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DC’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Season Two Finale: Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom!

Posted in Action, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2017 by aliciamovie

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 Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Spoilers are totally Legendary!

Time is never on the Legends’ side, so we’re diving right into this! So, what do we know? The beginning of the season had Captain Rip Hunter missing and Sarah Lance taking his place, mostly to the agreement of the rest of the Legends. Whilst searching for Rip, the team picked up some stray new Legends, mainly from the 1940’s Justice Society of America in the form of Amaya, and Nate Heywood, historian and time investigator who gets himself some spiffy powers along the way. The search for Rip Hunter also brought together the aptly named Legion of Doom, comprised of original members Eobard Thawne a.k.a. Zoom from the Flash-verse; Malcolm Merlyn of the Arrow world, former League of Assassins boss; and Damien Darhk, also of the Emerald Archer’s life, magic-using baddie and the slayer of the Black Canary, making him a personal mark for Captain Lance. And unfortunately the Legion gets ahold of Rip Hunter first, cuing him for a brief turn as a bad guy while everyone else gears up for the hunt of the ultimate legendary artifact, the Spear of Destiny!

Yes, LOT went there, it is a show about fighting bad guys through time and all. So in this world, the Spear of Destiny is the thing that pierced the side of Christ himself, yes that thing, that when wielded with a certain incantation of some ancient book, can rewrite reality itself according to the users desires. Of course the Legion wants the Spear, every one of them has stuff in their past they’d much rather erase or change the outcome of, but Thawne in particular was a very bad boy and is being pursued through time and space by the Black Flash. The Black Flash is a form of Death in the Speedforce and in this world the manifestation of what became of enemy Hunter Zolomon after he was carted away by two Time Wraiths. (I know; just go with it.)

So skimming Rip Hunter’s brain led them to search for the pieces of the Spear, that Rip Hunter had judiciously broken up and hidden all over time and space. The hunt for the pieces and the Spear itself, once put back together again, has a tendency to bring out the bad ghosts in our various Legends, but none more so than our firebug thief Rory, still missing his beloved partner Leonard Snart after all this time. So of course, to persuade Rory to join the purported winning side, the Legion of Doom scurries back to Central City in 2014, before Snart joined the Legends and became a reluctant Hero, and pops him out to recruit his partner into stealing the Spear for the lot of them. And yes, sadly, it does work. (I love me some Wentworth Miller forever, and yes I’m very well aware Captain Cold is originally a bad guy, but this villainous return in the latter half of LOT Season Two is a shade disheartening.)

The last couple of episodes of the season are basically an alternate version of reality even for LOT, after the Legion went Spear-happy. And while seeing our familiar characters as darker alternate versions of themselves may be amusing for a few minutes, it gets tired real fast. Then again, the season finale has the entire team going back in time to an event they already visited and changed, resulting in multiple versions of most of them arguing amongst themselves even as they try to fight the Legion for control of that damnable Spear!

So what are we doing back in 1914 with a certain soldier named John Tolkien, again? We’re going to get the blood of Christ in the hidden vial on a war-torn battlefield to get the Spear to work, but plans are being thwarted by alternate-Legends and of course the Legion of Doom’s interference too. After doubt and discussion, every single last one of our Legends is coming out swinging, even as Zoom shows up with an ass-load of yellow Speedster reinforcements! What to do?

Sara Lance has long been the standout character on this show. From her League of Assassins on Arrow origins in the Black Canary leathers that she left her sister Laurel as a legacy, to the white leathers she wore in Season One of LOT, where she swayed hearts and minds alike with sincere care of her friends and family, and unapologetic joyful bisexuality, Sara Lance was the right choice for replacement Captain in Season Two. So when Sara is holding the Spear of Destiny and everyone’s about to get annihilated by the Legion of Doom, we can trust that even though she protests she’s too full of darkness, that as Rip Hunter says, “I believe in you.” Her final method of dealing with Zoom, arguably the leader of the Legion of Doom in this incarnation, is justifiably clever and very much a White Canary move.

