Warning: This article contains spoilers from The Flash Season 3.
No season of The Flash would be complete without a pure evil big bad whose identity we will spend the majority of the season trying to figure out. In Season 1, we were introduced to the illusive man in the yellow suit — the Reverse-Flash, while in Season 2 we were confronted by the terrifying monster known as Zoom. This year however, we find ourselves up against a different kind of evil with the dark and mysterious Doctor Alchemy, who may just be the most chilling of all the big bads our favorite #superheroes have ever faced.
As always, there are multiple strong theories put forward to explain who the all-seeing menace may be. But among all those, there is one name that comes up almost too frequently, and that is Central City's newest CSI specialist Julian Albert.
Actor Tom Felton is no stranger to portraying villainous roles, known primarily for his performance as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. And while we all wondered if The Flash would be that obvious, here's some compelling new evidence from the latest episodes that proves the new CSI is really the terrifying Dr. Alchemy.
From Dorn To Albert
When it was announced that Tom Felton would be joining The Flash, we soon learned that he would be portraying a character named Julian Dorn. And throughout the Summer, we all excitedly anticipated Dorn's arrival in Central City. However, when the synopsis for "Paradox" — his debut episode — was released, the character's surname was inexplicably changed from Dorn to Albert. And this was solidified when Felton debuted as Meta-Human CSI Specialist Julian Albert in the second episode of the season.
Now this could mean one of two things. Perhaps executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg just thought Albert sounded better and it's really no big deal. However, there is the much more intriguing possibility that this might be an Easter egg we weren't meant to discover just yet. In the comic books, Dr. Alchemy's real name is Albert Desmond. Thus, it's possible that the Albert surname could be a nod to the source material and an allusion to the villainous character that he really is underneath.
And as the similarities between the two don't stop there, it's beginning to look like the latter option and that Julian Albert may indeed be a reimagined version of the DC Comics character Albert Desmond — and his evil alter ego, Dr. Alchemy.
The Split Personalities Of Albert And Alchemy
The most recent episode of The Flash —"Magenta" — did a great deal to practically clear Albert of any ties to Dr. Alchemy. After all, Julian single-handedly used his genius skills to expose Frankie Kane as Magenta in front of the entire CCPD. And for all of us who thought Julian was secretly Dr. Alchemy, it left us stumped — why on Earth would this evil mastermind give Frankie her powers from the Flashpoint timeline, only to risk everything by revealing her true identity to his CCPD colleagues? So, with all that in mind, we can now tune into The Flash, relaxed that Julian Albert isn't Dr. Alchemy, right? Wrong.
In the comics, Albert Desmond suffers from dissociative identity disorder with one personality being a law-abiding scientist while the other is the criminal Dr. Alchemy. In addition, he worked in the Central City Crime Lab and never got along with Barry Allen. So you can see why we would instantly draw parallels with The Flash's Julian Albert, right?
As Central City's newest CSI Metahuman Specialist, he also happens to be a law-abiding individual who works in a lab with a vast knowledge of science — conveyed when he figures out that Frankie Kane is Magenta — who hates Barry. In fact, the show went to great efforts to highlight this by having two share what used to be Barry's lab, increasing the tension between the two. Could this be an allusion to the comics's Albert Desmond? And could the fact that Frankie visits Alchemy shortly after Albert exposes her have been used to throw us off the trail, when in reality she very well could be interacting with the same person?
Moreover, isn't it ironic that Dr. Alchemy practically took Magenta under his wing? After all, she herself suffered from multiple personalities as the Magenta identity wanted to rid herself of Frankie and her conscience. While Alchemy previously used the Rival to take down the Flash, he seemed a little less scary when he was around Magenta — remember, it was Alchemy who was teaching her how to repress Frankie, almost as though he had experience dealing with multiple personalities himself. Could he be speaking from his own experience? And are Dr. Alchemy and Julian Albert two different personalities inhabiting the same body?
So just in case you thought "Magenta" cleared Julian Albert's name, the possibility of multiple personalities puts him right back at the top of the suspects list. And this split personality theory is also an incredibly easy way to explain any of the discrepancies in the Albert/Alchemy theory.
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The Discovery Of A New Element
While studying the unusual husks found around Central City, Albert revealed that he had isolated an element consistent in all five of the husks that he had never seen in any other metahuman samples. This element is only present in the metahumans who had their Flashpoint powers restored by Alchemy. And it was Julian's genius discovery that allowed him to figure out that the helpless Frankie was really Magenta.
In another eerily similar parallel, Albert Desmond's knowledge of chemistry led to him discovering a new element called Elemento in the comics. And this new element was a magnetic light which Dr. Alchemy ended up using to send the Flash into space. Furthermore, it could be argued that this is the same magnetic light seen in The Flash when Alchemy wields the power of the Philosopher's Stone at Barry.
Could Alchemy be using this new element to somehow restore the Flashpoint metahumans' powers, and perhaps his law-abiding CSI personality just hasn't caught up yet? Or perhaps it's all an elaborate rouse and Julian knows exactly what he is doing? Either way, the fact that Julian discovered a brand new element exactly like Albert Desmond did in the comics has to be much more than just a coincidence.
So there you have it, some very compelling evidence from this past week's episode of The Flash to prove that Tom Felton's character Julian Albert is indeed the new big bad of the #TV series. From his sudden surname change to the similarities with Alchemy's true identity in the comic books, there's no way that this is just a coincidence. At the very least, Julian was definitely modeled after Albert Desmond, and unless the series has done this deliberately to throw us way off, there is no doubt about it in my mind — Julian Albert IS Dr. Alchemy.
Are you convinced that Julian Albert is really Dr. Alchemy?
The Flash continues to air on The CW on Tuesday nights. If you have a different theory on the true identity of Dr. Alchemy, let us know in the comments!