The CW’s The Flash recently aired their finale episode for season five and here are some of my thoughts.
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) and Nora West-Allen (Jessica Kennedy Parker) really crushed this season. We see Barry and Iris get thrown into parenthood by an already adult daughter from the future who lies and says she is stuck in the past. We find out that she is lying and that the truth is devastating. She grows up without her father because while she is still too young to remember him, Barry disappears and he doesn’t come back. Desperate to know her father, she goes back in time.
We as the audience find out that she is working with Eobard Thawne aka Reverse Flash a lot sooner than her family does and the moment they do, Barry reacts in a way he finds fitting and he takes her back to the future and leaves her there. Iris and Barry argue and we start to believe that things will only get worse before they get better but the family pulls through. In the end, Nora is erased as the new timeline takes over and this really tore at the heartbroken parents and you could just tell by looking at their faces.
The Finale Episode
Before I dive into this episode, let’s talk about Grace Gibbons for a second. Future Grace is portrayed by Sarah Carter, who to the arrowverse is new but to the CW? Not at all. You may remember her as Alicia Baker from Smallville. I found this interesting since Alicia Baker is the complete opposite of Future Grace despite also being a metahuman, but in Baker’s case she was extremely loyal to Clark and died because she was being framed. I digress.
It is a reoccuring fact for actors and actresses from this pioneer show that followed Clark Kent before he became Superman to reappear in later CW shows. Jessica Kennedy Parker, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, just to name a few.
In this episode we find out that once again, the Reverse Flash is calling all the shots and Nora fell for it. We really can’t fault her for it because she did believe that he was just trying to help. He mentions to Flash that they will see each other again during the next crisis. Obviously alluding to the next crossover ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ set to come in later 2019 and early 2020. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens since Arrow is slated to end with this upcoming season, and have a shorter amount of episodes. Still recovering from Endgame, I can’t help but wonder which beloved characters will be fighting to stay alive.
I really enjoyed the parallels in this episode, from Nora and Barry punching Thawne together just like they did with the satellite. The fact that Nora only helped Barry because Thawne told her to makes this parallel that much more satisfying. Overall, The Flash continues to be a show that is visually stunning to look at.
Extras & My Theory!
- Captain Singh is leaving and named Joe as his successor, and even tells Barry that he knows he’s the Flash.
- So we see Nora disappear and we realize that the timeline has changed, so MAYBE this is how we end up getting Dawn and Don Allen, the Tornado Twins of Barry and Iris.
- I refuse to believe we lose the Flash, so they’ll figure out how to change the timeline again just like they did when Iris was meant to die because of Savitar.
Alright this post got away from me, but there you have it. My thoughts on Season Five of the CW’s The Flash.