Review: The Flash - The Final Season
After defeating the Reverse-Flash once and for all, the 13-episode Season 9 picks up one week later following their epic battle, and Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen are reconnecting and growing closer than ever before. But when a deadly group of Rogues descend on Central City led by a powerful new threat, The Flash and his team—Caitlin Snow, Meta-Empath Cecile Horton, the light-powered meta Allegra Garcia, brilliant tech-nerd Chester P. Runk, and reformed cryogenics thief Mark Blaine—must once again defy impossible odds to save the day. But as The Rogues are defeated, a deadly new adversary rises to challenge Barry Allen's heroic legacy. And in their greatest battle yet, Barry and Team Flash will be pushed to their limits, in order to save Central City one last time.
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet, and Tom Cavanagh
After 9 seasons and 10 years, Grant Gustins time as The Flash has come to an end. While this final season is filled with issues from beginning to end, it's still bittersweet to see such a beloved character for the last time. Split into 2 arcs, we see Barry Allen take on the Red Death and Cobalt Blue respectively.
A disappointing first arc left everyone with a sour taste in their mouth to start this final season. Poor writing and all around bad acting made me beg for some of these characters to be killed off. After season 3, this shows biggest enemy has been too many characers and it continues to fall down the same hole. Team flash is bigger than ever and get too much focus on a final season that should be solely based on Barry and Iris.
The disappointment continues with a handful of filler episodes that lack one key component... The Flash. Grant doesn't get his time to shine till the series finale and the show feel it. O many poor arcs and forced interactions make the middle 3 episodes almost unwatchable. Cecele, Chester, Alegra, Khione, and Mark felt forced in almost every scene they were in. Gone are the days where the team made up of Cisco, Barry, and Caitlin felt like a family and a team.
Sadly the disappointment continues to the final arc of the season introducing long awaited villain Cobalt Blue who is sadly wasted. A full 23 episode season could've been used on Eddies return alone but sadly it's forced into 4 short episodes which make his villainy disappointing and lackluster. The show does wrap up with a quite emotional and fun finale but never felt or reached the point which made us fall in love with the show during seasons one and two.
No matter the shows quality there was always one redeeming factor. Highs and lows, Grant Gustin gives his all every episode and embodies the character of Barry Allen like no one will for years to come. Emotion, humor, sadness, and everything is between, Grant appears on screen and steals the show. Weather you've watched the show for the last 10 years or not, Grant's time as the scarlet speedster is something that deserves to be respected and honored.