The Flash – “Cause & XS” Review

Pictured (L-R): Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Please Keep In Mind That This Article Contains Potential Spoilers For “Cause & XS” and Events That Occurred Prior

Oh boy. I’m just going to come straight out with it. That was not a good episode…not by any stretch of the imagination. The biggest problem that plagued “Cause and XS” was the complete lack of logic that came with its plot and character decisions.

Why? Why did Nora feel the need to keep everything happening a secret? For 52 different loops no less (an unnecessary exaggerated jump in her experience to make every seem more dyer). These people are her friends and family—people who not only know of her powers, but of all of the weird things that happen to her on a daily basis. There is absolutely no reason at all that Nora should have been hiding everything. It doesn’t make sense in any fashion, and was simply a choice by the writer’s to prologue the conflict to fill the episode. The fact that everything was solved almost immediately when she finally told everyone goes to show how incredibly dumb it was to have her hide it 52(!) times. Maybe if she only hid it the very first time, I could let it slide.

Pictured: Chris Klein as Cicada — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Let’s also take a look at the logistics of the actual scene (I’ll try not to mention again that Nora should have simply told everyone). All they needed to do was dodge Cicada’s dagger. A dagger that always came at the same angle, and on the same direction. Simply not standing near that spot would be enough. Now if the dagger missed its target there, then it dig itself into the kidnapped victim. Nora would know this at this point, and could likely find a way to either alert the kidnapee, or get something to block the dagger. Now let’s point out that Nora always approached from the same exact point—never trying to make a deviation so that Cicada didn’t see her (she must have figured out at some point that he was seeing her). Furthermore, why not also get Cecile to safety? Surely you’d find out at some point where Cicada is dropping in. Either plan an attack, or make sure there is no evidence there for him to find.

When it came to the repeated gags, a staple of this type of story, this episode stumbled at even that. Cisco’s date became a boring and extremely silly affair. It’s also fair to note that his date should not have changed really at all until he started noticing something was off (and the whole date was just silly to the extreme—a sane person wouldn’t do most of what he did).

Pictured (L-R): Jessica Parker Kennedy, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Hartley Sawyer as Dibney — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

The one good thing I can pull from this episode, is that I enjoyed the creative manner in which they ended up beating Cicada. Although then we were treated to another baffling scene as a clearly defeated Cicada was able to just jump away. At this rate I don’t think Team Flash will be able to catch him unless he literally walks up them, arms out, and turns himself in.

Usually I’m the guy that loves time loop adventures—but “Cause and XS” showed that without proper execution or logistics, these adventures can become a downhill experience. It’s odd that the season’s big bad was the key point in a completely filler, and unnecessary episode. Even Sherloque has seemingly forgotten his wife from last week, and is now instantly back on Nora’s case as if nothing happened. I mean I guess you know the episode might not be worth the time if even The Flash is okay with sitting this one out.

Bonus Notes:

  • I could go on and on and on with more nit picky problems. But I think you guys get the point.
  • I discovered another pro! I really started to notice XS’ costume gloves, and they look really great. A random and late observation, but hey—had to say something good.
  • At least King Shark Vs. Gorilla Grodd is our next episode!

You can catch new episodes of The Flash when they air on The CW network every Tuesday at 8pm EST

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Author: Russ Milheim

I'm Russ, and I'm a nerd to the core. Pop culture is the fuel that drives me. Television, Movies, Games, Comics, and Superheroes are my passions in life. Want to talk anything DC or Marvel? I’m here for you. Like Funko Pop! figures? Those are my thing as well. The moral of the story, is that I felt Game of Nerds was the best place to try and share my love for all things pop culture to the world, and engage with people across the world.

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