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

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

THE FLASH is based on the characters from DC Comics and is executive produced by Greg BerlantiTodd Helbing and Sarah Schechter. The series stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West/Kid Flash, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, with Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West.

Struck by the supercharged fallout of a particle accelerator explosion, forensic scientist Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive:  The Flash!  With his newfound time-warping speed and help from the S.T.A.R. Labs team – Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Harrison Wells – and his adoptive family, Detective Joe West and Joe’s daughter Iris, the Scarlet Speedster runs circles around other metahumans set on wreaking havoc in Central City, while traveling between alternate universes and protecting our world from otherworldly threats.

In Season Four, the mission of Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), is once more to protect Central City from metahuman threats. 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 (Jesse L. Martin); his fiancée, Iris West (Candice Patton); and Wally West/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) and brilliant scientist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). 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 (Neil Sandilands), a mastermind who’s always ten steps ahead of Barry, no matter how fast he’s running.  Shocking surprises come fast and furious in all 23 action-packed adventures featuring The Fastest Man Alive.

Just like the previous three seasons, there’s plenty of allies and villains dropping by to join in on the action. Leslie Jocoy aka Amunet Black (Katee Sackhoff) comes to town and becomes a major threat to Team Flash. Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) shows up again to give Barry a little help along with Harrison Wells’ daughter Jesse Quick (Violett Beane). Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) and Cisco’s relationship gets stressed this season and her father Breacher (Danny Trejo) also pays S.T.A.R. Labs a visit several times. We’re introduced to Ray Terrill aka The Ray (Russell Tovey) in one of the crossover episodes. Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) shows up again this season and he’s become quite the ally over the years but this time it looks like it’ll be his last. Barry meets Big Sir (Bill Goldberg) while he’s in prison and ends up helping the villain get a fresh start. Ralph Dibny aka Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer) becomes the newest member of Team Flash and comic relief. The main villain in the fourth season is Clifford Davoe aka The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), an evil genius who hovers around in a superpowered wheelchair, and his wife Marlize (Kim Engelbrecht), his trusty assistant in his battle against the forces of good.

The main threat this season is The Thinker who is always ten steps ahead of The Flash. This new super villain was born out of tragedy and we get to witness the back story with his wife as the season plays out. These two have a plan in the beginning but as The Thinker’s powers grow, his relationship with his loving wife becomes stressed and she ultimately helps Team Flash fight against him to save the world. Team Flash also has to deal with a few other metahumans but their main focus stays on The Thinker who has this sinister plan to destroy the human race. Barry and Iris finally get married. Harrison Wells ends up losing his mind (literally) helping the team. Caitlin Snow finally finds a way to control her alter ego Killer Frost. Joe West and Cecile Horton have a baby girl and Cecile develops psychic abilities during her pregancy. As far as this season’s cliffhanger goes, let’s just say it has something to do with Nora West-Allen, the daughter of Barry and Iris.

So what all makes a show like The Flash tick? The sets for this series continue to be really impressive, especially for a television series and they help bring this comic book world to life. S.T.A.R. Labs has everything a superhero needs to save the world and if it’s not there, Cisco can build it. There’s also the cool looking suits that some of the heroes and villains sport, as well as some neat gadgets and props they all get to use. To top all of this off, there were even more amazing visual effects than what the previous three seasons had offered. Actually, this season depended more on special effects than its storytelling which was a big change for this character driven superhero drama. For a television series, these SFX are absolutely impressive and better than a lot of movies that hit the big screen. The crossover episodes are pretty darn epic looking.

The packaging comes with a nice slipcase – the same kind all of the other home video release like this from WBHE come in. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season four details, another image of the titular character and list of special features. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, original airdates, more images, and series credits. All four of the Blu-ray discs are color coded scarlet and feature the titular hero and series logo. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season ended up being another entertaining entry but unfortunately this season felt a little different and took a step backwards with its storytelling and some of the new characters that showed up. The core team is still the heart and soul of the series but the addition of the Elongated Man wasn’t the best choice for the team and neither was The Thinker because this super villain just wasn’t that interesting. The highlights of the season was watching Team Flash deal with their own personal problems and relationships that got tested from time to time. Sadly, I think the series depended more on its impressive visual effects this season than its usual character driven storylines because things did get a little uninteresting at times. There was a lot of action to help move things along when they got a little slow. Just like the previous seasons, we got to see the return of some familiar faces as well as get introduced to a few new ones and once again the fourth season ended with a cliffhanger. One thing about it, the fourth seaosn was much lighter in tone than the previous season and featured a little more humor. The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season is now available on a 4-disc Blu-ray set and comes highly recommended.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 23 Episodes / 1096 Minutes

  1. The Flash Reborn
  2. Mixed Signals
  3. Luck Be A Lady
  4. Elongated Journey Into Night
  5. Girls Night Out
  6. When Harry Met Harry…
  7. Therefore I Am
  8. Crisis on Earth-X: Part 3
  9. Don’t Run
  10. The Trial of the Flash
  11. The Elongated Knight Rises
  12. Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash
  13. True Colors
  14. Subject 9
  15. Enter Flashtime
  16. Run, Iris, Run
  17. Null and Annoyed
  18. Lose Yourself
  19. Fury Rogue
  20. Therefore She Is
  21. Harry and the Harrisons
  22. Think Fast
  23. We Are The Flash

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a Comic-Con spotlight, behind-the-scenes featurette for the crossover episode, character featurettes,

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017 (58:27)
  • Deleted Scenes – Located on every disc
  • Gag Reel – Disc 1 (08:58)
  • Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X (41:59)
  • The Elongated Man (10:09)
  • Flash Time on Amunet Black with Katee, Eric and Sterling (13:23)
  • The Fastest Mind Alive: The Thinker (15:43)
  • Digital Copy

 

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