The Flash (season 5)

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The Flash (season 5)
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Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 2
Release
Original network The CW
Original release October 9, 2018 (2018-10-09) – present (present)
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List of The Flash episodes

The fifth season of the American television series The Flash, which is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, premiered on The CW on October 9, 2018 and is set to consist of 22 episodes.[1] The season follows Barry, a crime scene investigator with superhuman speed who fights criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities, as he deals with the consequences of his future daughter's time traveling. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment, with Todd Helbing serving as showrunner.

The season was ordered in April 2018, and production began that July. Grant Gustin stars as Barry, with principal cast members Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin also returning from previous seasons, while Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet, and Jessica Parker Kennedy were promoted to series regulars from their status as recurring characters in season four. They are joined by Chris Klein, who portrays the season's main antagonist.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
931"Nora"David McWhirterTodd Helbing & Sam ChalsenOctober 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)T27.137512.08[2]
Team Flash meet Nora, Barry and Iris' daughter from the future. After a series of tests confirmed Nora's identity, while Iris seems happy to see her, Barry is concerned that Nora could alter time by interacting with her parents' younger selves based on his past mistakes with time travels. The Team encounter a new metahuman named Gridlock, able to harness kinetic energy, with Barry suiting up in a variety of his previous costumes. When Barry tries to send Nora home, Wally reveals to them that Nora's blood is saturated with negative tachyons, which react with the Speed Force meaning she cannot time travel. Barry asks Nora what happens to him in the future, with Nora revealing he never returned and she has lived her entire life with her mother. Gridlock causes a plane to fall, so Barry, Nora, Wally and Cisco go to stop it, with Nora providing Barry with a Flash ring suit. They phase the plane through buildings before it lands safely in the river. When Gridlock is being transported to prison, the transport vehicle is attacked and a masked individual enters the truck telling Gridlock that he plans to wipe out all metahumans before approaching him with a Flash insignia shaped blade.
942"Blocked"Kim MilesEric Wallace & Judalina NeiraOctober 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)TBA1.69[3]
953"The Death of Vibe"[4]Andi ArmaganianJonathan Butler & Gabriel GarzaOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)TBATBD
964"News Flash"[5]Brent CrowellKelly Wheeler & Lauren CertoOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)TBATBD

The fifth and sixth episodes are titled "All Doll'd Up" and "The Icicle Cometh" respectively.[6] Cast members Tom Cavanagh and Danielle Panabaker will direct the eighth and eighteenth episodes of the season, respectively.[7][8][9] The ninth episode will be part of the "Elseworlds" crossover event, and air on December 9, 2018.[10] Kevin Smith will also direct an episode this season.[11]

Cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January 2018, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said he was "optimistic" and "confident" about The Flash and the other Arrowverse shows returning next season, but added that it was too soon to announce anything just yet.[23] On April 2, The CW gave the series an early renewal for its fifth season.[24] Todd Helbing serves as the season's showrunner.[25]

Writing[edit]

In October 2017, Kevin Smith revealed that then-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg already already had plans for the next season of the show and had told him the story for The Flash's fifth season, which got Smith very excited and jokingly commenting, "I now have to stay alive one more year."[26]

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Todd Helbing revealed that "legacy" would be a theme during the season, adding "I think everybody's thinking about what it means after they leave." On the arrival of Barry Allen and Iris West's future daughter, Nora West-Allen, Grant Gustin teased the different headspaces the characters would be in. "[Nora]’s kind of attached to [Barry] when she arrives and a little more distant with Iris," Gustin said. "It's a weird thing for Iris to see them bond so easily... obviously something happened in the future, which worries Iris," added Candice Patton. The season will also see Barry, Ralph Dibny, and Iris returning to their professional careers as a CSI, detective, and journalist, respectively. Patton noted that, "We live in such precarious times where we don't know what the truth is... I feel like [journalists] are superheroes... I hope that's a concept we bring to the show and give journalists the praise they deserve."[27]

Helbing also revealed that there will be "a lot of deaths this season," and that the main antagonist would not be a speedster for the second season in a row. The new antagonist, Cicada, instead possesses powers that "present a challenge for Team Flash that they’ve never had to deal with before." He is not a cult leader as he is in the comics, but is portrayed as a "grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans" and who views the rise of metas as an epidemic, and seeks to exterminate them one by one.[28][29]

Casting[edit]

Main cast members Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, and Jesse L. Martin return from previous seasons as Barry Allen / The Flash, Iris West, Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost, Cisco Ramon / Vibe and Joe West, respectively.[30] Tom Cavanagh will also return as a series regular, playing a new version of his character Harrison Wells,[31] nicknamed Sherloque Wells.[32] Cavanagh also implied that he would portray more versions of Wells in the season.[33] The fifth season is the first not to feature Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Wally West / Kid Flash, as a series regular since his introduction in the second season, following the character's move to Legends of Tomorrow during the previous season and Lonsdale's subsequent departure from that show as well.[34] He will appear only in three episodes, including the season premiere.[33][35] In June 2018, Danielle Nicolet, Hartley Sawyer, and Jessica Parker Kennedy who recurred during the previous season as Cecile Horton,[36] Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man,[37] and Nora West-Allen, respectively, were promoted to series regulars for the fifth season.[38] The season establishes that Nora's alias is XS.[29] Chris Klein also joined the main cast as David Hersch / Cicada, the season's main antagonist.[28][39]

Design[edit]

The season introduces a new Flash suit, which Todd Helbing described as the series' most "accurate incarnation" of the Flash suit from the comics. The season also introduces Barry's "Flash ring" from the comics.[40] The new suit adopts brighter colors than previous suits – which had maroon overtones – and, unlike prior incarnations, does not have a chin strap.[41]

Filming[edit]

Production for the season began on July 6, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia,[42] and is set to conclude on April 10, 2019.[43] Kevin Smith will direct an episode of the season.[11] Danielle Panabaker will make her directorial debut this season.[8] Tom Cavanagh will direct the eighth episode of the season, which will serve as the 100th episode of the series and lead into the annual crossover.[7]

Arrowverse tie-ins[edit]

In May 2018, Arrow star Stephen Amell announced at The CW upfronts that the next Arrowverse crossover would feature Batwoman and Gotham City. The crossover, "Elseworlds", is slated to air in December 2018, ahead of a potential 2019 solo series for the character.[44][45][10]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The season began airing in the United States on The CW on October 9, 2018.[46] The annual crossover episode will swap time-slots with Supergirl for that week and will air on Sunday, December 9.[47]

Marketing[edit]

The main cast of the season as well as Todd Helbing attended San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2018, to promote the season and debut exclusive footage.[30] Starting on September 14, 2018, several billboards advertising Ralph Dibny as a private investigator were seen around Vancouver, the city where the show is filmed.[48]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Nora" October 9, 2018 0.8/3 2.08[2] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Blocked" October 16, 2018 0.7/3 1.69[3] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 99% approval rating with an average rating of 8.11/10 based on 12 reviews.[49]

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