The Flash: Season 5 (2018 - 2019)

Season 5
The Flash

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The Flash's fifth season maintains the show's high standard for compelling visuals, chilling villains, and well-scripted moments of humor, but also turns a more focused gaze on the role of family dynamics amongst the increasingly complex characters.



Critic Ratings: 11


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Air date: Oct 9, 2018

The Season 5 premiere: Barry and Iris try to return an unexpected guest from the future to her timeline.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2018

Barry helps his daughter, Nora, become a better speedster; and he and the team also track a meta stealing high-tech weapons, only to cross paths with a new foe named Cicada, who is hunting the very same meta with nefarious intent.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2018

After Cicada's attack on the Flash, the team realizes they need to think outside the box to stop this dangerous new foe. Desperate to help her parents, Nora comes up with a plan that ultimately puts a member of Team Flash in danger. Meanwhile, Caitlin delves into her past.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2018

Barry and Iris face the ultimate parenting test when Team Flash battles Spin, a savvy millennial armed with meta tech, and a dangerous agenda for their daughter, Nora. Ralph is feeling defeated until an unlikely source issues a challenge to help boost his confidence.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2018

Nora lets something slip about the future that devastates Iris. In an attempt to distract his wife, Barry asks Iris to team up to stop a new meta, Rag Doll. Meanwhile, Caitlin learns something about her father.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2018

Caitlin, Barry and Cisco learn something new about Caitlin's father. Meanwhile, Iris and Sherloque follow a clue about Cicada.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2018

Nora grapples with unresolved anger over her father's disappearance in the future, and Barry and Team Flash must stop a powerful new meta, Weather Witch, from killing her own father, Weather Wizard.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2018

Barry and Team Flash come up with a plan to stop Cicada. The plan calls for Barry and Nora to travel back in time to gather some key necessities, however, and Barry hesitates, concerned about his daughter seeing certain parts of his life. Meanwhile, Sherloque takes his concerns about Nora to Iris, and Caitlin turns up a key asset in the fight against Cicada.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2018

When Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other, the two set off to find out what disturbed the timeline to cause such a shift. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when they present their case to Team Flash and the gang doesn't believe them. Barry and Oliver realize they need Supergirl's (guest star Melissa Benoist) help and travel to Smallville on Earth-38 where they end up meeting Kara's cousin, Clark Kent (guest star Tyler Hoechlin), and intrepid reporter, Lois Lane (guest star Elizabeth Tulloch).

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Air date: Jan 15, 2019

While Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) grapples with the revelation that Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) killed her grandmother, Team Flash must stop the formidable team-up of a newly sprung from jail Weather Witch (guest star Reina Hardesty) and Silver Ghost (guest star Gabrielle Walsh), a new meta-tech villain who can control engines and motorized technology. Meanwhile, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) discuss creating a meta-human cure.

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Season 5 of this television series follows up on the events of last season's finale, after Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) teenage daughter, arrives from the future. Now Barry and his wife Iris (Candice Patton) need to figure out a way of sending their child to the future without making changes to their timeline. Plus, a new super-villain named Cicada (Chris Klein) threatens Central City.

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Critic Reviews for The Flash Season 5

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For all that season four had its issues, season five didn't do much to fix them and, if anything, actually made them worse.

Oct 11, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The Flash returns with another action-packed season that, while it may not be on the level of previous seasons, still manages to give fans the thrilling, character-centric show that they've come to know and love.

Aug 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Flash's fifth season is one of many problems, mainly the many acts of stupidity from Team Flash, but there were a few highlights from certain cast members, at least...

May 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Legacy" worked about as well as could be hoped.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Flash ended Season 5 with its own deluge of devastating family drama, followed by a "Crisis on Infinite Earths" tease of its own.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a little rocky with that Cicada business, but the season closes out strong with plenty of stakes and enough hope to pull you forward.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Flash has returned in good form. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Flash mostly offers some much-needed, good, old-fashioned escapism.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Luckily, characters like Cisco (even drunk Cisco) and Ralph "many-verse" Dibny can turn even the most uneventful episodes into something funny and memorable, and Nora's energetic, bubbly energy seems like it could do the same.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Ralph actually does something right.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Flash manages to recapture its glory days with a phenomenal and totally schway fifth season premiere.

