The Flash season 5 episode 17 preview: The ticking ‘Time Bomb’

Flash season 5 episode 2Secret secrets are no fun. Secret secrets hurt someone … especially if the secret you’ve got involves a time-traveling evil speedster responsible for murdering your grandmother. We’re sure that the latter part isn’t exactly how the old expression goes, but it’s what Nora West-Allen has on her mind entering The Flash season 5 episode 17. She’s reached the point of no return, or at least the point where she realizes that continuing to hide the truth about Eobard Thawne is going to have huge ramifications on her future. It could sever all of the goodwill that she’s built with her parents; personally, we’ve long questioned the merit of hiding this in the first place. Who are you going to trust more, a dude who you know on some level is pretty bad or your parents, including your superhero father who has a freaking museum named after him? Seems pretty cut-and-dry.

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We shouldn’t be complaining so much about the fact that it has taken Nora so long to get here; instead, we should just be glad that she’s here at all. Entering this upcoming “Time Bomb,” the right circumstances are coming up for her to share her secret, and we have to think that (pun intended) the end results will be explosive. Check out the synopsis:

NORA DECIDES TO TELL BARRY AND IRIS THE TRUTH ABOUT THAWNE – Team Flash finds out that a suburban mom named Vickie Bolen (guest star Catherine Lough Haggquist) is in danger and they race to save her. Upon meeting her, they discover she’s a meta-human who is hiding her abilities from her family. Barry (Grant Gustin) encourages Vickie to share her secret with her family, which makes Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) realize she needs to come clean with her parents about Thawne (Tom Cavanagh). Rob Greenlea directed the episode written by Kristen Kim & Sterling Gates (#517). Original airdate 3/19/2019.

Why is this episode called “Time Bomb”?

That’s a good question. No matter how much we try to gussy up that name or relate it to what’s going on with Nora, it just doesn’t make sense. We have a feeling that Vickie Bolen is packing a little bit more meta-human heat than this synopsis on the surface indicates. There is no direct connection between Vickie and a DC Comics character, at least so far as we’ve been able to figure out. If there’s a secret here, it’s buried somewhere underneath the name. (Hey, secrets seem to be a key cog in this story at the moment.)

If you missed it…

Earlier today, there was some big news announced within the world of The Flash, as current showrunner Todd Helbing is going to be leaving in order to focus on development. In his place will be Eric Wallace, who is an executive producer this season and previously took on the role in season 4. He’s absolutely up to speed (sorry, couldn’t help it) on everything pertaining to these characters, so he seems to be the right person to steer the story moving forward. Even though Arrow is tying things up in a bow, The Flash may still have a couple of years, at least, still in the tank.

Here is what executive producer Greg Berlanti had to say about the showrunner change in a statement:

“From his first day on The Flash, Todd Helbing has been a leader on the show, beloved by the cast and crew for his exceptional talent, vision and wonderful attitude … We are all sad to see him go, but we will all be better for the many shows he will no doubt create and run in the future.”

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