With its midseason finale, The Flash ratcheted up the bizarre issue the place The Thinker’s plot was involved, as Clifford DeVoe sacrificed his corporeal vessel in order that his vastly superior mental skills could be transferred into the physique of Dominic Lance. Not solely did this present the villain a bodily improve, however it additionally set Barry Allen as much as take the autumn for DeVoe’s “murder.” As we wait to see the place this comic-sourced story goes, The CW has launched an prolonged trailer that hints at a hard manner that Barry would possibly escape his courtroom issues.
Whereas the trailer above is essentially the identical as that preliminary look we bought following “Do not Run,” there are clearly a number of key moments that we’re simply seeing now for the primary time. And I would say the largest new-to-us second is that trade between Joe and Dibny, the place it turns into clear that Joe intends to plant proof on the crime scene — the DeVoe family — with a view to save Barry from going through any main jail time. This immoral breach is kind of exterior Joe’s regular sense of metahuman-adjacent authority, and it is necessary for not less than two causes.
The extra apparent implication right here is that the usually scrupulous Joe West could be tainting his place throughout the justice system. I imply, it helps considerably that Joe is aware of Barry is harmless, and that he would not simply be planting proof for purely nepotistic causes. However nonetheless, if there’s anybody who ought to place confidence in Central Metropolis’s authorized infrastructure, it is a member of the CCPD. Plus, who’s to say this little bit of evidence-planting would not whet Joe’s urge for food for extra gray-area techniques sooner or later? Okay, that is unlikely, however nonetheless.
The second related challenge right here is that Joe is with Dibny throughout this evidence-planting mission, and if there’s anybody that Joe ought to have prevented teaming with on this occasion, it is Crew Flash’s stretchiest member. In any case, Dibny has his personal historical past with planting a pretend homicide weapon at a criminal offense scene, and him getting kicked off the police pressure is what began the strife between him and Barry. So it actually would not appear possible that Dibny will probably be gung ho about Joe utilizing the identical unlawful plan with a view to save Barry. And when Dibny is the one holding all of the morals in any given state of affairs, you already know one thing is screwed up.
Optimistically, Joe will not truly have to incriminate himself by planting proof at DeVoe’s abode. I am undecided what would cease him, however the trailer additionally places a heavier tease on the prospect of Barry Allen going public with the truth that he is The Flash. That is not an alien idea throughout the Arrow-verse, the place Oliver Queen not too long ago needed to defy rumors that he’s truly the Inexperienced Arrow. It could be attention-grabbing to see how that reveal would play out in Central Metropolis and past. However, realistically, it in all probability will not occur that manner.
Probably abandoning some of the fun we’ve seen within the earlier days, The Flash will return to The CW for the rest of Season four on Tuesday, January 16, at eight:00 p.m. ET. To see when different fight-tastic reveals are coming, head to our Superhero TV schedule, and to see when every part else is hitting the small display within the coming months, bookmark our midseason premiere schedule.