When characters on a television show have access to time travel, it is inevitable that they will encounter some sort of causality loop. And now, it is Nora West-Allen’s (Jessica Parker Kennedy) turn to learn that altering the past, future or present can leave one in a circle of events. As seen in this preview of next week’s episode, her attempts to stop Cicada (Chris Klein) from taking his revenge on Iris (Candice Patton) will leave her in the same place wondering how to avert a disaster. Can she escape her own mini-Flashpoint?
Meanwhile, this week’s episode was definitely filler. Well, the A-Plot with Barry (Grant Gustin) and Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) infiltrating a high tech weapons black market had the smell of filler. It did have a cool final fight, an interesting antagonist in Goldface (Damion Poitier) and a nice set of realizations for the heroes. Unfortunately, it did not seem vital.
What did come across as vital story advancement was the introduction of Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the Earth-1 Renee Adler (and some of her counterparts from other Earths). As it turns out, all seven of Sherloque’s (Tom Cavanagh) ex-wives are Renee Adler. It’s a little bit strange, but as Nora points out, Sherloque entered into each relationship believing it was a mystery to be solved. It is an aspect of the character which reveals that the initial jokey idea of Sherloque came embedded with some interesting quirks. Also, Cavanagh and the writers slowly evolved him from that initial punchline into one of the more compelling aspects of the season; just as they did with H.R. Wells. Hopefully, Sherloque will have a happier end-of-season than H.R. experienced. And maybe the Earth-1 (and meta) Renee will be part of that.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.