TV REVIEW: "The Flash" S5E21 “The Girl With the Red Lightning”

Cicada II, Cicada’s grown daughter from the future (sent back by Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash for a yet-unknown purpose), is still assembling the tech she needs to complete her father’s mission to destroy all metahumans. Team Flash is trying to intercept the last component, and figure out a way to protect the city’s metas.

In a cool scene, Barry dodges red lightning to rescue Nora from an ill-advised experiment

Meanwhile, in the future, Thawne’s 15 years on death row are up. Is he going to go quietly into that good night, or as Ralph says “does even his plan have a plan”?

The episode title is a bit deceptive, since Nora is the speedster with the red lightning, but other than another irresponsible decision to try something desperate to connect with Cicada II on her own, she has little to do in this episode.

I am still getting used to the Flash’s redesigned uniform this season. I have to admit I didn’t like it from the start, but it does meet Grant Gustin’s “it needs to be redder” wish. Replacing the red leather with fabric doesn’t look aerodynamic at all, the glossy red panels are an unattractive contrast, and the helmet looks clunky.

However, I continue to envy Cisco’s cool camp shirt collection, and this season’s multiverse version of Harrison Wells, the Frenchman Sherloque. Actor Tom Cavanagh’s accent may be a bit over-the-top, but I find it humorous and charming. His latest flame, with the appropriate last name of Adler, is played by the always delightful Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Cicada II is menacingly portrayed by Sarah Carter, who has a great rep for playing a dangerous badass (Falling Skies).


• Ralph’s Loud Shirt of the Week

• Cisco’s much-better new nickname for Cicada II

• a Doctor Who reference

• the usual great FX, including lightning, cold, and energy blasts

• the welcome return of Ralph’s underused detective skills

The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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