Well, Barry (Grant Gustin) had a bad day. So calamitous was his most recent twenty-four hours that he sought refuge in the Hall of Justice. Luckily, Black Lightning (Cress Williams) heard his call and, as seen in the following preview for next week’s episode of The Flash, he’ll learn of Barry’s trouble and offer aid. But will it be enough? Team Flash is pretty certain Despero (Tony Curran) will kill Barry.
So let’s talk about Joe (Jesse L. Martin). As teased last week, the West patriarch is not only dead, but has been for the last six months. That’s quite a shock, all things considered, with only Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) grieving in a very clear way — she even invoked the name of their child! But is he really gone? We’re inclined to believe something else is going on and either the mind-whomp Barry suffered cleared him of the block regarding Joe or the former Captain West was Despero’s first target. Time will tell, of course, but it makes for a great mystery even as “Armageddon” continues to provide an interesting story.
Oh, and speaking of that story, isn’t it interesting that Barry had to use the destruct code on Gideon? It’s getting to be time for him to create the advanced AI in the first place, so clearing her from the time vault feels like the show is honoring some of its earliest history — namely, the strange loop of events which leads to her creation.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.