Team Flash are developing some serious trust issues and honestly, who can blame them? Trusted mentor Harrison Wells turned out to be The Reverse Flash in Season 1 (well, kinda), and then Jay Garrick betrayed the team after revealing himself to be Zoom in Season 2 (sort of).
Check out the moment that we learnt Zoom's true origins below:
Next thing you know, Season 3 will throw another masked villain at Barry, one who will ultimately betray Team Flash once it's revealed that they're actually — oh, wait. We're only two episodes in, yet we've already been given our first glimpse of the enigmatic Doctor Alchemy, someone who will probably be revealed as a close friend of Team Flash towards the season finale.
In many ways, The Flash is basically an Agatha Christie mystery with more spandex, and like all good mysteries, this one needs solving pronto. So join us as we try and figure out which one of Barry's friends will betray him this time. You'd think Team Flash would have learned by now!
Tobin Bell Is The Voice Behind Doctor Alchemy
The man behind Jigsaw in the Saw franchise may be credited as voicing Doctor Alchemy, but we doubt that The Flash show runners will use a new addition to the cast in this mysterious role.
The whole pay-off with previous villains has been the shocking identity reveal, and while there's a chance that The Flash may choose to forego this idea for Season 3, this seems unlikely. After all, the show runners have deliberately added a mask to Doctor Alchemy's typical outfit from the comics. The thing may be ugly as hell, but this way, The Flash can eke out another mystery to keep viewers pumped for the rest of Season 3.
What About Jay Garrick?
Yes, we know Jay Garrick's name was already used falsely in the Zoom cover-up, but there's a few shady aspects of his character that could link him with Doctor Alchemy still. First of all, it's kind of shifty that Garrick's been supposedly keeping an eye on Barry this whole time. How is he doing this? Is he stalking Barry? Furthermore, Garrick is one of the only characters with knowledge of the different timelines, just like Doctor Alchemy.
The most intriguing part of this theory is that in the comics, The Rival was Jay Garrick's doppelganger. What if this Garrick we met isn't the one we met at the end of Season 2, but is actually an evil 'Rival' from another Earth, one that we haven't encountered yet? At some point, Garrick could have stolen the Philosophers Stone from his earth and decided to adopt the Alchemy identity in order to gain Barry's trust as Garrick. An intriguing, yet potentially flawed theory, I'm sure you'll agree.
Could Eddie Thawne Be Doctor Alchemy?
This one's a stretch, but back when Eddie Thawne was still a regular on the show, many fans started speculated that the cop could secretly be a villainous character called Cobalt Blue. In the comics, the villain turned out to be Barry's secret twin brother, who used a talisman to steal speed — because, comics.
While it's unlikely now that Eddie could return as Cobalt Blue, it would be a real punch to the gut if Doctor Alchemy was revealed to be an alternate version of Barry's former colleague and Iris's former fiance. After all, now that Barry and Iris have finally discovered their feelings for each other in what seems to be a stable timeline, the show runners will have to throw a spanner in the works somehow — and Eddie could be the perfect guy to do it.
Julian Albert Seems Like The Most Obvious Choice
Everything about Tom Felton's debut on The Flash screams 'secret villain'. From the actor's previous role as Draco Malfoy to his character's deep-rooted hatred of Barry, all fingers point to Julian Albert as the man behind the mask of Doctor Alchemy.
Both Julian and the comic book version of Doctor Alchemy work as forensic scientists in Central City — is it just a coincidence that the latest addition to the Police Department is a meta-human expert who's looking into the appearances of these human husks around the city? We know that Doctor Alchemy is seeking out former meta-humans to restore their powers after the events of Flashpoint, and his involvement with The Rival is undoubtedly linked with the husks, which fits in perfectly with what we know about Julian so far.
Check out this Doctor Alchemy clip below for a quick reminder:
However, there's just one problem with this theory. It's too damn obvious. The show runners have even gone ahead and cast someone who starred in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which also just so happens to be the name of Doctor Alchemy's weapon of choice. Sure, Julian is the only new character to have appeared in the aftermath of Flashpoint so far, but we feel that his potential links with Doctor Alchemy only scratch the surface of this mystery.
Julian Albert's Doppelganger Is Doctor Alchemy
We already know that The Flash loves to put a spin on these big reveals, sort of confirming what people suspected, but in a way that no one could have predicted. We think that's exactly how this season will play out too.
Audiences were originally led to believe that both Harrison Wells and Jay Garrick were the Reverse Flash and Zoom at first, until twists revealed that this was only half true. What if the same idea applies to Julian Albert?
The Flash viewers are already familiar with the concept of doppelgängers from alternate earths, and Doctor Alchemy even has an identical brother in the comics, one who he shares a psychic link with. The show runners could easily incorporate this idea into the established use of doppelgangers in the Arrowverse, revealing that Doctor Alchemy is actually an evil version of Julian from another earth. The one that works with Barry will actually turn out to be innocent all along.
But, What If Our Julian Albert Eventually Becomes The Second Doctor Alchemy?
As is the case with most comic book villains, more than one person has fought the Flash as Doctor Alchemy in the past. While the character is typically associated with Albert Desmond, a successor called Curtis Engstrom also wielded the Philosopher's Stone at one point around the mid '90s, calling himself The Alchemist.
If the show follows this pattern, then we wouldn't be surprised if Doctor Alchemy sought out our version of Julian at some point and tempted him with the power of the Philosopher's Stone. Who better to take over as your successor than yourself? That way, the initial red herring behind Julian's obvious likelihood could be switched around again in a sort of double-bluff.
It wouldn't exactly be the first time that The Flash misdirected us through the use of dopplegangers, and this approach would be the perfect stretch for Felton's considerable talents.
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Then again, Doctor Alchemy could just be another Harrison Wells from another earth, because that's how The Flash likes to roll, but we're hoping that the show wouldn't go to such ridiculous lengths a second time around. Trick me once, CW, shame on me. Trick me twice...