Legends of Tomorrow – Season 4 Episodes 1 – 8 Review

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Legends of Tomorrow was, in my opinion, the best of the four Arrowverse seasons from last year, being as funny as it was entertaining and occasionally dramatic, and while they definitely leaned in too hard on the humour so far, Season 4 still offers up a fun mix of time travel antics and fun character interactions. Let’s have a closer look!

Official Synopsis:

After killing the demon Mallus, the Legends were ready to relax until John Constantine informed them that, in solving one problem, they created a much larger one. When the Legends let time crumble to release and defeat Mallus, the barrier between worlds softened. History is now infected with “Fugitives” – magical creatures from myths and fairy tales. Having been expelled throughout time by people like Constantine, they are now returning to the real world in droves and making a mess of things.

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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Hmmm… which decade did they arrive in I wonder…

Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz) – Sara is ready to spend a relaxing evening with Ava, celebrating the end of the time anachronisms, but a visit from John Constantine soon tells her it’s not going to be that easy…

Ray Palmer / Atom (Brandon Routh) – Ray is still thinking about his decision to let Nora Darhk go… was it love clouding his judgement, or has she really turned a new leaf?

Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) – Mick is just happy to still be on board the Waverider, giving him a chance to burn the enemies he’s pointed at, and giving him plenty of time to write his rather odd novel…

Nate Heywood / Steel (Nick Zano) – Nate has been finding it hard on board the Waverider since his break up with Amaya, but that being said, he certainly doesn’t want to go far from the team and their goals…

Zari Adrianna Tomaz (Tala Ashe) – Zari is still among the newest members of the Legends, but she has settled in, managing to keep back the want to see her dystopian future erased by meddling with time…

John Constantine (Matt Ryan) – John has had a rough time of it lately, falling in love with a man and then seeing him dragged to hell by a powerful demon… it happens! Still, to take his mind off of everything, maybe he’ll pay Sara Lance a visit…

Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) – Charlie is a shapeshifting creature from another dimension that was freed when Mallus was destroyed. She is currently hanging out in 70s London.

Nora Darhk (Madeleine Arthur) – Nora is trying to lay low as the Time Bureau is still after her, and even with the Time Stone she can’t get too reckless… though her current method of disguise leaves a lot to be desired…

Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) – Ava is in charge of the Time Bureau, and in love with Sara Lance, which she often finds hard to decide what to focus on. Still, when time itself is threatened, she will leap into action…

Hank Heywood (Tom Wilson) – Hank is Nate’s father and a high-ranking official in the government that oversees spending, including the money that goes towards the Time Bureau…

And many more!

The Good:

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“Hang on lads, I’ve got an idea…”

First things first, I mentioned in the previous series reviews how I was looking forward to having Constantine on the show as, naff accent aside, he’s a great character, and I was right! His sarcastic “British” wit makes a good addition to the cast and his personal problems added some drama too. Turns out he’s bisexual (as he is in the comics) and he fell in love with a man named Desmond, but sadly he was taken to hell by the demon Neron. “Comes with the job” aside, it personally shook him. During these first few episodes he eventually uses the fact he’s on a time ship to his advantage and changes history to spare his lover, but time gets completely screwed up, and try as he might to resist the effects of remembering two different timelines at the same time, he eventually sets everything back on course. Neron is later shown to be using Desmond’s body as some sort of human host, so that should be interesting…

The main concept of the series has been magical creatures being spread out across time, and at first they use Constantine to send them back to hell, but a new addition to the Legends soon changes their mind to imprisonment on Earth instead. The new member is a shape-shifter called Charlie who ends up stuck in the body of Amaya when John gets annoyed and locks her power away. Apart from allowing Maise Richardson-Sellers to use her native English accent she also has a completely different personality, more playful and rule-breaking. It’s certainly a refreshing change from the one-note boring Amaya, and a welcome addition to the show.

Speaking of boring and one note, Nate has been taken off the team and put in the Time Bureau instead, which means he’s less in the thick of it… though he does still feature heavily. Again, he’s not bad, per say, but he is on the generic side. His father, played by Tom “Biff” Wilson himself, is a bit more interesting in that he’s a government official who seems to be colluding with Neron (unknowingly, I assume…) and the episode where he and Nate fend off a Minotaur by singing it a song was a good laugh.

Nora Darhk being slowly “redeemed” and earning the trust of people like Eva (in the same good episode mentioned just above) is a good story too. I’m looking forward to seeing her join the Legends proper.

An episode featuring the creator of Godzilla being inspired by a creation he accidentally brings to life thanks to a magic book was good too. It ends with Rory bringing his three-breasted fantasy character to life, which was all sorts of funny, especially the reactions from the rest of the crew…

The Bad:

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Do you remember your time in Summer Camp? No, me neither…

A lot of the humour has been more on-the-nose and less funny than last season, for me. The sight of a unicorn impaling people wasn’t that funny to me, or an evil fairy Godmother wanting to get the young girl she’s guarding to get her to kill her enemies was funny to start with but went on too long. The finale was the worst, where they broke the fourth wall constantly with false new show names and line ups of the Legends of Tomorrow thanks to John’s time meddling. It made the episode feel like a jokey false thing that didn’t really happen, rather the after effects of someone trying to change history. Very Futurama, but not being animated makes things not work as well…

Episode 4 was set in an American “Summer Camp” and featured Sara and Eva getting magically transformed into young teens… man that was bad. Proper cheesy American kids show stuff that holds zero interest to me (but obviously as with anything, if it struck a chord with you, then hooray!),  thankfully Constantine and Ray being camp councilors and being equally bad at it in different ways actually was funny to me, so it was a mixed episode rather than a bad one. The same goes for Episode 7, which saw the old living doll cliché get rolled out, which was dull… until it possessed the body of the Martin Stein muppet, which was unexpected and funny.

Gary, the nerdy Time Bureau agent, and his eventual love interest Mona, were both kind of funny and sweet to start with, but they’ve turned the funny personality quirks up to the maximum, to the point where they don’t feel like real people any more. That’s hard to do when the series is so relaxed and humour-based in general, so… it’s quite the achievement.

Overall Thoughts:

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“So… we have to go back to the future, right?”   “Well, that didn’t take long.”

Legends of Tomorrow’s Fourth Season is off to a good start, but a rocky one compared to the stride the show hit in its previous series. The magical creatures and fairy tales slant is an interesting one, but one that hasn’t landed as well as I’d hoped. Still, some of the new additions to the team are good, and the fun atmosphere and banter is still there, definitely more good than bad, so hopefully things will improve when the second half of the show begins airing…

4 Star Watch

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