Iron Heights Penitentiary 2004 Freddy Meyers is being executed for seven murders that he committed in June of 1989. As the hearse drives him from the electric chair to the morgue he awakens in the back seat, causing an accident. When the driver gets out to check on the damage, he becomes victim number eight.
Ray tries to comfort Nora who is not loving her new fairy godmother life because happiness doesn’t come from getting a pony. While B and Nate hold Zari hostage onboard, the team heads to an 80s themed prom where Ava goes all serial killer fangirl for the Prom Night Slasher and Tiffany Harper, his final girl. We find out that Mick went to school where the massacre took place. Constantine heads back to his old place with his apprentice Gary so he can get a break from the Encore issue and finds out that’s where Charlie has been hiding out. In an attempt to save Freddy from becoming a slasher, Nate and Ray go back in time to 1989 which leads Nora to end up as Freddy’s fairy godmother… What could possibly go wrong?
WHAT WORKED: In keeping with the Legends‘ tradition of framing each episode around the central theme of the time, this episode squared mostly in the ’80s is all about the slasher flick, which makes it all kinds of fun. I also liked the Friday the 13th style reveal, which the writers managed to do in a way that was original. The writers always seem to be able to find a unique twist that makes even the most predictable of plots new and exciting which is why Legends is a consistent fave of mine.
BEST MOMENT: Zari is back! And, I love that they found a way to bring her into the Legend’s fold again while giving us a full reveal of who she was to them and what happened between her and Nate before the timeline changed is sure to play out in interesting ways and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
EPISODE MVP: Nora. She’s been through a lot and she’s not exactly loving her new role as Fairy Godmother but, in this episode, she got to find a whole new appreciation and meanie for her Godmother gig. Being able to share her troubles and struggles with darkness and toxic parenting helped her to connect with her latest godchild in a way that only she could. I love watching her character’s evolution and everything that she brings to the table.
“…We’ve gone from Hughes to Carpenter…” – Ray (when the 80’s prom became a slasher party)
FINAL WORDS: Legends is a master at being entertaining and giving us camp, conscience and action, and this episode was no exception. This episode hit all the high notes and quality entertainment that we’ve come to know and love from the Waverider crew.
Since the second episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 5 didn’t air as promised because of the State of the Union, the CW slipped it on Sunday night with little fanfare. Luckily, I have Legends on my DVR’s always record list, so It was nice to see this episode when I came up for air after binging on Locke & Key. It also means that we get TWO episodes of Legends this week.
In “Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me“the Legends are on the hunt for the evil fresh from hell released souls. Constantine visits Astra in Hell and she is living her best demon life, living for all the power that she’s getting from the corruption her released serial killer souls are causing. Nate is trying to find a way to replay the secret message from Zari that no one remembers but him and he goes to meet Z’s family with her brother, Behrad, who has taken her place on the ship and in the team’s mind. This makes things hella awkward when Zari shows up and is a social media celebrity and not a figment of Nate’s imagination like everyone thought.
While Ava & Rory stay on the ship to provide “support,” Sara, Ray & Constantine, head to 1947 Los Angeles on the hunt for this episode’s encore, Bugsy Siegel and the latest timequake who’s using hellfire to take over the city after coming back from the dead. The 1947 members of the team find themselves working as PI’s to help hide out Bugsy’s girlfriend who is very afraid of him and his new powers so Ava and Rory get to join the mission.
WHAT WORKED: This episode was a beautifully crafted camped up film noir complete with double-crosses and more femme fatales than you could shake a stick at. It was so well written and cohesive that even in the scenes where Nate and B are in the future/past with B’s family the social media lite version of Z is acting hella femme fatalesque in her mission to find out what her brother is really up to.
Legend‘s manages to build a believable, interesting and clever story around what would under any other circumstances be ridiculous. From the way they introduced the characters to the way that they take them down, everything fits together in a way that makes sense and allows you to let go and become immersed in the world of the Legend‘s. I also love the way that each episode makes the story style conform to the period that the Legend‘s have traveled to.
BEST MOMENT: When Zari gets beamed up to the Waverider after threatening to expose B as a fraud and freaks out. It was nice to have her back on board even if she isn’t Z that we grew to love and I look forward to seeing how this whole thing plays out.
