‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Recap: Legendary

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"Legendary"-- Image LGN116a_0096b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Last night’s Legends of Tomorrow was its season finale – and it ended with a strong start, getting rid of many of the issues that’s plagued it throughout the past few months.

“Legendary” opens in 2016 Star City with Rip returns the Legends. Savage is now lost to history so there’s not much they can do anymore. When the Legends protest, it turns out the Rip who left the ship was just a hologram. They’re powerless to stop him. Confusingly for the show, Rip lets the Legends off in May instead of January.

But it’s quickly apparent why when Sara goes to the bunker. She encounters her father there, and is devastated to learn her sister Laurel has died (as seen on Arrow). This scene was beautifully played and heartbreaking. Well done.

Sara isn’t the only one unsettled by her return to Star City. Martin tells his wife that things feel “unfinished” – as they should, given that Savage is not yet dead. And Mick, who returns to thieving, is surprised to discover that Ray is the driver of his getaway car. Ray apologizes that Leonard died when he should have and suggests that perhaps Leonard wanted Ray and Mick to be partners.

So everyone returns to where the Waverider left them simultaneously. Ray and Martin are armed with equipment that lets them send a transmission to Rip, so he returns. Everybody demands to be a part of the mission again, so Rip relents and lets them onboard.

We then flashback to 1944 Saint-Lô, France. Kendra is desperately running from Savage when she recognizes the helmet of an Allied soldier she encounters. The soldier is sadly killed and Kendra recaptured, but not before Kendra manages to tuck a note inside the helmet.

As soon as Sara gets onboard the ship, she punches Rip then pulls a knife to his throat. She knows Rip took them to May because he knew Laurel would die, and demands he take her back so she can save her sister. Rip begins to explain he can’t but Sara is too angry to listen to reason. Rip is forced to zap her and knock her out.

Just afterwards, Jax knocks over the helmet Kendra wrote in. Rip realized it’s magically moved from its normal location, and attributes it to “chronometric repositioning” – apparently, temporal changes sometimes “reverberate through the timeline, physically moving an object from one place to another.” So he sees Kendra’s note and the team heads to France.

But before they can go, Rip must first make peace with Sara. She begs him to take her back, correctly pointing out that Rip of all people should understand how she feels. Rip explains that had he not recruited Sara when he did, Darhk would have killed not only Laurel but Sara and Quentin as well – and Sara can do nothing to change Laurel’s death. He encourages putting her energy to saving Kendra and Carter instead.

The pair in question is still imprisoned on Savage’s timeship. Savage takes blood from a still-disoriented Carter, explaining that his blood is the key to unlocking Thanagarian technology. Apparently, this extraterrestrial race sent the three meteorites that gave the three their powers. When they are activated by Carter and Kendra’s blood, he’ll erase time and return to 1700BC – and this time he’ll spend eternity living as a god.
Savage attacks a group of Nazis because he wants something off their truck. But the fight is interrupted when the Legends who show up, distracting Savage while F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M goes to rescue Carter and Kendra from the timeship. Unfortunately, the team is outnumbered and they’re only able to save Carter, leaving Kendra in Savage’s clutches but thankfully alive. And Savage grabs the Thanagarian meteorite he wanted. But before they leave, F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M attacks a Nazi’s rifle and it disintegrates into dust.

Back on Waverider, Jax is eager to do it again – it being transmuting the molecular properties of an object, aka turning it into something else. Unfortunately, the experiment fails – but it does help Martin discover just what Savage is planning.

Martin explains that Savage wants to detonate each of the three meteors in a different time period. Doing so would create a temporal paradox that would return the Earth to the point of the first chronothermic reaction, aka Ancient Egypt. It’s the “craziest bad guy plan in the history of bad guy plans,” as Jax aptly puts it. Stein somehow knows that 1958 was a year of rare alignment between Earth and Thanagar, and thus calculates the other two years that Earth and Thanagar are in sync to be 1975 and 2021. He has to do this simultaneously – and because Savage is immortal, he can. He just has to give Kendra and Carter’s blood to the version of himself in each time period.

Luckily, there’s hope for the team. The meteorite radiation that made Savage immortal also makes him vulnerable – meaning the triple exposure should be enough to render Savage mortal. Any member of the team can kill him.

So the team heads to each time: Sara and F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M go to the day in 1975 they stopped Savage from selling a nuclear warhead. Apparently, Savage was planning to use the money to buy the meteorite, which he takes by force instead. Carter and Rip go to a rooftop in 2021, and Mick and Ray head to 1958 Harmony Falls.

