The Flash Season 5 Episode 11 Recap A Proper Return

first_img It’s been a while since we last saw Cicada, and it turns out there’s a reason for that. He’s been hiding out at the doctor’s house after his battle with Team Flash before the “Elseworlds” crossover. He’s done hiding now, though. The doctor gives him a CCPD list of known metas and tells him it’s time to get back to work. That’s exactly what he does. We see him interrupt a robbery, brutally stabbing one of the metahuman culprits, though the other manages to get away. As Barry and Iris learn while investigating the body the next day, another body with the same wounds showed up across town. Cicada’s back and it’s time to get this season rolling again.He continues his killing spree into the next day, which has the unintended bright side of allowing Team Flash to track his movements. The whole team goes after him: Flash, XS, Killer Frost and Elongated Man. (Yay, he’s back!) The battle is short, but they pack some cool superhero action into it. Making up for last week, I guess. They save the woman Cicada’s trying to kill, and Killer Frost switches to Caitlin for some emergency medical help. Cicada’s victim isn’t the only one who needs it though. While the rest of the team is distracted, Cicada grabs Nora and punches her hard in the back, knocking her unconscious. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, their worst fears are confirmed. Her back is badly broken, and Cicada’s dark matter in her system is blocking her powers. They should kick in eventually, but she’ll be paralyzed for a while.Grant Gustin as The Flash (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)The emotion of the scene where they tell her is played so well by all involved. It’s one of those scenes that reminds you The Flash can still make you feel for these characters when it wants to. When it’s not being repetitive or making them needlessly dumb, this show can tell some great personal stories alongside the ridiculous comic book ones. They even throw in an absolutely stupid joke that made me laugh way harder than it had any right to. As Sherloque Wells and Ralph Dibny detect the pattern behind Cicada’s targets, they notice they all show signs of having been in jail. Including that one seems to have ingested a lot of prison wine, or “Borat” on Wells’ Earth. “Bruno” on this one. Damn it, Flash.They figure out that Cicada’s using a CCPD list of known metas, and Barry’s ready to conclude there’s a rat in the department. Captain Singh doesn’t want to believe it. Except it comes across more Singh wanting to be cautious and Barry ready to start interrogating people. I’m glad they don’t make this disagreement out to be a bigger hallway talk-size deal they could have. Barry’s scoff at Singh’s caution makes him look whiny enough already. It’s smart to have him and Cecile move onto the next plan. She sets up a deal for the FBI to take the threatened metas into protective custody. With Killer Frost’s help, they get all the metahumans together and convince them to go where it’s safe. Peekaboo is the only one who doesn’t show up, leading to another brief confrontation with Cicada. He gives Peekaboo a Vibe portal and stalls Cicada. The fight doesn’t change anything between them, but we do get few exciting hits from both of them.Chris Klein as Cicada and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Frost (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)The real fight comes later at the handoff. Cecile figures out who leaked the list to Cicada (handy having an empath on the team), but she doesn’t do anything about it in time. The leaker tells Cicada about the handoff to the feds. Cicada uses his dagger to disable the helicopter’s landing gear, dampens all the surrounding metahumans’ powers, and attacks. Elongated Man leads the rest of the metas outside to stretch them onto the copter. Meanwhile, The Flash stays inside to fight, and get beat up by, Cicada. That’s where Killer Frost comes in. Yes, we finally get a good action scene from Killer Frost. With an ice dagger fight and everything! This is what I want to see more of. She’s able to freeze his dagger, cancelling out its power-dampening, and The Flash unloads on him. As the team at the lab realizes, he’s ready to kill Cicada for hurting Nora. Fortunately, Nora is healed just in time to stop her dad from becoming a murderer. Cicada gets away because we still have another half-season to get through, but Barry’s still a hero.It’s a good thing the main story is a hell of a lot of fun, because both the side plots feel like they’re stalling for time. One involves Caitlin trying to help Cisco figure out the equation to his metahuman cure, and Killer Frost sabotaging her at every turn. First by erasing her values and replacing them with asterisks, then by flat out destroying her white board. She refuses to talk to Caitlin about why she’s doing this, but Ralph gets her to open up. She’s afraid that one day Caitlin will wake up and decide she doesn’t want a metahuman living inside her anymore. That she’ll just decide to erase Killer Frost at some point. Dibny tells her that when DeVoe took away Killer Frost last season, Caitlin did everything she could to get her back. Caitlin wouldn’t give up Killer Frost that easily. So mostly stuff we already knew. At least it moves this story forward a little but by the end of the episode. Killer Frost accepts that the cure can help some people and gives Caitlin a drop of blood she collected during the fight with Cicada. That’ll be a lot of help.Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)The other story, with Sherloque investigating Nora, goes absolutely nowhere. He starts questioning her and realizing once again that her answers don’t add up. Iris notices him investigating her daughter and puts a stop to it right away. We even get a can-I-talk-to-you hallway scene out of it. That’s how pointless it is. Last week, we saw her free Eobard Thawne in the future. This week delivers on none of that. All we get is a shot of Wells discovering that there are two distinct sets of handwriting in Nora’s journal. He wonders who the other one is, and his face is reflected in the computer screen. BECAUSE THAWNE HAS THE SAME FACE AS WELLS GET IT? It’s a cool effect, but it would be a lot cooler if we didn’t already know the answer to this mystery. Like if this scene happened earlier in the season, and this was the clue that let us in on the answer. but subtlety has never been any of these CW shows specialty.Even with the side stories being just OK, this is the kind of episode I was hoping for when the show returned last week. It had plenty of great action, the story moved along at a quick pace, and we got to see the entire team doing cool superhero things. Not even just fighting bad guys. Cecile used her empath abilities to find the leak inside CCPD. Elongated Man stretched people to safety in a helicopter, saving one from Cicada’s dagger at the last minute. It was pretty much everything you want from an episode of superhero TV. The Flash leaned into its strengths for this episode, reminding us why we keep watching five seasons in.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5 Episode 10 RecapElseworlds RecapThe Flash Season 5 Episode 8 Recap Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img

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