The Flash Season 5 Episode 6 Recap New Villain Debuts to Little

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 Sometimes you think you know what you want from The Flash. These past few weeks, the most enjoyable arcs have been watching Ralph and Sherloque play detective and watching Caitlin solve the mystery of her father. But with everything going on with Nora, Iris and Barry, those stories haven’t been given the time they deserve. Well, this week they were given the spotlight and it almost didn’t matter at all. We met a cool (sorry) new villain, and… that’s about it.Cisco uses his hacking skills to track down Caitlin’s father, who’s been hiding out in the North Pole. Why they needed an elite level hacker to figure out where the ice guy was hiding isn’t explained, but sure, why not? To the episode’s credit, it gets to the point pretty quickly. Thomas Snow, and Caitlin as a child, had ALS. Killer Frost was the cure. Thomas says a split personality never manifested in him, so he’s still dying while Caitlin isn’t. Caitlin takes him back to S.T.A.R. Labs, a place he’s recently started spying on so he could keep up with his daughter. No red flags here. Caitlin realizes she can save her father by making a serum out of some of her cells. With the help of a Department of Defense laser cooler which can bring temperatures down to absolute zero.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Kyle Secor as Dr. Thomas Snow (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Cisco is the only one who’s not entirely on board with this plan, which should tell you right away that he’s right. Hacking into a DoD system to break his friends in doesn’t sit right. He uses his limited remaining Vibe powers to follow up on his hunch. He’s not just reacting poorly to an experimental cure. He’s hiding his own dual personality with skin grafts. He’s using his daughter to get access to the serum. This news doesn’t go over well with Caitlin, who doesn’t want to believe the person she’s worked so hard to find isn’t her dad. When nobody listens to him, he storms out, which leads Barry to utter the most dreaded sentence in any episode of The Flash. “Dude, we need to talk.” Well, we made it this far without a trip to the talk-hallway. That’s an accomplishment at least.Fortunately, we’re not here to rehash a lesson we’ve already learned. Except maybe be a little more delicate when delivering the news that your friend’s father is a secret supervillain. In any case, the bluntness worked. Caitlin can’t shake the feeling that her father’s story doesn’t add up. Especially once she realizes what effect the serum will actually have. If administered to someone while in their icy alter ego, it will make that personality permanent, losing the original forever. That’s what Icicle, as he calls himself, is after. He wants to get rid of Caitlin’s father forever, then eventually do the same to her as Killer Frost.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)Ultimately, this episode just kicks the can down the road in all of its stories. It ends up feeling like filler. The bright side is, at least for this Killer Frost plot, it at least gives Killer Frost a deeper, more emotionally charged backstory. Yes, it’s a retcon, but it’s a necessary one considering how much we’re supposed to care about the relationship between Caitlin and her other personality. It gives us a reason to get invested in Caitlin’s journey to get Killer Frost back. That will likely make future episodes that focus on this arc better. For this episode though, there’s not much here. There’s a very brief fight, which doesn’t involve The Flash at all, and then Icicle escapes. The one bright side is that Caitlin seeing her friends in mortal danger triggers a strong enough emotional reaction to bring Killer Frost out. DeVoe didn’t destroy her, he just suppressed her. Killer Frost is still there. It’s always fun to watch Danielle Panabaker play this character, and it’s easily the highlight of the episode here. As Killer Frost defends her friends and blasts her father with ice, it’s the episode’s only real moment where I was actually excited to be watching.If the Killer Frost arc passed the buck to future episodes, the rest of the episode was pure filler. Since the main story only involved Barry, Caitlin and Cisco, the episode had to find something for the rest of the cast to do. And boy do their plots feel like busywork here. At least it’s fun busywork. The rest of Team Flash splits up to try and figure out Cicada’s identity. I’ll just spoil this now: They don’t. First Ralph and Cecile team up to get a list of people treated by FEMA after the satellites fell. Cecile finds her confidence as the badass intimidating D.A. again, and they uncover some insurance fraud. Not the most exciting mystery, but Cecile and Ralph make such a fun pairing, I don’t mind. Their back-and-forth banter gives the episode some much needed comedy. Also, I’m just glad someone finally comments on Ralph’s nose thing. “That’s nasty. Please stop.” Cecile’s the best part of this episode.Tom Cavanagh as Sherloque Wells, Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)The Nora-Iris story is sweet in its own way. Hearing about how cool her mom is, and seeing her jump off a building to save The Flash, has Nora fully enraptured by Iris. She wants to spend all her time with her mom, and do things the way she did them during that one episode where Iris was a speedster. God, remember that? The best episode of last season? Man, I’d like to see more of that. Anyway, they find the core of the satellite that created all these new metas and meta tech, including Cicada’s dagger. Combining that information with the FEMA list Cecile and Ralph got, they still don’t quite get to Cicada’s identity. But they do find his daughter. Guess we’ll have to wait until next week (at least) to see the next step.This episode definitely had some fun moments, but it just felt like the show was filling time. It had about two scenes that absolutely had to happen, and tried to stretch them out to an entire hour. In the end, what good moments there were marred by the episode dragging its feet before a holiday weekend. Even the Cicada scenes were just more of the same. He kills a meta who’s been carving people up, sustaining a few injuries himself. There’s a sympathetic nurse he’s working with, but he asks her not to treat him. The injuries are making him stronger. That could be interesting in the future, but for now, it’s not telling us anything new. Still, I can’t get too annoyed with this episode. There have certainly been worse hours of filler on The Flash. At least we got to see Killer Frost in this one.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash Stay on targetcenter_img  The Flash: Season 5, Episode 5 Recap The Flash: Season 5, Episode 4 Recap The Flash: Season 5, Episode 3Recaplast_img