The team has to kill Savage simultaneously for the plan to work, and so they all attack him after he begins the ritual, which involves pouring the blood into the meteorite and chanting some foreign words. In 1958, Ray fights the weird winged men while Mick goes after Savage. In 1975, F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M fights the men who don’t want the meteor sold while Sara attacks Savage. In 2021, the team has a little trouble. Carter is taken down momentarily, which gives Kendra, who’s strapped to a post, the adrenaline to break through her restraints and join the fight. Savage’s minions knock Rip off the rooftop – but he’s saved by Waverider, who is hovering below.

After 3 intense simultaneous fight scenes, the team succeeds in killing Savage. Sara snaps his neck. Mick burns him alive. And Kendra stabs Savage in the chest, with Rip twisting it for the final blow.

But that’s not the end. They still have to destroy the meteorite. Ray zaps it with his suit and F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M transmutes it into water. But when the team arrives in 2021, neither of these techniques work. The radiation buildup is too progressive. And if this detonates, it won’t destroy time – but it will destroy the world.

The only way to destroy the meteorite is to take it somewhere far away. As the Legends debate who and where they will go, they realize Rip is already on the Waverider. He’s going to take fly the meteorite into the sun so nobody else will die. The team share a brief but emotional goodbye. Mick even calls Rip a friend!

On Waverider, Rip in some kind of dream sequence sees his wife and son and hugs them. I thought he was dead already. But of course, there wouldn’t be a show without Rip Hunter. Gideon tells Rip she’s not ready to die, and Rip agrees. Their solar ray is operating at 12,000% efficiency. It turns out to be just enough power to hurl the meteorite into the sun and time jump back to the moment the Legends were discussing how to get rid of the meteorite.

Having successfully defeated Savage and saved the world, Rip returns the team to 2016. He says he’s going to continue to protect the timeline and they’re all welcome to join him if they’d like. Finally, Rip gives someone else a choice for a change!

The people I thought would leave were not the ones who did. I was sure Sara would leave to support her family. But at Laurel’s grave, Sara tells Quentin that Laurel convinced her to go on the mission the first time, and now she’s going to go again for Laurel. Quentin is proud of her.

I also thought Martin would stay behind for his wife, Clarissa. And indeed he plans to – until Jax and Clarissa stage an intervention. Jax tells Martin he’s made for changing history, and Clarissa tells Martin she could never forgive herself if she kept her “husband the superhero” from what he clearly wants to do.

We then switch to 2013 Central City, where Mick meets Leonard in a bar. Leonard is as surly as ever when Mick says he wanted to make sure something important wasn’t left unsaid. Leonard says he doesn’t do touchy-feels and Mick nearly changed his mind – but he doesn’t. Instead, he tells Leonard, “You’re the best guy I ever knew. You may not think you’re a hero, but you’re a hero to me.” Aww!

Afterwards, Rip tells Mick that he can always bring him back to this particular time and place.

Back in 2016, Rip is surprised to find that everybody has shown up to join him on his mission. Except it turns out Carter and Kendra aren’t going, because they want to experience what life is like without Savage. They say goodbye, although Mick gives their departure “three months, tops.” The pair fly off and Mick says, “Every time they do that, I get hungry for chicken”

But before the pair can leave, a massive timeship – seemingly another Waverider – nearly crashes into the team. A man walks out, and upon learning it’s May 2016, says, “You’re exactly where you said you’d be.”

Apparently, this man is Rex Tyler (Patrick J. Adams), a member of the Justice Society of America. And Mick sent him to stop the Legends from going on the mission because if they do, they’re all going to die.

First: Legends always leaves me with a bunch of questions, so here are the ones I have. With Savage gone, will Kendra and Carter still reincarnate, or is this their last lifetime? Did Jax finally explain to his mom where he’s going when he decided to go on this mission again? Did they actually have to kill Savage simultaneously, and if so, how could they possibly have known that since they’re all in different lifetimes? And how did they know what day to go to kill Savage in each year? I assume they asked Gideon, but it would have been nice to see that. Also, what exactly IS Gideon? I thought “she” was a machine – but she has a will of her own and a concept of death, including the fact that she doesn’t want to “die.” Is she a machine or something else, and will Legends go into that distinction?

