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The Flash Season 8 Blu-ray Review

“The Flash” is quickly running out of steam.

In the 20th episode 8th season, the main cast of characters are put through the ringer. An alien named Despero claims Barry Allen is responsible for the end of the world, the timeline changes to a time where Joe is dead, a timeline exits where Barry is seen as the Reverse-Flash, a major “death,” Caitlin suffers from grief, Iris West has a mysterious time sickness, the villainous Deathstorm emerges, different versions of Eobard Thawne appear, and Deon Owens (the Still Force human avatar) complicates matters (to say the least). Outside of all of that, there are additional storylines involving Iris West in charge of Central City Citizen Media news outlet (with Allegra being part of the staff), Chester an Allegra’s relationship, Frost and Mark’s relationship,  Bart and Nora, Phantom Girl searching for her mother, a new speedster, and Cecile developing new powers.

Having watched “The Flash” since day one, it’s sad to say the series has become a chore to keep up with. The full-time departure of Cisco and all of the Harrison Wells was a major blow to the series from which it can’t seem to recover from. The eighth season attempts to give all the characters big arcs as the writers divide the season up into mini-arcs involving 3 big bads, but it just feels like everyone (including the writers) are going through the motions having already cycled through the best villains and story arcs. Even Grant Gustin looks bored here. For the most part, the show is simply out of ideas and feels like a shell of its former self. Now that we know season 9 will be the last, we can all hope it goes out on a high note at least.

On the plus side, the highlight of the season is seeing characters from other past DC CW series like Ray Palmer (Atom), Alex Danvers, Black Lightning, Damien Dahrk, Mia Queen, and John Diggle make appearances. The crossovers have always been a strength among the DC CW universe and that certainly holds true here once again. There’s also a few welcome character returns ala Jay Garrick and Sue Dearbon as well. 


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The episodes receive crisp hi-def transfers.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the music to the sound effects, the 5.1 track is sharp.

* Digital copy
* A gag reel
* Deleted scenes from episodes 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18 and 20.
* “The DC Heroes: Path To Glory”- A general overview of the DC CW heroes. Interviews and episode clips are included.
* “The Flash: Standing The Test Of Time” is all about time travel in the series and how it relates to character arcs. 


October 25, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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