COVID-19’s Impact on Your Favorite TV Shows

Jay’s Lair

At the beginning of 2020, clusters of movie fanatics had already made plans to hit the cinemas as soon as a much anticipated movie was out. Fan favorite television series were set to air, raising excitement within the lives of loyal viewers. Even sports fans must have marked their calendars for huge upcoming sporting events, such as the Copa America 2020, Euro 2020 and African Cup of Nations 2020. But sadly, we all were left disappointed as these plans have been cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The global pandemic has affected every single area of the economy, even the entertainment sector. Jobs have been stopped, education has been brought to an indefinite halt, and even our means of staying entertained has been effected. TV series like The Flash and Riverdale had episodes cut and the current seasons rushed to the end in order to abide by the social distancing rules and curb the spread of the virus. 

The Flash is a superhero television series based on the DC Comics fictional character Barry Allen, who gains superhuman speed and becomes the superhero known as The Flash. 

The Flash has been airing since the year 2014 and just concluded its sixth season.

The Flash TV series stars Grant Gustin as the lead character Barry Allen/The Flash. Candice Patton as Iris West Allen, journalist and wife to Barry Allen. Danielle Panabaker as Kaitlyn Snow who is also a meta with an alter ego known as Killer Frost with the ability to manipulate ice. Carlos Valdes stars as Cisco Ramon who is a tech genius and a meta known as Vibe. Tom Cavanagh stars as the ever diverse Harrison Wells and also as the Reverse Flash. Jesse L. Martin graces this series as he stars as Joe West, a detective who recently got promoted as captain in the latest season.

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The sixth season of The Flash starts off with the arrival of a new enemy- as expected- by name Bloodwork. A scientist by the name of Ramsey Russo experiments on dark matter as a means for curing all types of ailment, especially cancer which killed his mother. 

As the show progressed, we were treated to a crossover special, involving almost all shows from DC which includes Arrowverse, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and even Black Lighting.

A typical season of The Flash involves at least 22 episodes to conclude, but unfortunately, we were treated to 19, due to the stop of production caused by COVID-19. 

Of course it was inevitable that The Flash would get the last laugh, but viewers want to watch how it plays out. How does Cisco come up with more gadgets? How does The Flash save the day from a new meta villain or recruits a new meta to the team? We wouldn’t put the blame on the production team though, they had to adhere to the lockdown procedures to reduce the spread of the virus. Normally, we would be expecting a new season by October, but we have been informed of the next season coming up next year January and fans all over have to exercise more patience as they wait for their beloved show.

Other shows such as Riverdale, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and more, also begin next year, much to the displeasure of TV series fanatics.

But until then, fans can keep themselves busy by rewatching, or starting off a new series. There are a lot of shows to catch up with as the wait continues.


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