TV Review: The Flash S5E1 Nora

After an unexpected guest from the future appears at their home, Barry and Iris must figure out how to get her back to the future without disrupting the timeline.

The Flash is back for its fifth season with a debut that is just full of excitement and twists. With the revelation of Barry and Iris’ daughter from the future we dive deep into what that all means. While the episode could easily just focus on time travel and continually mentioning about changing the timeline. But, instead, as usual, the show is more about the emotional impact as pieces of the puzzle come together. There’s also a heavy dose of humor about it all.

But, what’s exciting, and is so good, is the episode lays it all out there. We know why Nora comes back. We know what she’s trying to prevent. There’s no teasing it out. It’s all laid out there. The show gets to the point which feels so rare in comic adaptations.

The what is fantastic too. It plays back to earlier seasons and the “Crisis” that’s been hinted at for some time. That should excite comic fans and it feels like a payoff after five years for long time viewers. It makes it worth staying tuned to see what’s called back.

The episode also has no problem name checking for comic fans with a wink and a nod to Ryan Choi, one of The Atoms from DC Comics.

The cast too is as fun as usual. Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny is his usual dim self bring a lot of comedic timing and humor to the show. Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow is her usual straightman to Carlos Valdes’ Cisco Ramon. The heart of the show is Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen and Candice Patton’s Iris West but Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen delivers an enthusiasm that’s catching. There’s an energy she brings that’s infectious. The episode also is a nod and send off to Keiynan Lonsdale who exits as Wally West aka Kid Flash. Hopefully he returns. Everyone nails their part and brings something to the episode.

The episode will get folks excited for the season and is actually a great starting point for new viewers as it does an excellent job of catching viewers up as to what’s happened and though there’s a lot, is an episode that’s not deep in continuity. It pays off for new and long time viewers. Just a fantastic season opener that may be the best of any season.

Overall Rating: 9.0

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