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TV ReviewsThe Flash Season 5 Episode 14: Cause and XS Review

Ariba BhuvadFebruary 13, 2019

For our review of the last episode of The Flash, click here.

Synopsis: After Iris lands in serious danger, Nora races to save her mother; Barry puts the finishing touches on the metahuman cure; Cisco gets a rare night off, and he decides to take Kamilla on a date. (TVGuide)

Writers: Todd Helbing and Jeff Hersh

Director: Rachel Talalay

Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 43mins

Airs: Tuesdays at 8pm on Space (Canada)/The CW (United States)

Basically, this week’s episode of The Flash involves Nora causing issues again. But this week, she gets a pass because it is something her father is guilty of too–messing with events in time. After Barry goes into the Speed Force to expedite the process of getting the metahuman cure ready, Nora is left in charge of being the interim Flash.

Things take a crappy turn (of course, this would happen to Nora) when Iris is kidnapped by Cicada and Killer Frost and Nora go to rescue her after she sends a distress signal. Unfortunately, Cicada ends up killing Killer Frost/Caitlin with his dagger and Nora gets so frazzled that she runs as fast as she can–until she resets everything.

This time around, Ralph is the one that is kidnapped by Cicada and killed by the lightning dagger. Once again, Nora resets the timeline, eager to make things right. Sherloque has always been suspicious of Nora and her intentions and decides to go investigate Iris’ office after Nora insists that her mother work from the lab. This time around Sherloque is kidnapped, and Cisco ends up getting the dagger when he vibes in.

No matter how many times Nora tries to reset the timeline, someone ends up dying. Given that her father left everything up to her, she’s naturally freaking out. During all this resetting, Cisco begins to vibe things that are about to happen, particularly the date he is going on. Each time he tries to be someone he’s not and ends up having a horrible date (thanks to Ralph’s overzealous advice). Eventually, he realizes what Nora is doing and tells everyone else. They learn that Nora is trying to stop Cicada from killing one of them but nothing is working.

Together, they come up with a plan to stop someone from dying (even Cecile was one of the victims). In order to stop Cicada from killing someone, they have to mess around with the timeline by reversing it. By doing so, Cicada gets hit with the dagger and falls off the rooftop they were on.

All the while, Barry has been inside the Speed Force and learns how Nora went through 52 different timelines before finally fixing things for the better. Having been through this ordeal himself, he advises Nora the danger of it, even if things worked out this time. It won’t always be that simple so it’s important to be mindful of it.

By the end of the episode, all is well with the timeline, even Cisco finally gets his date right (phew!). However, Nora goes to 2049 to speak with Eobard Thawne to make sure he knows what’s he doing. Let’s hope this all doesn’t go south for Nora.

This week’s episode was mediocre and lacked a sense of excitement that it could have potentially had. The “messing up the timeline” situation is so overdone at this point, and I’m not sure I was really into this time around. Can we just do something else?

Score: 6.5/10

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