The Flash: S5.E19. – “Snow Pack”

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Screen Capture: Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen / XS in the Jeff Cassidy directed episode of The Flash “Snow Pack.”



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The latest episode of the Arrowverse DC Comics based series “The Flash” hit American television screens Tuesday, 23 April 2019. What are your thoughts?

“The Flash” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.

Brief Episode Synopsis

The Jeff Cassidy directed “Snow Pack” saw the return of Thomas Snow / Icicle (Kyle Secor) to further his cold plans. Meanwhile, in the wake of Barry Allen / The Flash (Grant Gustin) unilaterally making the decision to return Nora West-Allen / XS (Jessica Parker Kennedy) at the end of the previous episode without consulting his wife, Iris (Candice Patton), there is just as much drama in the West-Allen household as we see with Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) and her parents.

A Chilling Family Reunion

Thomas Snow makes his return. Thomas is of course the father of Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost. The last time we saw Thomas, if you recall, he became the villain DC Comics fans know as Icicle. Since we last saw Icicle, he has a new plan. “He wants an Ice-Family and he’s willing to erase [Caitlin and her mother, Dr. Carla Tannhauser (Susan Walters),] to get it.”

Unilateral Decision Making

At the end of the previous episode, Barry took it upon himself to take Nora back to the future without consulting Iris. When Barry tells Iris what he did, she was seriously angry with him. He did not get this was a decision which they should have made as a family.

Naturally, the decision Barry made does not sit well with Iris. She rightfully believes she should have been an active participant. There should have been a discussion before Nora was taken back to the future. Consequently, Iris makes the decision to find her daughter. Iris and Ralph Dibny’s (Hartley Sawyer) use Eobard Thawne’s (Tom Cavanagh) Time Sphere to travel into the future.

When Iris and Ralph get to the 2049, they find Nora with Thawne. Unexpectedly, Iris learns something about the relationship Thawne has with her daughter no one knew.

Geeky Reference

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Screen Capture: Hartley Sawyer and Candice Patton as Ralph Dibny and Iris West-Allen, respectively, in the Jeff Cassidy directed episode of The Flash “Snow Pack.”

Did you catch where Ralph said, “All set to hit 88 miles an hour”? This is a reference to the 1985 Robert Zemeckis directed classic science fiction comedy “Back to the Future”? In “Back to the Future,” Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) said, “If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re gonna see some serious sh**.”

The reveal to the Negative Speed Force is an actual DC Comics reference. It is not something that was created for the series. In the episode, Eobard tells Nora he created a negative version of the Speed Force Barry uses. Therefore, when Eobard time travels, Barry cannot detect him coming. The Negative Speed Force exists in both the Pre-Flashpoint and Rebirth history of The Flash comics.

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Screen Capture: Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen / XS in the Jeff Cassidy directed episode of The Flash “Snow Pack.”

Note Nora’s red lightening. This is a result of her having a connection with the Negative Speed Force. In contract to the comics where it is Nora exercising all her pain, anguish and hate towards her mother that allows her to access the Negative Speed Force, in “Snow Pack” it is her feelings towards her farther that helps she accomplish the connection.

Is there a trailer?