The Flash – Season 5 Overall Review

Flash S5

The Flash is back for a fifth season, but sadly one that was far more scattered and less focused than Season 4, which I really enjoyed (but not many others did, seemingly). There were some highlights, but a lot of… lowlights? (is that a thing?) So let’s take a deeper look at the overall season…

Synopsis:

Team Flash meet Nora, Barry and Iris’ daughter from the future. While Iris expresses excitement, Barry is concerned that she could alter the timeline based on his own mistakes with time travel…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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Given the size of the cast, that’s a good amount of them in one picture!

Barry Allen / The Flash (Grant Gustin) – Barry is a mix of emotions. He eventually has a daughter with Iris: Good. Said daughter has time travelled to see him: Bad. Does he have the heart to send her back though?

Iris West (Candice Patton) – Iris is thrilled to meet her daughter from the future, potential timeline problems be damned! It’s just a shame she seems so distant to her…

Nora West-Allen / XS (Jessica Parker Kennedy) – Nora comes from a future where The Flash, her father, has long since vanished. Still, she can time travel with her super speed now! So why not pop back and have a look…

Cisco Ramon / Vibe (Carlos Valdes) – Cisco is getting over losing the love of his life, but at least he has some new problems to solve!

Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) – Caitlin is still mourning the loss of her alter ego, Killer Frost, and wishes to delve deep into her creation, which seems to be linked to her past, rather than the particle accelerator explosion…

Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) – Joe is a father again, and that means lots of sitting down in the living room, seemingly… (Yes I know Jesse got a back injury in real life, it was a joke, not a complaint!)

Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer) – Dibny is now a full time member of Team Flash, though his skills as a detective might be under threat with the arrival of…

Sherloque Wells (Tom Cavanagh) – Sherloque has solved the mystery of Cicada in multiple universes, and makes a nice sum of money doing so. This universe however, things might be different…

Orlin Dwyer / Cicada (Chris Klein) – Orlin had nothing, then he had everything… before it was all taken from him again. It’s all the fault of the meta-humans, and he now has one goal: to wipe them out entirely…

Grace Gibbons / Cicada II (Islie Hirvonen & Sarah Carter) – Currently in a coma, Grace is of no harm to anyone… but in the future, that might be a different case altogether…

Eobard Thawne / Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) – Eobard Thawne, someone who by all rights shouldn’t exist any more, is locked up in the future and about to be executed, unless he can manipulate the timeline just one more time…

Plus more!

The Good:

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Sherloque turned out to be a good laugh, but the accent’s still crap…

The highlight episode of the season: Episode 8 “What’s Past in Prologue”. In the episode, which is overall episode 100 by the way, Barry and Nora go through a trip of the series so far, grabbing a bit of Savitar’s suit from Season 3, the speed force stopping transmitter from Hunter Zolomon / Zoom from Season 2, and then finally meeting up with good old Reverse Flash in Harrison Wells’ body from the original season in order to get him to fix the transmitter when it breaks. Nora acts oddly nicely towards Mr. Thawne (hmmm!), before they arrive at the night of the particle accelerator explosion in order to charge up their fix up solution for this season’s big bad: Cicada. It was a nice trip down memory lane.

There was also some good moments with Cisco, who soon has his powers sort-of taken away from him and learned to like it, and Caitlin, who regains her other self by finding out her father has a similar affliction. Elongated Man / Ralph has been solid comic relief character also, with one “he’s actually clever because he worked this out!” moment working well.

Sherloque Wells, who much to my surprise actually grew on me over the course of the season, was a highlight. I actually enjoyed a lot of his scenes, especially when he figured out Nora’s big secret and decided to just reveal it to everyone. Speaking of Nora’s secret, that Eobard Thawne was the one giving her advice, I do enjoy Tom Cavanagh as the villainous Reverse Flash. I have no idea how he’s not only alive but has Harrison Wells’ face on again, but I still enjoyed his sneering, more reserved villainy

Some of the villains of the week were quite fun too. Rag Doll was extremely creepy, and having the Weather Witch appear to try and kill Weather Wizard was a fun call back, and a fun episode in general. The fight between Gorilla Grodd and King Shark was a good laugh as well, even if the budget wouldn’t allow for too much suspension of disbelief.

The Bad:

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“… Boo”

There were a lot of issues I had, but mainly the stupidity of Team Flash. They create a meta-human cure and instead of just sticking Cicada with it, they come to the conclusion that they have to give him the choice… WHAT?! That’s like going up to a mass murderer who uses a knife to kill people and then giving him the choice of giving up all knives before arresting him. He’s proven that if he has control of his meta-power dampening knife that he’s going to kill people, innocent people. Stick him with the cure and then put him in a regular prison…It’s not like if he declined the cure you wouldn’t arrest him, it would just mean that if he ever escaped he wouldn’t be able to kill innocent civilians or those you hold dear anymore…

Speaking on the cure, Cisco decides to take it in the finale, wanting normal life… The heck? Just quit the team and don’t use your powers, does he have any idea how much he’s helped the team in multiple dire pinches? Now he can’t help in any future crisis. I also didn’t like how everyone treated Barry like crap for not trusting his daughter when he found out she was working with the evil and manipulative man who killed his mother in front of his very eyes. I think he was in the right to be worried about that scenario!

Cicada is a little bit too cheesy for me, even though he’s a villain in The Flash, which has had its fair share of super-cheese (though normally for one episode at a time). The gas mask and hood, the “creepy” breathing sound and most of all the voice. Even out of the suit, our troubled soul declaring he’s going to kill all metas in a deep-throated voice was… cringey. I like his backstory, a nobody who ended up with custody of his niece and didn’t want the responsibility eventually comes to love her like his own daughter, then she gets put in a coma by the satellite from the end of the last season, the same incident gives him his power to take away meta-humans’ powers. It’s a good backstory, it’s just a shame the end result is a bit… shit.

Cicada’s grown up daughter from the future was at least less cheesy, even if her identity was obvious (so obvious they revealed it themselves in the same episode she was introduced, to be fair). It still seemed unnecessary, and once again Nora risks her life by communicating with the still-in-a-coma Grace to ask if she wants the cure rather than just curing her of her powers, powers that will one day go on to cost innocent people their lives. That drove me up the wall…

Then there Eobard Thawne. Like I said, I like the performance, but how is he still a thing?! We saw him get erased at the end of Season 1, then we saw a time remnant version of him get erased in Legends of Tomorrow, so how is he still around, and now back to wearing Wells’ face again? It’s just never explained. There is a brief mention from Thawne that the red “negative speed force” energy being the only thing that can avoid the effects of timeline changes, but it still doesn’t add up. His manipulating of Nora was so Cicada’s power-dampening dagger, which is being used to remove his powers, could be erased from the timeline and free him, which was a fun twist, it’s a shame it led to a very brief run around followed by a swift and easy defeat for the Reverse Flash…

Overall Thoughts:

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“What do you mean, “How am I alive?”… I, er… shut up!”

The Flash’s fifth season is one of many problems. The central villain was too cheesy and uninteresting for me, the Nora subplot was interesting to begin with, but soon became a rather dull back and forth between parents and future-daughter, and there were so many acts of stupidity from Team Flash that I started to get annoyed, and I was one of the people who often ignored the stupid mistakes because I was happy to suspend disbelief. Sadly, this was a weak season for me. I gave 1-9 a “4” and 10-22 a “2”, so I guess I’ll give the season overall a…

3 Star Watch

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