Other than these questions, I thought “Legendary” was the perfect cap to Legends‘ freshman season. Now that the Time Council is gone, all the confusing rules are irrelevant – and these were by far the weakest links on the show. Savage is also gone for good, and I never got into him as a villain. I LOVED that Kendra, Rip, Sara, and Mick got to kill Savage. Kendra, Rip, and Mick had personal vendettas against Savage so this was supremely satisfying, as was seeing Sara get to take her anger out over Laurel’s death.

I also really liked the acknowledgment of Mick and Ray’s budding friendship, as well as the final 2013 goodbye between Mick and Leonard. These two have had an incredible run on several DC shows, and it would have been disappointing if they’d never had a final moment. The scene gave the partnership the closure it desperately needed. That said, Leonard looked incredibly suspicious after Mick’s confession. I wonder how this might affect the timeline?

I also really like the fact that Carter and Kendra left the team. (The actors will no longer be series regulars, although given the time travel aspect they might show up again eventually.)  The reason for their departure within the storyline made plenty of sense. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of either character. Carter was initially killed off too early in the season for me to develop any emotional attachment to him. I was far more affected by Leonard’s death. As for Kendra, she unfortunately never had much of a storyline that didn’t revolve around her romantic relationships, so I was never a huge fan of her either.

Of course, the big bombshell of the episode was the ending with the introduction of the Justice Society of America. JSA is the first superteam DC Comics ever created and is known as the precursor to the better-known Justice League. Legends has literally decades’ worth of storylines to choose from, so it’ll be interesting to see which they pick. What we do know is Rex Tyler will definitely be involved. He’s the superhero Hourman, who has various abilities for an hour at a time via a drug he designed. Also, executive producers have confirmed that Savage is officially dead and next season’s Big Bad will not be the Thanagarians we’ve heard about these past few episodes. I am a little disappointed about that; I really want to know who the heck they are.

As for my hopes for Season Two? My biggest wish is a little bit more character development on Rip’s part. Rip veers dramatically between being a terrible and a great captain in various episodes. For example, him dropping off the Legends in May 2016 with no warning and via deception seemed ridiculous to me. But then he sacrificed himself for them and finally gave them an option to join him in his quest instead of just deciding for himself. I’d like to see some steady improvement when Legends returns, because so far, Rip is just not working out for me as a captain. Be better. Please.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Dean Buscher/The CW

Last night’s Legends of Tomorrow was its season finale – and it ended with a strong start, getting rid of many of the issues that’s plagued it throughout the past few months.

“Legendary” opens in 2016 Star City with Rip returns the Legends. Savage is now lost to history so there’s not much they can do anymore. When the Legends protest, it turns out the Rip who left the ship was just a hologram. They’re powerless to stop him. Confusingly for the show, Rip lets the Legends off in May instead of January.

But it’s quickly apparent why when Sara goes to the bunker. She encounters her father there, and is devastated to learn her sister Laurel has died (as seen on Arrow). This scene was beautifully played and heartbreaking. Well done.

Sara isn’t the only one unsettled by her return to Star City. Martin tells his wife that things feel “unfinished” – as they should, given that Savage is not yet dead. And Mick, who returns to thieving, is surprised to discover that Ray is the driver of his getaway car. Ray apologizes that Leonard died when he should have and suggests that perhaps Leonard wanted Ray and Mick to be partners.

So everyone returns to where the Waverider left them simultaneously. Ray and Martin are armed with equipment that lets them send a transmission to Rip, so he returns. Everybody demands to be a part of the mission again, so Rip relents and lets them onboard.

We then flashback to 1944 Saint-Lô, France. Kendra is desperately running from Savage when she recognizes the helmet of an Allied soldier she encounters. The soldier is sadly killed and Kendra recaptured, but not before Kendra manages to tuck a note inside the helmet.

As soon as Sara gets onboard the ship, she punches Rip then pulls a knife to his throat. She knows Rip took them to May because he knew Laurel would die, and demands he take her back so she can save her sister. Rip begins to explain he can’t but Sara is too angry to listen to reason. Rip is forced to zap her and knock her out.

Just afterwards, Jax knocks over the helmet Kendra wrote in. Rip realized it’s magically moved from its normal location, and attributes it to “chronometric repositioning” – apparently, temporal changes sometimes “reverberate through the timeline, physically moving an object from one place to another.” So he sees Kendra’s note and the team heads to France.

