Cisco’s absence is a testament to a larger issue facing the series at the moment. With so many characters out of the picture for one reason or another (including Hartley Sawyer Shooting requiring Ralph’s sudden absence), the cast seems a bit sparse at the moment. It doesn’t help that the other two Team Flash members at the heart of this episode, Chester and Allegra, haven’t really become core members of the group yet. As improved as Season 6 has been in many ways, it never accomplished much with either of these newcomers. We can hope that will change in Season 7, but for now, the two are poor replacements for Cisco and Caitlin. The fact that Allegra’s farewell to her “father” is treated as an afterthought in the climax shows how little this particular subplot has connected.
And for the record, it’s not like it’s just the novelty of these characters that makes it difficult for them to adopt. Natalie Dreyfuss’ Sue Dearbon only debuted in Season 6, and she’s already become one of the best additions to the show in years. Sue had a lot of space to stand out and enjoy the spotlight. Allegra and Chester both need the same treatment this year. And who knows? Perhaps with Wells gone (or perhaps relegated to become the physical embodiment of the artificial Speed Force), Allegra could finally grow as a character.
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The big concern with Season 7 is how Eva McCulloch’s arc will be handled in light of the restructuring. Will we see the Mirror Master issue dealt with in future episodes, or is its arc extended to last until what happens for the midseason finale this year? It’s hard to know which is the best storytelling path at this point. But for now, there seems to be enough gasoline in this particular tank. Although she only appears in a handful of scenes, the premiere reminds us of the threat Eva poses and adds new layers to the series’ big bad. ironically, this episode further humanizes Eva by revealing her to be something less than human in the first place. She’s a bad reflection of the real Eva, who seems like a perfect catalyst for a metahuman collapse.
It’s also fun to watch this episode work to connect the dots between Eva and the Arrowverse’s other master mirror, Sam Scudder. Revealing Sam as one of Eva’s mirror drones is a nice twist. As much as this show is guilty of underusing a lot of classic Flash thugs, at least Mirror Master is one character where the writers seem determined to make up for lost time. This subplot also ends up benefiting Cécile from everyone. The series has yet to fully capitalize on the “Cecile Horton: Metahuman Public Defender” angle, but here we get a fascinating new development as we see Cecile using her powers offensively for a change. Is this a sign of darker things to come for her? Everything you need to spice up the series’ supporting cast which is gradually shrinking.