BARRY’S BIG BAD IS BREAKING NEWS!

CHRIS KLEIN ANNOUNCED AS DC SUPER-VILLAIN CICADA FOR THE FLASH SEASON FIVE

BURBANK, Calif. (July 21, 2018) — After outthinking The Thinker, you’d hope that Barry Allen aka The Flash (Grant Gustin) might have some down time to contemplate his future with his new wife, Iris (Candice Patton). But with their speedster daughter from the future, Nora (new series regular Jessica Parker Kennedy), already grown and a part of their lives, they’ve now got to face Central City’s newest menace — the DC Super-Villain Cicada! Season five pits Team Flash against yet another formidable adversary, the show’s second non-speedster Big Bad, it was revealed by cast and producers at the show’s 2018 Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 21.

Chris Klein (Election, Oz, American Pie) has signed on as series regular to play next season’s scourge of Central City, Cicada. A grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans, Cicada now seeks to exterminate the epidemic — one metahuman at a time.

The Flash returns for season five on Tuesday, October 9, at 8/7c on The CW. Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Todd Helbing, Sarah Schechter and Eric Wallace. The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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I don't think Libby Lawrence ever had super speed. But I think Jesse Chambers Lawrence still had her speed when she took on the Liberty Belle identity. 

And speaking of old footage, the scene with the Particle Accelerator press conference had footage from the first episode, but also folded in footage from last season to insert the Thinker and the Mechanic as well. That scene is getting more and more crowded... and I wouldn't be surprised if it's not the last time it's used.

Flash and Supergirl are switching time slots for Elseworlds. Flash will be part 1 of Elseworlds, and will be in Supergirl's usual Sunday time slot on December 9. Arrow is part 2 is on Monday December 10.

Just watched part one. I had been planning to wait and watch all three, but I just couldn't wait.

And it was a hoot. Can I still use that expression? Because it was.

Barry trying to act like Oliver. Oliver trying to act like Barry. The replay of the Flash vs. Arrow battle from Season 2, only reversed. The Monitor. Red skies. "Barry, have you been time traveling again?" (i.e., "Barry, what have you done?") Determined Supergirl. Level-headed Iris. Aw-shucks Superman. AMAZO, ("Sometimes these things just take care of themselves.") Ivo Laboratories. "We have to go to Gotham City."

Good lord, this is the fanboy-iest thing I have ever experienced, and I am not so old and sophisticated to pretend that I am anything other than excited to the max.

Can I still say that? "Excited to the max?" I don't care. 'Cause I am. I have lived long enough to have this much fun with the hobby I've nursed since the mid-1960s. I don't care what anyone thinks, I'm having a blast.

Can I say that? "Having a blast?" Instead of whatever the new cool phrase is? Whatever. It's groovy.

My favorite part was seeing the Kent farm from Smallville.

When Tracy heard "Sombody Save Me" she actually cheered.

Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that they played the Smallville theme when they went to Smallville. Classic!

Watched Arrow last night. Typical middle chapter. Loved seeing Batwoman, loved seeing the return of John Wesley Shipp's original Flash (even though I didn't care too muych for the show). And the "SPOILER" (which I'm not going to reveal) conforms to comic book continuity.

I was utterly geeking out at all of the references and Easter eggs. And Oliver's attitude. And and and ...
One quibble ... I'm not sure I can explain why Crane's fear gas would cause an Oliver who knows who he is to still hallucinate Barry's fear, and vice versa.
Honestly, though, I don't even care if the logic doesn't hold up or the plot is all swiss cheesey. A door plate with "B. Karlo" on it is worth it.

That bust of Shakespeare might be my favorite Easter Egg ever.

We watched all three back-to-back. I was "amazed" to see Amazo, who with Professor Ivo was in the third Brave and Bold tryout before the JLA had its own book (when I was just getting acquainted with the Flash and Green Lantern).

All of the Easter Eggs (I think I caught them all) were terrific. I love that Dr Dee(gan) ended up similar to his fate in the comics. The Book of Destiny ,of course, has a namesake in the Neil Gaiman's Sandman epic, though not with the same attributes. Am I right that the guy in the golden mask is Psycho-Pirate? Refreshing to see a villain who hasn't been overused. I'm glad they didn't try to shoehorn in the Legends characters. This was certainly the best crossover yet.

"Am I right that the guy in the golden mask is Psycho-Pirate?"

That would be my guess.

Favorite exchange:

"This is getting to be an annual event."

"I hope not!"

Next year: COIE...? Hmmm...

I haven't watched it yet, but IMDB quotes the following exchange on the Legends show:

"Nate Heywood: Gideon, any messages while we were gone?

Gideon: You missed calls from Barry Allen, Oliver Queen, and Kara Zor-El.

Ray Palmer: Sounds like the annual crossover.

Nate Heywood: Yeah, that's gonna be a hard pass."

Yep, they broke the fourth wall on Legends. But there's a dodge -- the entire episode was filled with alternate timelines as Constantine and the shapeshifter kept trying to correct the timeline again and again and again. One timeline was a Charlie's Angels parody, another was an A-Team parody, and so forth. I don't remember which alternate timeline had the exchange Richard posted above, but we can explain it away by saying it was a timeline where the characters knew they were just TV characters, whereas in the "main" timeline they don't.

If we need an explanation, that is.

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