The Flash’s Groundhog Day Parody Doesn’t Work

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Warning: Full spoilers for The Flash Season 5, Episode 14 below. If you need a refresher on where we left off, check out our review for Season 5, Episode 13.

If The Flash is going to do a Groundhog Day-inspired episode, it might as well be one that airs 26 years to the day since that classic Harold Ramis comedy hit theaters. Unfortunately, try as it might, this episode couldn’t replicate that film’s appeal. It failed to mine enough humor or drama out of its repetition.

Conceptually, this episode is sound enough. While Barry is off is off in the Speed Force making the Goober reach 100% Goober-ness more quickly, Nora is left as the sole speedster protecting Central City. That hasn’t worked out super well for ehr in the past, and it isn’t long before Cicada resurfaces and things quickly go south. We’ve seen what happens when Barry mucks about with time travel once or twice at a time. 52 timeline rewrites brings things to a whole new level of bad.

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