Legends of Tomorrow – Season 3 Overall Review

LoT Season 3

Season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow manages to continue to be a legitimately funny adventure with a varied mix of heroes, though it doesn’t quite live up to Season 2, it’s certainly still far better than what it started out as. Some Legends leave, some new ones join, and generally everything is kept fresh and fun, with the odd bits of drama thrown in to the mix. It’s not perfect, but it was still always fun to watch every week. So without any more beating around the bush, let’s take an overall look at the season!

Official Synopsis:

The Legends look on in horror at the time altered Los Angeles, but soon meet Rip, who reveals that he has created the “Time Bureau” to replace the Time Masters’ Council. The Bureau agents fix the “anachronisms” and Rip disbands the Legends, taking their ship as well. Six months later, the Legends are living normal lives, nostalgic for their previous adventures, with some more willing to reunite than others…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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Hey, I actually used a cast promo pic! Shame some of them aren’t around half way in…

Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz) – Sara is the leader of the Legends and wishes to get the Waverider back and start fixing the problems she feels responsible for creating…

Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) – Ray has found himself unable to reintegrate himself back into regular society, so jumps at the chance to reunite with the other Legends and resume travelling through time…

Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm (Franz Drameh) – Jefferson wants nothing more than to head back out into the timestream and start fixing the anachronisms that he had a hand in creating, but in order to help out the team he needs to convince the other half of Firestorm to come back.

Martin Stein (Victor Garber) – Stein is happy in life, he has a loving wife, a daughter and a grandchild on the way, and all he wants is to be with them, not off in the past and future fighting villains and putting his life in danger…

Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) – A bit of a pyromaniac and definitely not a team player, Mick is still interested in helping out the Legends if it means he gets to burn some things… at least, that’s what he tells himself…

Amaya Jiwe / Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) – Vixen is having trouble controlling her powers, and although she doesn’t wish to leave her village in trouble, she does accept a role back with the Legends until she can stabilize her powers.

Nate Heywood / Steel (Nick Zano) – Nate, much like many of his other Legends, has found it hard to return to a normal life, especially after his girlfriend Amaya just up and left him a few months ago. I hope she doesn’t rejoin the crew when they reform, that’d be awkward!

Zari Adrianna Tomaz (Tala Ashe) – Zari comes from Seattle in 2042, where the city is under the brutal hands of ARGUS. She has inherited a magical amulet from her brother, and she intends to use it to free her fellow prisoners, should the right opportunity come along…

Wally West / Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – Wally broke up with his girlfriend (from another Earth) Jess, and has taken it hard. He’s been using his super-speed to visit calming locations and to find a new direction…

Mallus (John Noble) – Mallus is a mysterious other-dimensional entity that wishes to enter our realm and snuff it out…

Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) – Damien Darhk is dead, killed by Oliver Queen a few years ago… unless, of course, he is resurrected by some magical means…

Nora Darhk (Madeleine Arthur) – Nora has been possessed by Mallus since she was a child, she barely remembers having any free will. What little she has is still clinging onto the love of her father…

Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) – Ava is a higher-up in the Time Bureau who is all-business… until she meets the right person…

John Constantine (Matt Ryan) – John is an expert exorcist and demon fighter, hailing from… “Vague Accent City, England”. He once saved Sara Lance’s life, and now wishes to get her to help him with something…

Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) – Rip was a Time Master who turned rouge to save his family… but failed to do so. After a rough trip with the Legends he decided to retire from the group, only to find himself starting a new Time Master-ish group called the Time Bureau to handle the problems with time travel, and to track down a mysterious threat that’s on the horizon…

And more!

The Good:

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It looks like Sara is throwing something, but it’s just the top of the table lamp! Gets me every time…

Legends of Tomorrow rarely takes itself too seriously, and that definitely works in its favour. Through thick and thin the show always manages to use one of its more goofier characters like Ray, Nate or Mick, to lighten the mood a bit (with the exception of Stein’s death during the big crossover, but you know… some things need to be heavy on the drama…) and it really works. They’ve also embraced some of the weirder things to do with time travel by having people like Julius Caesar and Helen of Troy (if she really existed) get accidentally transplanted into other times and places.

