Legends of Tomorrow – Season 3 Episodes 16 – 18 Review

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Legends of Tomorrow ends its third season with a big showdown against the powerful demonic entity known as Mallus, and boy… the showdown isn’t quite what you’re thinking right now. At all. Still, LoT is nothing if not unpredictable and funny, that’s for sure! So let’s have a look at these last three episodes…

Synopsis:

With several of the needed totems and a vague plan, the Legends are beginning to get ready to fight the evil demon Mallus, and may even have help from a most unexpected source…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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Four members of  the team gather around the TARDIS console.

Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz) – After the Death Totem turned her into a bit of a rampaging demon, as well as after breaking up with her love Ava, Sara isn’t sure she’s still up to the task of leading the team…

Ray Palmer / Atom (Brandon Routh) – Ray was captured and tortured by the Darhks not too long ago, but he’s back on the field and ready to fight against Mallus… though is having second thoughts about Nora Darhk’s fate in all this…

Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) – Mick has taken control of the Fire Totem, and is having a great time producing fire from thin air… possibly too much fun…

Amaya Jiwe / Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) – Amaya is still convinced that her time of with the Legends will be short as she needs to return to her home village and set the course of history back on track… She may be there sooner than she thinks, however…

Nate Heywood / Steel (Nick Zano) – Nate loves Amaya, and tries not to think about how his future will be without her. Just live in the now! … Even if the now is a potential time-ending demon…

Zari Adrianna Tomaz (Tala Ashe) – Zari comes from the near future where everything is all dystopian and unpleasant, leaving her with a bit of an attitude. She also has one the magic totems that can destroy Mallus, so… that’s handy at least.

Wally West / Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – Wally is a speedster from present day Earth who has just joined the Legends. He’s hoping he can actually do things now, rather than play second fiddle to The Flash… Hmmm…

Mallus (John Noble) – Mallus is an evil entity that was sealed in a “time prison” that will break if enough time anomalies occur…

Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) – Damien was brought back to life by his daughter, and he’s so proud of her… well, until the demon inside her starts to take over fully, then he might have second thoughts…

Nora Darhk (Madeleine Arthur) – Nora has been attached to Mallus since she was a little girl, and she knows very little else. She does love her father though…

Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) – Ava is in charge of the Time Bureau, and apart from a rough break up, she’s sure he life won’t get any worse…

Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) – Former head and founder of the Time Bureau, Rip is also responsible for having the Legends come together in the first place… and responsible for Damien Darhk’s resurrection, so a mixed record, but mostly good!

And many more!

The Good:

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It’s a little too silly… nah, I’ll let it pass.

For the most part the final three episodes held up their end of the bargain well, specifically the final two. Mallus is released and promises to destroy everything, leading to the Legends (both past and present) getting together in the Wild West (for some reason… I believe it was explained, but I can’t remember) and eventually have a showdown with him. Mallus first sends an army of Romans, Vikings, and Pirates to besiege the town (because this is Legends of Tomorrow, it has to be absolutely bonkers), which of course lets various characters “kick ass” before the final showdown, which happens with the six totem bearers (coincidentally now including Wally because… he was just worthy suddenly instead of Ray I guess) come together. They end up merging into a giant version of the stuffed bear toy Beebo from earlier in the series, leading to a bizarre finale where Mallus is defeated by a giant giggling toy… Part of me disliked this ending for taking all the threat away from the final showdown, but part of me likes just how absurd it was…

Also during the final three episodes Damien Darhk has a sort-of change of heart when he realises that when Mallus awakens his daughter will die, and soon joins the legends. This starts off as a funny series of skits where Darhk is behind a magic barrier (that he has to complete himself, humorously) and ends with Damien betraying everyone, but in such a way that he takes his daughter’s place as Mallus’ sacrifice. If that is the final end of Darhk, it was a fine way for the character to go. A kind of redemption, but not really.

Episode 16, “I, Ava”, was more stand alone and had the unexpected plot twist that the secret Rip was keeping from Ava was that she is just one clone from a near infinite batch of clones from the future. Sara, Ray and Gary from the Time Bureau get attacked by an army of Avas (leading to Ray commenting that it was “the second worse attack of the clones he’d seen”, which got a smirk out of me!) but get saved by the “real” one, who then has a bit of an identity crisis, not helped by the fact that Rip admits she is the twelfth Ava he’s used… Obviously by the end of the series she’s accepted who she is and all that, but I’ll give LoT a round of applause for taking the character in a direction I didn’t see coming at all.

The final end sees Amaya go back to her now-will-be-saved village, which is good because I always found her rather dull and her and Nate’s doomed relationship a bit bollocks as well. Lastly Constantine arrives and says that by freeing Mallus they unleashed a whole bunch of other demons, setting up Season 4, which I’m happy to say will include the Demonologist as a regular. Looking forward to that.

It’s also worth noting that Jefferson Jackson is one of the returning characters to appear in the finale, and he does so with news that he’s now married with a kid, so… anyone expecting him to make a return down the road should probably lower those expectations. It was nice to get a bookend to the character at least.

The Bad:

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This on the other hand doesn’t get a pass from me…

I wasn’t a fan of Rip Hunter sacrificing himself at the start of Episode 18. He suddenly gets some flashbacks to Season 1, reminding people of his lost family that he hasn’t really mentioned since, and then he kills himself to buy them time, his last lines being “I’d very much like to be reunited with my family”… A bit sudden, he’s barely been in this series! It didn’t feel earned, it was like they found out that day that Arthur Darvill won’t be coming back and had to quickly write something.

Man some really poor decisions were made in these last few episodes. For starters, Damien Darhk pops on board and after having to be stopped from outright killing him, Sara later gives him the Death Totem! Erm?! Because nothing could go wrong there… Jeez. It doesn’t even take a single episode for him to turn against them as well…

Secondly Nate just suddenly throwing his hands in the air and agreeing to help Amaya save her village from destruction despite all the damage it will do… come on! Why was Wally West, who has only just joined the team, the voice of reason in that situation? Somehow when Mallus was destroyed her village being saved was kept as part of reality, which is nice and all but yikes, that’s got to have some pretty nasty side effects… you’d think.

Lastly Episode 17 is titled “Guest Starring John Noble” and has a side plot where they realise Mallus sounds like the actor John Noble and so gets him to record some lines they could use to mislead Nora… it’s kind of a funny idea, but it far too fourth-wall breaking for me. I know John Noble voices Mallus, so it was just… a bit crap. It took me out of the show too much.

Overall Thoughts:

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I’ll admit, I struggled to find four relevant pictures for the final three episodes, so… Here’s Nate tied to a chair.

While not a patch on last season’s finale, these last three episodes at least wrap up the core storyline in a suitably bonkers way, while also giving some closure to a few characters. It also sets up Season 4 well, so really it ticks all the boxes a season finale should, but it loses some points due to some poor writing leading to some rather confusing decisions…

4 Star Watch

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