Sunday, December 2, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 5, Episode 7 “O Come, All Ye Thankful” (B)

Sicada’s origin story isn’t too full of surprises, initially resistant to the idea of having to be a guardian to his orphaned niece and then so attached to her that he swore vengeance on all metas, which he himself is, after she ended up in a coma. Barry spooked him by showing up and asking for him, but he was so determined to spend the holidays with his niece that he let himself get caught on camera and identified by name and face to Team Flash. You’d think that him being blinded by revenge would make him easier to stop, and maybe this multitasking season can move on from him as a villain to something else when it returns from the winter hiatus that it’s going on in a few weeks following the Arrowverse crossover I’m highly anticipating. This episode gave a harsh reality check to the bratty Nora who saw what it meant to almost lose her father, finally cognizant that there’s more to the legend that just what’s she seen all her life in the museum. The notion of Barry staying safe if he hangs up his costume and stops being the Flash is an interesting one, but he’ll never be able to resist the urge to help people. The team made quick work of the Weather Wizard’s angry daughter, in time to celebrate Thanksgiving, even with the naysayers like Cisco and Sherloque who needed a bit of tough love from an unsympathetic and hilarious Killer Frost.

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