THE FLASH 5.06 Review “The Icicle Cometh”

We’re strong because we see the good in people. I hope that never changes.

This post contains spoilers for The Flash.
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Things have always been frosty in the Snow family, but this is starting to get ridiculous. “The Icicle Cometh” is the perfect representation of the adage “be careful what you wish for”. Caitlin, Cisco, and Barry manage to find her father in an abandoned facility in the North Pole (because of course), but what they find isn’t the dad she remembers. Before faking his death, Thomas Snow had an advanced case of ALS. Being a scientist, he did everything he could to stop the progression of the disease in himself and, apparently, to stop it from ever manifesting in his daughter.

The experiment he ran resulted in Caitlin’s alter ego, Killer Frost, and Thomas’, Icicle. How Caity got a kickass name like that while Thomas landed on “Icicle”, we’ll never know. All the same, it appears that Thomas and Icicle didn’t form a bond the same way Caitlin and Frosty eventually managed to. Icicle’s goal is to remove all remnants of Thomas from his personality, leaving him solely in control of their body and free to reign terror as he sees fit. Like most super villains, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get his way. Unfortunately for Team Flash, that includes offing all of them.

Seeing her real family in danger, Caitlin manages to break through to Killer Frost and save the day. Icicle may have escaped, but their first real breakthrough to her alter ego gives Cisco an idea about what really made the ice queen disappear. Most importantly, it helps him realize that they can use the mental dampener to help bring her back. Caitlin and Killer Frost finally get their much overdue chat in the episode that they both deserve, but “The Icicle Cometh” has more going on than just snow puns and errant Mr. Freeze references.

Sherly, Nora, Iris, Ralph and Cecile remain on the Cicada hunt while the others are busy trying to freeze to death. For the time being, that hunt consists more of looking for their fallen satellite, Sally, than Cicada, but same ultimate goal. Through some FEMA lists and with Sally’s heart, the team manages to find who they believe to be Cicada’s daughter. That all sounds quite boring because it is, but they make it passable by threading in some really decent emotional stuff in with it. Nora and Iris may be on better terms, but they’re still having a hard time finding their rhythm. Lucky for them, Sherloque is on the case and the two manage to connect a little more with his help. Meanwhile, DA Cecile Horton has lost her groove! As it would happen, it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s a mother, and everything to do with her new empathic abilities. She sorts through things with the help of Ralph, giving the two a nice little side story.

“The Icicle Cometh” is a solid C+ level episode for The Flash. There’s not a lot to write home about, but there’s plenty to smile about with just enough progression to not make it all a waste. Cicada found himself wounded after killing another meta, but is currently refusing help because he believes that it’s making him stronger. We’ll see if that’s true next week. Since he goes down as one of the most notorious serial killers in history, current bets are on yes. Sound off below if you had thoughts on this week’s episode!