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The Flash: Season 7 Premiere – “All’s Well That Ends Wells” review

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The Flash certainly starts 2021 in a strange place. Not only does the Season 7 premiere occur months later than usual, but this episode was never intended to be a season premiere. The series was forced to halt production in the middle of production on “All’s Well That Ends Wells,” forcing one of the final chapters of Season 6 to serve as the basis for a brand new season. This raises real concerns about the structure of the new season and how the ongoing conflict of Mirror Master is adapted to fit this new context. But only as a continuation of where things left off last spring, “All’s Well That Ends Wells” doesn’t really miss a beat. . “Success Is Assured” worked out as well as could be expected under the circumstances, but this episode’s farewell party to the many incarnations of Harrison Wells’ Tom Cavanagh would have been a perfect note to cap off a much improved year. of TV. Either way, “All’s well that ends well” hits all the right emotional notes with the character. Yes, the plot is basically a big contrivance, as we learn that Wells has to sacrifice his own life to revive Cisco’s artificial Speed ​​Force, for reasons. But how this is achieved, it feels like a great heroic sacrifice for Nash is the only proper direction for the character given his guilt in the events of Crisis.This episode is nothing but a celebration of the many aspects of Harrison Wells and the different ways each version touched Barry’s life. Some of these Wells were clearly stronger and more nuanced characters than others. But even though characters like Sherloque tended to annoy during their original runs, there’s still something charming about them all bouncing around the same body. Cavanagh has more of an excuse to go wider and slapstick-y with his performance here, just so there’s no question which Wells is in the driver’s seat. Plus, there’s the added fun of Grant Gustin being able to take part in the Wells Parade. Gustin proves more than meeting the challenge of impersonating the many characters in Cavanagh. It’s a welcome reminder that the show has really regained its classic sense of humor over the past 18 months, and the decisive farewell scene is easily this episode’s biggest selling point. However contrived the path to this point may be, seeing each Wells take a turn to say goodbye and thank Barry for changing his life is worth it. It’s truly a fitting tribute to an unusual character and a dynamic that changes dramatically with each new season. And, of course, we get a final “Run, Barry, run!” for posterity. The only real complaint here is that Cisco is still MIA, so we were denied any further shutdowns on that front. But looking back, it seems Season 6 foreshadowed that development with the recent Cisco / Wells interaction.

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.

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