The Flash Series 6 Review

The Flash, Season 6

Who’s ready to return to some superheroes? Here’s my The Flash, Season 6 review:

Show: The Flash, Season 6 | Company:  DC Entertainment | Date: 2020

Plot: Reeling from the loss of Nora, Barry throws himself into work, defeating a record number of metas over the summer, while the rest of Team Flash deals with changes of their own – Cisco, having taken the meta-human cure, is no longer Vibe, Joe is now Captain of CCPD, D.A. Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet) is now considering leaving the district attorney’s office, and Ralph Dibny is now searching for a missing heiress named Sue Dearbon. But all of that is put on hold when Dr. Ramsey Rosso (recurring guest star Sendhil Ramamurthy), intent on curing death, is overtaken by his own desperation and ambition giving birth to a new villain… Bloodwork.

The Flash, Season 6 Review

It’s tricky writing this review for a few reasons. One – like with my review of Arrow – I’ve missed the point of several episodes due to the big overlap between the series. And two, I didn’t realise it had finished, meaning I’m writing this review quite a while later.

It’s hard to judge a season when the ending wasn’t planned. Because of current circumstances, filming had to stop and they never made the last couple of episodes. Rather than having any closure to the story, it just finished, undermining the natural rise of the tension throughout the second half of the series. It’s understandable why this has happened, but it makes it hard to sum up how you feel. You’re left wanting more.

The Flash has been my favourite DC show for a while: I’ve always enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and think Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen has the perfect blend of charm and seriousness for our hero. It’s lighter than Arrow but still has emotional episodes.

But, personally, that felt lost this time. I enjoyed individual episodes, but it lacked continuity and a compelling story-arc. The team is drawing apart; main characters have less screen-time and development – both individually and in relationships – feels stunted, while new characters are introduced in not-so-subtle ways. It’s hard to relate to the newbies when your favourites are on the side-lines.

The Flash Season 6 Review

I felt this with Arrow as well – once you widen the initial team and putting focus on secondary characters, it loses some of the dynamic. Barry remains the hero we know and love but separated from Iris and with both Caitlyn and Cisco drawing away, there’s a definite shift in the relationships. Team Flash is my favourite element of the show, and missing that dynamic undermines something essential.

The first half of the season was focused around Crisis. The team prepare to continue without Barry. But when events twist in a different direction, it felt they all forgot about the emotional development and there’s a reset button as they go back to how things were before.

The second half is more the classic find-the-bad-guy I know and love from The Flash. I still didn’t feel it though. Not the way I’ve felt previous seasons. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m writing this review at a later date, or I’m writing it because I feel like I should. It could even be because I watched it week by week this time rather than my classic binge. But this season didn’t draw me in emotionally and I didn’t connect to the characters.

It’s a shame when you start to feel a loved show has lost its momentum. I’ll carry on because individual episodes were entertaining and it’s ultimately still a fun thing to watch. But I can see me going back to the early seasons to recapture what I loved about it rather than being bothered about continuing.

I guess it’s a watch this space whether I’ll continue to review The Flash or not.

Have you been watching The Flash? Is it still holding your attention?

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Also in the series:

Series 1 | Series 2 | Series 3 | Series 4 | Series 5

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7 thoughts on “The Flash, Season 6

  1. Flash is one of my favorites. Though I think I’m stuck in Season 5 (as Netflix has only 4 seasons, and it is my main watching source now). I haven’t read your article, as I was afraid of spoilers 😉

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