Following this week’s ‘Invasion!‘ crossover episode of The Flash, next week’s midseason finale will bring Team Flash back down to earth. Earth-3, to be exact, as Barry ventures to yet another alternate reality. This time, he’s seeking the council of Jay Garrick in taking on his two biggest threats: Alchemy and Savitar. But while he’s there, Barry finds himself facing another villain as Mark Hammil returns — presumably as an Earth-3 version of the Trickster — albeit one with purple hair and a distinct Joker-like vibe.

Hamill’s return was teased weeks ago in the form of set photos that revealed his character’s striking new look. Set photos being what they are, curious fans can now get a better look at Hamill in character with several images that show the actor appearing onscreen with his onetime co-star on CBS’ The FlashJohn Wesley Shipp.

Check out a gallery of images from the episode below:

While the reunion between Shipp and Hamill offers another reason to tune in, the episode will actually be about far more than Jay Garrick doing battle with a (presumably) familiar villain. As the synopsis from The CW reveals, ‘The Present‘ is also The Flash’s holiday episode, making the title a playful nod to Christmastime, and perhaps more. The full synopsis is below:

“With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry (Grant Gustin) is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris (Candice Patton). Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp). Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he’s been training with H.R. (Tom Cavanagh), which doesn’t go over well with Barry. As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez), old wounds are reopened.”

With all that has been going on so far in The Flash season 3, staging another inter-dimensional jump might seem like a strange decision before the series goes on hiatus for several weeks. Of course, midseason finales are a popular time for shows to end on a cliffhanger, as the wait for answers isn’t nearly as long as it would be between seasons. That doesn’t necessarily mean ‘The Present’ will take such a route, but considering the mention of Wally training with H.R. to help with Savitar, Cisco dealing with “old wounds”, and Caitlin dealing with her emerging Killer Frost powers, there is a good chance that plenty of doors will be left wide open for the series to run through when it returns.

The Flash continues next Tuesday with ‘The Present’ @8pm on The CW.

Source: The CW