Flash- Season V- Ep. 6 “The Icicle Cometh”: A Review

Posted: 11/22/2018 in Uncategorized

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Well, despite a few missteps, this latest ep was like last week…a step in the right direction. My lovely wife however put the matter succinctly about this season…namely that its getting less and less about the Flash. Isn’t the series named after him? Isn’t he ri-gd-diculously fast>Yet again he gets dropped by an opponent… and easily. Oy. Overall, however, a good ep. My review follows below.

Last week’s creepy-assed villain du jour was followed by a deeper delve into Caitlin’s origins, namely her backstory and relationship with her father. The Cicada portion was allowed some progress and created enough of a taste for the viewer to want to learn more. Orland/Cicada (Chris Klein) is quietly focused and extremely vicious and his motivations for being so are teased out in minute traces. This is an effective manner of story telling. Breaking up the team to cover more ground into tracing Cicada’s origins worked as well. His initial throw down with a sword generating meta did present some cool visuals and the notion that he is committed to his homicidal cause.

A very Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) centred main arc ensued, allowing for the original three to reconnect. Any episode featuring the initial partnership of Caitlin, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) usually works. This ep was no exception. Barry and Cisco jump starting the quest to find Caitlin’s Dad brought some of the mystery and heart back from previous seasons. Barry’s naivete was a less desirable throwback. Thomas Snow’s (Kyle Secor) re-appearance sent many red flags. There was a creepy aspect to him, a wrongness that only Cisco seemed to be able to detect. His calling out Barry on comparing this re-connection between father and daughter to his own personal journey is one that should not have had to be made. “Think like a CSI” indeed Barry.

The familial dynamic premise continued with Iris (Candice Patton) and Nora/XS (Jessica Parker Kennedy). There was an initial stumble in which Nora now could not spend enough time with her mother before the matter settled via the intercession of Sherloque (Tom Cavanaugh). I am still not sold on Nora. She is however accomplishing what I once thought was impossible. She is making me like Iris…or at the very least have a bit of sympathy for her. Cavanaugh’s latest Wells incarnation is nearly as cloying as Season 3’s HR. His mannerisms, his horrid French accent…he is just…silly. His singing while making tea was again…silly though his digestion comment was crudely funny. The trio does manage to unearth something useful regarding Cicada’s origin.

The pairing of DIbny (Hartley Sawyer) and Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet) clearly occurred strictly to give her something to do in Joe West’s (Jesse L. Martin) absence. Her attempts to be intimidating were silly and her banter with Dibny no less so. The duo, however, did work well together teasing the detective people reading skills that the Elongated Man is known for. The intel the duo musters also gets the group closer to finding Cicada.

The Caitlin arc served to create a new villain for the series, or at the very least an opponent not centred on the Flash. The duality of the Snows played out nicely with the notion that connection versus isolation is key to a greater balance of personalities and good will. Icicle will unquestionably return and his existence did what it was meant to – allowing for an accelerated return of a fan favourite character.

Really the only element that played poorly was yet again the routine take down of the fastest man alive. He is better than this…the show is titled “The Flash” so why is the series turning into an ensemble show in which he occasionally gets a few shots in before being rescued by ‘your name here”. The connection between Cicada and his daughter’s doctor stands to be an interesting story in and of itself. Exactly what is happening to him is equally compelling. Overall, a good ep pushing toward greater improvements.

*Kudos for another DC shout out with the mention of Dr. Victor Fries whose eventual evolution into a long time Batman nemesis is legendary.

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