In Review: The Flash – Cause and XS

After Iris lands in serious danger, Nora races to save her mother. Barry puts the finishing touches on the metahuman cure, leaving Cisco with a rare night off so he decides to take Kamilla on a date.

Synopsis: After Iris lands in serious danger, Nora races to save her mother. Barry puts the finishing touches on the meta-human cure, leaving Cisco with a rare night off so he decides to take Kamilla on a date.

Review: This week’s episode finds a fun way to reference DC’s 52.

The Story

Cisco’s breakthrough cure for Meta-Human’s is pretty much ready to go, but the one issue is it needs up to 29 days for it to ferment. In order to speed this process up Sherloque suggests that Barry should take it into the speed force for an hour, which means that Nora has to take on the responsibility of protecting the city. Unfortunately for her Cicada has chosen to kidnap Iris and make his attempt to take team Flash out. Nora makes an attempt to stop Cicada, but every time she does someone dies.

Nora time travels up to 52 times and every time no matter what happens someone she cares about dies.

The Acting

Jessica Parker Kennedy puts in a brilliant performance Nora this week, who suddenly finds herself rendered completely powerless to stop Cicada on her own. The sense of panic that Parker conveys had me completely empathising with her dilemma.

Overall

Admittedly, the story this week is very much a riff on Groundhog Day as Nora lives the same hour over and over for a total of 52 times, which I felt was a cute reference to DC’s run of 52 Comics when the rebooted many of their books back in 2011 and ran until May of 2015.

I enjoyed how Cisco was able to figure out what Nora was doing thanks to him using Ralph’s information during his disastrous dates with Kamilla.

I also enjoyed Barry’s talk with Nora toward the close of the episode where he talks about the consequences of time travel, which I think we are going to see play out in the weeks to come given that Nora has been doing a fair bit of it.

9.6
The Flash - Cause and XS
  • Story
    9.4
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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