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Blu-ray Review: The Flash: The Complete Second Season

Review of The Flash Season 2 complete season Blu-ray set, now available

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The Complete Second Season of The Flash arrived on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week and may be one of the most extras-packed sets in the history of the medium.

Here’s our review. Disclaimer: This Blu-ray set was provided to us by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; opinions here are solely our own.

FLASH_S2_BD_3D_SKEW_FNLThe Episodes: Spread across four discs, the set includes all 23 Season Two episodes and the episode of Arrow that was part of the November crossover (sadly, the episode of Supergirl featuring Grant Gustin was not included). While the season itself wasn’t as consistent as the first, there are some wonderful stories within, from the season premiere to a cool Dr. Light story, the introduction of Wally West, a trip to Earth-2, a Rogue team-up, and more. Most excitingly, The Flash Season 2 introduced the audience to Earth-Two… a world that is different from the one we know, with different characters and situations.

I cannot stress enough times how much of an asset Grant Gustin is as Barry Allen. Barry makes mistakes – a lot of them, actually – but he’s played with such charisma and goodness by Grant that you still can’t help but root for him. Really, this whole cast elevates the material on what is already a good show to begin with.

I do admit I wasn’t as invested in this year’s “Big Bad” Zoom as I was with Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne in Season 1, but that’s not the fault of the actor who is revealed to be behind the mask (spoilers removed to protect the innocent and the unspoiled). It is just that I felt such depth in the character that Tom Cavanagh played; a character who you just didn’t want to be bad. I will say, watching these episodes again and knowing now how the Zoom story would pan out, I’m noticing a lot of subtleties in the performance of [spoiler] that make it a lot more fun.

Still, The Flash might be the best comic book based show on broadcast television, and if you watch both this season and Season 1, you’ll certainly understand why.

The Extras: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment went all out here. I do question the inclusion of some of the features, as they seemed to have been created during Season 1 or the pre-production of the show, but hey, any Flash is good Flash. One of those dated features is Grant Gustin’s screen test with Emily Bett Rickards, which takes you back all the way to Arrow Season 2. In total, there are 23 bonus features spread over the 4 discs, and that’s not even counting the deleted scenes.

About those deleted scenes, by the way: While occasionally these clips are extraneous, with The Flash they were all quite good. It makes me wish The CW could just drop a “Dare to Defy” trailer out of the mix so we could get longer episodes so scenes like these could be included in. I think my favorite, of course, is a deleted clip from the premiere between Barry and his father, but there’s good stuff all around.

The bonus features feature interviews with a lot of talents behind and in front of the camera, including the amazing VFX work by Armen Kevorkian, but to be honest, there are two that stand out more than anything else.

One is the blooper reel. Usually, these are not funny, and involve people making weird faces and a blahblahblah tongue move to the camera, which stopped being humorous after the 2nd DVD or Blu-ray to include the reels. But The Flash… they went all out. For starters, the gag reel begins with opening credits in the style of the original 1990 Flash TV show starring John Wesley Shipp, complete with the theme song. It’s amazing. But secondly, this cast is full of such likable, funny people that there’s no way it is not enjoyable.

The other great feature – clocking in at almost an hour – is called “Chasing Flash,” about the journey of Kevin Smith as the director of “The Runaway Dinosaur.” Bonus points for emulating the Chasing Amy logo in the design for that one, but more than that, it’s just really in-depth, with interviews with many producers and cast members. I’ve been a big fan of Kevin Smith’s since Mallrats and I think I could watch this feature 37 times. It’s that good.

The set also comes with a redemption code to download the first three episodes of The Flash Season 3 when they become available… for free.

Packaging & Design: The cover art is great, though I wish the individual discs were more colorful, which they rarely seem to be with Blu-ray.

Is It Worth It? Even though you can watch the episodes on Netflix soon enough? Absolutely. Warner Bros. seems to realize that if they still want people to buy Blu-rays, they need to have good reasons, and this is full of good reasons.

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Jon Cor Is Chillblaine In The Flash Season 7

Jon Cor has landed the role of the villain Chillblaine in The Flash Season 7.

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Today brings news from TV Line that Jon Cor (Shadowhunters) has been cast in the recurring role of Chillblaine in The Flash Season 7. A character who first appeared in Flash Annual #5 way back in 1992, Chillblaine at one point had possession of Captain Cold’s chill gun as given to him by the Golden Glider. Here’s how the TV show take on the character will play out, with a description also from TV Line:

Scientist Mark Stevens is a charismatic bad boy obsessed with cryogenic technology. But when he’s not breaking into corporate safes, he’s busy breaking hearts with his irresistible charm and roguish style. Armed with his own cold weapons, he’ll become a new thorn in the side of Team Flash as the DC Comics villain Chillblaine.

TV Line notes that there is currently no word of Peyton List reprising her role as Golden Glider. (Maybe Crisis on Infinite Earths can cause a recast to the other Peyton List? We’re kidding.)

The Flash Season 7 is currently scheduled to premiere February 23 on The CW.

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Flash Season 7: First Five Episode Titles Revealed

Titles for the first five episodes of The Flash Season 7 have been revealed.

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The titles for the first five episodes of The Flash Season 7 have made their way on to the Internet, and while they’re always subject to change prior to an official press release from The CW, these titles could be hints as to what is coming in our future.

The seventh season of The Flash is currently scheduled to premiere February 23, 2021 on The CW; most of the first episode of the season, “All’s Well That Ends Wells,” was shot prior to this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. It has been speculated by some like Pagey that the third episode back, “Mother,” is the conclusion of the Mirror Master storyline.

Here’s the current schedule, as always subject to change:

Episode #7.1: “All’s Well That Ends Wells” (2/23/21)
Episode #7.2: “The Speed of Thought” (3/2/21)
Episode #7.3: “Mother” (3/9/21)
Episode #7.4: “Central City Strong” (3/16/21)
Episode #7.5: “Fear Me” (3/23/21)

Follow @FlashTVNews on Twitter for more Flash Season 7 updates and if you’re in the mood for more episode titles, take a look at what may be coming for the show’s Tuesday night companion, Superman & Lois!

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Report: The Flash Temporarily Pauses Production

Deadline is reporting that The Flash has temporarily paused production due to a positive COVID-19 test.

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Deadline is reporting that The Flash production in Vancouver has temporarily paused after someone working on the series has tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s what they had to say about what has happened:

“The asymptomatic diagnosis was confirmed through the rigorous testing protocols implemented by The Flash studio Warner Bros. TV for all of its production employees. Out of an abundance of caution, production on The Flash has been temporarily suspended and contact tracing has been initiated. According to sources, the studio is currently evaluating adjustments to the production schedule in order to resume filming without the affected employee and potential close contacts, who are self-isolating.”

The Deadline piece also noted that The Flash isn’t the only show to shut down production for this reason. Each series that has returned to production has implemented strong safety protocols which involve their casts and crews frequently testing. It is our hope that this team member remains asymptomatic and that everyone stays safe and healthy on The Flash and every other production that has resumed.

The Flash Season 7 is scheduled to premiere February 23 on The CW.

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