Season 8, Episode 3, “Armageddon, Part 3” – .

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Season 8, Episode 3, “Armageddon, Part 3” – .


Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin
photo: Katie Yu (La CW)

It makes sense that an episode dealing largely with Joe West’s supposed death is going for some big emotions, but “Armageddon, Part 3” pushes the emote-o-meter far into the red. Total hysteria is demanded of Danielle Nicolet in three different It is certainly understandable that Cecile reacts badly to both Barry forgetting about Joe’s death and Iris speculating that it never really happened, but when you combine her frantic performance with Tony Curran’s Beyond Ham as Despero, there’s an almost constant need to reach for the remote and turn the volume down.

Maybe that’s why Cress Williams is such a welcome presence this week. His Black Lightning serves as a calming and unfazed center for the histrionics swirling around him. When Barry shows up to the courthouse to ask him to implement the Injustice Protocols that will rob The Flash of speed forever, he doesn’t panic about it. He tries to reason with Barry and find a rational alternative. Since that’s not how Barry works, it doesn’t take long before they throw lightning bolts at each other, but at least Jefferson tried.

Last week Barry lost his job and his headquarters, but what worries him the most is losing his mind, especially since he doesn’t remember Joe’s death. I speculated last week that Barry might actually be right for once and some time might come in behind Joe’s absence, and voila, Iris is backing me up this week. Security footage of Joe’s crash at the station seems to reveal that he stepped out of reality just before the train ran over him, but Cecile heard none of that, so Iris and Allegra took the plunge. in the survey by themselves.

Christian Magby, Candice Patton

Christian Magby, Candice Patton
photo: Katie Yu (La CW)

Iris changes her mind when a glance at the full security footage seems to confirm Joe’s death, but when the strange particles she spotted hovering over the train tracks later reappear, she begins to suspect that his bad weather allows him to see some kind of anomaly. This is confirmed when Dion the Still Force shows up for their regular time therapy appointment and is able to see the temporal isotopes as well. He deduces that someone tapped into the still negative force in order to change the timeline. But who can it be?

In a bid to find Barry before Despero can, Cécile enlists Rosa Dillion, previously Sam Scudder’s partner known as Top. They combine their psychic forces via a gadget designed by Chester and are ultimately able to pinpoint Barry’s location despite Cecile’s initial collapse from being aware of so many spirits at once. At STAR Labs, it’s hard to believe there’s anything left of the whole at the rate Curran chews through the landscape. Son Despero reactivates the particle accelerator and absorbs its power, which only pushes him to greater heights as a comic book actor. Man knows what role he is playing.

Meanwhile, in the Hall of Justice, Black Lightning is skeptical of this whole Despero thing and wonders why Barry is determined to give up so easily. They zap for a while until Arrow’s memorial is knocked down and Jefferson takes the opportunity to remind Barry that Oliver Queen didn’t sacrifice himself for the Flash just so he could give up his powers. Despero arrives to finish Barry off, but Jefferson is able to keep him busy long enough for Dion to lend Barry the Still Force energy he needs to find the weird temporal activity he’s looking for.

He finds it, and that’s where the real fun begins … alas, two minutes from the end of the episode. In 2031, he follows signs for a Western party at a restaurant where a celebration is underway. A few familiar faces come together to honor the happy couple of engaged couples: Eobard Thawne and Iris West. This is a moment that could come straight out of the cover of a silver age Sparkle comic. You can almost see the thought bubble above Barry’s head as he sees his wife kiss his greatest enemy.

It took me three weeks to get to the point where I really feel invested in what will happen next on ‘Armageddon’, but the return of Tom Cavanagh is welcome, and the prospect of his Thawne teaming up with Damien Darhk to Neal McDonough to torment Barry me I hope “Part 4” will take things up a notch or two.

Stray observations

  • Did you catch all the party guests at the end? I’m sure I didn’t, but I definitely did a double take in Chester with long dreads.
  • Can Barry really be separated from the Speed ​​Force for good? They know each other pretty well. I think she owes him one.

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