not see how to top this. We witness our earths heroes team with the Monitor to try and defeat the Anti Monitor who is going through all the multiverse’s destroying everything in his path in his goal to destroy all of humanity. Arrow, Team Flash, Batwoman, The Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lighting, and Supergirl all come together to travel through the different earths to stop him. Brandon Routh plays the iconic Superman from the movies (Earth 96)we see Burt Ward aka Robin, Kevin Conroy as Earth 99 Batman, and countless others. We even get the DC Streaming shows acknowledged like Titans, Doom Patrol, and Swamp Thing. This was an action packed monumental crossover the likes of which have never been done before. And it all works. It also brings about the death of Oliver Queen putting an end to the Arrow show that started it all.
Warner Brother has done an amazing job in terms of video and audio quality on this release is spot on. It really looks like a comic book come to life in terms of look and feel, The picture is crisp and brings everything to life. The Flash is a colorful show and this really makes everything pop. The audio is fantastic as everything comes blaring out of your surround sound. I love the score on the show it sounds fantastic. You get a nice amount of special features, and yes, you get the crisis crossover as well.
Another great season of the Flash that proves again why it’s the number one show on the CW. Sadly it ends on a weird not due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but its still a great one to sit back and enjoy.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!