Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
Warning: Spoilers ahead
The Scarlet Speedster has finally returned to our screens with its 7th Season. It has been one of my personal favourites from the Arrowverse other than Supergirl. However, to say that its previous season was a disappointment would be an understatement. Season 6 seems to be the weakest of The Flash in my humble opinion. The writing was weak sauce and it cannot be blamed solely on the interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I think that the writers are simply running out of ideas.
The pacing was all over the place especially during the pre-Crisis episodes. Team Flash was preoccupied by the fact that The Monitor decreed that in order for the Universe to survive Barry Allen must die like a sacrificial lamb. They barely had time to prepare for Crisis and the Barry and Iris love story arc ran a bit cold for me.
Cisco (Carlos Valdes) was turned into a whiny, regretful character who swung back and forth on his decision to give up his Vibe powers. Killer Frost (now referred to as Frost) aka Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) made major character growth during the season through the guidance of Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer). The actress was pregnant in real life with her first child and although the pregnancy wasn’t written into the script you can definitely see where the character took an obvious backseat in the later episodes just before she went off on her maternity leave.
Sawyer, however, was abruptly fired back in June 2020 from the series when past tweets of a racist and misogynistic nature resurfaced. The decision was eventually made to recast the character of Ralph Dibny rather than writing him off in Season 7.
The villains this season really didn’t rise to the occasion for me either, neither Dr Ramsey Rosso (Sendhil Ramamurthy) aka Bloodwork as the doctor with a selfish ambition of cheating death from HLH, a terminal illness inherited from his mother, nor scientist Eva McCulloch (Efrat Dor) who was trapped in the Mirrorverse for six years after the Particle Accelerator mishap at Star Labs.
Eva kidnaps Iris and traps her in the Mirrorverse and sends a duplicate to replace her on the other side. Thus begins my main pet peeve of Season 6. The mirror duplicate of Iris did and said so many out of character things that made it super obvious that something was wrong, and it took Barry this long to figure out that it wasn’t his Iris? Nope, I am not swallowing that. I believe the writers were using this to bide their time in a particularly lazy and shoddy way.
Now let’s touch on post-Crisis. After Barry’s life was spared due to Oliver Queen’s selfless sacrifice the universe was recreated. We have no more multiverse and our favourite heroes and villains are now on one Earth called Earth-Prime. This was pretty exciting because we got to see Kara aka Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) team up with Flash to take down Weather Witch. However this began the regurgitation of past villains that Team Flash have already fought, some rewritten with new powers or the sex and nationality changed. All together it felt like another lazy method employed by The Flash’s writers.
Finally we need to take a moment to mourn the death of the Speed Force. When Barry used Oliver Queen’s Spectre power to enter the Speed Force during Crisis it caused irreparable damage. Now that the Speed Force is gone the speedsters’ powers begin to deplete and will eventually disappear. That is unless Team Flash can build an Artificial Speed Force to help restore Barry’s super speed.
Easier said than done, however, as Barry’s speed is fast running out (no pun intended) and he still needs to save Iris who is now not the only innocent trapped in the Mirrorverse by Eva McCulloch. In my opinion the fact that Barry is losing his powers when villains are resurfacing is enough urgency to create the new Speed Force without having Iris stuck aimlessly waiting in another dimension.
Despite The Flash’s many failures in Season 6 I cannot turn my back on the series after just one mediocre season. Fans are hoping that things will get better in Season 7 because believe me when I say that I am not the only one that has been complaining. So let us see what the new season has in store and hopefully the writers have listened to the fans enough to turn things around and keep the series going for at least a couple more seasons.
Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump. I enjoy writing reviews and throwing in fun facts to pique the readers’ curiosity. My ultimate goal in life would be to become a published writer one day. You can find me as Dark Alice Reviews on Facebook where you’ll get my reviews hot off the press. You can also find me on Instagram as alice_oscura and my Twitter handle is @lise_veliz2. For my extended bio you can click here.