The CW‘s Legends of Tomorrow Legendary TV Show Review. Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1, Episode 16: Legendary wiped the slate clean. This season finale left lots of room for growth. The crew managed to end major threats with loads of action, comedy and a few tears. Now, with some of the crew dead and gone away, opportunities abound for a fresh start with new blood.
Since they destroyed the Oculus, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) returned the crew to present day to contemplate their freedom to choose to continue the mission to save Kendra (Ciara Renée) and Carter (Falk Hentschel). Everyone begrudgingly took the opportunity to check on their families and get back to their lives. This made for a lovely sequence in which we saw Mick (Dominic Purcell) return to armed robbery, but without Snart (Wentworth Miller) it was not quite the same. Obviously, he was missing his best friend no matter how macho he likes to pretend to be. Instead, Ray (Brandon Routh) showed up to insist they become best friends. Ray’s eternal earnestness is refreshing and Mick’s one-liners are the best. Funny, we saw nothing of Jax’s (Franz Drameh) home life, although he did develop a cool power which will be discussed shortly.
Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) visited the Green Arrow bunker to see her father, Quentin Lance (guest star Paul Blackthorne). He told Sara about Laurel’s death and the news turned her inside out. The fact that Rip knew about Laurel’s murder long ago, only exacerbated Sara’s pain. I really believed she wanted to saw Rip’s head off, and good enough for him. His intentions were good and saved other lives, but Rip should have told her. He should have granted her the choice of at least attending her sister’s funeral. Did not they just have a whole moral crisis concerning free will? Sara’s emotions bounced around so quickly though, it gave me whiplash. One moment she was murderous, then she was cracking jokes with Jax, the next, she was balling in someone’s arms. Sara had the most difficult story in this episode, but I felt like it lost some of the heart in the middle there. If Lotz is going to be leading lady, she will need to bring it ever time.
Despite the respite, the crew did not abandon their mission to stop Savage (Casper Crump) and rescue their friends. I will attempt to sum up their plan. It took three time frames, and multiple synchronized strategies to take him out for good. The duos that were created in this one were very cool. I especially loved Heatwave with Atom (aka “Robocop”). They have an easy riff with a big brother-little brother vibe. I also like the pairing of Firestorm and White Canary. Basically, Firestorm kept the enemy off Sara’s back so she could take out Savage, making the combo of hand-to-hand combat and supernatural flying fire skill a thrill to watch. My absolute favorite fight sequence was between Savage and Sara. Now, ding-dong! the time-traveling psycho is dead.
Firestorm even discovered a new ability: they can “transmutate” objects with their energy. Imagine having the power to transform something into anything else with just a touch. The ability came in handy because Savage was crazy enough to have set up meteoric bombs that needed to be neutralized. Hawkgirl and Hawkman assisted Rip, but Rip had the bright idea to fly one of the bombs kamikaze into the sun. Thank goodness the writer’s saw what little good that would do. Rip may still be grieving for his family, even longing to be with them, but his work is not yet done in this world. Rip will stick around along with a number of the original misfit crew. Only Kendra and Carter decided to leave the group and live out their lives free of the threat of Savage. Who could blame them for wanting to enjoy a lasting peace for once? Although, we cannot be sure how much their absence may affect the crew’s new mission to protect the world’s timeline.
We also got a setup for next season. The Justice Society of America (JSOA) showed up at the end of Legendary in the form of Rex Tyler (played by Patrick J. Adams, of Suits fame) flying a Waverider – albeit poorly. So, we will have a new player in the game. All in all, it was an okay first season finale with some nice surprises and developments. (We even got a cameo from Miller in an unexpected heartfelt scene). Legends of Tomorrow still seems like it is finding its identity in the DC broadcast universe, but perhaps next season there will be more exploration of what these Legends are made of and what kind of team they will be. What did you think?
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