The Flash Thoughts: Season 3, Episode 9 “The Present”


By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of the Flash.

Overall Thoughts

What an episode. After spending much of the first half of this season exploring the consequences of Barry creating flashpoint, this midseason finale simply focused on the story of Barry vs. Savitar and nothing else. That was a smart move by the writers. While I was expecting Barry to reach out to Jay Garrick so he can learn how to fix the timeline, this episode had none of that. Barry reached out to Jay for help in his fight against Savitar and nothing else. Despite everything happening in this episode, it was easy to watch because virtually everyone was singularly focused on the main plot, and that’s how a finale, be it midseason or season, should be.  There were no boring points, no points that didn’t move that story along until Savitar was momentarily defeated, then we went back to focusing on Christmas. Overall, this is the type of episode I want every time we’re about to start a long break.


I didn’t think Julian would be around for long after the big Alchemy revelation two weeks ago, but the writers crafted his character in such a way that he’s both the victim and the bad guy. It’s that victim role that will keep Julian around for as long as the writers want him, and that’s a good thing. Tom Felton is an immensely talented actor, and the show is vastly better with him on it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this show before Felton showed up, but his presence adds something that was missing before, and I’m not just talking about endless Harry Potter references (come on, the show literally has a philosopher’s stone). Julian adds a character for Flash who is an ally but is also skeptical. Julian believes in what the Flash is doing, but he’s not just going to start trusting metahumans overnight, and he’s certainly not going to start liking Barry completely.

As for Alchemy, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him. Even without Julian donning the hood and mask, the little incident with Cisco showed us that anyone can fill the role of Alchemy. That’s what makes him such a formidable foe for the Flash; it doesn’t matter who he is because he’ll always just be a physical manifestation of the thoughts of Savitar.

The Future

Barry accidentally found himself in the future and that’s never a good thing. Now that we’ve seen future Iris die at the hands of Savitar, we can be almost certain that won’t happen. While I’m sure Savitar will make his return in the second half of this season, I think the main focus will probably be Barry fixing the timeline so he can restore that future and save Iris. The way things have been written so far, that seems like an insurmountable task, but not if Barry is able to call on help from the Flash Family of himself, Jay, Jesse, and Wally. Together, they can accomplish anything, including defeating a speed god and restoring the timeline.

Thanks for reading!