Last night The CW treated us to a season 2 premiere episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow that would have us eagerly awaiting every episode to come. We can all agree that the first season was a bit uneven and the episodes managed to flop back and forth between pure brilliance and blah. The premiere episode for this season seems to have addressed all of these fan, and critic, concerns and rewarded our patience for the shows growing pains with a premiere that will give you life.
The episode starts off with an intrepid time detective fighting his way in to see the mayor. The mayors bodyguards attempt to attack him and we see the first, of what I assume will be many of this seasons crossover cameos, the Green Arrow doing his day job. The time detective explains that Sara is missing and the two embark on a mission to find out what happened to her and Atom.
They come upon the Time Masters’ vessel and rescue Rory and he tells us what happened to the rest of his team through a series of flash backs. Turns out in the interim between seasons 1 and season 2, with the Time Masters destroyed the Legends are now filling the void. The action sequence that occurs during the flashback to France is pretty darn clever, there’s fighting and flying and all sorts of comic book awesome. I’d like to give megaprops to the writing staff for the way that the handled the “sex” scene between Sara and the queen to be. It was very clever to have a woman miss a fight because of a sexual encounter. Usually it’s a man who misses out on the action because they are getting some action.
Back on the shit Rory explains that they ended up in 1942 NY to save NYC from getting a bomb dropped on it. When you’ve got a group of rogue time jumpers on the loose, like the Legends, they might not always get it right but, they do their best, even if that means going to the one place & point in time that someone warned them not to go to. Sara runs point and tries to find the target, Damien Darhk. If the bomb goes off the WWII lasts for 20 years and 12 million more lives are loss. Einstein gets kidnapped prior to the attack on NY so the Legends decide to kidnap him first, hero worship aside, to save him.
Off the ship, Sara goes on a mission of her own and a tiny Atom joins her for back up. The rest of the crew, save for Jackson, goes on the hunt for Einstein. They find him at an intellectual cocktail party and discover he’s not all brains. Atom and Sara find themselves in a German stronghold in NY as she hunts for Damien Darhk to save her sister from being killed in the future. Einstein is not so easy save, he’s kind of a jerk and, the only way to save him is for him to be knocked out with a killer hook from the Professor.
Back on the ship we discover that Einstein isn’t where the Nazis got the bomb and kidnapping him does not stop the bomb. Einstein is not too happy about being kidnapped and is kind of a jerk to them before realizing that they are time travelers and decides to help them. It turns out that his ex-wife is also a physicist, she’s somewhere with Nazis and, she’s the one they’ve got building the bomb.
The A-bomb that’s going to take out NY isn’t the only bomb that’s gets dropped in this episode. We also find out that Atom’s suit can track Darhk and lead them to him and the bomb. A fight ensues during the rescue mission and while the rest of the team are trying to retrieve the bomb and rescue Minerva, Sara goes rogue and tries to take out Darhk. Her relentlessness almost leads to her demise, when Rory gets shot and Atom’s suit konks out, she refuses to fall back and things aren’t looking so good for the Legends.
Back on the ship, the Legends try and find the bomb before it ends up on the German U-boat. Jackson realizes that Rip is not just trying to keep him on board to tend to the Waverunner because he thinks that’s all he can do, he’s doing it so Jackson can take over the ship if things go south for him, he’s pretty much being his mechanical Miyagi. After that sweet moment we are back into the action. The A-bomb is play and being shot from the U-Boat. The Waverunner is set on course to intercept the bomb and absorb the blast to save NY. Rip disperses the team to times unknown and knocks Rory out to keep him alive and safe since his injuries make it so that he can’t travel time safely.
Rory has no idea what happened to Rip or anyone else and since Green Arrow obviously doesn’t have time to go time travelling to find his friends and the rest of the team, so he leaves Dr. Hayward to help Rory track down the rest of the Legends. Ray Palmer is the first one they go after thanks to a lead from Hayward who seems to be geeking out, as you would expect from a historian who finds out he’s going to travel through time. It seems Atom has been fighting off dinosaurs and he gets rescued right before he is about to be a T-Rex’s Lunch. The Professor & Jackson are Wizards for a child king who is about to execute them in 821 England. Sarah is about to get executed for witchcraft and , of course she doesn’t need to be rescued because, she’s Sara. Rip leaves a holographic message and tells them to keep saving history, unfortunately Hayward and Gideon can not figure out where he is so, for the foreseeable future, the Legends are on their own. They’re on the hunt for their “Time Nemesis” who turns out to be Eobard Thawne AKA Reverse Flash .
Mr. Hayward, the time detective, is an ideal edition to the team because, he knows all about history and can make sure that the changes they make won’t effect things long term and, with Rip being MIA, the team really needs that. Next week should be pretty interesting since the team gets caught and surrounded right before end credits roll by the Justice Society of America in 1942, when they attempt to keep the bomb out of Darhk’s hands by outing Einsteins silent partner/wife in order to keep her safe.
Overall this episode was pretty darn good. I actually like it more than most of the episodes that aired in Season 1. This season so far, seems to be way more thought out than last season which seemed disjointed and uneven, not just from episode to episode but, within certain episodes. It seems that they’ve worked out all the kinks and growing pains of season 1 and came out of the gate swinging.
This episode had just enough camp, fight, smarts and fun to make it what the series There are some bonus points given because the LGBT representation in the show. I love the way the writers handle Sara’s sexuality. There is no lesbian erasure or using her sexuality as a story line. They allow her character to be a lesbian, to live her life, to engage in relationships and, they don’t make a big deal about it. Whatever short comings you can find with this show , their LGBT representations have never been one of the things wrong with it. They show Sara and her relationships right along with the straight characters and there is no difference in the way they are handled. The only time that they ever showed any kind of difference was during the episode where they were stuck in the past and they called attention to how hard it was to be an LGBT person during that time. Showing LGBT characters in pop culture media and “normalizing” them is a bold step in opening not only communication but, the gateway to acceptance. — If the season 2 premiere episode is any indication of what we can expect from the rest of this season, then I look as forward to watching each and every episode (and telling you all about it) as I look forward to roller derby practice!