REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ Season 5, Episode 11 – ‘Seeing Red’

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The Flash Season 5 Episode 11

We are officially at the half-point of The Flash’s fifth season. So far, unfortunately, I haven’t found anything quite exciting this season other than the crossover event. Even the 100th episode had some elements that seemed very questionable. I figured since the ending teased that Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) had been working with Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) that the second half would focus on that. But it looks like they’ll be focusing on Cicada (Chris Klein) for at least a few more episode. However, this episode did show some sort of promise. But there were still things that couldn’t really make this be a stand-out episode.

The episode picks up with Cicada meeting with Dr. Ambres (Lossen Chambers) trying to see Grace. Ambres tells him that she was able to find someone in the GCPD who would be more than happy to help Cicada kill more metahumans. Meanwhile, Team Flash learns that Cicada is back in Central City after finding several metahumans dead. Receiving an alert about Cicada closing in on another metahuman while they’re in S.T.A.R. Labs, Nora and Barry (Grant Gustin) rush off to deal with him. Unfortunately, Nora gets injured, much like how Barry got injured after his initial battle against Zoom back in season 2.

Barry, filled with anger, is on a warpath to find Cicada. Meanwhile, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) is still working on the metahuman cure but is having trouble dealing with Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) trying to stop her. Cecille (Danielle Nicolet) is trying to figure out who is leaking Dr. Ambres secret GCPD information. Sherloque (Tom Cavanagh) is still conducting his investigation on Nora, seemingly getting closer to finding out the truth. Team Flash decides to protect the rest of the metahumans on the list, hoping to get them into protective custody.

As many of you know, this story was already done during season 1. Team Flash had the idea to escort the metahumans locked inside the Particle Accelerator prison to somewhere less dangerous. The plan didn’t work out so well for the team. I wouldn’t normally mind similar plots, but the way they came up with this plan seemed very spontaneous. The reasoning behind this plan also seemed very bland.

This could have been a great story arc for Nora to have gone through. Besides the reveal that she has been working for Thawne, nothing about her character has been interesting. She helps Barry and Iris realize that they’re capable of being parents, but her being injured could’ve served a bigger purpose. They way they handled it was almost as bad as when Barry got injured. I’m hoping something remarkable happens with her character.

During the crossover event, it was teased that Barry had started to embrace a bit of the darkness while he was Oliver Queen. I thought that with Nora being injured, that darkness could’ve been fleshed out a bit more. But given the tone of the overall show, it was obvious they weren’t going in that direction, which is a shame. That would’ve been an interesting journey to see Barry go through. I also still don’t understand how Barry cannot handle himself against Cicada without powers. It would’ve been great to see Barry handle his own.

Seeing the character progression of Killer Frost is probably what saved this entire episode. Although I’m upset that they completely sped up Caitlyn’s relationship with Frost given how much it hurt her during season 3, I’m glad to see them working together. She’s definitely become a force to be reckoned with. I’m interested to see what further plans the show has in store for her character.

It seems like the show is still committing the same issues over and over again. Like I said before, I feel like Cicada has long overstayed his welcome. I’m just watching every week to see when the Eobard and Nora plot will take over. Looks like next episode will focus more on that, but I’m upset they waited so long to do this. Let’s hope that they use the remaining episodes to correct its course.

The Flash airs on the CW Network every Tuesday at 5 pm EST / 8 pm PST.


The Flash Season 5, Episode 11 - Seeing Red
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TL;DR

It seems like the show is still committing the same issues over and over again. Like I said before, I feel like Cicada has long overstayed his welcome. I’m just watching every week to see when the Eobard and Nora plot will take over. Looks like next episode will focus more on that, but I’m upset they waited so long to do this. Let’s hope that they use the remaining episodes to correct its course.