While there were some problems with the lead villain I get into in “The Bad” section, I did enjoy Mallus, mostly because he was almost always a disembodied booming voice of evil, and who doesn’t like those? Plus it lead to several plot threads involving John Constantine, who, bad accent aside, is a really fun character.

Sara got some good character development this season. She fell in love with Ava, the hard-nosed member of the Time Bureau, and later got possessed by Mallus, leading to her questioning herself. It was good to see, as she had spent Season 2 being the leader without much doubt or development.

Stein and Jefferson’s send off was a real tear jerker (see the Crisis on Earth-X review for more details!) but as mentioned previously, taking the series back down to Earth from time to time is fine, makes the stakes a little more real, even when they’re often treated as the butt of a joke. Wally West joining the team in their stead is good for the character, who was constantly written out of Flash so Barry Allen could face more jeopardy, but does often leave you scratching your head as to why he doesn’t just speedster his way out of most situations the team find themselves in…

As for the rest of the cast: Ray is still funny, Rip (for the few appearances he makes) is still a good… flawed leader, and Mick is still great in the gruff but nice deep-down way his character has become. Zari, the new member, is fine, her sarcastic personality grates at first, but she soon settles down with the rest of the team. She never really stands out, but she doesn’t stick out as bad or boring, like some. Ava is also a fun character, she starts off as the strict businesswoman cliché, but soon gains some extra layers via her relationship with Sara, and the unexpected revelation that she’s a clone…

Although I didn’t like the re-focus on him, Damien Darhk and his daughter Nora brought at least a bit of interest to the villain side. Nora being a slave to Mallus despite Damien’s love for her was a good bit of plot, even if I’m pretty bored of Mr. Darhk. Also throughout the season we see Amaya’s granddaughter Kuasa, who for most of the story has the water totem, is fine, but not very memorable… In fact have I mentioned her in any of the three episode breakdowns?

The Bad:

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Hmmm… Intimidating, in a rather generic way.

After heading up the worst season of Arrow, then being redeemed somewhat in the previous season of Legends, why they once again brought Damien Darhk back I don’t know. He feels over-exposed, even though he did have some good moments in the season, and would have preferred they invent someone new. Also on the villain front, Mallus’ true form is a bit… bad CGI (which isn’t the show’s fault given budget restrictions) and then his ultimate defeat is played for laughs, which while amusing to watch, does kind of crap on all the momentum that had been built up…

Nate is still a carbon-copy of Ray, and to make matters worse he an Amaya get back into a relationship, despite it being clearly stated that the two of them can’t stay a couple due to time showing Amaya growing up in her village. It leads to the obvious parting of the ways, and I just didn’t care. Amaya is still extremely dull, so their story just didn’t do anything for me. After Hawkgirl and Amaya, I hope next season they can find a new female member with a bit of personality.

I usually don’t pick specific things from episodes for these overall reviews, but I just want to reiterate how much I got annoyed at some of the character choices and moments from the final two episodes. Rip’s sudden and unearned sacrifice, Sara’s decision to suddenly give Damien Darhk the Death Totem, and Nate and Amaya’s sudden urge to change history despite everything they’ve been told… Annoying! Anyway, I went on about that enough in the 16 – 18 Review…

Overall Thoughts:

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Out with the old, in with the new!

Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 kept up the fun mix of action, humour and a little bit of drama, plus rotated the cast a bit, keeping it feeling fresher. That being said, the return of Damien Darhk AGAIN and the re-using of the Nate & Amaya love story made parts of the show feel old, which is a shame. The series is imperfect, but still a fun weekly series, and I’m looking forward to the next one, full of bad English accents and all!

4 Star Watch

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