‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Recap: Leviathan

Last night’s Legends of Tomorrow episode, “Leviathan,” opens with the Legends arriving in London 2166, just a few days before Rip’s family is killed. They’re greeted by gunfire from Savage’s forces before landing safely near the encampment of the final remaining resistance forces.

According to Gideon, Savage will be out in the open that night so Sara, Rip, Leonard and Mick immediately disguise themselves as part of Savage’s army. A blonde lady (Jessica Sipos) suspiciously smiles at Leonard, which he takes as a sign they’ve been made.

Shortly afterwards, Mick and Leonard decide it’s a good time to try and kill Savage. So the pair trip Rip, using him and Sara to distract the guards while they go after Savage. Unfortunately, they are outnumbered and Jax has to extract them.

Back on Waverider, a furious Rip heads off to contact the nearby resistance forces, hoping they’ll have tips on killing Savage. He brings along Martin, Jax, and Ray – and they’re nearly killed by the commander (Sharon Taylor) until Rip makes it seem like his wife and child were killed in Whitechapel. It fell 11 days ago, and this camp is full of refugees.

Jax hands a chocolate bar to a sad child but doesn’t have enough for every child who wants one. So Martin promises he’ll come back with more. Meanwhile, Ray finally asks Rip the obvious question: why isn’t Rip trying to save his family since they’ve arrived a few days before their death? That’s when we learn that Rip has tried several times before – but it never works. Time wants to happen, which is why he finally decided to kill Savage. But even then, his family might be fated to die.

The commander returns and demands to know the Legends’ identities – she retina-scanned them and found out the truth. But Rip insists it will take too long to explain. That’s when they’re interrupted by the news that Delta Camp is under attack. The Legends rush over to save them, but by the time they arrive everybody has died and there is nothing left but fire and rubble. The commander angrily points out that Savage is now in the citadel’s bunker after the attempt on his life. The commander also wants to know how the Legends will stop Savage, who’s cut down the most formidable militaries in the world. London is the last patch of free ground on the planet.

Earlier, Kendra saw a bracelet on the blonde that she was wearing the night of her first death. So Mick and Leonard were left behind to brainstorm ways to steal it, while Kendra and Sara figure out how a bracelet can become a murder weapon. They have no luck – so when Rip gets back on the weapon, he makes Kendra go through Aldus’ diary.

Kendra insists there’s nothing about the bracelet in there, but agrees to take a look. In the same box is Carter’s mace. Sara remarks how hard it must be to get over a 4,000-year-old relationship, but Kendra insists that Carter is her past and Ray is her future. I have to admit – it really sounds like she’s trying to convince herself.

Kendra picks up the mace and has a sudden flashback to 1941 Iowa City. In a past life, Carter gave Kendra the mace as an anniversary present. He taught her how to use it in case he died and she didn’t. Smart man!!!!

Leonard and Mick go to steal the bracelet from the blonde lady, who’s schooling all her soldiers in sword fighting. They both point their guns at her, but when the alarm goes off, the blonde asks, “What now, Mr. Snart?” Leonard is shocked she knows his name – so they decide to kidnap her instead. When she’s safely in the cell at Waverider, they finally learn the truth: this is Cassandra Savage, Vandal Savage’s daughter.

(Side note: Cassie acts a lot like Vandal, but she looks NOTHING like him. She’ s blonde, for crying out loud.)

Kendra gets Mick to burn something to make some lava to heat up her mace and especially dangerous. Mick seems worried in his own gruff way – he doesn’t know if Kendra can actually kill Savage, since she never has in the past 4,000 years she was alive. Meanwhile, Ray and Martin discover that Savage’s megaweapon isn’t an explosive like they thought. The holes in Delta Camp weren’t impact craters…they were footprints. The meagweapon, Leviathan, is a giant robot – and it’s after Waverider and the rebel camp.

So Martin, much to Rip’s chagrin, sends everybody in the camp into the Waverider. But the ship is no match for the robot; Leviathan isn’t at all injured by Waverider’s fire and tosses it like a toy into the distance. Even then, they’re still not safe. Gideon informs Rip that the Leviathan will be back to kill them for good less than an hour. Rip wants to take the jump ship and run but Martin refuses, since the jump ship can’t fit all the refugees. Suddenly, he stumbles – it turns out he was stabbed in the crash. Before Gideon can save him, he begs Jax to take care of the refugees.

