Friday, October 26, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 5, Episode 3 “The Death of Vibe” (B+)

I was wondering whether Wells, in any form, was going to be featured in this season, and after a brief appearance by Harrison Wolfgang Wells, we got one of the most entertaining versions: Harrison Sherloque Wells, whose pretentiousness is matched by his ease lying and pretending that he’s far more skilled than he actually is, demanding a very high sum for solving a case he had already successfully pursued thirty-seven times. Sicada continues to be a formidable enemy, one who Nora made seem infinitely more threatening with the foreboding news that no one ever caught him, and it’s interesting to see that, in this particular universe, he’s not the same person that he usually is, and his victims aren’t the same either. Torturing Joe to get Vibe to come to him worked to a degree, but fortunately we saw Nora flash through the many possibilities and make a decision that ended up saving everyone, making it look like Vibe was dead so that Sicada would leave them. Joe was smart to deduce that he is a father, and evidently whatever happened to his comatose daughter is compelling him to exact whatever justice he feels he needs to. Ralph’s superhero stint as the Elongated Man didn’t go over all that well, and it was good to see him spring into action and manage to help Caitlin, who has quite the family history to contend with as she tries to solve the mystery of her father and what role her mother may have played in it.

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