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06 декабря 2018, 01:09

‘The Flash’ Season 5, Episode 8 Recap: Barry Got Back


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Holy crap, The Flash reached its 100th episode.That’s quite an accomplishment, and I’m glad it happened during such a fun season. The show celebrated it in the best possible way too. The team now knows the identity of Cicada, Orlin Dwyer, and why he’s hunting down metas. Now, there’s just the question of what they do next. Barry’s solution: Let’s go get him. Great plan dude, let me know how that works out for you. Sherloque points out that as long as Cicada has his power-dampening dagger, “go getting him” isn’t going to work. Maybe he really is as smart as he claims to be. Fortunately, Barry is in a room full of people much smarter than him. Including his daughter. Nora suggests creating a dampening device using objects Barry already encountered in the past. Her plan: Go back in time, steal those objects after they stop being relevant, and hide it near the hospital for five years. Make sure Cicada never has a chance to get the upper hand. Yay! It’s a time travel episode!

We’re not going to get there without a trip to the can-I-talk-to-you hallway. Nora wants to travel back in time too, and Barry won’t let her because it’s too dangerous. We’re getting dangerously close to repeating the same lessons week after week. It’s one of the weakest points of this show. Thankfully, it doesn’t last long. Iris, now finally on good terms with her daughter, talks Barry into letting her come along. Of course it will be dangerous, that’s why two speedsters are better than one. Duh, Barry. They go back in time to Season 3, but there’s one danger Barry didn’t anticipate. A time wraith is on their trail, probably because all the messing with time they’re about to do is exacerbated by the presence of Barry’s adult daughter from the future. Not even Ralph Dibny’s hilarious Back to the Future reference will appease him.

Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Hartley Sawyer as Dibney (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)

Barry distracts the wraith while Nora collects a piece of Savitar’s suit… While learning some uncomfortable facts about her parents in the process. I hope she knows a good therapist in the future. The next stop is Season Two, when Barry lost his speed and Zoom kidnapped Caitlin. It’s fun revisiting all these big moments from the show and seeing them from different angles. And the scene where our Barry meets past Harry Wells nails the uneasy precariousness of the situation. I was actually nervous the entire time Barry was talking to him. Knowing that at any moment, he could screw everything up. He gets through the awkward interaction, and gets what he’s looking for, but he and XS have a bigger problem. Zoom shows up and chases both Barry and Nora through time. The time wraith takes care of him before too long, but the device breaks in the chase. To make matters worse, there’s only one person they can go to to fix it: Eobard Thawne.

The Flash is really going all out for its 100th episode. It really feels like a true celebration of everything the show has done in the last four and a half seasons. It’s not just congratulating itself, either. It’s showing us interesting new angles on the biggest moments of the series so far. Even going so far as to change them slightly, because that’s just what The Flash does. We get a cool little scene where Thawne, before the particle accelerator explodes, senses the presence of two speedsters in the building. He almost delays turning the accelerator on, but appears to accept his fate. Tom Cavanagh directed this episode, which is fitting since he directed some of the best episodes of the entire series. He gave himself plenty to do here too, playing three different versions of the character. I’d call it showing off, but it’s just so much fun to watch.

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)

Barry and Nora get everything they’re looking for, and return to the present with the power dampener. As Cisco promised Dibny, it’s like no time has passed at all. Huey Lewis and the News’ “Back in Time” is still playing when they get back. All that’s left is the (definitely not) final confrontation with Cicada. The plan seems to work perfectly at first. The hidden dampener does its job and neutralizes the dagger long enough for Cisco to vibe it into outer space. But instead of arresting Cicada, they stand around taunting him. Yeah, it wouldn’t be a midseason Flash episode without a truly boneheaded self-defeat. Cicada’s power isn’t only in his dagger, surprise surprise, and he’s able to pull it down from outer space at full power. I’ll forgive the absolute boneheadedness, because it leads to the episodes coolest moment.

Cicada debilitates Flash, Vibe, XS and Elongated Man, and is about to kill The Flash. That’s when Killer Frost steps out of the van and delivers a powerful ice blast. The show has gotten into the habit of making us wait for a climactic Killer Frost appearance, and you know what? So far, it still works. Killer Frost is just that cool, and it’s about time we got to watch her be the hero. Even Cicada doesn’t want to mess with her. One blast of ice and he peaces out shockingly quick. Hey, we can’t have a real fight with the big bad yet. We still have more than half a season to get through.

Chris Klein as Cicada (Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW)

The mystery surrounding Nora also moves forward in an interesting way. Sherloque finds the strange time writing Barry was scribbling after he came out of the Speed Force in Season 3 in Nora’s journal. She claims to have made it up. Sherloque seemingly accepts her explanation, but he’s clearly still suspicious. He has reason to be. The show has been real cagey as far as what Nora’s actually doing here. Is she really just trying to get to know her dad? Apparently not. She spent much of the episode both oddly curious about and ignorant of Eobard Thawne. That appears to be an act. She’s been using Gideon to send him messages in the time language, and right at the end, she goes to visit him. What’s goin on here? We’ll be waiting a little while to find out.

We still have one episode to go before the show takes its winter break, but this certainly feels like the midseason finale. We’re at a natural stopping point in the story, and the biggest mystery of the season just answered one question while bringing up a whole lot more. Next week’s episode likely isn’t going to address it too much, either. We’re closing out the fall season with the Elseworlds crossover event, where some complicated-looking events on an alternate Earth cause this one to become all mixed up. This was a fun season finale with a few good fight scenes and a wonderful reminder of everything the show’s done. It left us begging to see where the story goes next. Even so, I’m even more excited to see this crossover, which will bring in Batwoman, Superman and everyone’s favorite Flash: Oliver Queen.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW

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Source: https://www.geek.com/television/the-flash-season-5-episode-8-recap-barry-got-back-1764189/?source