Leonard has taken it upon himself to turn Cassie over to their side, saying he knows a lot about “crap fathers.” Cassie thinks Per Degaton released the Armageddon virus, which killed her mother and caused riots and wars. Her father was the only one who dared to stand up to Per, and is the “only one capable of putting this world back together.” So Leonard lets her out of her cell (seems rather trusting, but OK) to show her the refugees Cassie is convinced are radicals. And she shows her the footage in Kasnia of Vandal ordering the Armageddon virus. Cassie knows it’s true, deep down.

Rip is supposed to be fixing Waverider’s broken propulsion engine, but is instead depressed because he thinks he’s failed. That’s when Ray comes and informs Rip he doesn’t believe in fate; he believes in choices, and Rip has to choose to fight now. On cue, Kendra shows up and reveals she can kill Savage, Leonard shows up and says he can get them in, and Ray apparently has a way to fight the Leviathan. It’s a cute scene where they all band together to save the world and to save Rip. Before they go off, Kendra tries to give Ray a romantic goodbye in case either of them doesn’t make it, but Ray stops her.

Jax helps Ray fix his suit via what Ray calls the “theoretical possibility that siphoning power from the auxiliary time drive should provide enough power to reverse the polarity of the dwarf star matrix.” If whatever this is doesn’t work, Ray could die – and since he could have ran on the jump ship, Jax tells Ray he’s the real hero there. But Ray doesn’t die. He fixed his suit so he would grow to the size of the Leviathan and it works. How cool!! And the Leviathan clearly has never fought anything its own size before, because it’s really bad at fighting Ray, who Jax is coaching. Ray does fall down at one point and it seems like he won’t get back up…but Jax informs him Ray has to choose to fight and to live. These words seem to work. Ray gets up and literally punches the Leviathan’s head off.

Cassie pretends to her father that she escaped from the Legends – but he quickly realizes the truth when he notices she doesn’t have her bracelet. As the Legends fight the guards, Kendra swoops in and attacks Savage in another room. She’s about to kill Savage when another guard attacks her, so she goes for him vigorously with Carter’s mace…but when she’s about to kill him, she stops. The face staring back at her is Carter’s.

Savage explains that Carter was reincarnated, and hadn’t remembered his identity when the two met. So Savage brainwashed him and “locked his mind away.” He tells Kendra that she can kill him, but if she does so then she’ll lose the key to Carter’s mind. Rip, who shows up, wants Kendra to do it anyway…but Kendra can’t kill Savage if it means losing Carter. So Rip captures them both and sends them back to the ship.

Later, Kendra tells Ray, “We need to talk,” while Leonard takes Cassie to the rebel commander. She’s rightfully furious at Cassie until Cassie agrees to reveal her father’s forces tactics and weaknesses to help the rebels. And Martin wakes up, having slept through the entire fight, to learn that not a single refugee was killed. Martin is happy but pessimistic since “time wants to happen,” but Rip tells him that “time – for once – is on [their] side.”

The episode ends with a confrontation between Rip and Savage, who’s locked in the cell on Waverider. Savage is gleeful because he was able to put Kendra in an impossible situation: she has to choose between her own soulmate and Rip’s. Rip seems to have been moved to Ray’s side of the fate vs free choice debate, saying, “Destiny is nothing more than the sum of our own choices.” But, as Savage says, time will tell.

I honestly have pretty mixed feelings about “Leviathan.” On the one hand, the actual Leviathan itself was super cool, and I LOVED Ray’s massive version of his super suit. But how has Savage’s megaweapon been kept a secret if he’s literally taken down every army on the planet?? Also, was the Leviathan a robot? Was it sentient? Somebody was monitoring its movements in Savage’s command post, but I couldn’t tell if she was controlling it like a video game. Also, when it lost its head, the way it fell seemed like it could feel it. I also enjoyed Cassie/Leonard relationship and definitely felt a spark there.

On the other hand, Cassie’s turn to the good side seemed genuine but just a bit too easy. Could this all be part of Savage’s master plan? I liked Martin’s desperation to save the refugees, but I thought knocking him out for most of the episode was a little too easy. We don’t even learn how bad his injuries are or see Gideon fix him. At one point he might be dying, 20 minutes later he’s totally fine. I was frustrated that Sara basically wasn’t in this episode either. She has like five lines, maybe. And while I appreciate the commentary Legends makes about fate vs. free choice, I’m a little annoyed at Kendra and Ray. She’s insisted ever since Carter died that she won’t meet him again in her lifetime – conveniently forgetting that she’s TRAVELING THROUGH TIME. It’s totally possible that she would meet him again in the future!! Although I wonder what this means for Kendra’s reincarnation in 2166. Also, how does Ray still not believe in fate? Is this going to continue to be a love triangle, or will Ray bow out gracefully in acceptance of a destiny he insists doesn’t exist? Guess we’ll find out.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via Dean Buscher/The CW

Last night’s Legends of Tomorrow episode, “Leviathan,” opens with the Legends arriving in London 2166, just a few days before Rip’s family is killed. They’re greeted by gunfire from Savage’s forces before landing safely near the encampment of the final remaining resistance forces.

