John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick
John Wesley Shipp explained why his scene with Mark Hamill in Season 3, episode 9 of “The Flash” felt bizarre. The CW

John Wesley Shipp and Mark Hamill were again reunited in last night’s episode of “The Flash.” It was the second time the two actors shared the screen together in an episode of the CW series, and Shipp admitted that the scene they did for Season 3, Episode 9 (“The Present”) was more fun than the parts they filmed in Season 2, Episode 9 (“Running to Stand Still”).

In “Running to Stand Still,” Hamill guest-starred as Earth-1 Trickster. During that time, Shipp was still playing Barry’s (Grant Gustin) dad, Henry Allen. But now that Shipp plays Jay Garrick, a.k.a. Earth-3 Flash in the series, his scene with Hamill as Earth-3 Trickster in “The Present” felt like a throwback to the 90s “The Flash” TV series, in which they both played exactly the same roles.

“It’s a great, fun little sequence … that harkens back to an action sequence that Mark and I did in ‘The Trial of the Trickster,’ which was the season finale [of our ‘The Flash’ TV series] years ago. It’s madness!” Shipp told Collider of the scene he and Hamill filmed for last night’s episode. “It’s a whole different thing, dealing with Mark as Jay Garrick than it was dealing with Mark’s Trickster as Henry Allen. It really does feel full circle, in the most bizarre way.”

“People have asked me since I came back to the new ‘Flash,’ ‘Has it felt weird?’ And I always said no, because Henry Allen is such a different character in Geoff Johns’ reiteration of the Allen family that I just felt like I was playing a brand new part. But once I was in a Flash suit, going up against Mark – it was crazy,” Shipp said in a separate interview with Access Hollywood.

Although it’s been 25 years since the last time they interacted as the Flash and the Trickster, Shipp said that Hamill remained committed in portraying his character.

“Clearly, we’re a quarter of a century older — but Mark, he doesn't play,” Shipp told Screener of his co-star. “By that I mean, this is a serious character to him, and he loves this world, and he's so specific about what he's doing, that it’s a joy to play opposite him as an actor.”

While it’s unclear when Hamill will appear on the show again, Shipp confirmed that fans are going to see more of Jay when “The Flash” Season 3 returns next year. “I think Jay will figure a little bit more prominently in the second half of the season,” he told IGN.