Legends of Tomorrow Land of the Lost Review
The CW‘s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 13: Land of the Lost pits the Legends in a race against time to save the life of their former Captain, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill).
After what felt like a lifetime of waiting, patient Legends of Tomorrow fans finally get Rip Hunter back, the real non-evil Rip Hunter. But obviously not without a good fight.
Rip gets punched out by Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) after he blows up the medallion. In that, he destroys all the information on the last piece of the Spear of Destiny. The future of the universe seems bleak. That is until Rory conveniently suggests using a futuristic Cognitive Intrusion device invented by the Time Masters. The mind probing software would give them the location of the Spear and maybe change Rip back to normal.
It seems fitting that Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh) and Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) are the ones that elect to go inside of Rip’s mind. In the episode Turncoat, Jax and Sara experience the brunt of the conflict with Rip. Sara nearly died at Rip’s hands while Jax looked on helplessly. This is their last attempt to do something before giving up their former Captain for loss. The battle for whatever is left of Rip’s mind begins and ends here.
After Rip vanished Jax and Sara really stepped up to fill the leadership void within the Legends. It seems only right that the current leaders would be the one tasked with saving their former Captain.
Legends of Tomorrow has never been an emotional series but this episode tugs on quite a few heartstrings.
The touching moment between Rip and Sara speaks a lot to how far Rip has fallen since we last saw him. It also shows how much Sara has grown since he last saw her.
Sara is determined to remind Rip Hunter who he is. Rip needs something concrete to grab onto in order to reel himself back to reality. Sara really becomes Rip’s hype woman, forcing him to believe he is Captain Rip Hunter. You can almost hear Sara saying, “You got this, you got this.” before Rip’s failed attempt to break out of his cell.
Since Rip has been captive for so long it isn’t surprising he doesn’t believe in himself. The Legion of Doom did quite a number on his brain. So much so that the confidence we’ve come to see in him has evaporated. In the end, it doesn’t have anything to do with how Rip sees himself. It is seeing his friends in mortal danger that kickstarts the beginning of Rip’s re-awakening.
When Rip finally comes face-to-face with all his teammates, it isn’t quite the joyful reunion that was expected. Evil Rip did a lot of horrible things to the Legends while in his state. For that reason, it isn’t that surprising there seems to be an uneasy distance between Rip and his crew. But if there’s one thing that the show demonstrates is that time heals all wounds, more or less.
The oddest part of this episode had to be the bizarre romantic scene between Rip and the physical embodiment of the ship’s AI Gideon (Amy Pemberton). Captains always have an intensity about their ships but Rip’s relationship with Gideon definitely has some layers to it. Hopefully, the show will continue to incorporate the physical form of Gideon into the storyline. It is nice to finally put a face to the all-knowing voice.
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