Previously on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Rip Hunter assembled a team of B list heroes and villains (The Atom, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Captain Cold, Heatwave and the White Canary) to prevent Vandal Savage from controlling time. With opposition from Rip’s former employers, The Time Masters, the team successfully beat Savage and lose Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Captain Cold in the process. Rip and the Legends decide to be the new Time Masters (of a sort). The last minute appearance of Rex Tyler in the season finale led to rumors of the appearance of the Justice Society of America (JSA) for season 2.
Last night’s episode opened with a guest appearance of Dr. Nate Heywood (Citizen Steel to us JSA fans) seeking Mr. Oliver Queen‘s assistance, as he fears that the Legends are in trouble. Fast forward (or backwards) to the time of Louis XIV and then to 1942 New York City to prevent the atomic bomb from exploding years earlier than the first use of an atomic bomb.
We soon find out that no other than Arrow villian (and Laurel Lance’s murderer) Damien Darhk is behind the theft of an atomic bomb, which he plans to use to explode in NYC. Rip uses a desperate measure that scatters the team throughout time (sans Heatwave) and tackle the atomic bomb head on with the Waverider. The team eventually reunites with the assistance of Mr. Queen and Dr. Heywood, but the fate of Rip Hunter is ultimately unknown.
Season 2 of LoT promised to bring us the Justice Society of America (Stargirl, Obsidian, Vixen, Citizen Steel, Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite), a new Legion of Doom (Damien Darhk, Malcolm Meryln, Reverse Flash, and Captain Cold), as well as Vixen joining the LoT team.
Here are some of my wow moments (although with the love fest I have with this show, most of the episode were wow moments):
The writers of the show continue to exceptionally develop each of the characters and insert witty dialogue that keeps you entertained episode after episode. The Legends almost don’t need their super human abilities to make them interesting.
The leader of the team may be Rip Hunter, but Sara Lance continues to evolve into one of the strongest female characters in the CW universe (part of that has to do with the fact that the misguided writers keep killing off all the other strong female characters in a misogynistic endeavor to keep Felicity Smoak relevant). Caity Lotz is truly the star of the show and I wouldn’t be surprised that she one day leads the team.
Sara’s secret quest to kill Damien Darhk (who killed her sister Laurel) gives some insight into the existential question of “If you could travel back in time, would you kill Hitler in his crib?”
Overall, I give the sophomore season premier of LoT 5 stars. Thursday nights have meaning for this writer once again.