The problem with the West-Allen family is that they keep getting killed or erased from existence. And as this preview for next week’s episode of The Flash reveals, the most recent deaths in the family will lead to a showdown between Barry (Grant Gustin) and the Speed Force (Michelle Harrison). But will it spell the end of the Forces storyline or will Barry have to Flashpoint everything away again?
Meanwhile, we totally get why Joe (Jesse L. Martin) had to turn in his badge and gun; both in terms of the character and the way the show wants to position the police. We imagine Barry will have to resign before too long as Kramer (Carmen Moore) gets control of the CCPD for her own vendetta. Nevertheless, as we mentioned in our write-up of the most recent Black Lightning, the character feels ill-conceived even if she is turning out to be a long-term antagonist for Team Flash.
On the Force front, all the effort made to characterize Alexa (Sara Garcia) makes us wonder if she’ll be sticking around S.T.A.R. Labs after the current crisis is resolved. Sure, she might seem dead right now, but that’s happened before. In fact, none of the apparent deaths in the episode felt weighty because they already seem so easy to reverse. And how do we know they’ll be reversed? Iris (Candice Patton) is among them, and she’s definitely not going anywhere … at least not until the end of the season.
Granted, there’s no evidence suggest she is planning on leaving. But considering the way Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Joe all have ways out, we could imagine Iris and even Barry leaving at the end of the season in favor of the next generation Team Flash.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.