This is my confession: the first season of “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” was a mess. Although bolstered by veteran comic book show characters Sara Lance, Ray Palmer, etc, it was stymied by poor writing, lack of cohesion and a team of “legends” that felt very ordinary. Of particular disinterest were the Kendra and Carter characters (Hawkgirl and Hawkman)-so dull, so boring. A 4,000 year love affair turned into a snoozefest by actors that had no chemistry.
And then came season two…
With Hawkgirl and Hawkman off the show, Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold) sacrificing himself for the good of the team and Captain Rip Hunter scattered somewhere in the space-time continuum, it could’ve been an even bigger disaster.
Instead, we’ve had a renaissance.
Joining the team of legends, historian Dr. Nate Heywood (aka Commander Steel) and Amaya Jiwe, a Justice League member with the power of the Anasi Totem to draw on. Let me tell you, Nick Zano and Maisie Richardson-Sellers bring a natural repartee to the Legends. Zano’s Nate/Commander Steel brings the comic relief and depth of knowledge; Richardson-Sellers brings a calm, soothing gravitas that matches perfectly to the manic energy of the team.
On to the fun episode though.
Finding out Rip landed in L.A. in 1967, the Legends head out to get their captain back. At stake: possession of the Spear of Destiny. On the heels of the team, the Legion of Doom (Damian Dahrk, Malcolm Merlyn and Eoban Thawne/Reverse Flash). After a police shootout with the LoD and LoT, terrified and amnesiac Rip gets arrested. Busting him out of prison, the gang finds out his prop master (George Lucas, THE George Lucas) threw the Spear of Destiny in the city dump. With Lucas, Mate, Ray and Amaya captured by the LoD and in danger of being crushed by the dump compactor, the Legends (and a faking it til he makes it Rip), swoop in to rescue them. In the hullabaloo, the LoT get the Spear but the LoD take Rip.
It’s a disaster.
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