Legends Of Tomorrow – “Zari” Review

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Tala Ashe as Zari. Photo courtesy of DC Legends TV.

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

The Legends officially have a new team member: Zari!

Unfortunately for Zari, her debut episode wasn’t the strongest offering of Legends. Now don’t get me wrong, Tala Ashe as Zari Adrianna Tomaz is looking to be a strong addition to the team.  Even after her first episode, she holds a presence and personality to her, one that lets her hold her own against the colorful cast. I’m excited for Ashe to continue playing off of the team, and to see what she has to add in the future. However, what was so disappointing about Zari’s entrance is how dull her character is off the bat, and how she was handled.

Zari is your run-of-the-mill computer hacktivist, who comes from a bland future, and wields a generic magical amulet that comes with with an ill-defined set of powers.  I mean, really her revealed power set couldn’t be more dull and uninteresting in how it is portrayed in this episode.  Her totem is just like Amaya’s totem, but red and without personality. Now that being said, there is plenty of room for the character and her powers to grow down the line, thanks to Ashe’s performance holding Zari up.

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Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom (left) and Tala Ashe as Zari (right). Photo courtesy of DC Legends TV.

Even if Zari comes from an uninteresting future, it’s interesting in itself to have someone from the future on the team—a surprising first.  I do question how that works though.  Is that A.R.G.U.S. run future set in stone now with Zari on the team? Theoretically, if the team messes with anything they shouldn’t, or in anyway tries to dismantle A.R.G.U.S.’s reign, they could wipe Zari out of existence.  Only time will tell if the show will address these question at all.

Now why did the Legends cross paths with Zari in the first place? After attempting to retrieve her dead brother’s totem, Zari was tracked down by a rogue time traveler.  This time traveler was the water-controlling meta Kausa, who was seen at the end of the last episode, someone who was revealed to have a connection to Vixen herself. It was good to see Kausa so prominent so soon after her introduction. Sadly I don’t think she played well on camera, and most of her action scenes were fairly subpar. If she did have a standout sequence, it was certainly the bar fight with Sara.

There was a good amount of humor in this outing of Legends as well.  Mick’s “Prison Break” reference had me chuckling, Gary’s furthered role in the plot was fantastic, and Nate’s trip out scenes were great.  While I usually don’t care for tripping out sequences, the last half of Nate’s other worldly experience was highly amusing—specifically that last half, and the whole cockpit scene. Add on Sarah’s fantastic comeback to the prison guard and his nose, and this episode was certainly a winner when it came to the comedy.

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PIctured left to right: Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, and Tala Ashe as Zari. Photo courtesy of DC Legends TV.

What wasn’t so much of a hit though, was Amaya’s part in Nick’s dream quest.  It was good seeing their relationship further and strengthen, however when it finally got to Amaya’s entering of “the world between worlds,” it fell flat.  The whole sequence felt lazy and not very thought out.  There was no weight to Amaya’s discovery, and just like that she was fixed. Amaya took the equivalent of LSD and her entire condition was solved.  She even got an incredibly weak explanation to her power problems: the totem becomes more powerful when the threat she faces is stronger.  What?  That’s it?

This week’s episode was a subpar entry in the series, and like last week the show still did not take full advantage of this season’s time anachronism gimmick. I would hardly consider a rogue time traveler a special time anachronism as they were introduced to us in the premiere—I would consider it business as usual for our team. While Zari’s entrance to the team wasn’t the best, I do very much look forward to seeing her character and place on the show develop.

Bonus Notes:

  • Did you guys see the stunt pad left in the show in the big action sequence in the woods?
  • I still think Nate’s superhero costume is one of the worst designs I’ve seen (sorry Nate).

 

What did you guys think about the episode?  Make sure to leave your thoughts down below!

 

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

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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