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Cicada remains the weak link on an otherwise solid outing of The Flash Cicada remains the weak link on an otherwise solid outing of The Flash

After a break dating back to before the “Elseworlds” crossover, Cicada is back at the center of the action this week. He remains a weak link, with a simplistic motivation and an even sketchier plan (basically just...kill all the metahumans, right?), but despite that, “Seeing Red” is a solid hour of The Flash. It’s got…

The Flash is sidelined as the supporting cast takes center stage The Flash is sidelined as the supporting cast takes center stage

The Flash returns from its winter hiatus with a rather subdued episode that at times plays more like a presentation on the topic of superhero ethics than a fully-realized hour of the show. One reason it feels a little off is that it’s strangely underpopulated; we know Joe is out of the picture because Jesse L. Martin…

The Flash swaps bodies with Green Arrow as the "Elseworlds" crossover begins The Flash swaps bodies with Green Arrow as the "Elseworlds" crossover begins

The annual crossover event is fun for what it is and also for what it isn’t—namely another chapter in the overlong arc of the season. Aside from a brief mention of Cicada, we get a respite from the ongoing storyline in favor of an enjoyable brand of comic-book gimmickry that can only be sustained for a brief burst of…

The Flash celebrates 100 episodes with a romp through the show's past The Flash celebrates 100 episodes with a romp through the show's past

The clip show is something of a lost art, although calling it an art is giving it way too much credit. Really it was a money-saving device through which TV producers squeezed out an extra episode by having the cast of a show accidentally lock themselves in the basement and kill time reminiscing about past exploits,…

Cicada's origin is revealed in a belated Thanksgiving episode of The Flash Cicada's origin is revealed in a belated Thanksgiving episode of The Flash

After last week’s episode devoted to Caitlin’s father issues, The Flash returns with an episode devoted to...everyone else’s father issues. Okay, so that’s an exaggeration, but dads who disappoint their daughters are all over this very special Thanksgiving episode. (Tangent: Something is wonky with the show’s…

Killer Frost returns with a new origin story on an listless outing of The Flash Killer Frost returns with a new origin story on an listless outing of The Flash

The disappearance of Killer Frost has been one of the less compelling running storylines this season, so it stands to reason that an episode focused on that plot strand would end up being a lethargic lull. It’s not that I don’t enjoy Danielle Panabaker’s work as Caitlin Snow’s alter ego; Killer Frost usually provides…

The Flash focuses on family drama but finds time for a creepy new foe The Flash focuses on family drama but finds time for a creepy new foe

Now that we’re well into the fifth season of The Flash, it’s getting much harder for the creative team to keep the one-off meta-of-the-week stories fresh. The Flash has always had one of the deeper benches in superhero comics as far as colorful villains are concerned, but we’re down to the C-listers now, and most of…

House Of Cards dies as it lived, in an avalanche of absurdity House Of Cards dies as it lived, in an avalanche of absurdity

Even by House Of Cards standards, this final season has been a weird one. Given the circumstances under which it was made, that was probably inevitable; either there would be no sixth season at all or it would be truncated and assembled in haste. The result is compromised, consisting of too much plot and not enough…

House Of Cards stalls for time it doesn't have left House Of Cards stalls for time it doesn't have left

“Chapter 72" opens with a time jump, one long enough for Doug Stamper to grow a bushy Beard of Sadness and for the world’s longest pregnancy to finally begin to show as Claire now boasts a noticeable baby bump. Stamper has taken a turn for the Shakespearean, muttering monologues as he digs up a grave in the desert.…

Claire settles all family business on a murderous House Of Cards  Claire settles all family business on a murderous House Of Cards 

Claire’s choice of movie viewing a few episodes ago and the Gothic horror overtones to the soundtrack music of late have prepared for this moment: the spawn of Satan—or of Frank and Claire Underwood, close enough—is being loosed upon this world to bring about the end times. Contrary to my prediction in the previous…

Claire makes her big move on a pivotal House Of Cards Claire makes her big move on a pivotal House Of Cards

Does Claire’s long con hold up to any scrutiny? Granted, this is House Of Cards, so plausibility is measured on a sliding scale, but it’s hard not to spot the flaws in Claire’s scheme even as it’s quite a bit of fun to watch it play out. (This show in a nutshell, really.) At the very least, it gives Robin Wright some…

House Of Cards kills off a longtime character for the second time House Of Cards kills off a longtime character for the second time

Every once in a while, House Of Cards stumbles into a timely real-world parallel that may momentarily cause you to forget all the absurdities and pulpy twists and turns that have brought us to this point. For me, it was this episode’s subplot about Claire’s Supreme Court choice pick that got under my skin a bit, for…

Now at the center of House Of Cards, Claire Underwood remains an enigma Now at the center of House Of Cards, Claire Underwood remains an enigma

Maybe Raymond Tusk had the best take on Claire Underwood. As Bill Shepherd tells her after a tense exchange of threats, Tusk always wondered whether Claire was a real person or just playing the part of one. That could read as a meta comment on Robin Wright’s performance as well. There’s an unknowable essence to…

Frank haunts the final House Of Cards season premiere, but it's Claire's show now Frank haunts the final House Of Cards season premiere, but it's Claire's show now

Francis Underwood looms large over the sixth (and final) season premiere of House Of Cards, but he’s nowhere to be seen. You may have heard something about this. Production on this season was abruptly halted a year ago in the wake of sexual assault allegations against star Kevin Spacey, and not long afterward the…

The Flash tackles fake news in a rare bid for political relevance  The Flash tackles fake news in a rare bid for political relevance 

On another Earth, tonight’s softball sequence might have aired against Game Six of the World Series, but on this one the Flash has the diamond all to himself. Not that Barry Allen would have proved to be much competition for the Red Sox, the Dodgers, or even any of their Single-A farm teams. Superman always made a…

Team Flash gets a new member with a familiar face Team Flash gets a new member with a familiar face

If no season of The Flash is truly underway until it has gotten its Harrison Wells, then “The Death Of Vibe” marks the real beginning of season five. Yes, we have already met the new Big Bad, and for some that might be considered the starting point, but for Wells connoisseurs, the introduction of Tom Cavanagh’s latest…

The Flash has a new Big Bad...and a new sidekick with a familiar story The Flash has a new Big Bad...and a new sidekick with a familiar story

Kid Flash has left town and the show (at least as a series regular), so why not tell his story all over again? That’s what happens in “Block,” in which Barry once again finds himself mentoring a headstrong, over-eager young speedster who is also a member of the family. The episode hits some familiar beats along the…

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