The Present
The Flash Season 3



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

Barry Allen hopscotches across the past, Present, and a dire future in an intense midseason finale that excels at reinforcing the emotional pain that drives the Scarlet Speedster.

Episode Info

Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick on how to stop Savitar. Wally wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he's been training with H.R., which doesn't go over well with Barry. Meanwhile, old wound are reopened when Cisco faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
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Critic Reviews for The Present

"The Present" may lack cohesion, but it does illuminate how the nature of time and our desire to move beyond its constraints shape us.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It gave us some much-needed answers while also sending the show in a new direction.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

As this very episode clearly demonstrates, The Flash is at its best when the angst and heaviness are at a minimum.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

These things-fear, loss-drive so many superhero plots, including Flashpoint. But at its best, The Flash remembers that loss and loneliness drive regular human lives as well.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm so glad they're finally giving Iris a legitimate roll on this team. Homegirl is a talent they've been wasting on damsel duties.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

With all the doom and gloom this week, it was nice to see the writers take some time at the end of the episode to celebrate the holiday season and wrap up 2016 on a more upbeat note.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

As mid-season finales go, 'The Present' is a fairly strong one, giving its characters some emotionally heavy material to work through while also setting up the framework for the back half of season 3.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

The Flash is still figuring out to the rules and how to make things work, something it had a lot of confidence in to start. But as its world becomes more complicated, its narrative mechanics must as well.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

One hell of a pre-hiatus entry despite its shortcomings.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Until that inevitable collapse from the fading thrill of The Flash beating another speedster, we can enjoy the fun while it lasts.

Dec 6, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…