Welcome, loyal readers, to your weekly Top 5 run-down for Legends of Tomorrow. I’m pinch-hitting for Brianna this week, but she’ll be back after the winter hiatus.
Fresh off of saving the world from aliens last week, the Legends return to chasing Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) through time this week, heading to prohibition-era Chicago and tangling with Al Capone. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
#5: The Legion of Doom
Smart recruiting on Thawne and Darhk’s part, getting Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) to join their little time-travelling cabal. While they never call themselves The Legion of Doom, that’s how the showrunners and promo people are referring to them. A bit of a pale shadow of any version of the Legion of Doom I’ve ever seen in the comics, but c’est la vie.
There’s a bit of a time-travel conundrum here, though. The Darhk that Thawne recruited was from the 1980’s, as we saw in episode 2.05, and yet the Merlyn that we meet is clearly from 2016, as he knows what enticement to offer Sarah (Caity Lotz) to try to get her to give them the amulet. It also seems likely that Thawne is the version that first came back to 1999 to kill Barry Allen’s mother Nora, and thus didn’t live through the 15 years he originally spent masquerading as Harrison Wells on season 1 of The Flash. So, it’s unlikely that either of them has even met Malcolm Merlyn in their respective personal timelines yet. Thus, why would they think to recruit him?
#4: Captain Cold Returns (Sort Of)
This episode has a great guest appearance by Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold. Unfortunately, he’s just a figment of Mick Rory’s (Dominic Purcell) imagination as he struggles with the confines of being a hero, as well as the feelings he’s apparently developing for Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). Given that Mick clearly isn’t done processing what he’s feeling, I wonder if we’ll see a little bit more of Snart after the show returns from hiatus.
#3: Sibling Rivalry
One wonders if either Ray Cooper (Brandon Routh) or Nate Neywood (Nick Zano) had a brother growing up. I suspect the answer is no, because the two of them are, as Sarah pointedly notes, developing quite the sibling rivalry. It not only annoys the rest of the Waverider‘s crew, it actually endangers the mission at a couple points, and forces Mick, of all people, to have to step up and lead them. (You know things are heading south when Mick Rory is your best available strategist.) However, the two do have a nice moment when they work together to temporarily neutralize Thawne.
Ordinarily, when this sort of love/hate relationship between two male characters begins happening on a TV show, it develops into a love triangle with a female character, turning the volume up to 11. However, there’s no clear candidate for that, since Amaya seems to be heading toward a (very unconventional) romance with Mick, and neither Ray nor Nate are remotely Sarah’s type. So, is there a new crew member heading the Waverider‘s way, or is this bickering going to recede now that we’ve seen it play out in this episode?
#2: Gangsters and G-Men
Part of the fun of this show is watching the characters geek out about the various historical periods in which they get to play, and this episode doesn’t disappoint in that regard. From Nate’s enthusiasm over meeting Elliott Ness (Cole Vigue) and Al Capone (Isaac Keoughan), to seeing Mick take charge as a ruthless Chicago-style gangster, there was a lot to enjoy here. There’s always a subtle deconstruction of these historical figures at play, too. For instance, Ness is portrayed as a bit of an idiot here – what FBI agent in his right mind trusts the 1920’s Chicago P.D., and Ness can’t believe that Capone will really go down for tax evasion.
#1: A Rip in Time
So we’ve finally found Captain Rip Hunter. Well, we the audience have, anyway. He’s hiding out in 1967, playing an American B-movie director shooting a film about the adventures of Rip Hunter – how meta. So, now that we know where he is, will the Waverider crew find him right away, or will it be a few more episodes? More importantly, will they locate him before the Legion of Doom does? We’ll find out when Legends of Tomorrow returns after the winter hiatus. According to iMDB, the show is moving to Tuesdays when it returns on January 24.
Hope you enjoyed my fill-in for Brianna, loyal geeks. If you liked this, and you also watch The Flash, come by for my thoughts on it every Tuesday during the season! Farewell!
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