Last week I suggested that the CW made a mistake by splitting the premiere of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. After watching the second part, there is no doubt how much better the two parts would have been if they had been premiered together. Our Legends become a unified team, Vandal Savage becomes even more dangerous, and death awaits our heroes, yet again.
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Tonight showed much more potential of what the CW has created than what we saw last week. When I saw the promo battle scene this past week for tonight’s episode, I thought it would be the final scene, and not within the first ten minutes. I am still getting used to the big fights which seem to be choreographed almost too well, at the same time the Legends demonstrated the firepower they actually had. Also, how cool was it to see Damien Darhk bidding for the atomic bomb Savage stole? Even though the first battle was sloppy, it was good for our team to understand the severity of the mission. If Firestorm hadn’t been there, the team would have set off a nuclear bomb in 1975.
The fact that being careless in time has consequences was one of the lessons the team painfully had to learn this evening, especially Ray and Dr. Stein. Isn’t it fascinating how two of the most intelligent characters on this show had to get past themselves, and their intelligence, to learn that they are dealing with forces they are still learning? Thank goodness they aren’t the only ones on the team. There are plenty, so much that they did what I figured would become normal with a cast this big, divide the team into smaller units, accomplishing multiple missions.
It was good to watch Snark and Rory in their elements tonight dealing, again, with Ray, who thought he was smarter than he really was. Several people were wondering why Cold and Heatwave were included on this team, but tonight showed clearly that sometimes a thief is needed accomplish a mission, and with the outcome this evening, they will be less reckless with what they will steal.
It was very entertaining watching Stein get irritated having to interact with his younger self. It was even more entertaining watching the younger Stein flirt with Sara. Another cool outcome of that teaming was Jax being able to give advice to Dr. Stein, some encouragement as well as some tough love. Tonight was a learning curve for Stein, one that Rip was able to help correct, reminding not only Stein, but the team that he is a Time Master, and this wasn’t his first time jump, unlike them.
The Hawks are a pairing that is okay to watch at best. I have loved reading about their eternal love together in the comics, but it’s not the same on TV. The show said that each of the team would be Legends, “well, at least those that survive.” Well done LoT, because I wasn’t startled by last week’s death, but tonight’s killing of Hawk Man by Vandal Savage, I didn’t see that coming tonight. That killing served for a few things: we as the viewers have been able to see what happens to Savage when he collects one of the Hawk’s life force, more importantly the show became more dangerous…they just killed off one of the Legends in the pilot. Is Rip Hunter safe? How about Jax? The only safe character, I think, out there is Sara Lance.
Vandal Savage really hasn’t seemed very dangerous, at least not compared to either Damien Darhk or Zoom, but tonight he gets a few steps closer as we watch Savage kill Hawk Man. The stakes go up for me when he knows there is a team from the future out there and they are here to stop him, to end his reign.
Carter’s death is a symbol for Savage and for the team. For Savage, it’s a warning to prepare in ways he had yet to think about. Who knows, the Legends run in with Savage in the 70’s may be one of the causes for him to become even more powerful in the future. He is protecting his interests from super powered individuals.
For our team, Hawk Man’s death served as motivation to see Savage stopped. Interestingly enough, it’s Cold who speaks, not only for himself and Heatwave, but for the whole team when he declares that there will be payback when someone messes with one of his crew, with Jax echoing that they are going kick Savage’s ass. Many of us thought we knew what kind of show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was going to be after last week’s episode, but this week showed us that we are just jumping on to a ride that could potentially be one of the best CW shows to date. Both Arrow and The Flash are solid shows on the CW, will DC’s Legends of Tomorrow be the next? Join us to find out, as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow continues Thursdays on the CW at 8pm/7pm central.