But before they can go, Rip must first make peace with Sara. She begs him to take her back, correctly pointing out that Rip of all people should understand how she feels. Rip explains that had he not recruited Sara when he did, Darhk would have killed not only Laurel but Sara and Quentin as well – and Sara can do nothing to change Laurel’s death. He encourages putting her energy to saving Kendra and Carter instead.

The pair in question is still imprisoned on Savage’s timeship. Savage takes blood from a still-disoriented Carter, explaining that his blood is the key to unlocking Thanagarian technology. Apparently, this extraterrestrial race sent the three meteorites that gave the three their powers. When they are activated by Carter and Kendra’s blood, he’ll erase time and return to 1700BC – and this time he’ll spend eternity living as a god.
Savage attacks a group of Nazis because he wants something off their truck. But the fight is interrupted when the Legends who show up, distracting Savage while F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M goes to rescue Carter and Kendra from the timeship. Unfortunately, the team is outnumbered and they’re only able to save Carter, leaving Kendra in Savage’s clutches but thankfully alive. And Savage grabs the Thanagarian meteorite he wanted. But before they leave, F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M attacks a Nazi’s rifle and it disintegrates into dust.

Back on Waverider, Jax is eager to do it again – it being transmuting the molecular properties of an object, aka turning it into something else. Unfortunately, the experiment fails – but it does help Martin discover just what Savage is planning.

Martin explains that Savage wants to detonate each of the three meteors in a different time period. Doing so would create a temporal paradox that would return the Earth to the point of the first chronothermic reaction, aka Ancient Egypt. It’s the “craziest bad guy plan in the history of bad guy plans,” as Jax aptly puts it. Stein somehow knows that 1958 was a year of rare alignment between Earth and Thanagar, and thus calculates the other two years that Earth and Thanagar are in sync to be 1975 and 2021. He has to do this simultaneously – and because Savage is immortal, he can. He just has to give Kendra and Carter’s blood to the version of himself in each time period.

Luckily, there’s hope for the team. The meteorite radiation that made Savage immortal also makes him vulnerable – meaning the triple exposure should be enough to render Savage mortal. Any member of the team can kill him.

So the team heads to each time: Sara and F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M go to the day in 1975 they stopped Savage from selling a nuclear warhead. Apparently, Savage was planning to use the money to buy the meteorite, which he takes by force instead. Carter and Rip go to a rooftop in 2021, and Mick and Ray head to 1958 Harmony Falls.

The team has to kill Savage simultaneously for the plan to work, and so they all attack him after he begins the ritual, which involves pouring the blood into the meteorite and chanting some foreign words. In 1958, Ray fights the weird winged men while Mick goes after Savage. In 1975, F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M fights the men who don’t want the meteor sold while Sara attacks Savage. In 2021, the team has a little trouble. Carter is taken down momentarily, which gives Kendra, who’s strapped to a post, the adrenaline to break through her restraints and join the fight. Savage’s minions knock Rip off the rooftop – but he’s saved by Waverider, who is hovering below.

After 3 intense simultaneous fight scenes, the team succeeds in killing Savage. Sara snaps his neck. Mick burns him alive. And Kendra stabs Savage in the chest, with Rip twisting it for the final blow.

But that’s not the end. They still have to destroy the meteorite. Ray zaps it with his suit and F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M transmutes it into water. But when the team arrives in 2021, neither of these techniques work. The radiation buildup is too progressive. And if this detonates, it won’t destroy time – but it will destroy the world.

The only way to destroy the meteorite is to take it somewhere far away. As the Legends debate who and where they will go, they realize Rip is already on the Waverider. He’s going to take fly the meteorite into the sun so nobody else will die. The team share a brief but emotional goodbye. Mick even calls Rip a friend!

On Waverider, Rip in some kind of dream sequence sees his wife and son and hugs them. I thought he was dead already. But of course, there wouldn’t be a show without Rip Hunter. Gideon tells Rip she’s not ready to die, and Rip agrees. Their solar ray is operating at 12,000% efficiency. It turns out to be just enough power to hurl the meteorite into the sun and time jump back to the moment the Legends were discussing how to get rid of the meteorite.

Having successfully defeated Savage and saved the world, Rip returns the team to 2016. He says he’s going to continue to protect the timeline and they’re all welcome to join him if they’d like. Finally, Rip gives someone else a choice for a change!

The people I thought would leave were not the ones who did. I was sure Sara would leave to support her family. But at Laurel’s grave, Sara tells Quentin that Laurel convinced her to go on the mission the first time, and now she’s going to go again for Laurel. Quentin is proud of her.

