Director: Gregory Smith
Writers: Lauren Certo (Story) Todd Helbing and Eric Wallace (Script)
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet, Hartley Sawyer, Jessica Parker-Kennedy, Tom Cavanagh, Sarah Carter, Chris Klein, Victoria Park and Patrick Sabongui.
Time travel. Consequences. Family. Legacy. The season five finale of The Flash delivers all the aforementioned, and a lot more besides.
Nora Allen is a creation of the T.V. show, she never appeared in the comics. Does this make her less valid than Iris, Ralph, Cisco, Killer Frost, Thawne or Flash himself? No, I don’t think so. Harley Quinn appeared on Batman: The Animated Series long before she ever appeared in a comic-book, and now she’s one of the most beloved characters in all of comics, and comic-book inspired film and television.
A hero isn’t just someone who saves the day. Sometimes being a hero means knowing the memory of you may well live far longer than you do. With the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” looming ever closer, both Flash and XS’ legacies could outlive them both.
At the end of the last episode Ralph worked out Thawnes’ plan. The sneaky little so-and-so had been behind the whole Cicada thing from the start. Thawne doesn’t care who lives or who died, as long as he gets his own way. Mr. Dibney’s in pieces when he realises the truth and the future’s in deep, deep doodoo.
Tom Cavanagh, a man renowned for giving stellar performances, pulls double duties as Sherloque and Reverse Flash this week… and he’s twice as good as ever. I really hope that we see Tom’s Eobard Thawne again in season six, because he’s still the baddest of the bad in my book.
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While this season suffered from having a few too many characters, it seems that some of them won’t be back. It’s been common knowledge for a while that the brilliant Carlos Valdes would be leaving the show after this season. While I’m sad about that, the manner of his departure was both fitting and totally in character. I’m really going to miss Cisco Ramon, but in this show no-one’s ever really gone forever.
I’m a huge Danielle Panabaker fan, so hopefully we’ll get to see more of her and her ice cold alter ego, Killer Frost, in season six. With a big shake-up at the CCPD and another character leaving the show we should get more screen time time for Barry, Caitlin and Ralph.
While it’s no secret that I found this season less enjoyable than the last, there was still plenty to be happy about. Jessica Parker-Kennedy was a joy to watch and I would love to see her again. Nora West-Allen was one of this show’s finest creations, but I’d love to see Jessica play her comic-book counterpart Dawn Allen.
Remember when she met the old Thawne/Wells in Episode 100, “What’s Past Is Prologue” he thought that he was meeting Dawn, which – as a comics fan – really made me smile. After all, if we meet her then we’re bound to get double trouble with her brother Don, the second “Tornado Twin.”
“Legacy” was an action packed, thought provoking season finale, and one that has me excited for the show’s future.