Legends of Tomorrow Moonshot Review
The CW‘s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 14: Moonshot tries to mend the fragile relationship between former Captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and the Legends.
The most interesting part of this show so far has to be Rip. Rip tries desperately to re-inject himself inside the current setup of the crew. Rip has been gone for awhile. Naturally, the team has come a long way. Now that Rip is no longer considered the leader of the Legends he has to find a place for himself to be relevant.
Rip gets his first taste of humble pie when the tries to offer up an idea on how to go about contact Commander Steel aka Henry Heywood (Matthew MacCaull). But the Legends have already got a plan. Rip’s ideas are a bit outdated in the eyes of the new team leader Sara Lance (Caity Lotz).
When we look back at the first season, Rip Hunter was very strategic in his actions. Now, the Legends are a little bit more to the point with jumping into action.
These two ideologies come crashing into each other, literally, when the two bicker over Hunter’s decision to scatter the Legends throughout the timeline at the end of season one. All taking place as the Waverider is battered by meteorites.
In a lot of ways, the state of the Waverider at this point is very symbolic. Unless the crew and repair what is broken the chances of them getting beyond this point are unlikely. Sara and Rip are two very strong personalities. But Rip’s normal tough, gruff exterior has been beaten down by his time on the side of the Legion of Doom. He sees all the positive change Sara has made. But on the flipside of that sees his leadership is no longer needed.
But the quiet conflict is resolved quite lovingly, as Rip finally recognizes Sara as the Captain of the ship. The admission seems to resolve the previous tension between the two. Rip and Sara ultimately bury the hatchet over a drink, as captains do. Sara reminds Rip that even he feels like an outcast and a misfit he is also – a Legend.
The most frustrating thing about the episode is Nate Heywood (Nick Zano). From the start of this season, Nate has felt like a weird addition to the Legends, a straggler.
His whole character persona has revolved around him being a historian and determined to protect the timeline. A ploy to make him seem like a legitimate member of the crew. But all that work gets blown to bits. Nate starts to consider bringing his grandfather, Henry, back to his family in 1956. He throws any and all concerns about the timeline to the wind and whatever he learned as his time as a Legend.
Nate becomes so hung up on saving his family over saving history he becomes an instigator and a borderline villain. In anger, he reveals Amaya Jiwe’s (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) future fate after she returns to her appropriate place in the timeline. This has to be the dumbest thing his character has done so far. He keeps forgetting what Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) warned him in the previous episode, that Amaya’s destiny is bigger than all of them. By giving her too much insight into what awaits her it could possibly have a major impact on the timeline.
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