The Flash: Blocked
October 16, 2018 7:50 PM - Season 5, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Barry helps his daughter, Nora, become a better speedster; and he and the team also track a meta stealing high-tech weapons, only to cross paths with a new foe named Cicada, who is hunting the very same meta with nefarious intent.
posted by oh yeah! (15 comments total)
 
pretty decent episode, I'm enjoying dad Flash so far, with added bonus of Joe being father of the year. I feel bad for Cecille losing her powers but that's expected.

In case you need it, here's what I managed to capture for Ralph's 27 steps to getting over the love of your life, up to step 18. Here's a clearer one of the top ones up to step 14.
Transcription:

[upper edge left] Dance with Ellen
[upper edge right] Get into Death Metal... (again)
[left edge center] obsess over not obsessing
[upper right, below title, next to step 1, circled] change is good - and inevitable!
[center of page, next to steps 7-10] have belief in the grief - feel your feelings
[right of page, near the above, boxed] go vegan! (start with vegetarian. only one pound cheese per day!)
RALPH DIBNY'S 27 STEPS TO GETTING
OVER THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE
1. Shark cage diving (Make sure you have no paper cuts)
2. Positive affirmations "Ralphie is great. Ralphie is kind. Ralphie is a brilliant detective."
3. Watch "Beaches" and paint your toe nails (pastels look best)
4. Rearrange your record collection autobiographically (after 3 months, arrange by color.)
5. Give your best bud $20 every time you think of your ex (go to ATM first)
6. Attend a Corgi beach festival (BRING TREATS!)
7. Take a hot air balloon ride to Star City
8. Hit the gym - twice a day!
9. Eat an entire pizza
10. Goat yoga
11. Rent a vespa (try to look cool on it!)
12. Metamorphosis (but not like in "The Fly")
13. Storm out of wherever you are SLAM DOORS IF POSSIBLE
14. Go "find yourself" in Thailand (first find Thailand) [take the next indicated action!]
15. Fly a kite in a lightning storm (call EMTs beforehand)
[the rest of these are mostly guesses since I can't find a clear shot of them]
16. Watch every 80's action movies ever made (all "Die Hard"s twice. Same for "Terminator")
17. Go bird watching DRINK WATER + SPREAD [unclear] POSSIBLE
18. [unclear]
posted by numaner at 1:07 AM on October 17, 2018 [5 favorites]


Corgi beach festival!!!!!
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:46 AM on October 17, 2018 [1 favorite]


So clearly Nora knows all about The Flash's adventures and rogues gallery which means I'm not going to get the scene in which the show twists the knife when Nora introduces Barry to her fiancé from the future, a nice man named Eobard.
posted by Servo5678 at 12:02 PM on October 17, 2018


I think whoever lit and shot the first scene forgot they were doing so for Flash, and instead applied the Arrow-set aesthetic.

I was actually excited by the idea of Cisco getting his hair cut. I definitely think he's due for a change, and this would have been the prime opportunity to make one.

So does the fact that Cicada was stunned when Nora called Barry dad mean that he's from the future (so knows Nora), is somehow related to Barry (and/or Nora) or something else? That certainly wasn't a throw-away reaction.

I was hoping Cecile would keep her powers, but at least they dealt with it in a surprisingly (for this show) mature and adult manner.

If Block didn't get her powers until she was in Iron Heights (or after she was out of Iron Heights), why was she in Iron Heights in the first place? Do non-meta female prisoners get put in there? (Maybe this has been addressed in the show before, but I can't recall it if it has.)
posted by sardonyx at 7:59 PM on October 17, 2018 [2 favorites]


Oh, I forgot to add, the whole Iris borrowing Barry's lab was so stupid. Just because it's his lab, he can't just giver her permission to use it. I assume there must be some sort of police regulation about who is allowed inside secure areas (and a lab that is processing evidence should darn well be secure) of the police station. And investigating a story should mean more than snooping through police files. I really wish they would drop the whole Iris as a reporter plot because it has always been terrible, she has always been a terrible reporter, and it's nothing but irritating.
posted by sardonyx at 8:03 PM on October 17, 2018


So clearly Nora knows all about The Flash's adventures and rogues gallery

But she didn't know Barry was in prison, wtf? MUSEUM FAIL.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:12 PM on October 17, 2018


I was surprised that they didn't spend multiple episodes having Barry & Nora keeping his future disappearance secret from Iris, I really did expect them to drag that out for at least a few weeks. Very glad to be wrong.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:33 PM on October 17, 2018 [2 favorites]


I wouldn't be surprised at all if the prison thing was not mentioned at all in a museum all about The Flash as a hero.

I was under the impression that Block had that power all along but psychologically she couldn't stand up to those brothers, her former employers.
posted by numaner at 12:40 AM on October 18, 2018 [1 favorite]


Do we know if the Flash Museum outs Barry Allen as the Flash? Remember that it was Barry that officially went to prison, not the Flash. I wouldn't expect mention of his prison time to be at the museum.
posted by Servo5678 at 4:54 AM on October 18, 2018 [4 favorites]


Wasn't there some line last episode about the identities of the villains having been scrubbed before their details were put into the museum? So if they protected the bad guys, I'd have to assume they also protected Barry's, especially since the museum director (or whoever) must have been aware he had offspring (who might be vulnerable to time-traveling evil-doers).
posted by sardonyx at 5:05 AM on October 18, 2018 [2 favorites]


Someone brought this up in the AV Club discussion but is Jesse L. Martin okay? Two episodes in and they’ve largely just filmed him sitting down and they had Captain Singh at the crime scene instead of Detective West.
posted by plastic_animals at 7:03 AM on October 18, 2018 [1 favorite]


I read that too, and had no idea what to make of it. Here's hoping he's okay.
posted by sardonyx at 7:19 AM on October 18, 2018


If Block didn't get her powers until she was in Iron Heights (or after she was out of Iron Heights), why was she in Iron Heights in the first place? Do non-meta female prisoners get put in there? (Maybe this has been addressed in the show before, but I can't recall it if it has.)

Iron Heights was a regular prison long before the existence of metahumans was discovered by the world at large. It was mentioned several times in Arrow season 1 and it's also where Barry's father served his time prior to being exonerated. That's where Barry was incarcerated last season as well. I think they mentioned at some point that Iron Heights built a special metahuman wing for imprisoning criminal metas, but otherwise it's a normal prison.
posted by katyggls at 3:48 PM on October 18, 2018


True, and they never mentioned when Block got her powers, so she could've been in Iron Heights when the particle accelerator exploded.
posted by numaner at 6:18 PM on October 18, 2018


But was it a women's prison in addition to a men's prison? That's what I was trying to figure out. Metahuman female--stick her in Iron Heights. Metahuman male? Ditto. Regular plain old human male with a serious criminal conviction? Iron Heights. Convicted female felon? No idea, but it seems (based on this episode) Central City has some unique ideas about where and how to house inmates.
posted by sardonyx at 7:20 PM on October 18, 2018


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