Catching Up on ‘The Flash’ Episode 8: “What’s Past is Prologue”
Before The Flash team dealt with this season’s crossover, they dealt with figuring out how to go after Cicada now that they know his true identity. Here’s a recap of “What’s Past is Prologue”, a title that definitely lets us know that this is just the beginning of season five’s core plotline and maybe the series as it served as its 100th episode.
Things kicked off with Team Flash theorizing and trying to come up with a name for a weapon that could dampen Cicada’s dagger before Nora simply suggested that they make a more powerful weapon. A little complication? They need to grab some supplies from past to make it. Nobody was too excited to mess around with time. Barry decided to tackle it on his own and not take Nora much to his wife and daughter’s displeasure.
After Caitlin, Cisco, and Ralph map out the dates Barry had to go back and how to get their supplies without their past selves noticing, Sherloque went to Cisco with Nora’s journal. It had the same symbols that Barry was drawing when he came out of the speed force. Instead of giving her journal back as Cisco suggested, Sherloque researched it more. Giving in to the pressure from Iris and Nora’s pouty expression, Barry let Nora go with him. Their first stop: the night Barry defeated Savitar.
Barry had to lead a Time Wraith away, leaving Nora to get a shard of Savitar’s suit and witness Iris kill him. Next up, 2016 when Zoom stole Barry’s speed and kidnapped Caitlin. When Barry went to get the tachyon device, he almost got caught by Harry Wells. He distracted him with a hint about finding Jesse and got the device, only for him and Nora to get stopped by Zoom. The evil speedster followed them into the speed force but was snatched by a wraith. The confrontation forced the West-Allen duo off course, breaking the tachyon enhancer, and landing them in an unexpected time stop.
Barry begrudgingly went Eobard Thawne to help fix the device. Tensions were high, especially when Eobard tried to guess who Nora is, listing a few other canon characters from different universe like Danica Williams and Dawn Allen. Thawne was pissed because Barry’s future presence meant that he didn’t get home. They were forced to reveal that they were up against Cicada in their timeline before Thawne supposedly fixed it.
Barry and Nora went back to the night of the particle accelerator explosion. Barry put the shard and device into Gideon’s computer and recalibrated some of the energy into it during the blast.
As the fateful event occurred, we saw snippets characters affected, from Ronnie and the Mardon brothers to Barry and Clifford DeVoe. Afterward, Nora and Barry planted their new weapon in a foundation pillar at the hospital before heading back to the future.
Their plan to get the dagger away from Cicada worked until he was able to call it back from space where Cisco breached it. Caitlin brought out Killer Frost and was able to fight back without losing her powers to his dagger. Surprised, Cicada took off into the sky, leaving everyone shook. At S.T.A.R. Labs, everyone was surprisingly calm about their failure and confident that they could handle Cicada when he popped back up knowing Killer Frost is immune to his dagger.
Elsewhere, Sherloque questioned Nora about her journal and used the same phrase that Eobard Thawne used when they were back in time, “Clever girl”. Remembering that Thawne was the one to kill her grandmother, Nora went back in time to see her grandparents together. Barry followed her, understanding her desire to see them at a happier time. Later, Nora went to 2049 to deliver a message to an imprisoned Harrison Wells. Like the other Arrowverse series, episode 8 ended with the Earth-90 intro to Elseworlds.
Final thoughts on The Flash, Episode 8
The 100th episode gave us a nice little look back at some of the series’ big bads and events that have led to the current timeline. I loved Nora and Iris teaming up to get Barry to let Nora go with him. Poor guy doesn’t stand a chance against the two of them! I’m very interested to see what impact their encounter with Eobard has and which “Wells” Nora has been sending data to and going to see or if it’s just Thawne who’s been manipulating her.
No surprise that their plan against Cicada didn’t work, but I’m glad Flash writers didn’t have them mope and groan about it like they usually do after their midseason failure. Looking forward to checking out Elseworlds and the second half of season five when it returns after the holiday break.
The Flash returns on Tuesday, January 15th at 8 PM EST.
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