Legends of Tomorrow – Season 3 Episodes 1 – 9 Review

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After a lacklustre first season, Legends of Tomorrow managed to bounce back in a big way with Season number 2, and it looks like they’re continuing that momentum based on the first nine episodes of this season! The show once again captures a sense of fun and nails the comedy while also dipping into good sci-fi concepts and even the odd bit of drama as well. Let’s take a look!

Official Synopsis:

The Legends look on in horror at the time altered Los Angeles, but soon meet Rip, who reveals that he has created the “Time Bureau” to replace the Time Masters’ Council. The Bureau agents fix the “anachronisms” and Rip disbands the Legends, taking their ship as well. Six months later, the Legends are living normal lives, nostalgic for their previous adventures, with some more willing to reunite than others…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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Here is a mysteriously blurry picture of Sara Lance about to fight Julius Caesar on a modern beach. Enjoy.

Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz) – Sara is the leader of the Legends and wishes to get the Waverider back and start fixing the problems she feels responsible for creating…

Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) – Ray has found himself unable to reintegrate himself back into regular society, so jumps at the chance to reunite with the other Legends and resume travelling through time…

Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm (Franz Drameh) – Jefferson wants nothing more than to head back out into the timestream and start fixing the anachronisms that he had a hand in creating, but in order to help out the team he needs to convince the other half of Firestorm to come back…

Martin Stein (Victor Garber) – Stein is happy in life, he has a loving wife, a daughter and a grandchild on the way, and all he wants is to be with them, not off in the past and/or future fighting villains and putting his life in danger…

Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) – A bit of a pyromaniac and definitely not a team player, Mick is still interested in helping out the Legends if it means he gets to burn some things… at least, that’s what he tells himself…

Amaya Jiwe / Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) – Vixen is having trouble controlling her powers, and although she doesn’t wish to leave her village in trouble, she does accept a role back with the Legends until she can stabilize her powers.

Nate Heywood / Steel (Nick Zano) – Nate, much like many of his other Legends, has found it hard to return to a normal life, especially after his girlfriend Amaya just up and left him a few months ago. I hope she doesn’t rejoin the crew when they reform, that’d be awkward!

Zari Adrianna Tomaz (Tala Ashe) – Zari comes from Seattle in 2042, where the city is under the brutal hands of ARGUS. She has inherited a magical amulet from her brother, and she intends to use it to free her fellow prisoners, should the right opportunity come along…

Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) – Damien Darhk is dead, killed by Oliver Queen a few years ago… unless, of course, he is resurrected by some magical means…

Mallus (John Noble) – Mallus is a mysterious other-dimensional entity that wishes to enter our realm and snuff it out…

Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) – Rip was a Time Master who turned rouge to save his family… but failed to do so. After a rough trip with the Legends he decided to retire from the group, only to find himself starting a new Time Master-ish group called the Time Bureau to handle the problems with time travel, and to track down a mysterious threat that’s on the horizon…

And many more!

The Good:

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Father-son bonding at its best.

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, the show has found that perfect balance of humour, action and drama that so few shows manage. Some episodes are based around purely comedy, like the opening episode “Aruba-Con”, which deals with both the Legends less than great lives back in modern times and a time displaced Julius Caesar, or Episode 4 “Phone Home”, which sees a childhood Ray befriend a baby Dominator alien in a good parody of E.T. Episode 9, “Beebo the God of War”, which sees Vikings worship a talking teddy that a time displaced young Stein brought for his daughter, is a good example of the blending of genres that can be found in the show as it deals with funny talking teddy bears ruling over Vikings and Jefferson trying to save Stein’s life after losing him in the crossover event (covered elsewhere on this site!) but then sees the younger Stein refusing to change fate. It’s dramatic and shows good character development for Jefferson, who finally accepts his other-half’s death, while also being funny in other places.

I like the idea of the “anachronisms” as a basis for why the Legends arrive in different periods, it gives them things to do without rehashing the plot of the past two seasons by having them track down a big bad (or bads). Speaking of big bads I do like the Mallus, who has only appeared as a overly-evil sounding disembodied voice, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that all pans out. Damien Darhk’s return I could do without, but I can’t say I didn’t find some of his lines funny when he was pretending to be a movie studio producer in Episode 6 “Helen Hunt”.

Episode 7, “Welcome to the Jungle”, was an oddly touching episode, as gruff and unpleasant Mick Rory ends up meeting his father in the middle of Vietnam and eventually finding out that the war turned his father into an unpleasant person when he grew up, and it wasn’t his father’s fault as such. Mick begins to hate himself far more, but eventually comes to terms with everything and even throws away his signature lighter, showing some proper character development. The episode also featured Gorilla Grodd from The Flash side of the Arrowverse, which is good because I always enjoyed the TV version of the classic villain, so it’s nice to see him appear somewhere.

Lastly Zari, the new member of the team, I’m neither here nor there on. I like that she’s a bit more flexible on the rules and she had a pretty standard but not disinteresting backstory along with the also standard character trait of not thinking she’s that special. She’d be in the average section of this review, if there were such a thing. I did like that she took Helen of Troy to Themyscira instead of Troy to save her from the awful life she lead, both because I liked how she did a very Doctor Who like “oh well history says you just vanished, so I’m not cheating here” thing, and it was a nice reference of a more widely known area of the DC universe…

Oh actually, speaking of the wider DC universe, loved the Episode 9 cliffhanger with John Constantine showing up. I love Matt Ryan’s portrayal of the character and I’m happy to see him returning again in the Arrowverse.

The Bad:

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Reunited and it feels so….  samey.

As I mentioned in the good briefly, I wasn’t too thrilled with the return of Damien Darhk. He was a dull lead villain in Arrow, and a good member of an entertaining villain team up last season, but in general he’s just not interesting enough to me to deserve a third run here. I mean, I’d love to be proved wrong, but I can’t see him getting any kind of character development, beyond maybe his daughter being introduced during this season might lead to … something. Maybe?

I still don’t connect with Nate and his Ray Palmer-lite act, and I certainly don’t care about his on-again, off-again relationship with the frankly dull as hell Amaya. Their scenes are among the least interesting parts of the show this season, that’s for sure.

Overall Thoughts:

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Wooo! Fancy!

Legends of Tomorrow is off to a great start once again, with a good blend of comedy, action and drama. Admittedly the main drama hit came from the crossover, reviewed elsewhere, but it still happened in this bunch of episodes anyway! So yeah, it’s been fun to watch and has set things up well, which is vital for the start of the season, so… hooray!

4 Star Watch

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