Legends Of Tomorrow Beebo The God Of War Review
Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3, Episode 9: Beebo the God of War is a more silly winter finale than it is a climactic one, and that’s totally alright.
Considering everything that’s happened in the series so far, Tuesday night’s episode is surprising in how much it retains the light-hearted tone of preceding entries. In fact, it almost feels like it and the previous week’s crossover episode were switched around given the satirical silliness of the former and the attempted weightiness of the latter. Yes, satirical and silly are precisely the words for Beebo, with its cargo cult plot of a highly-coveted Christmastime gift ending up as the unlikely object of worship for a New World colony of Vikings neatly straddling the line between profundity and absurdity.
It’s worth noting that the episode’s take on religion might be the most in-depth we’ve seen on the show so far. Not absolutely – again, the bulk of the program’s satirical elements simply poke fun at the cult of Beebo and the thinking that created it – but relatively, giving the topic much more thought than it’s been given before. Considering the premise, it should go without saying that the show’s perspective is skeptical, to say the least, and not afraid to show it.
When a microscopic Ray (Brandon Routh) makes the Beebo doll appear as if it has risen from the dead, he informs the enraptured Vikings that Jesus is the one true god, but that that doesn’t mean science and evolution aren’t true. Why Ray would jeopardize the timeline by confirming the truth of a major scientific theory centuries before it was even formulated, to say nothing of his and his partners’ safety by potentially giving them away, is something to ponder, but it’s still funny to hear.
Another surprise occurs in the form of Agent Sharpe (Jes Macallan) teaming up with the Legends to retrieve Beebo and restore the timeline. With all the work that the season has done to establish the adversarial relationship between her and the team, it’s strange that the show’s runners would decide to have her work alongside them rather than getting into a big standoff with them, as might befit a winter season finale. This isn’t a complaint per se, as Sharpe proves to be as interesting an ally as she is an enemy, but it definitely contributes to the overall anti-climacticness of the episode. Don’t get me wrong, there are almost certainly worse episodes of Legends of Tomorrow out there, but “Beebo the God of War” feels like an idea whose time has not quite come.
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