The Flash Season 6 Review: 5 Ups & 3 Downs From 'A Flash Of The Lightning'


3. Joe The Doubter

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Cecile's character arc was, without question, one of the best parts of this episode, and we'll get into that a little bit later. However, the one downside to the whole thing was the use of Joe as an obstacle.

Being the veteran police captain that he is, he couldn't understand why his other half wasn't busy doing her job as the D.A. and prosecuting Allegra Garcia instead of allowing her powers - which were telling her that Allegra was innocent - to cloud her judgment. The problem here is that Cecile's powers have literally never been wrong, so why would they be now?

You can claim that it's just down to Joe's veteran cop evidence-first instinct all you want, but we've been through this before - multiple times - and he learned his lesson. It's a little too convenient to rely on an age-old character trope when said character is supposed to have overcome said trope.

This just seemed a little too out-of-character for the current Joe and, in all honesty, the storyline would have worked just as well without him thrown in as an unnecessary obstacle.


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