The long-anticipated 100th Episode of The Flash has lastly arrived! And it was … not what I anticipated.
The Flash Season 5 Episode eight paid tribute to all of the seasons of Flash Previous, and whereas the performances have been extraordinary and sure sentiments have been genuinely touching, the story itself? Effectively, it appeared to fall somewhat quick.
Don’t get me improper: I’m properly conscious it wasn’t concerning the epic storyline construction. It was certain to be stuffed with flashbacks and items of reference nostalgia meant to make our hearts sing with the remembrance of former Flash love.
In that regard, it did fairly properly. As loyal viewers we received to walk (or pace) down reminiscence lane with Barry, revisiting all his most vital moments whereas going through off in opposition to varied arch-nemeses over the previous 5 years.
We additionally received to do this with the added contemporary perspective of Nora, who was seeing all of it with contemporary eyes; studying issues she by no means might learn about her father from a Flash Museum.
And whereas that was a enjoyable journey to be on, one has to ask the query: was there somewhat an excessive amount of concentrate on the villains, although?
The Flash has been about a lot greater than its seasonal Huge Unhealthy. It’s concerning the comraderies and loyalty of Staff Flash. It’s additionally concerning the epic love story that’s WestAllen.
Whereas we received to see previous Cisco fawn over “Wells” for a fast scene and even received a throwaway line to previous Caitlin about Ronnie, we didn’t get a lot else to recollect about them. Plus, what about Eddie? Joe? Jessie? Child Flash? Any of the opposite characters that helped make the present what it’s right now?
One other factor we didn’t get a lot of was the WestAllens lengthy winding romance.
What we did see of Iris and Barry’s story was executed creatively, and I give main credit score to Tom Cavanaugh (for a lot of causes on this episode, however we’ll get to these later). How he framed their narrative was terrifically distinctive. We didn’t simply get outdated Iris/Barry moments on replay.
As an alternative, we noticed them by means of new eyes — Nora’s eyes.
In each time interval they landed, Nora witnessed a second that each solidified and illuminated the bond Barry and Iris have for one another. The dialogue was nearly by no means heard between the 2, however by means of physique language alone the couple’s connection was plain.
It was elegant and understated, however with each Staff Flash and WestAllen being such integral elements of The Flash collection, it didn’t appear to be sufficient. Even in current time, the episode severely lacked any meaty scenes for Iris, Cisco, or Caitlin.
I imply, Iris received what? Perhaps 5 traces?
It’s to not say Nora was overused, however because the main woman of The Flash, Mrs. Iris West Allen deserved somewhat bit extra focus.
As for different off-kilter points, the storyline of Cicada has formally fallen quick.
I’m happy The Flash Season 5 has successfully developed characters versus solely specializing in “villain” plotlines. It’s working, however this new means of approaching issues does depart these villainous storylines with one thing to be desired.
Cicada’s presence has been scarce at greatest. And possibly it’s simply me, however has he actually executed all that a lot injury? Has he executed extra injury than some other previous villain in Flash historical past?
I don’t assume so.
That is why Barry and Nora touring again in time, prepared to face each single different villain The Flash has gone up in opposition to (and nearly misplaced every thing to) appears extraordinarily unbalanced.
The stakes simply aren’t there for Barry to deem going again in time crucial. First, it risked probably altering the timeline. Second, it pressured him face his worst enemies once more.
Not solely was it an extremely harmful thought, however it was additionally an extremely painful factor for Barry to relive.
I suppose the underlying level could also be that Cicada isn’t the real Huge Unhealthy in spite of everything. Which will as soon as once more be Thawne. That may very well be why Cicada is getting painted as a considerably sympathetic (if not tragic) antagonist, which is uncommon for The Flash’s components.
Regardless, it’s forcing the narrative a bit, and I ponder if the 100th episode didn’t come only a bit too early within the season for the story to pan out the best way the writers hoped.
Happily, there have been additionally fairly a number of highlights to “What’s Previous Is Prologue,” they usually primarily got here within the type of performances.
As common, the chemistry that innately exists between Gustin and Kennedy is spectacular. There’s not one emotional scene between the 2 of them that doesn’t soar off-screen. Their authenticity as father and daughter is excellent.
Kennedy spent the whole episode on the point of tears, with an expression that completely encapsulated each the ache and marvel of experiencing her father’s hardest life moments.
Gustin’s emotional supply was explosive when crucial — the worry of Barry going through Zoom, the heartbreak of shedding his pace, the anger in the direction of Thawne for murdering his mom. Gustin performed all of it to perfection, and there are occasions I really feel his performing means is severely underrated.
The champion of the evening, nonetheless, was seasoned skilled Tom Cavanaugh. Not solely did Cavanaugh do a superb job with directional decisions for the episode, he managed to play 96 completely different characters and nail all of them impeccably (Okay, it was 4 characters, however that’s nonetheless so much!).
Directing an episode, being in nearly each scene, whereas additionally having to juggle 4 completely different personalities in every a type of scenes? That may be a feat that deserves actual recognition.
Cavanaugh’s supply of Thawne particularly, mixed with Gustin’s visceral response upon the 2 reuniting, created top-of-the-line scenes this present has given us in seasons.
Thawne assembly Nora for the primary time was really chilling, and the anguish each he and Barry have for each other solely solidifies that Reverse Flash will at all times be Barry Allen’s primary arch nemesis.
There hasn’t been a villain fairly like him but, so I’m pleased for his long-awaited return.
- I believe we noticed Nora working with Thawne coming, however is her excuse that she didn’t know he killed Barry’s mom? And the way didn’t she know that? It appears unlikely.
- I do know some individuals will hate it, however I like that Killer Frost appears to be a key to defeating Cicada.
- .There was not sufficient Zoom!
- Talking of Zoom, what occurred to him within the pace pressure? The place was he taken? Was he additionally let loose at a random cut-off date? Was seeing Nora an unknown variable? Did it change the timeline? Ought to I let this go as a result of I’m overthinking time journey once more?
- I discovered it humorous that Thawne is in his jail cell however nonetheless sporting the Reverse Flash swimsuit. Is that not uncomfortable for you buddy? You might wish to change.
- I am ceaselessly grateful they didn’t return to any of the The Flash Season four nonsense and saved The Flash Season three at a minimal.
- Nora and Barry watching Mr. and Mrs. Allen pleased and in love was a blissful second, and I’m so glad it was one thing they selected to maintain within the episode.
- Isn’t Cisco alleged to chorus from vibing? That critically makes me nervous. PROTECT HIM AT ALL COSTS. If he dies, I die.
Flash Fanatics, it is time to inform me your ideas!
Did the massive Episode 100 dwell as much as all of your expectations? Had been you excited to see Zoom, Savitar and Reverse Flash once more? What do you consider Nora working with Thawne? And the way excited are you for the crossover occasion?!
Hold forth beneath, and in the event you missed the episode, you possibly can watch The Flash on-line, proper right here at TV Fanatic!