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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Given that Nora is a composite character -- combining Dawn Allen of the 22nd century and Jenni Ognats of the 31st century, I think we may have to wait to find out how she knows Lightning Lad, who should be roughly 900 years in her own future.

But the comics give us an answer, too. In one reboot or another -- I want to say New 52, but it could have been the one before -- the comics established Jenni and Bart Allen as the Tornado Twins (eliminating Dawn and Don Allen completely). And in that continuity, she met a time-traveling Lightning Lad. So this might be a direct lift.

I also find it astounding that the CCPD went without a CSI for four months. My first thought was that maybe this is a set-up for Nora to be more involved with her Dad -- possibly his official assistant, or maybe an unofficial one. But honestly, it could have just been a sight gag and I'm overthinking it.

Whatever, Nora is a welcome addition. I liked Kid Flash, but he was underused, and when he was used it was to service melodramatic nonsense. Nora brings a lot of enthusiasm, impulsiveness, awkwardness and other elements that contribute to a breezy, funny, fast-moving show -- which is when "Flash" works best.

Captain Comics said:

I also find it astounding that the CCPD went without a CSI for four months. 

I think it was their tongue-in-cheek way of justifying Barry still having a job.

You called it, Cap! Nora's the new intern.

I'm loving Joe being the fountain of wisdom for everybody. But one odd thing -- he spent this entire episode, and the previous one, sitting down. What's up with that?

That hadn't occurred to me. Maybe he broke a leg or was recovering from recent surgery? (Or recent at the time of filming, that is.)

I've gotta say, "this room has always been here, and I've been sneaking naps in it since season 1" is one of my all-time favorite introductions of a new set.

Now that you mention it, I think Joe spent all of this episode sitting down, too.  Hmmm...

This week, Nora name-dropped "the League."  So far as I can recall, that's the first reference to (presumably) the JLA in the Arrowverse.  More spoilers from Future Girl!

ClarkKent_DC said:

I'm loving Joe being the fountain of wisdom for everybody. But one odd thing -- he spent this entire episode, and the previous one, sitting down. What's up with that?

I caught that name-drop of The League, too!

And yeah, Joe spent all episode sitting down. I was watching for it. I hope he's OK. 

TV Line has the answer: Jesse L. Martin suffered a back injury. He'll be taking an indefinite medical leave.

Thanks for finding that out. Speedy recovery to him!

Interesting stuff happening this week. We get a return visit from the German version of Harrison Welles, and Sherloque Wells -- the greatest detective in the multiverse, just ask him, he'll tell you -- joins the team.

There's a little forward movement on the mystery of Caitlin's father. And there's a BIG revelation about why Nora is so chilly toward Iris: Future Iris had something implanted in Nora when she was a child that dampened her powers. Nora didn't even know about it until six months ago.

So we still don't know the whole story. Why did Future Iris do this? And how did Nora find out?

It does not help matters one bit that today's Iris concludes that Future Iris must have had a good reason, and Barry backs her up. Today's Iris doesn't even know what Future Iris's reason was, but telling Nora that she was right really came off as clueless and smug.

I was glad of the revelation of Nora's coldness to her mother, but whay didn't Iris of Barry think to ask, "For what reason did Iris have the power dampener implanted?" (or, "For what reason did she say she did?"). what if Nora's powers developed in infancy? (Think Jack-Jack of The Incredibles.) Iris could have done it for Nora's safety.

I think Ralph is finally living up to his (previously unrealized) potential this season. He's more of a contributing member of the team and less of a joke.

Jesse Martin stood this episode (albeit leaning in a doorway). Speedy recovery to him!

Yeah, the Iris/Barry "We don't know why we did it, but I'm sure we're right" bit did seem clueless and smug. I get at least one point they're making, which is the strong Iris/Barry bond. But it shouldn't be at Nora's expense.

Also, I'm surprised to find out there's something the Wells actor can't do: A French accent. It comes off as a muddled, generic, made-up accent.

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