- Series: The Flash
- Season: 6
- Episodes: 19 (Plus Crisis on Infinite Earths 5-episode disc)
- Discs: 4 (Plus Crisis)
- Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Hartley Sawyer, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Efrat Dor
- Network: CW (Warner Brothers Productions)
- DVD Format: Color, Widescreen
This review contains spoilers for Season 6 of The Flash.
Season 6 of The Flash can be broken into three distinct parts. In the first eight episodes, Barry is dealing with the Monitor having told him The Flash must die in Crisis. He tells Iris, then his team, names Cisco as the new team leader, and tries to deal with his fate. There is also a creepy new villain, Bloodwork, from the Rebirth comic books of The Flash. Dr. Ramsey Rosso is an old friend of Caitlin’s who recently lost his mother to a rare form of cancer, a cancer he is now suffering from. He becomes obsessed with curing the disease, but uses dark matter to obtain a “cure”. His cure doesn’t actually work, it just turns people into zombies. The Bloodwork storyline was somewhat gross in the comics, and it the television series I didn’t care for it either, but fortunately, Team Flash catch Ramsey by episode 8 and turn him over to A.R.G.U.S.
Then there’s Crisis on Infinite Earths to be reviewed in full later. Crisis is big, it’s excellent, and it’s amazing just how much the CW was able to do – from the characters involved, to the cameos, to the world-shaking storyline, it’s wonderful. And the Blu-Ray edition of The Flash Season 6 includes all 5 episodes of Crisis on Infinite Earths on a single disc.
After Crisis, there’s one episode on the fallout from Crisis, then before long a new threat and season-long villain is introduced. Also, Ralph Dibny is on the case of his life – looking for the missing Sue Dearbon (in the comics, she’s his wife). Iris, publisher of the Central City Citizen online newspaper starts investigating Black Hole, a secret organization involved in illegal activities such as murder for hire and blackmail, but before she can get very far – she’s dragged into the Mirror Universe dimension and replaced with a duplicate. Her duplicate is working for Eva McCulloch, who’s been trapped in the Mirrorverse since the particle accelerator explosion six years ago. Eva controls the duplicate Iris and is using her to drain Barry’s speed. We later find out she has two other duplicates under her control, and the originals are captives somewhere in the Mirrorverse. It takes most of the season before Barry realizes that his wife is missing – and when he does it’s very sudden.
Unfortunately, due to the Global Pandemic of Corvid19 The Flash, like all the other CW shows, had to shut down the set. The last three episodes of the season were not filmed. I checked online and they are being moved to Season 7. CW has also announced they are moving the Fall 2020 premieres to January of 2021 at the earliest. What’s particularly difficult about Season 6 of The Flash is it ends with a “To Be Continued” title card. And Eva has managed to free herself from the Mirrorverse. Iris and Kamilla are still trapped. We’ve discovered who the third duplicate is, and Iris is trying to find him in the Mirrorverse. Iris is also suffering from something in the Mirrorverse that gives her severe headaches and blurry/doubled vision. Eva told her the Mirrorverse causes Cognitive Dissonance – but like we can trust her, right? Meanwhile, after her escape, Eva killed her husband, Joseph Carver, the head of Black Hole, resumed her position as CEO of McCulloch Technologies, and framed Sue Dearbon for the murder. Eva is ruthless, and she does some bad things (murder and framing someone, taking Iris, Kamilla, and the third person captive) but she’s a lot more understandable than most superhero show villains. After all, her husband imprisoned her, alone, in another universe. He never even tried to get her out or asked for help. Plus he’s running a criminal organization from inside his corporation, kidnapping metas and training them to be assassins, and running a murder-for-hire scheme. Not to mention the blackmail (including Sue’s parents). He’s not a good guy, and while murder was a bit of an extreme punishment, he kind of deserved it. I cheered when Eva finally got rid of him. But Barry and company need to get Iris and Kamilla (and the third person) out of the Mirrorverse. I also liked having two different villains and a three-part season. I liked that a lot. The season-long villains don’t always work in The Flash and two completely different stories, plus Crisis on Infinite Earths was a better structure.