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Jefferson’s rational approach makes for a refreshing contrast with Barry’s increasingly manic attitude – heck it’s a calm center in the story of the rest of this episode. (I do truly like Danielle Nicolet, but asking her to have three separate emotional breakdowns over the course of this hour was just too much.) Obviously, the two have to spend a few minutes hurling lightning at each other when Barry tries to force Jefferson into removing his powers, because this is a comic book show and the visuals of Black Lightning versus The Flash, even for a few moments, are too good to pass up. 

But Jefferson’s calm surety – about Barry’s innate goodness, about the ways Oliver believed in him, about the fact that Barry is and always has been the best of all of this ragtag crew of heroes – is not just necessary, it feels like an adult has somehow stepped back into the room again after three episodes of slowly increasing chaos. (I also may have gotten a little teary about the return of Jefferson’s “Where’s the future?” mantra. I am not made of stone.) 

Though Black Lightning ended back in May and Supergirl hung up her cape just a few short weeks ago, by including Jefferson and Alex the Armageddon event – as well as Arrow’s Mia Queen, who is clearly showing up in the future next week and who hasn’t been seen onscreen since early 2020 – it not only makes the Arrowverse feel more connected, it lets us, as viewers, feel like this universe is something full and complete, that keeps ticking on even when we’re not watching it. Just because the final credits may have rolled on one hero’s show, that’s not the end of their story. And there’s something to desperately hopeful in that, in a way that really works for this universe. It’s something I hope the rest of the DC TV universe manages to embrace in the future. We don’t need five-night megaevents all the time. This? This is the kind of thing this world needs more of. 

Happily, “Armageddon, Pt. 3” also confirms fairly quickly what we all pretty much guessed last week, that something wonky is going on with The Flash’s timeline, Joe’s not meant to be dead, and Barry’s impending madness seems to be being caused and/or manipulated by someone or something else. Also, while Despero may not be the person rewriting reality, he’s certainly not exactly helping things much, and it’s probably time that everyone on Team Flash stopped believing that he is anything other than a slightly less maniacal enemy. 

To be fair, I feel like there had to be some way to do that without involving Still Force avatar/god/whatever Dion is and making us relive any aspect of one of the worst storylines in the show’s history. Sure, he seems to mean well and props for keeping Iris from dying of time sickness or whatever that is, but nothing about Dillon’s existence or powers – why can the Still Force give Barry speed? – makes any sort of sense and it’s exhausting so perhaps it’s for the best if we just don’t think about it too hard.  

Source: Den of Geek

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