The Flash returned last night after a long hiatus because, y'know, COVID. In fact, last season, they didn't get to film all of the episodes, so several plot threads were dangling that might have been wrapped up, and they didn't get to all of them in the premiere.

To wit:

  • Sue Dearborn was framed for Joseph Carver's murder.
  • Cisco went on an excursion to Atlantis.
  • Frost (no longer "Killer Frost") went away with Caitlin's mother to find a cure for a thermal inversion she suffered in battle.
  • Barry is still cut off from the Speed Force, and the residual speed in his system is waning.
  • Iris is still trapped in the Mirror dimension.

There were some off-screen issues as well. Hartley Sawyer got himself fired over a mess of foul tweets he had the lack of judgment to post, so somehow, they've got to write Ralph Dibny out of the show. Danielle Panabaker was pregnant, and they didn't write it into the story -- they had an ailing Frost spend a lot of time sleeping on the couch before she went away with Caitlin's mother -- and she had her baby April 2. (So far as I can find, she and husband Hayes Robbins haven't announced the baby's name, or even if it's a girl or boy.)

However, the delay helped get Cisco and Frost back into the mix earlier (see here), as Panabaker completed her maternity leave during the hiatus.

In the Season 7 premiere, unfortunately, Iris is still trapped in the Mirror dimension, a story they need to wrap, and soon. Consequently, they are still dealing with Eva, who kills Sam Scudder, and makes a chilling discovery about herself at the end: She's a mirror doppelganger, not a person, because the human Eva died six years ago when she was thrown into the mirror during the infamous particle accelerator explosion (the gift that keeps on giving). No wonder Joseph Carver kept arguing Eva is not his wife.

But the biggest thing in the episode: The effort to finish the artificial Speed Force runs into a snag, and the only way to make it work requires Nash Wells to make The Ultimate Sacrifice. (*sob*) 

Before we get there, Nash gets a visit from The Council of Wells, through some sciency mumbo-jumbo to explain how they can still be around even though their worlds were destroyed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. And the attempt to make the artificial Speed Force operate accidentally causes The Council of Wells to get infused into Barry (explained through more sciency mumbo-jumbo). Seeing Grant Gustin impersonate the various personae of Wells was a lot of fun. 

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"Interesting how they've chosen to reintegrate Ralph onto Team Flash."

"I think this was a stopgap until they could get the role recast."

"That's my impression too."

I didn't mean to imply that was the end of Ralph's character arc but merely the beginning of the next phase

"How about that surprise at the end of last night's episode, hey?"

Interesting.

I'm glad we're moving on to a new "season." I, for one, am getting a bit fatigued with these season-long arcs. Whatever happened to good old individual standalone episodes?

Jeff of Earth-J said:

I'm glad we're moving on to a new "season." I, for one, am getting a bit fatigued with these season-long arcs. Whatever happened to good old individual standalone episodes?

That's not The CW's way. At least last season, The Flash broke things up into two long story arcs, the business with Godspeed and then the Mirrorverse. That one, unfortunately, dragged on into this season because, y'know, COVID.

Last night's episode was the farewell of original cast member Carlos Valdes. They've built up to this over the past few episodes by having Cisco Ramon longing to move on, and finally deciding to act on it.

So Cisco signed up with A.R.G.U.S. and moved to Star City, but on his last day was hankering to do One Last Case. However, Team Flash seemed kind of aloof, which got Cisco bent out of shape, until he had a heart-to-heart with Barry and Caitlin that revealed they were thisclose to breaking out in tears over it.

Too bad; I really liked the guy.

I'm gonna miss Cisco, too. I think Chester's a good replacement for him on the team -- he brings a lot of that enthusiasm that Cisco brought initially, which I think the show needs to keep in the mix. 

What do you think is going on with Cecile? That gold mask in the mirror... I'm wracking my brain, and coming up empty.

It totally beats me. But then, even though I've seen every episode, I'm still hazy on how Cecile got powers and what they are. 

Oh, man... was it the Dark Matter incident that happened when she was pregnant? And so because she was in tune with her baby, she started being able to tune into other people too? I dunno. 

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