My take thus far:
There is just so much potential for this to be a great show. It’s just there. But it’s not being tapped into at all.
And…I’m just not impressed.
*Pssst! Spoiler warning!*
Missed a couple of episodes since my last review. And, watching the recap, I am not happy about finding out Heatwave is no longer on the team. Not to mention that I have no idea whether he’s dead or not. But enough about that. On with the show.
So. First up, serial killings in an old town. And with sexism and racism paraded around like lawn furniture, we’re reminded why it’s actually much more fun to live in the 21st century.
Anyway, here are Rip Hunter’s designations: Roy and Kendra play house, Stein and Sarah act as doctor and nurse in a mental asylum, Jax is the “new kid on the block”, and Snart joins Rip Hunter to play cop (okay, the irony of Snart playing cop and being pretty good at is is a little fun here, I admit; except we’re too swiftly reminded of Heatwave being iced to actually enjoy it).
Aaaaaaand, in comes Savage and his wife-for-the-era with a dinner invitation for Roy and Kendra. And a tuna casserole.
And Roy eats it. And they attend the dinner party.
While Sarah “liberates” a nurse who isn’t sure of her sexual identity. (Tho, I give her that the news of how things will be better in the future would always be welcome.)
But then the nurse makes the first move and Sarah is the one who suddenly freaks out (which is strangely honest and endearing, and we consequently forgive Sarah for flirting with a woman that she will leave behind eventually).
And then Jax goes on an undercover date with the “cheerleAder whose boyfriend went AWOL”, and that promptly turns nasty. And here’s the clincher: The worst bit of the night is not when some unidentifiable hawk-like creatures carry off two high school boys trying to rough up Jax and the cheerleader, or even when one of the mutant crazy bird-beasts (who cheerleader recognizes as “Tommy”) come back and slice up the girl’s throat. It’s the part where Jax, with some impressive car maneuvering, manages to get her and himself away and is in the process of racing towards Gideon to save her, and a cop pulls him over and refuses let him go even after getting a peek at the girl bleeding out in the front seat. And when Jax refuses and tries to get back inside the car, the cop knocks him out.
And the fact that this is a dirty cop who works for Savage is only a bit better. And predictable.
On a brighter note though, as it all comes to a head and the entire team is working towards the episode’s usual climax, and once Kendra’s exposed, she beats up on Savage in a suitably impressive manner before he throws her against a table. And then Roy makes it in time to save her and blast Savage through a window.
Sarah is impeccable in a fight as usual and is possibly the best (and perhaps only) highlight of this episode. She takes down a beast-hawk going after the nurse (the one who attempted to kiss her). Just like the total badass she is.
Then Captain Cold and Stein shows up to find Jax with his mutated teeth and new/crazy bloodthirsty personality. And despite Cold’s threats, he never takes Jax out as he promises. Still, Sarah knocks him out long enough for Stein to make an antidote. And all the kids and Jax are returned to normal, with Tommy finally getting back together with the cheerleader (never quite caught her name, if it was mentioned at all). And Jax parts with her after gifting her a new, souped-up car to make up for the old one, and with the advice that the both of them would be better off in another town.
Sarah meets with the nurse she saved and kisses her, while she thanks her. And the nurse, in all respects, seems quite happy for the experience in general.
Meanwhile, Roy and Kendra pack up to leave and they both apologize for their own preconceptions: Kendra for insisting she could kill Savage on her own, and Roy for getting too into the role of protecting her and semi-forgetting that Savage is who they were there for.
A little clichéd, this bit. And not very heartwarming But then, Legends of Tomorrow seems to be a row of never-ending cliched plot lines, so…what can can you do.
Anyway, the ending was a bit more interesting, even if it was expected maybe two minutes before it actually happened. For, as usual, Chronos shows up again, but actually manages to get inside the ship this time, and is blasting away like he’s at a Carnival shoot-out game (and Chronos also plays like most of the players at these shows, by missing each shot).
So then, Sarah, Kendra, and Roy are still not on the ship yet. And Rip decides they have to time-jump. Now, I understand why the situation called for such a decision, but I don’t understand what they hope to accomplish by time-jumping with Chronos still in the ship.
