The Flash – The Present review

The midseason finale shows Team Flash celebrating Christmas while trying to look for Savitar. It’s also revealed that the crossover was one week ago, but it was barely mentioned. The team discovers that Julian was involved in an expedition that involved Alchemy’s stone while HR Wells trains Wally West because he saw potential in him. It didn’t sit well with Barry, Iris, and Joe as they were adamant about it considering what happened at Flashpoint and last week. Barry confronts Julian about his expedition and there is still tensions between them from the start.

Barry goes to Earth-3, where Golden-Age Flash Jay Garrick battles Trickster. Seeing John Wesley Shipp and Mark Hamill reunite and still play heroes and villains brings a smile to my face and Earth-3 is a lot more colorful than Earth-2. After booking the Trickster, Barry needs Jay’s help about Savitar as Jay thought he was a Speed Force Myth and that Barry is powerful enough to deal with him. They team up to deal with both Savitar and Alchemy and Jay got a first taste whipping thanks to Savitar and Barry took the stone from Alchemy. Barry and the team were right that Dr. Alchemy is Julian, but that he is being used like a template.

In the midst of all this, Cisco sees the ghost of his brother Dante. Problem with this throughout the season is that Cisco and Dante barely had a relationship. If not for Caitlin, Barry and Wally would have been dead at the hands of Savitar. This also marks the first time Barry has traveled to the future 5 months from now and sees Iris being killed by Savitar. In the comics, she was killed by Reverse-Flash and was later alive in the 31st Century. I wonder if they are going to go this route. I think this is why they had Barry and Iris as a couple since this season started. Wally West gets his Kid Flash costume as Barry needs some help in the field like Oliver is doing with his team. It’s good to see Barry and Julian made up as Julian is the latest to know Barry’s secret identity, which has become a lost art these days. I hope Julian is Rip Hunter’s ancestor as they look alike.  A great end capper to the first half of the third season.

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