VERIFICATION: The Flash – Season 7 Episode 1 All’s Wells That Ends Wells

For the Flash to work again, Nash Wells must die.

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I almost feel sorry for The Flash. Lockdown forced an early end to the previous season, spinning off an episode that was never intended to be a season finale. As a result, the sixth season became boring. But they made the stupid decision to start season 7 with the final episodes of season 6, which means the show starts the new year with the boring and weightless All’s Wells That Ends Wells. But I can’t be too sympathetic, because that would be a setback no matter when it aired.

After consulting with the remains of Wells’ doubles, Nash finds a way to restore Barry’s speed, but the price might be higher than he’s willing to pay. Eve McCulloch’s purge of the black hole brings her closer to two former Flash villains and causes a crisis that Cécile hopes to avoid. Iris was confronted with the horrors of the mirror.

All’s Wells That Ends Wells spends little time building up Nash’s facial dilemma. During a conference with the Wells Council (if they still call it that), fragments in his mind tell him how to give Barry his powers back. As the multiverse particles from each well found their way to Nash, they generated enough synaptic energy to permanently anchor the artificial speed force, restoring Barry’s speed. The catch is that the volatility of the particles means they won’t behave and won’t enter the fusion sphere unless they have an organic receptor, Nash said. But as Receiver, you kill Nash and delete the fragments of Wells’ double. Now Nash has to choose between him and his friend.

He must also choose between himself and many innocent lives, as All’s Wells That Ends Wells creates more immediate stakes with an exit scene where Eva McCulloch meets Summit and the Mirror Master in the Black Hole. It kills the Mirror Master (who, as IMDb called it, is the new Mirror Master, more of a replacement than an elimination), but saves Top because the rest of the episode has to take place. While in custody, Top tells Cecile – who now regularly interrogates suspects and prisoners without questioning the agents – that not only was she the real mastermind behind her and a pair of Mirrormasters, but that a plane equipped with Black Hole technology will explode over Central City and kill many people if not stopped. But the only one who can stop the plane will be punished – unless Nash can turn it back on.

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The performance of All Wells finishing Wells is not bad. Something is at stake for both of them, and since Nash is essentially a selfish character, he could easily choose from those lives, or even the future people Barry would save as the Flash. But things happen in the most obvious way. Nash tries to find a way around his victim, which upsets Allegra, because trying to solve the problem without committing suicide is disgusting and immoral. But Nash eventually accepts his fate and puts his life on the line to bring Flash back, becoming the hero he never thought he could be. It’s very neat, and every move is so predictable that you can’t take the tension out of it. The only way to take advantage of this is to give Harrison Wells, the central character of the series in all its facets, a farewell that is in keeping with the character and the talented actor who played him.

Unfortunately, All’s Wells That Ends Wells is a deadlock about this. Wells’ departure is disrespectful and without the necessary weight. Partly because it’s in the middle of Nash Wells, which is probably one of Wells’ weakest doubles. There is no story with Barry and his team, or a series with Harry from Earth-2, or even HR or Sherlock. But perhaps more importantly, Caitlin and Cisco are nowhere to be found this week. Harrison Wells leaves the flash in the presence of Barry and… Allegra and Chester. Instead of characters who know and love him, there is a hollow personality and an awkward replacement for Cisco. Even Joe, who appears in this episode, is not; he sits at his desk waiting for Cecile to do something. Rather than a profound loss that would change the series forever, Harrison Wells’ death is an item on the checklist, an item the producers should have dropped, no matter the timing or circumstances. What a waste.

The rest of All Wells ends Wells doesn’t help. Iris, faced with a mirror image of herself as she crosses Mirror Crossing, is essentially giving her something to do as it is. It’s useless, and these scenes are straight out of the episode. Cecile’s interrogation of Top has at least something to do with the conspiracy, but it’s another example of Cecile using her powers on an unsuspecting subject without even a hint of conscience. I’ve been saying this since the beginning, but it always bothered me: The woman Barry criticized for locking up metahuman criminals in STAR Labs secure facilities instead of state prisons never hesitated to use invasive tactics against anyone of her choice. You could argue about the excessive influence of the government and the fact that it would be better to leave the power in the hands of the people instead of the state, but the leftist lunatics behind these shows would never do that. It’s all the more satisfying when Top exchanges Cecile’s powers for his own, reversing what Cecile has clearly done in recent years. The discovery that Eve is in fact a mirror image of the real Eve, who died when the world thought she was, is potentially interesting, but this is just a stunt. Even the fall comedy attempts; Barry’s obsession (for lack of a better term) with various Welles look-alikes isn’t as funny as it should be, and the news that one of the Alternative Lands is joined by an Orson Welles version Harrison Welles is overshadowed by a look-alike who plays nothing or looks like Orson Welles.

But the worst part is that this fiasco could have been prevented. When production stopped last year, why didn’t they just rework the ending of the Mirrorverse story to make it more concise and more appropriate for the season premiere? Make All’s Wells That Ends Wells is an exciting action-packed event in which Barry regains his speed, saves Iris and defeats Eve with Caitlin and Cisco by his side. They could have made Wells’ death much more poignant, ended a plot that wasn’t very interesting at all at the beginning, and started the late seventh season with a heartwarming love at first sight that satisfied the audience. But it’s hard to rewrite, so at least we have a few more episodes.

Conclusion: Bath

All’s Wells That Ends Wells strikes the wrong tone for the new season, with a dull and predictable plot, humorless wit, and a discharge from what should have been a turning point in the series’ history. The Blitz is back, but it already seems to be on the back burner.

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