Monday, August 27, 2018

Home Entertainment Review: The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season

I have never been a big fan of The Flash comics, but was instantly a fan when the series originally debuted in 2014. Since its debut it has grown into something much bigger than just the Flash himself sharing the screen with not only its own band of heroes, but through the CW’s DC TV Universe often crossing over with Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Now the latest season is coming home with The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season.

The Flash follows Central City forensic investigator Barry Allen who as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry is now the fastest man alive The Flash. With the help of the S.T.A.R Labs team, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Dr. Harrison Wells, Barry protects the people of Central City from these powerful new threats. In Season Four, the mission of Barry Allen, aka The Flash, is once more to protect Central City from metahuman threats, but first, he’ll have to escape the Speed Force. With Barry trapped, the job of protecting Central City falls to his family – Detective Joe West; his fiancĂ©e, Iris West; and Wally West/Kid Flash – and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Cisco Ramon/Vibe and brilliant scientist Harrison Wells. When a powerful villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco risks everything to break Barry out of the Speed Force. But this is only the first move of a life-or-death chess game with Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker, a mastermind who’s always ten steps ahead of Barry, no matter how fast he’s running.

Once again this series runs perfectly on track to offer up some great moments for comic fans or just fans of the series in general. I loved that this season finally gave us a big bad that wasn’t just another speedster and in turn made the direction of the show feel fresh while keeping everything we love about it intact. Since last season while the show focuses on The Flash it is very much an ensemble super team that gives everyone here some fun moments and story arcs including a new addition to the team who is way more fun than I would have thought he would be. The same can be said for the villains as they offer up some fun moments that are nostalgic to comic fans, but make sure to keep the story flowing a lot more smoothly this season in my opinion. Last season’s finale kind of rebooted the series to help move it in some new directions, but kept everything the way we like it and allowed for a lot of familiar faces to return as well as some new ones. Much like last season’s finale this one brought an all-new cliffhanger that looks to bring even more fun for season five.  

This collection not only features all 26 episodes of the season it also includes a gag reel, deleted scenes, and numerous featurettes racing you further behind the scenes of the series. Hit the ground running and grab your copy of The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season when it hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on August 28th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Review by Bobby Blakey - Bobby reviews way more movies on his own website than the genre-specific ones I post here. Check out Bobby's awesome website and his live show he co-hosts with his wife, Drusilla, at Hollywood Matrimony.