Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Flash - Seeing Red

After laying low, Cicada (Chris Klein) returns with a vengeance by killing multiple meta-humans in one night. Hoping to remove those who the serial killer plans to target next, Barry (Grant Gustin) and the group round up the group of metas provided to Cicada by a member of the Central City Police Force (while Cecille goes after the leak in the police department). I've never been a huge fan of vengeful Barry Allen. I think the character works best as hopeful and striving to use his powers to make the world a better place (while fighting talking gorillas and guys throwing boomerangs at him). However, after Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) is seriously injured by Cicada and is slow to heal, Barry's father instincts go into overdrive and nearly push the flash into eliminating the threat of Cicada permanently. Thankfully, Nora is fully recovered by the end of the episode ending the Flash's murderous streak before it claims its first victim.

Nora's injury, and her slowness to heal thanks to the Dark Matter from Cicada's dagger, allows for some strong West family moments. In the subplot the characters are all incredibly slow to realize why Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is against Caitlin pursuing a meta-human cure (although the the plot thread does allow the pair's bond to grow even stronger). While Cicada's usefulness as the season's big bad is waning with every passing week at this point, the show continues to set-up another storyline as Sherloque (Tom Cavanagh) begins investigating Nora's secretive nature concerning her future and stumbles on the first breadcrumb leading into the possible return of the Reverse-Flash.

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