Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, October 23. All times are Eastern.
The Flash (The CW, 8 p.m.): Once upon a time, Francisco “Cisco” Ramon (Carlos Valdes) was just an engineering whiz with a penchant for novelty T-shirts and a love of a good pop culture reference. Then a crazy particle accelerator thing happened, and he became a superhero-training, world-jumping, nickname-granting, great-friending metahuman called Vibe with a perfect head of hair. In a now-erased timeline, he was murdered by Eobard Thawne, and even suspecting that Team Flash would find a way to bring him back didn’t make that any less brutal. And that, dear readers, is why we are putting the writers of tonight’s episode of The Flash, titled “The Death Of Vibe,” on notice. Cisco Ramon is a perfect angel, and anyone who hurts even one perfect hair on his perfect head will have to deal with us. We have no superpowers, but we will be very vocal.
Honestly, there’s no way that whatever happens in this episode will stick. Right?First: The event itself is in the title. Second: It’s the third episode of the season. No way they kill off a character this vital in episode three. Third, and most importantly: You can’t kill Cisco! There have been more than a few episodes of The Flash where the gloom was only penetrated by that keen wit and lustrous mane! Any honest power-ranking of the Arrowverse players would place him at the very top of the heap with Sara Lance, Alex Danvers, Anissa Pierce, and Legends-era Damien Darhk (will accept arguments for Felicity Smoak, but you’d better make them good). In short, there’s no way this is actually the death of Vibe, but that title has us well and truly riled up and we shall not rest until we know Francisco Ramon walks the streets of Central City safe, sound, and with all of his hair. Scott Von Doviak stands ready to talk us off the ledge, should anything crazy happen.
Native America (PBS, 9 p.m.): We’re very excited about this PBS series, which “reaches back 15,000 years to reveal cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents, and a past whose story has for too long remained untold.” Danette Chavez will be checking in with a pre-air review; look for that later today and set your DVRs for some good old-fashioned “edutainment” from director Gary Glassman and the Public Broadcasting Service.