FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 5x07- "O Come, All Ye Thankful"

The Flash (5x07)- "O Come, All Ye Thankful"
Written by:         Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza
Directed by:       Sarah Boyd

I know what you’re thinking. Flash episode, just before the winter hiatus the crossover episode looming on the horizon, and using the title of a famous Christmas Carol… It’s the Thanksgiving Episode and you’d be right.

Anyway, I’m back from the Land of the Rising Sun and as I said, the winter hiatus is coming up so I’ll loop back around and pick up the two episodes I missed then but for now let’s get this week’s episode squared away.

So what do we have for our Thanksgiving episode? Well at a glance we have some writers with some serious holiday angst but that’s neither here nor there.

Barry’s tracked down a lead on Cicada based on injuries suffered the night of The Enlightenment. But Cicada’s doctor friend runs interference and since it’s at the start of the episode Barry doesn’t press.  We then see through a series of flashbacks how Orlin took in Grace after her parents died in a meta attack.  It’s the typical blue-collar loser is forced to grow up to take care of his niece… Kinda like the movie Big Daddy... 

Until a supervillain drops a satellite on them forcing the guy to take on a life of crime.

Most of the rest of the episode is split between Holiday shenanigans and the new Weather Wiz… Make that Weather Witch. Joss is the daughter of Mark Mardon and she’s looking to bust her dad out of jail.  Not to spend the Holidays with him but to kill him.

Meanwhile, Nora’s abandonment issues rear their ugly head when Barry’s heart stops after an early attack by Weather Witch.  Nora is understandably upset considering she hasn’t even been conceived yet and her dad nearly died but she takes it to an extreme when she begs Barry to give up being the Flash.

Last and very much least, the holiday shenanigans.  Sherloque and Cisco are enlisted by our writers to be that one relative that just has to be woke during Thanksgiving.  You know, the one that won’t shut up about politics because they’re bitter about breakups or divorces and everyone quietly agrees not to invite them to Christmas. (Tough love time: If you don’t know which relative this is, I’m sorry to break it to you…)  This arc ends with Caitlin, Cisco and Sherloque getting drunk before Killer Frost reads them the riot act about not spending time with their loved ones instead of brooding.  It’s all very paint by numbers.

The episode, despite being very light on substance was enjoyable and Reina Hardesty and Liam McIntyre were good as father and daughter villains.  Another person to probably keep an eye on is Julianne Christie as the new warden of Iron Heights.  Just a gut feeling but when a warden is out to show what a good job they’re doing in the DC Universe it’s rarely a good thing. See…

In the end, this wasn’t a ground breaking episode but you don’t always need to break ground to work.  Last year for the when they show The Thinker’s origin I called the producers out for putting out an episode in such that it seemed like they were just trying to get the story out of the way.  They did a much better job this time so I’m happy.

I guess that means it’s time to wrap things up.

Things We Learned:

1)      Iron Heights has a new warden that has some sort of ambition.
2)      Caitlin’s control over her powers and her bond with Killer Frost seems stronger this time around.
3)      Cicada is murdering metas out of a sense of revenge for his niece and her parents.


1)      After seeing Weather Witch and Cicada in action is there a link between the Meta Tech and the person wielding it?
2)      Speaking of links; is there one between Barry entering the Speed Force at the end of Season Three and his disappearance in the future?
3)      Is Cisco developing a serious drinking habit?

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