Oct 6, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Flash: Season 5

  • Feb 01, 2021
    The Flash Season 5 is defiantly a good season of the Flash. While the season does have some very forgettable things, the season as a whole is good. The main villain Cicada, and his daughter Cicada II were great villains trying to kill all meta humans not only in central city but in the whole country. Nora West Allen was a great character and her working with Eobard Thawne was a genius idea and I bet in season 6 he will be one of the main villains again. Moving on to the episodes, there are many that are forgettable, but there are some such as the season finale which are pretty good. The characters were written well in a bunch of cases but pretty bad in other cases. Some of the villains per episode were very good and some weren't, and that's where the season falls short sometimes episodes can be great but then others won't be as good, there isn't a balance in good and bad episodes which is what makes this season so weak. Even though I would recommend this season, I would be careful as you might hate this season or you might love it.
  • Jan 26, 2021
    After the horror show that season 4 was, season 5 returns and with the reverse-flash as the main villain again is really good. While Iris is still annoying and episode 13 sucks, there were some really good episodes and it's the third best season after the first two. It's not fantastic but also not bad as season 4 it's decent
  • Dec 30, 2020
    The worst season because everybody is annoying and lame . And the villain is not that good
  • Dec 10, 2020
    Just perfect enjoyed
  • Oct 31, 2020
    Nora brings a little joy to the show but it's simply a vehicle for Iris to have double screen time as she has both a present day and future storyline. Barry has reduced screen time because of this however
  • Sep 03, 2020
    This season suffers from inconsistent characterizations, a somewhat underwhelming villain, and a contrived ending, but has strong emotional storylines. After four seasons, what was interesting is the expanded role and dimension of Iris (Candice Patton), whose life and career were more or less shelved for the missions of Team Flash. Now she and Barry Allen/Flash (Grant Gustin) have to contend with their daughter, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) who has traveled back in time to save her father from an upcoming event that causes him to vanish--not dissimilar to Barry's travels through time to save his parents. The dynamics between these three is something of a reverse "Back to the Future". Nora spends much of her time with Barry; we can see even before we are shown the inevitable flashbacks that her relationship is complicated with her mother. Iris is of course miffed and hurt by the unsaid preference. Nora is stubborn in profiling her mother based on her childhood, but they gradually respect each other and their actions. The only disadvantage of their dynamic is that each of them go back and forth repeatedly on the same decisions, including whether Iris was a good parent in the future, or if she had made the right decisions raising Nora alone. Sometimes Iris's decisions are defended as protecting her daughter. Sometimes they're not. And then sometimes they are again, and so forth. Most of the season is set in motion by the destroyed satellite from the last season, including the new creation of "meta-tech", which is technology infused with extraordinary abilities. We get an episode in which a journalist uses a mind-controlling phone to manipulate people into carrying out sensationalist acts for her articles. Another one uses similar technology to steal cars. An idea that could have revolutionized the way Team Flash approaches the concept of meta-humans is gradually forgotten about. The team comes into contact with Cicada (Chris Klein), a metahuman with a wicked meta-tech dagger that takes away his opponent's powers. Nora reveals that the Flash's last sighting was in battle with Cicada. Although Cicada does indeed have powers that present a challenge for Team Flash, it seemed to me he was no more powerful or smarter than most of the metahumans they fight. Considering they're always inventing or crafting new technology (still not meta-tech), couldn't they have done something without the conflict lasting the whole season? Cicada is one of the weaker villains, mostly because it seemed constantly implausible that he could not be defeated. The series has a knack for actors giving 200% on their performances. The fourth season villainess Amunet Black, played by Katee Sackhoff, gave such effort. Chris Klein constantly intones in a Clint Eastwood-like voice, wearing a hood and a gas mask. I'm sure a good explanation was given for why he needs the mask, but I confess I do not remember. Nevertheless, he manages to be creepy with the mask on and interesting without it. He has a backstory that is explained not unlike how DeVoe's story was revealed last season. Following a lead from last season, Team Flash's Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) searches for her father, who's been missing for years and may know something about how she gained powers before the events of the first season. We learn that at one point, at least, her father was experimenting with cryogenics in curing his ALS. His icy appearance resulting from the experiments reminded me inescapably of Jack Frost from "Santa Clause 3". Every season has a cast that includes some variation of Dr. Harrison Wells. In the first season, we had the original Harrison Wells, who was secretly Eobard Thawne. Season Two had Wells from Earth Two. Season Three had a non-genius named HR, and the fourth season saw the welcome return and farewell to Earth Two's Wells. The fifth season has Sherloque Wells, an eccentrically funny Sherlock Holmes parody who is more suspicious of Nora than Team Flash is. His intelligence is comparable to the Dr. Wellses but he does not share their obsessiveness. So how does this compare to other seasons? It has some stronger emotional moments than the recent seasons but still doesn't offer the freshness or tension of the first season.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    Ok the best season is season 2 but this was awesome
  • Aug 01, 2020
    The best villains yet and XS make this one a lot of fun.
  • Jul 10, 2020
    Worst season yet, Nora and Iris were plain annoying. The only reason it got two stars was because of Sherlock, Caitlin/Killer Frost, Ralph, and Cisco.
  • Jun 19, 2020
    Whenever team flash has the chance to stop cicada they all just stand there. They have 2 speedsters, metahuman cuffs, killer frost, vibe and elongated man. They are able to create tech to stop nearly every other villain ever on the show. Cicada could have worked as a villain for max 2 episodes. The main villain of the whole season is just someone that stabs metahumans. To top it off the writers thought that for some reason it was a good idea to "kill off" the main characters multiple times for less than a minute, when in reality we knew that they would never kill them in the beginning of the season. I am a fan of the show, but this season managed to piss me off. I only liked the story of Nora and Thawne s relationship and how it tied to the rest of the season.

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