I also thought Martin would stay behind for his wife, Clarissa. And indeed he plans to – until Jax and Clarissa stage an intervention. Jax tells Martin he’s made for changing history, and Clarissa tells Martin she could never forgive herself if she kept her “husband the superhero” from what he clearly wants to do.

We then switch to 2013 Central City, where Mick meets Leonard in a bar. Leonard is as surly as ever when Mick says he wanted to make sure something important wasn’t left unsaid. Leonard says he doesn’t do touchy-feels and Mick nearly changed his mind – but he doesn’t. Instead, he tells Leonard, “You’re the best guy I ever knew. You may not think you’re a hero, but you’re a hero to me.” Aww!

Afterwards, Rip tells Mick that he can always bring him back to this particular time and place.

Back in 2016, Rip is surprised to find that everybody has shown up to join him on his mission. Except it turns out Carter and Kendra aren’t going, because they want to experience what life is like without Savage. They say goodbye, although Mick gives their departure “three months, tops.” The pair fly off and Mick says, “Every time they do that, I get hungry for chicken”

But before the pair can leave, a massive timeship – seemingly another Waverider – nearly crashes into the team. A man walks out, and upon learning it’s May 2016, says, “You’re exactly where you said you’d be.”

Apparently, this man is Rex Tyler (Patrick J. Adams), a member of the Justice Society of America. And Mick sent him to stop the Legends from going on the mission because if they do, they’re all going to die.

First: Legends always leaves me with a bunch of questions, so here are the ones I have. With Savage gone, will Kendra and Carter still reincarnate, or is this their last lifetime? Did Jax finally explain to his mom where he’s going when he decided to go on this mission again? Did they actually have to kill Savage simultaneously, and if so, how could they possibly have known that since they’re all in different lifetimes? And how did they know what day to go to kill Savage in each year? I assume they asked Gideon, but it would have been nice to see that. Also, what exactly IS Gideon? I thought “she” was a machine – but she has a will of her own and a concept of death, including the fact that she doesn’t want to “die.” Is she a machine or something else, and will Legends go into that distinction?

Other than these questions, I thought “Legendary” was the perfect cap to Legends‘ freshman season. Now that the Time Council is gone, all the confusing rules are irrelevant – and these were by far the weakest links on the show. Savage is also gone for good, and I never got into him as a villain. I LOVED that Kendra, Rip, Sara, and Mick got to kill Savage. Kendra, Rip, and Mick had personal vendettas against Savage so this was supremely satisfying, as was seeing Sara get to take her anger out over Laurel’s death.

I also really liked the acknowledgment of Mick and Ray’s budding friendship, as well as the final 2013 goodbye between Mick and Leonard. These two have had an incredible run on several DC shows, and it would have been disappointing if they’d never had a final moment. The scene gave the partnership the closure it desperately needed. That said, Leonard looked incredibly suspicious after Mick’s confession. I wonder how this might affect the timeline?

I also really like the fact that Carter and Kendra left the team. (The actors will no longer be series regulars, although given the time travel aspect they might show up again eventually.)  The reason for their departure within the storyline made plenty of sense. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of either character. Carter was initially killed off too early in the season for me to develop any emotional attachment to him. I was far more affected by Leonard’s death. As for Kendra, she unfortunately never had much of a storyline that didn’t revolve around her romantic relationships, so I was never a huge fan of her either.

Of course, the big bombshell of the episode was the ending with the introduction of the Justice Society of America. JSA is the first superteam DC Comics ever created and is known as the precursor to the better-known Justice League. Legends has literally decades’ worth of storylines to choose from, so it’ll be interesting to see which they pick. What we do know is Rex Tyler will definitely be involved. He’s the superhero Hourman, who has various abilities for an hour at a time via a drug he designed. Also, executive producers have confirmed that Savage is officially dead and next season’s Big Bad will not be the Thanagarians we’ve heard about these past few episodes. I am a little disappointed about that; I really want to know who the heck they are.

As for my hopes for Season Two? My biggest wish is a little bit more character development on Rip’s part. Rip veers dramatically between being a terrible and a great captain in various episodes. For example, him dropping off the Legends in May 2016 with no warning and via deception seemed ridiculous to me. But then he sacrificed himself for them and finally gave them an option to join him in his quest instead of just deciding for himself. I’d like to see some steady improvement when Legends returns, because so far, Rip is just not working out for me as a captain. Be better. Please.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Dean Buscher/The CW

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