According to Gideon, Savage will be out in the open that night so Sara, Rip, Leonard and Mick immediately disguise themselves as part of Savage’s army. A blonde lady (Jessica Sipos) suspiciously smiles at Leonard, which he takes as a sign they’ve been made.

Shortly afterwards, Mick and Leonard decide it’s a good time to try and kill Savage. So the pair trip Rip, using him and Sara to distract the guards while they go after Savage. Unfortunately, they are outnumbered and Jax has to extract them.

Back on Waverider, a furious Rip heads off to contact the nearby resistance forces, hoping they’ll have tips on killing Savage. He brings along Martin, Jax, and Ray – and they’re nearly killed by the commander (Sharon Taylor) until Rip makes it seem like his wife and child were killed in Whitechapel. It fell 11 days ago, and this camp is full of refugees.

Jax hands a chocolate bar to a sad child but doesn’t have enough for every child who wants one. So Martin promises he’ll come back with more. Meanwhile, Ray finally asks Rip the obvious question: why isn’t Rip trying to save his family since they’ve arrived a few days before their death? That’s when we learn that Rip has tried several times before – but it never works. Time wants to happen, which is why he finally decided to kill Savage. But even then, his family might be fated to die.

The commander returns and demands to know the Legends’ identities – she retina-scanned them and found out the truth. But Rip insists it will take too long to explain. That’s when they’re interrupted by the news that Delta Camp is under attack. The Legends rush over to save them, but by the time they arrive everybody has died and there is nothing left but fire and rubble. The commander angrily points out that Savage is now in the citadel’s bunker after the attempt on his life. The commander also wants to know how the Legends will stop Savage, who’s cut down the most formidable militaries in the world. London is the last patch of free ground on the planet.

Earlier, Kendra saw a bracelet on the blonde that she was wearing the night of her first death. So Mick and Leonard were left behind to brainstorm ways to steal it, while Kendra and Sara figure out how a bracelet can become a murder weapon. They have no luck – so when Rip gets back on the weapon, he makes Kendra go through Aldus’ diary.

Kendra insists there’s nothing about the bracelet in there, but agrees to take a look. In the same box is Carter’s mace. Sara remarks how hard it must be to get over a 4,000-year-old relationship, but Kendra insists that Carter is her past and Ray is her future. I have to admit – it really sounds like she’s trying to convince herself.

Kendra picks up the mace and has a sudden flashback to 1941 Iowa City. In a past life, Carter gave Kendra the mace as an anniversary present. He taught her how to use it in case he died and she didn’t. Smart man!!!!

Leonard and Mick go to steal the bracelet from the blonde lady, who’s schooling all her soldiers in sword fighting. They both point their guns at her, but when the alarm goes off, the blonde asks, “What now, Mr. Snart?” Leonard is shocked she knows his name – so they decide to kidnap her instead. When she’s safely in the cell at Waverider, they finally learn the truth: this is Cassandra Savage, Vandal Savage’s daughter.

(Side note: Cassie acts a lot like Vandal, but she looks NOTHING like him. She’ s blonde, for crying out loud.)

Kendra gets Mick to burn something to make some lava to heat up her mace and especially dangerous. Mick seems worried in his own gruff way – he doesn’t know if Kendra can actually kill Savage, since she never has in the past 4,000 years she was alive. Meanwhile, Ray and Martin discover that Savage’s megaweapon isn’t an explosive like they thought. The holes in Delta Camp weren’t impact craters…they were footprints. The meagweapon, Leviathan, is a giant robot – and it’s after Waverider and the rebel camp.

So Martin, much to Rip’s chagrin, sends everybody in the camp into the Waverider. But the ship is no match for the robot; Leviathan isn’t at all injured by Waverider’s fire and tosses it like a toy into the distance. Even then, they’re still not safe. Gideon informs Rip that the Leviathan will be back to kill them for good less than an hour. Rip wants to take the jump ship and run but Martin refuses, since the jump ship can’t fit all the refugees. Suddenly, he stumbles – it turns out he was stabbed in the crash. Before Gideon can save him, he begs Jax to take care of the refugees.

Leonard has taken it upon himself to turn Cassie over to their side, saying he knows a lot about “crap fathers.” Cassie thinks Per Degaton released the Armageddon virus, which killed her mother and caused riots and wars. Her father was the only one who dared to stand up to Per, and is the “only one capable of putting this world back together.” So Leonard lets her out of her cell (seems rather trusting, but OK) to show her the refugees Cassie is convinced are radicals. And she shows her the footage in Kasnia of Vandal ordering the Armageddon virus. Cassie knows it’s true, deep down.