Of course none of that mattes when, after depositing the surviving Legion guys into summary punishments and saying some other goodbyes, the Waverider is rocked by a time-quake and our Legends are tossed out of the time-stream into some totally messed up version of reality that’s like an Escher fever-dream – skyscrapers twisted into fantastical shapes, dinosaurs roaming freely, and way too many different timeline styles all jumbled together! Captain Lance’s statement of, “Guys, I think we broke Time,” appears to be a massive understatement.

Season Two lacked a good deal of the main plot points from Season One, mainly Vandal Savage and the Hawk-peoples, but these can actually be considered strengths for this new Season. Instead we have the formation of the Legion of Doom, and honestly, the Doom-centric episodes of LOT are just some of the most adorable, bumbling arguing-amongst-yourselves villainy ever, and a sheer joy to watch. Picking up these new Legend character, Amaya and Nate, may have been a long shot, but the Hawk folk needed replacing. Amaya happens to be (or will be, whatever) the Grandmother of future Arrow heroine Mari McCabe also known as Vixen, which has already happened on the other show and is therefore canon, so Amaya struggles with the concept of proposed destiny holding her back from living her current life. As for Nate Heywood, he also has roots through his father and grandfather in the JSA, and a long comic book history of repeated use of the name Steel, both powered and not. Taken altogether, the newer parts of Legends of Tomorrow are mostly pluses, and far outweigh any comic book canon minuses. And the setup for Season Three of Legends of Tomorrow opens doors for all sorts of other well-known and lesser-known DC heroes, villains, and show cross-overs!

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Season 2 Premiere: Out of Time and into the atomic fire!

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2016 by aliciamovie

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by Steve the Space Wizard

The Legends are back! But as the first episode of season 2 opens, they’rein trouble, or so surmises Dr. Nate Heywood as he barges into Oliver Queen’s office, asking for his help. Dr. Heywood is a “time detective”, which means he investigates changes in history by time travellers. Abe mused Oliver gives Dr. Heywood a chance to explain himself, and we see evidence of the Legends across time, preserved in things like ancient manuscripts and hieroglyphics. Turns out the Legends’ ship disappeared underwater and was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1942, three years before the a-bomb was “invented” (or rather, before the first atomic bomb was used against another nation in an act of war). This intrigues Ollie enough to follow Dr. Heywood on an expedition to find the wreckage of the Waverider in the present day. Sure enough they find it, but with no one seemingly on board… except for Mick, who was kept alive in a stasis beam. They revive him and Mick tells the story of what they’ve been up to before the ship crashed…

 …and we’re treated with tales of the Legends protecting history from time criminals, now that the Time Masters are gone. They find themselves playing the part of swashbuckling musketeers, saving Louis XIII (with Sara seducing/being seduced by the Queen). After that amusing little anecdote, Mick decides to tell Ollie and Dr. Heywood about the time quake they experienced after they found out the Germans, aided by mysterious time travellers, nuke New York in 1942. Despite being warned by Rex Tyler (from last season’s cliffhanger) to not go there, they decided to go anyway because who else is going to save the day from the Nazis?

How did the Nazis make a functional atomic bomb in 1942 anyway? It turns out, Albert Einstein was forced to build one. Einstein was kidnapped for this purpose by Nazis with the help of Damien Darhk, who Sara has a huge grudge with since Darhk killed her sister. Sara goes out to kill Damien Darhk at all costs, and this has serious repercussions for the team. I won’t reveal how the Legends save the day, but I’ll tell you this : they play fast and loose with the science on this. I’m not sure how much help Einstein alone would have been for the Nazis to have built a nuclear weapon, but it plays into the common movie trope where “smart scientist” is a storytelling shorthand for “genius who can do everything”.

Besides the science gaffe, it was an entertaining episode, and by the end of it one of the main characters disappear! Will we see them again? We’ll have to keep watching to find out!

Catch up with our Legends on the CW, Thursdays @ 8/7c!