The Flash Season 5 Ep 7 Recap Celebrating with Family Good and

first_img 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 The family drama in this season of The Flash has been especially strong, and we get plenty more if it this week. With Grace Gibbons, the girl Team Flash thinks is the daughter of Cicada, identified, Barry Allen goes straight to the hospital looking for info on her father. He doesn’t count on the fact that Grace’s doctor is helping Cicada stay hidden and hunt down metahumans. She sends Barry away, telling him Grace’s parents are both dead. That turns out to be a good thing, because Barry would have gotten a face full of Cicada blade if he walked into the hospital room. Turns out the doctor wasn’t lying, though. In a brief flashback, we see pre-Cicada learning that his sister and brother-in-law were killed when Thinker’s satellites fell. Grace is his niece.Thinking he’s hit a dead end, Barry and Iris start preparing for their first Thanksgiving at their apartment. Joe and Cecile are spending it with her family, which is this week’s reason for Jesse L. Martin’s absence. (I hope the dude’s OK. He’s one of my favorite actors on this show.) Yes, this is a Thanksgiving episode, which would have made much more sense last week, but TV schedules are weird, especially during election years. Oh well. The scenes focusing on family have been the surprising high points of the season, and this episode allows for plenty more. Particularly between Nora and Iris, who are still bonding after Nora realized how cool her mother is.Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS and Grant Gustin as The Flash (Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW)That reconciliation isn’t entirely stable yet, though. This whole season has seen Nora worshiping her father as a hero. Imagining how exciting it must have been to see him save the city. Iris has to be the one to point out that it’s not exactly cool when you’re living through it. It’s terrifying. What really drives the point home is when a mysterious, localized storm turns up out of nowhere.  In trying to ward off the storm Barry collides with a lightning bolt and dies. Nora has to be the one to revive him. She’s clearly traumatized, and blames her mother for making the call that got Barry (temporarily) killed.Given that this was a weather-based attack, the obvious culprit is Weather Wizard. Barry, Nora and Iris visit Iron Heights to make sure he’s still locked up and, oddly enough, he is. There’s no way he could have carried out the attack. The mystery is quickly solved when his another weather-controlling meta shows up. Weather Wizard’s daughter, Jocelyn. She appears to me more powerful than her father, too. Though Barry and Nora immediately race Weather Wizard back to S.T.A.R. Labs and run back, she demands they return him to her. She puts a point on her demand by blasting a hole in Iron Heights’ roof and teleporting out via lightning bolt.Reina Hardesty as Joss/Weather Witch (Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW)Cisco and Caitlin do a little bit of research on Joss, and find out that she’s not a metahuman herself. She’s a storm chaser and self-taught meteorologist. She controls the weather with a weather vane embedded with a piece of Thinker’s dark matter satellite. Meta Tech is back. Caitlin even gets to name the villain this time: Weather Witch. Don’t listen to Cisco’s resigned “I’ll allow it,” you know he likes it. Team Flash even comes up with a decent plan to capture her. At first it seems like another idiotic Barry Allen special: Give her exactly what she wants. Barry appears to show up, as agreed, with Weather Wizard. The genius of the plan doesn’t become clear until after it fails, though. After blasting both Flash And XS with lightning, she drops a truck on her dad’s head. That’s when it’s revealed to be a hologram, controlled by Iris. It’s a fun reveal, even if it doesn’t work out. Weather Witch, angry at being tricked, vows to destroy the city, and escapes before Flash and XS can do anything.Before the episode’s big fight can happen, we get a real emotional scene from Nora. We finally get to the core of what she’s been so angry about, be it with Iris or just the way Team Flash does things. Looking up to her dad as a hero all her life, she blamed his absence on criminals. Now that she’s met him, and saw him temporarily die in front of her, her true feelings come to the surface. More than anyone else, she’s angry at Barry. His insistence on being The Flash is what causes his disappearance. It’s what forces her to grow up without a dad. She asks Barry to stop being The Flash, and he replies people need him. That’s not the answer she was looking for. Jessica Parker Kennedy plays this scene so well. With her performance, you really feel XS’ pain here.Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West – Allen and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Barry can’t reconcile right away though. Weather Witch soon attacks the city, and conditions are only getting more dangerous. He gets everyone as close to safety as they can, and Nora shows up with Weather Wizard’s wand so Barry can counteract the weather. There’s still one problem: Weather Witch makes a tornado out of lightning. It looks cool as hell, but it’s also dangerous. The only way Barry can stop it is to use the wand to attract the tornado’s lightning. It has a very real chance of killing him. Just before he does, Nora reconciles with her father, telling him she knows it’s what he has to do. It doesn’t work. I get that seeing a villain directly threaten the lives of innocent people makes her realize why her dad needs to be a hero. It still happens too easy. Like a switch got flipped in her head. It’s too sudden, and has none of the emotion we saw from her just one scene ago. At least it leads to a cool battle. The Flash firing all the built-up  lightning at Weather Witch, while she sends her own blast at him is such a badass image. And even though we know Barry’s gonna survive (which he does), it still pulls off the tension and uncertainty of not knowing who’s going to walk out of the fog. That works, even if Nora’s epiphany doesn’t.Chris Klein as Orlin Dwyer and Islie Hirvonen as Grace Gibbons (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Nora’s not the only one struggling with family this episode, though. We get an extended series of flashbacks leading up to Orlin’s transformation into Cicada. After taking his niece in, he struggles with being a parent. He feeds her Chinese takeout that’s been sitting on his counter a few days. He ignores her and watches TV. She finally calls him out on it when she gets in trouble at school, telling him she hates him and he hates himself. Realizing she has a point, he makes an effort to be better. He finds a house for them he can fix up, along with a doll house for her. The two work together on making both feel like home, and soon they’re just like father and daughter. That’s when The Thinker launches his attack. These flashbacks tell an effective story. This is the most I’ve ever felt for a Flash big bad.The C-story is fun too, even if it’s given less time than normal. That’s for the best. It’s not substantial enough to merit more than the handful of scenes it’s given. Basically, Caitlin and Cisco try to explain Thanksgiving to Sherloque, who immediately deduces the depressing history behind the holiday. Disillusioned with the whole weekend, the three become pouty sad sacks who refuse to attend Barry and Iris’ Thanksgiving dinner. The joke remains funny by never outstaying its welcome when it’s brought up. Plus, it gets us a truly great appearance from Killer Frost. She’s so frustrated by the situation, she comes out of Caitlin to scold them all for being so lame. The holiday may have crappy origins, but good food and drinking with friends outweighs bad food and drinking alone any day.Tom Cavanagh as Sherloque Wells (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)It may be close to a week late for the holiday it’s about, but The Flash gave us another solid episode this week. It was sweet, funny and the family drama continues to be among the strongest of the series. Nora’s anger feels real and justified, which makes for good TV even if the resolution happens too easily. We see where both she and her dad are coming from, and there wasn’t even a need for the can-I-talk-to-you hallway. It even gave the show some momentum going into next week. Cisco, Caitlin and Sherloque’s detective work finally pays off. They figure out the exact identity of Cicada. Now we just have to wait and see what the show does with that reveal.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5, Episode 6 recapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 5 recapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 4 recap Stay on targetlast_img

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