However, considering how disorienting it is for the regular passengers to time-jump, maybe they thought the journey would defeat Chronos? Although, considering he’s been chasing them at the end of practically every adventure/episode, I hardly think that’s a feasible solution; for all we know, the suit might very well protect him from it.
Now, I half-thought the last three would run in at the last minute, considering how the show usually runs. So I was a bit surprised when they were left behind, but not by much. However, I don’t understand how they could misunderstand being left behind. After all, Chronos has been after them relentlessly. So it can’t be hard to imagine that something must have come up. And besides, what happened to their comm devices? Do they just hand it in at the end of an adventure even before they’ve all returned to the ship? That’s strange and very careless, if it is the case.
Anyways…So that’s the status: Roy, Kendra, and Sarah left behind in 1958, while Stein, Jax, Leonard, and Rip are time-jumping with a trigger-happy Chronos in their midst.
What fun. -_-
Well, this episode aside, let’s recap the episodes so far: Hawkman gets killed right in the second episode and they leave his body behind like idiots. And, when they all come from a time where DNA, genes, and mutations are par for the course and with them also having ample experience with it themselves, how they could make such a blunder is beyond me.
Then, while the next episode was about getting his body back, I still wonder at the idea of burying him there and holding a funeral. Sure, the funeral might have been necessary, but why didn’t they bury him in his rightful time period?!! I mean, considering these two are reincarnated constantly, and that their appearance in various eras might very well have already caused some kind of a ripple effect, isn’t it a little odd to bury him in a place where a previous reincarnation might or might not still exist? And either way, what does this mean for his next reincarnation exactly???
Then next, Captain Cold ices Heatwave. I have a problem with that on a bunch of levels, though I also understand the reasoning. But again, they leave him in a different time period? Instead of taking him with them and keeping him in cold storage or something? Besides, the way he refused to leave Roy behind after what he did for him easily points at better story arcs and redeeming traits. But instead, he acts just like people expect him to and he’s iced? I understand Cold’s stance on protecting the team. But he more than anyone else should have been able to understand his motivations. And, if nothing else, again, why not dump him as a lost cause back in his rightful time? Heck, freeze him and let him thaw in prison even. At least, in their regular time, the authorities will have an idea of how to deal with them. But instead, someone from the 21st century is left behind in another time period again?!
And now, Roy, Sarah, and Kendra have been left behind in a different time. A time that is racist and sexist and generally small-minded as a given rule. And, in a time period where Savage still exists and knows where they live and who they are.
Is anyone else curbing the urge to bang their heads against something hard?
In any case, the prognosis from my end based on these facts is thus: Roy is the only one who can have a somewhat decent experience out of the three in that era (since he is “white and male and straight” as White Canary helpfully stated earlier in the episode). But, considering his automatic stance on saving the underdog – and generally trying to save everyone – it is doubtful he’ll inspire much community popularity there.
On a brighter note though, the nurse might be able to help them. But that possibility could go either way, and that is if it is even considered.
All in all, I am not in the least bit impressed with how the series has progressed. Maybe the endings of the episodes have gotten more interesting, leading us to watch the next episode just to find out what might happen after that point. But fifteen minutes (or fewer) in, the plot of the episodes continue to be uninspiring, clichéd, and just plain annoying. There are interesting points, yes. But those minutes can (quite literally) be counted on one hand. Worse, the plots are already gaining the kind of self-righteous, unimaginative momentum that finally made me give up superhero comics and move on from them in the first place.
And to be honest, it is only because I like the characters so much that I’m still watching at all. I like Roy and Stein and Jax and Sarah and even Snart from what I already knew of them in Arrow and Flash. And they’re still interesting here, even if it’s no way near the level they were at in Flash and Arrow.
But, they’re also not enough to make up for the weaker parts of the show.
So if the scripts don’t improve regarding their repetitive plotlines, and if there isn’t more common sense and imagination drilled into the episodes than there is formula, this show might very well fall off my “watching list” for good.
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