Rip is supposed to be fixing Waverider’s broken propulsion engine, but is instead depressed because he thinks he’s failed. That’s when Ray comes and informs Rip he doesn’t believe in fate; he believes in choices, and Rip has to choose to fight now. On cue, Kendra shows up and reveals she can kill Savage, Leonard shows up and says he can get them in, and Ray apparently has a way to fight the Leviathan. It’s a cute scene where they all band together to save the world and to save Rip. Before they go off, Kendra tries to give Ray a romantic goodbye in case either of them doesn’t make it, but Ray stops her.

Jax helps Ray fix his suit via what Ray calls the “theoretical possibility that siphoning power from the auxiliary time drive should provide enough power to reverse the polarity of the dwarf star matrix.” If whatever this is doesn’t work, Ray could die – and since he could have ran on the jump ship, Jax tells Ray he’s the real hero there. But Ray doesn’t die. He fixed his suit so he would grow to the size of the Leviathan and it works. How cool!! And the Leviathan clearly has never fought anything its own size before, because it’s really bad at fighting Ray, who Jax is coaching. Ray does fall down at one point and it seems like he won’t get back up…but Jax informs him Ray has to choose to fight and to live. These words seem to work. Ray gets up and literally punches the Leviathan’s head off.

Cassie pretends to her father that she escaped from the Legends – but he quickly realizes the truth when he notices she doesn’t have her bracelet. As the Legends fight the guards, Kendra swoops in and attacks Savage in another room. She’s about to kill Savage when another guard attacks her, so she goes for him vigorously with Carter’s mace…but when she’s about to kill him, she stops. The face staring back at her is Carter’s.

Savage explains that Carter was reincarnated, and hadn’t remembered his identity when the two met. So Savage brainwashed him and “locked his mind away.” He tells Kendra that she can kill him, but if she does so then she’ll lose the key to Carter’s mind. Rip, who shows up, wants Kendra to do it anyway…but Kendra can’t kill Savage if it means losing Carter. So Rip captures them both and sends them back to the ship.

Later, Kendra tells Ray, “We need to talk,” while Leonard takes Cassie to the rebel commander. She’s rightfully furious at Cassie until Cassie agrees to reveal her father’s forces tactics and weaknesses to help the rebels. And Martin wakes up, having slept through the entire fight, to learn that not a single refugee was killed. Martin is happy but pessimistic since “time wants to happen,” but Rip tells him that “time – for once – is on [their] side.”

The episode ends with a confrontation between Rip and Savage, who’s locked in the cell on Waverider. Savage is gleeful because he was able to put Kendra in an impossible situation: she has to choose between her own soulmate and Rip’s. Rip seems to have been moved to Ray’s side of the fate vs free choice debate, saying, “Destiny is nothing more than the sum of our own choices.” But, as Savage says, time will tell.

I honestly have pretty mixed feelings about “Leviathan.” On the one hand, the actual Leviathan itself was super cool, and I LOVED Ray’s massive version of his super suit. But how has Savage’s megaweapon been kept a secret if he’s literally taken down every army on the planet?? Also, was the Leviathan a robot? Was it sentient? Somebody was monitoring its movements in Savage’s command post, but I couldn’t tell if she was controlling it like a video game. Also, when it lost its head, the way it fell seemed like it could feel it. I also enjoyed Cassie/Leonard relationship and definitely felt a spark there.

On the other hand, Cassie’s turn to the good side seemed genuine but just a bit too easy. Could this all be part of Savage’s master plan? I liked Martin’s desperation to save the refugees, but I thought knocking him out for most of the episode was a little too easy. We don’t even learn how bad his injuries are or see Gideon fix him. At one point he might be dying, 20 minutes later he’s totally fine. I was frustrated that Sara basically wasn’t in this episode either. She has like five lines, maybe. And while I appreciate the commentary Legends makes about fate vs. free choice, I’m a little annoyed at Kendra and Ray. She’s insisted ever since Carter died that she won’t meet him again in her lifetime – conveniently forgetting that she’s TRAVELING THROUGH TIME. It’s totally possible that she would meet him again in the future!! Although I wonder what this means for Kendra’s reincarnation in 2166. Also, how does Ray still not believe in fate? Is this going to continue to be a love triangle, or will Ray bow out gracefully in acceptance of a destiny he insists doesn’t exist? Guess we’ll find out.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via Dean Buscher/The CW

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