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The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Review

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“The Flash” is still the best CW DC TV series.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

In the 24 episode fifth season (including the full Elseworlds crossover), the primary story involves

Barry Allen (Flash) and his wife (Iris) being visited by their daughter from the future (Nora) who is also a speedster. This, of course, raises all sorts of questions and problems. Meanwhile, the new villain this season (Cicada) is on the loose and eliminating metahumans. Elsewhere this season, viewers can expect to see stories about Barry’s disappearance in the future, metahumans (Gridlock, Block, Rag Doll, Weather Witch, Silver Ghost, Goldface and more), a new Harrison Welles (Sherloque), Caitlin’s parents, Cicada’s niece Grace, Eobard Thawne in the future, a metahuman cure, timelines, Nora’s secrets, a mirror gun, Cisco’s new girlfriend Kamilla, and Killer Frost. Naturally, there’s plenty of subplots regarding Team Flash members Ralph, Cecile, and Joe as well.

In its fifth season, “The Flash” remains the best CW DC TV series. It has the perfect balance of everything that makes a show binge worthy. The stories are fun, there’s plenty of humor and drama, the cast and their chemistry is aces, and, most importantly, it is faithful to the comics while also doing its own thing. While not on par with some of the show’s best seasons (I’ll get to that in a bit), the season offers up a plethora of joyous moments. First and foremost, Tom Cavanagh once again crushes it as the new character Sherloque (not to mention the other characters he plays). With each season, you never know what kind of Welles character he will be and it’s always a joy to discover that.

Fans can also expect some grand fanservice here. The Elseworlds crossover (like all of the crossovers) is a highlight if for no other reason than to see all the heroes on screen together. The show’s 100 episode (“What’s Past Is Prologue”) is a delightful time travel centric story that rewards longtime fans. The self-explanatory “King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd” delivers something I never thought I’d see on screen and I couldn’t be happier by it. Lastly, the addition of Nora really livens up the series and brings an interesting character dynamic between her, Barry, and Iris.

On the downside, the big bad this season (Cicada) is a supremely weak villain. Not only is Chris Klein of “American Pie” woefully miscast, but the character’s arc is drawn out throughout the entire season. The “other” villain which I won’t spoil also suffers the same fate. Still, their underwhelming presence doesn’t detract from the season overall.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A quality hi-def track with instances of some fuzzy picture quality.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The sound FX, catchy score, and dialogue sound razor sharp to this reviewer.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* “Best Of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2018”- Same hour long extra featured on the Arrow season 7 set.
* “Villains: Mode Of Persuasion”- A featurette on DC universe villains
* “Inside The Crossover: Elseworlds”- A roundtable discussion about the ambitious crossover event.
* Deleted scenes from episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 18, 19, 22 and 24.
* “The Evolution Of Killer Frost”- The character’s journey throughout the series (and in the comics) is explored in this featurette.
* A funny bleep filled 8 minute gag reel.

August 28, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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