Legends Of Tomorrow – “Freakshow” Review

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Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen. Photo Courtesy of DC Legends TV.

Please Keep In Mind That This Article Contains Spoilers For “Freakshow” and Events That Occurred Prior

Amaya’s back!

It didn’t take long for Amaya to re-enter the picture after her rather sudden and drastic exit in the premiere, after having just deciding to stay in the finale no less. While her status quo change felt very forced, she’s now back thanks to the Legends having a very animal centric problem.  Her return is made all the more awkward for the team when Sarah decides to bring her back without having told Nate ahead of time.

The entire episode seemed to really center on Amaya and her relationship with Nate.  Thankfully, for the most part, this storyline was one of the strongest aspects of the episode.  Helping to flesh out not only their relationship, but her sudden departure as well as giving the audience some much needed understanding to her decision.  Seeing Vixen’s presence acknowledged, and having it be integral to Amaya’s return to the past, was pretty neat.

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Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel (left), and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (right). Photo Courtesy of DC Legends TV.

While we got Amaya back, we also got a new person who I hope becomes a prominent face in the show: Gary. Good ol’ Gary got caught spying on the Legends by Sarah, and what followed were some amusing scenes and a great performance by Adam Tsekhman. I hope he becomes the recurring face and gag when it comes to the Time Bureau. We need something to even out the weak addition of Agent Sharp.

Yes, the Time Bureau stuck their heads into the Legends’ business once again, as the Saber Tooth tiger anachronism escalated from a level one threat to an eight.  I have highly praised the idea of the time anachronisms this season, however with this episode, I really feel like it missed the ball.  A Saber Tooth tiger stuck in a circus—and then the Waverider—did nothing to make this episode feel different than any other Legends adventure in the past. It certainly didn’t have the creativity of Julius Caesar in modern day Aruba going on to find out how to rule the world.  If you were to replace the Saber Tooth tiger with a standard over-sized feline, you’d get roughly the same episode.

Now even though the time anachronism aspect of the episode faltered, the setting of the episode did not. P.T. Barnum’s circus made for a really great setting for our characters to interact with and play around in. I was actually impressed with how little they had when it came to the circus setting, but how well they used it and made it look. P.T. Barnum himself—played by Billy Zane—was a big standout, and brought with him good charisma and charm.  The show has had plenty of duds when it comes to the guest performances, but I would easily put Billy Zane’s Barnum near the top of the list.

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Billy Zane as PT Barnum. Photo Courtesy of DC Legends TV.

While part of me would rather have a bigger, more creative time anachronism, the episode did have the chance to be more personal for the team.   The main conflict revolves around Ray and Jax being kidnapped by Barnum to be put on display as his next freakshow act. This allowed for some humorous moments, especially as the whole situation was merely an inconvenience for the two of them, solely caused by Nate’s emotional state due to Amaya’s return. The exchange for this however was pushing the time anachronism plot into the background.

The heavy focus on certain characters this episode did leave others without much to do. While Mick had some comical bits, as he usually does, his and Professor Stein’s only task in the episode was saved for the very end. Disguising himself in clown attire, Stein attempted to blend in with the crowd to get to Jax and Ray—or Yin & Yang. Things went haywire as the clowns started to notice him, brandished their weapons, and started going for Stein.  This was a very funny scene, enhanced only by Mick seeing and tackling the very clowns he hates. Eventually Mick was forced to catapult Stein with a hammer into the arena with Jax, initiating their escape from the circus.

An overall low key episode of Legends was rounded off by further teases about what is to come. This greater evil—which provided a good meta joke for the team—was once again teased at the end of the episode. On top of that, the last sixty seconds of the episode teased a new villainous face (not the aforementioned greater evil) in Kausa, a villainess previously seen in CW Seed’s Vixen. Throw on Amaya’s sickness with her powers, and there’s plenty of trouble ahead for the Legends.

What did you guys think about the episode?  Make sure to leave your thoughts down below, and if you haven’t already checked out the review for Episode 3×01 you can do that here!

 

You can catch new episodes of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow when they air on The CW network every Tuesday at 9pm EST

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Author: Russ Milheim

I'm Russ, and I'm a nerd to the core. Pop culture is the fuel that drives me. Television, Movies, Games, Comics, and Superheroes are my passions in life. Want to talk anything DC or Marvel? I’m here for you. Like Funko Pop! figures? Those are my thing as well. The moral of the story, is that I felt Game of Nerds was the best place to try and share my love for all things pop culture to the world, and engage with people across the world.

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