By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.
Barry Has a Future Daughter, Embraces No Longer Caring About the Timeline
Season five started right where season four left off. In case you somehow forgot, we learned that the mysterious girl who kept popping up last season was Barry and Iris’ daughter, Nora. Like her father, she’s a speedster from 30 years in future who came back to this time to get to know her father, who disappeared in the “Crisis” that’s been teased since the first episode of the series. Also, like her father, she’s really irresponsible when it comes to protecting the timeline. She traveled back in the time, interacted with people who shouldn’t know she exists, and constantly talks about events that happen in the future. I like her.
As you can imagine, this was a world-rocking event for Barry and Iris. It wasn’t too long ago that we almost lost Iris to Savitar, and Barry has gone back and forth in time so much that I’m not even sure how far removed he is from his original timeline. Their lives have been so scattered that I’m sure the thought of kids and a normal life seems like a distant dream to Barry and Iris.
This storyline plays on what has always been the strength of The Flash, the personal life of Barry Allen. We can talk all day about his fights with Reverse Flash, Zoom, Savitar, and dozens of other metahumans, but this has always been the story of a boy who lost his mother and father and found a family who never left his side. His fight against Eobard Thawn was a fight against the man who killed his mother. His fight against Zoom was a story about letting a stranger into his family and feeling the sting of betrayal when that man turns out to be an evil speedster. These stories were steeped in deep personal angst for Barry and those around him. These were the best stories ever told about Flash and it looks like we’re getting set up for another great personal story.
Caitlin’s Own Life-Altering Event
Speaking personal stories, tonight we learned that Caitlin’s dad, long thought to be dead, may actually be alive. We don’t know what this means yet, but I think it will somehow be tied to her Killer Frost powers. We learned last season and were reminded tonight that Caitlin’s metahuman powers actually predate the particle accelerator explosion. In fact, Killer Frost has probably been inside of her for her entire life. Now, in the world of TV and comics, a man doesn’t just fake his own death for no reason. I’m guessing he’s going to end up being a metahuman whose powers also predate the incident that turned so many other people into metahumans. If that’s the case, we should be finding out soon how Caitlin managed to have powers her whole life without knowing about it.
No Big Bad Yet
We went the whole first episode without meeting the big bad for this season (I don’t think Gridlock’s killer at the end was the main bad guy for the season). The writers of The Flash have always liked their slow burns so it’s no surprise to me that they would hold off showing us the main villain. Who will it be? My money is on Caitlin’s dad but that seems a little obvious to me. Whoever it is, I hope they just have powers that will challenge Barry. Last season, the writers managed to get away from throwing another bad speedster at Barry and I think it really helped to rejuvenate the show. This season should be another evil speedster-free season.
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