The surprisingly great second season of Legends of Tomorrow comes to a close with a fun, linked three-parter. Let’s take a look!
The Legends have completed the Spear of Destiny, and now seek a method to destroy it before the Legion of Doom can claim it and change reality itself.
*spoilers appear from here on out!*
Cast of Characters:
“So… we’re screwed.”
Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz) – Still the Captain of the Waverider, despite the old captain’s return. Headstrong, a good fighter and has already experienced death, so …hard to intimidate.
Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) – Has the ability to shrink thanks to his Atom suit, but often just good for tech-speak and sci-fi references…
Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm (Franz Drameh) – One half of Firestorm who is also a top class mechanic… which is good because Firestorm itself is showing up less and less, probably due to budget reasons, but hey-ho…
Martin Stein (Victor Garber) – The other half of Firestorm, though Jackson’s body is used in the transformation. Super-smart and bumbling older gentleman, but kind hearted. Sings a good song too!
Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) – Former Time Master on the run in a stolen ship, now a Time Master who’s no longer the Master, as Sara Lance is very much the Captain now. He sticks around to see the Spear of Destiny quest to its conclusion.
Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) – Slow-witted thug who is willing to betray his friends will little provocation. Still, he likes to set things on fire, so he’s worth keeping around!?
Amaya Jiwe / Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) – Bland and not particularly interesting addition to the crew. She can summon powers related to animals, which is at least handy in a fight!
Nate Heywood / Steel (Nick Zano) – Pretty much Ray Palmer again, but with knowledge in history rather than technology. Otherwise, pretty boy nerd who makes sci-fi references and starts a relationship with a member of the crew…
Eobard Thawne / Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher) – Evil speedster who has to constantly run to different time periods so the Black Flash doesn’t catch up to him and erase him from time… it’s a long story, see Flash Season 1 for more details!
Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) – Evil mastermind with magical powers that wants to prevent his death at the hands of the Green Arrow that he knows about due to the Reverse Flash. Supremely arrogant, which is why we love to hate him.
Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) – Former member and head of the League of Assassins, his life has been turned upside down more times that he can count by Oliver Queen / the Arrow / The Green Arrow. Wants to use the Spear to change that. Oh and bring his son back to life, probably. Maybe?
And a few more… damn team-based TV series, making me type more than necessary!
“Okay, NOW we’re screwed!”
The plot of this finale in general, one that sees them going back to the Somme, time being rewritten by the bad guys, then sees them going back to the Somme again and messing about with their past selves and generally getting into a big mess… was great! I mean, you have to ignore the whole “one small change can change everything” lesson that Barry Allen learnt the hard way in the most recent Flash series, but other than that, it was a blast to follow. The final showdown not only had Sara being smart enough not to fall for a vision of her dead sister telling her to use the Spear for herself, but it saw the Reverse Flash go back in time and recruit multiple versions of himself, which again, makes sense. Why not? It’s not like Mr. Thawne isn’t already on bad terms with time itself.
The Legion of Doom was on fine form, particularly Episode 16, which is set in the version of Earth they created. Malcolm gets to be a smug git who still doesn’t trust Thawne, Darhk gets to be a classic comic book hero by keeping some of the Legends alive as a joke to himself (which he is warned about by Malcolm) and Thawne gets to show that it doesn’t really matter what anyone else can do, his speed powers make him a God among men.
In fact the finally seeing the pay-off of the Reverse Flash finally being erased from existence was satisfying, if he indeed never makes another appearance. Likewise seeing the old villain version of Leonard Snart / Captain Cold was fun again, and the final scene showed how much he evolved over the course of the Arrow-verse series.
“So I was thinking, about this fantastical adventure to destroy a powerful artifact we’re having…”
Despite having an episode based around George Lucas and how they have to protect him etc etc, was it really necessary to have an episode featuring a young J. R. R. Tolkien? So they need the blood of Christ to destroy the spear, but can’t go back to the crucifixion (“some moments are too important to meddle with”, you know the writers wants to call it a “fixed point in time”…) so they come to hear about the legend of Sir Gawain and how it says that he had some, so they go to the Somme to meet Tolkien as he wrote a lot on the subject. What not just track down Sir Gawain? Why not meet Tolkien when he’s not in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles in history?
If Season 3 doesn’t see the group dump Rory / Heat Wave somewhere and leave, then I don’t know what they’re doing. Rory literally saw his old buddy and joined with the villains to create a new Earth where he and his buddy can commit crimes again. Even if Rory regretted it and saved them during the false-reality, the trust should be broken. There was a scene where Rory was denied coming with the team because “they just can’t trust him anymore”, so at least its addressed. We’ll see how it plays out.
The cliffhanger of them arriving in a place where all of time seems to be happening at once is interesting, though just makes me think to “The Wedding of River Song” episode of Doctor Who, which dealt with a similar world. Given the obvious nods to Who that have been happening throughout the series’ existence, that’s all that came to my mind, rather than “can’t wait for Season 3!”
Three guys having fun. Not harmless fun, but fun.
A strong and fun end to the season. It had a few logic holes that sprung up mostly after I watched it due to how fun it was, especially the final episode. Highly recommended.