The Flash's recent episode reveals what resulted in Cicada's powers
As Cicada's larger backstory is being revealed from when he was Orlin, as well as the reason he became Cicada, we see his character evolving into a complex one
The Flash's newest villain Cicada aka Orlin Dwyer (Chris Klein), is also the new mystery of the show. The new villain's character is still evolving and this week's episode helped fans know a little more about him. While few members of Team Flash were trying to deal with Spin (Kiana Madiera), others like Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer) and Sherloque Wells (Tom Cavanagh) were investigating Cicada. The duo tracked down the company they believed Cicada's mask was from, which led them to a riveting conclusion.
At the end of the last season, we saw the Thinker aka Clifford DeVoe (Neil Sandilands) causing a borderline-cataclysmic event, also known as The Enlightenment. Due to which some sort of debris fell and hit Orlin, giving him his powerful lightning bolt dagger. Things turned out a little complicated by the end of the episode when Orlin accidentally crushed a pole in his house as he experienced his powers for the very first time. However, the reason for Orlin getting his powers is still unclear.
As Cicada's larger backstory is being revealed from when he was Orlin, as well as the reason he became Cicada and the enemy of Team Flash, we see his character evolving into a complex one. In a scene where Cicada was attacking Flash, Nora pleads with him to stop and Cicada actually stops. This scene suggested some fatherhood connections with Orlin. This assumption becomes stronger when we see an unmasked and very worried Orlin at the bedside of a sick young girl. This could mean Orlin may not have been a villain all his life and him becoming a villain could be circumstantial.
"There’s a reason why Orlin is doing what he’s doing," Klein explained in a recent interview with ComicBook. "There’s a reason why as Cicada he wants all metahumans to die. We will learn what that reason is, and we’ll get to judge Orlin for it. One of the coolest things about The Flash is that with every villain, the fans get an opportunity to judge them on their merits. Every villain has a reason for being, and Orlin’s is a pretty heavy one. This guy comes with a lot of sadness. It’s going to be a tough fight for Team Flash because Cicada has this dagger that dampens metahuman powers."
DeVoe's master plan resulting in Orlin's powers and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) waltzing in and messing up the timeline of the show has added a new twist. The next episode of 'The Flash' airs November 6 on The CW.