Legends of Tomorrow Screws Everything Up in Glorious Ways
DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target Legends of Tomorrow really came into its own last season. With The Flash growing ever more somber, Legends emerged as a fun, wacky superhero alternative. One episode in and this season is already doubling down on what worked. Well, after starting the episode with a truly frustrating decision. The second season ended with something really exciting. As a result of all the time manipulation in the finale, they ended up in a present day Los Angeles that had dinosaurs running around. I couldn’t wait to see what they did with that. As it turns out, absolutely nothing.We saw another brief glimpse of a T-Rex walking around a city before a suddenly put-together Rip Hunter appears. Since time has gone all the way wrong, Hunter spent five years developing an organization to replace the Time Masters. In that time, the Time Bureau has become very efficient at fixing the anachronisms the Legends caused. So, only 15 minutes after Rory entrusted the team with the Wave Rider, he returns to take it away. Los Angeles is cleaned up, and the Legends are forced back into normal lives. Everything that follows is a lot of fun, but it’s hard not to feel cheated. We were baited with something truly amazing and ridiculous, only to have it taken away in the episode’s first five minutes. I realize this show requires some kind of reset every season, but what was the point of this? Admittedly, the episode’s actual plot is enjoyable, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what we all imagined a dinosaur in L.A. story could have been. You can’t show us a T-Rex in a modern city and do nothing with it. Haven’t they ever heard of Chekhov’s T-Rex?Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)I’d be angrier if seeing the Legends try to adjust to normal life wasn’t so funny. Sara’s working at a bootleg Bed Bath and Beyond, where she has the same fantasies of murdering her boss that we all do when we work those jobs. The difference is she has the skills to plan out exactly how she’s going to do it. Nate is trying to be Central City’s second superhero, but it’s not working out. They’ve got Wally and Wally is the best. Ray is forced to work at an app developer in Silicon Valley, where nobody appreciates his work. Jax and Martin have moved back home, where Martin is spending some time with his now-pregnant daughter. Also, Nate, and Amaya have broken up, and Nate doesn’t want to talk about it. I think there’s more to the story than that, which we’ll learn as the season goes on. As we saw at the end of the episode, she’s back in her hometown in the 1940s, defending it from poachers and colonialists. I guess the Time Bureau may have forced them apart. Her existence in the modern day would certainly count as an anachronism. My only question is, are they going to bring her back, or is this the show’s way of getting us to Mari McCabe?Rory actually did make it all the way to Aruba, where he’s running up a room service tab at a private resort he almost certainly doesn’t intend to pay. It’s there he finds an anachronism the Time Bureau missed. Julius Ceaser is on the beach, planning to conquer the new land he finds himself in. (His constantly flapping face-cover somewhat muffles his voice. It’s a reminder that this show doesn’t exactly have the highest budget.) He contacts the rest of the Legends who decide to get the band back together. It’s satisfying to watch everyone reunite, and it’s also interesting to learn that the Bureau isn’t infallible. They may be more professional than the Legends, but they miss some pretty big things. To prove to Rip that they can still do their old jobs, they steal their ship back, get it repaired and capture Caesar.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Simon Merrells as Caesar (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW )Now it wouldn’t be a Legends of Tomorrow episode if they didn’t royally screw things up. Because none of them can keep their mouths shut, the team lets slip that Caesar is betrayed and murdered by Brutus. The general steals a history book from Nate, and the Legends learn he went on to conquer the entire world. Home, for them, no longer exists. This is the point where it felt like Legends of Tomorrow was truly back. They see a problem, try to solve it, and end up making things worse. That’s the fun of this show. It’s also great that when the Time Bureau tries to fix things for them, they screw up too. Since The Legends aren’t all heroes, they can recognize less-than-honorable tactics. They instantly figure out that Caesar has set a trap, and save the day with their superpowers. See? There’s a good reason to employ criminals. This show may not have given us more than five seconds of a T-Rex in L.A., but it gave us superheroes fighting Julius Caesar. That’s not a bad consolation at all.In the end, Rip gives them their ship back, acknowledging that their loose cannons, but damn it, they get results. Plus, he vaguely hints at a coming threat that they just might want the Legends around for. We really have nothing to go on as far as what that threat is, but we’ll find out soon enough. Even with the bait-and-switch beginning, Legends of Tomorrow’s season premiere was a hell of a lot of fun. All summer, my Tuesday nights were lacking ridiculous superhero action, and I’m so happy this show is back. It’s big, it’s stupid and I wouldn’t have it any other way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.