The Flash: Failure is an Orphan
March 12, 2019 7:42 PM - Season 5, Episode 16 - Subscribe

With the meta-human cure ready to use, Barry and Team Flash must figure out a way to subdue Cicada long enough to take it. Meanwhile, Joe eases back into work, and Nora isn't happy about the way her dad plans to stop Cicada.
posted by oh yeah! (7 comments total)
 
This is all going to continue to go around in the same circles until episode 20 of 22, isn't it? Even when something happens, it feels like no progress has been made.
posted by Servo5678 at 7:37 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


I am feeling very "meh" about this season of The Flash. Cicada is an uninteresting villain, and Chris Klein's performance is so inexplicably bad/weird, it's like it's being beamed in from a completely different show.

The current iteration of the Wells character also is very annoying, and it feels like Tom Cavanagh has reached the bottom of his bag of tricks with regard to creating different versions of him.

And where's Ralph? Team Flash heads into what they anticipate will be their final confrontation with the big bad, and he's neither seen nor even mentioned? Did I miss the announcement that Elongated Man was being written out of the show?

AV Club rated this episode a B+, but to me it felt more like a C-.
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 9:02 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


This is all going to continue to go around in the same circles until episode 20 of 22, isn't it? Even when something happens, it feels like no progress has been made.

I gotta say, it really makes me appreciate how brilliant Agents of Shields' decision to break each season into 2 or 3 almost-entirely-separate "pods" was.
posted by mstokes650 at 11:52 AM on March 13 [1 favorite]


I gotta say, it really makes me appreciate how brilliant Agents of Shields' decision to break each season into 2 or 3 almost-entirely-separate "pods" was.

I could've sworn I read a year ago that the showrunners planned to do the same for Flash, so I was expecting Cicada to be gone by December, and then by January, and then... he... just... keeps... coming... back.
posted by Servo5678 at 12:04 PM on March 13


Name dropping Anthro and Kamandi just wasn't enough to keep me interested in this episode at all--not in the least.

I really, really wanted this Cicada stuff to be over, but I guess we won't get that until Nora defeats the niece, saves her dad, becomes a hero in her own right (with her own arch nemesis) and then returns to the future to deal with her incarcerated time-traveling buddy. Sigh. What is there, another six or seven episodes to go before the end of the season? There's going to be a lot of bad TV over the next couple of months, and I'm not looking forward to it at all.

Maybe it's time to bring on the Crisis and kill off a few characters just to shake things up and perhaps give us an interesting story line. (Although I suspect that would only make everything worse.)
posted by sardonyx at 1:20 PM on March 14 [1 favorite]


This is all going to continue to go around in the same circles until episode 20 of 22, isn't it?

Every damn season. Yup. I mainly watch because I enjoy the cast so much.
posted by plastic_animals at 4:54 PM on March 14 [2 favorites]


Nthing everyone else on "going round in circles till the end." Did anyone think (especially with the title of this episode) that Nora'd be "going home?" That Barry would think of "the right thing to say?"

Yeah, where's Ralph?

I am so done with Sherloque. Can't we just bring back Earth 2-Wells and be done with this trading Welleses?

Well, it's nice to have Joe back and looking swell, at least.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:02 PM on March 14 [4 favorites]


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