BEST LINE: Not a line so much as a whole scene of lines in the form of a song when Ava does a beautiful 1940’s version of Poison and I was living for it with complete jazz band and it was everything… especially when you realize that it was all in her head and she is in fact that worst singer on the face of the timeline!
EPISODE MVP: Ava. She doesn’t just take one for the team, she takes the whole episode with her do anything for the mission and her girl mentality. She was so open and honest about her feelings about going from the big boss to essentially a sidekick, she also talked about her uncertainty about what comes next and her need to be wanted and useful. Ava always comes off as a tough, headstrong cookie and to see her vulnerable side was refreshing especially since the writers wrote the scenes in such a way that there was a build-up to the emotional honest moment with Rory, making it so that she came out of that bar scene appearing stronger and even more badass than she already was.
It was also very nice to see her finally let go and to see how much Sara truly loves her, when she lets her keep on having fun and doesn’t give her crap about her bad singing and dancing or when she stops Rory from showing her the video of her beautifully tragic performance. It was loving and caring and beautiful to see on TV.
My TV show bae has returned and Legends kicked off season 5 in the same campy but classy fashion that made me fall in love with the show. Meet the Legends picks up after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths where our ragtag team of time-traveling badasses has become superstar A-list superheroes who are the subject of a documentary. The doc crew follows the team as they celebrate the return of Sara, Rory and Atom from their triumphant multiverse saving return. The team is trying to revamp their image and keep their government funding by using the documentary as a way to be transparent because it was the only way that Ava could think of the save the team and the ship.
This week’s mission has the Legends in Russia investigating a time quake that occurs at Rasputin’s funeral when he, yet again, comes back from the dead. The team is two men down because Gary is now Constantine’s apprentice which should come in handy as they track down and return all of the baddies that were released during the season four finale because three mages are better than one and a fairy godmother. While they try to minimize the time damage, Ava wonders how to help Sara through the pain she’s dealing with following Oliver’s double death. While the rest of the team deal with the Rasputin problem, Gary and Constantine are in NYC dealing with a possessed by Masher boy who needs to have a chat with him about the hell that is breaking loose in hell. The new ship techie gives Sara a cutely drawn picture and in the process scares Sara away from giving her an awkward AF handwritten card which might have been for the best.
While in Russia no one can figure out how best to fix the time shift and instead of working as a team, they go off on their own; Nate and Atom head off the stop Rasputin from killing Yusupov, Ava decides to get her guns up and kill Rasputin and everyone’s favorite werewolf decides to give Rasputin a love letter so she can use the drama to help Rory write another Rebecca Silver book. While Constantine catches up over drinks with Masher he inquires about Astra’s soul release party before sending Masher back to hell and then he summons Gary to hail the ship so he can warn the rest of the team. As Nate is being hypnotized to heal his lovelorn soul, Ava decides to shoot her shot but, Rasputin spits the bullet back out and orders his men to kill her.
Back on the ship all of the rogue team members reconvene and get a royal tongue lashing from a fed-up Sara, who is upset that they went off and tried to solve things on their own, in an attempt to spare her having to deal with whatever happened in Crisis. Sara has a huge emotional breakdown and unloads on everyone for not asking her how she was doing after not only the death of Oliver or the world ending. The rest of the team unloads how they all feel helpless to aid Sara or fix Gideon to the doc crew but, their inflections are short-lived because they’re interrupted by Rasputin, thanks to the doc director they left behind and his ship video link access, who lets them in on his plan to kill the Romanov’s, which will make him an immortal czar.
Sara decided to take their new techie and roll out to stop him, leaving the rest of the team on the ship without a heads up. Meanwhile back at the dinner Rasputin is about to get his poison plan up and running but, Sara isn’t letting anyone die on her watch and, as the rest of the team watches from the ship, unsure about if they should help Sara or let her fight alone as she wants. When all seems lost, the team comes through in the clutch and show up to help her and save the day. In one of the cutest things that I’ve ever seen on TV, besides Ray and Nate’s bromantical bromance, Ava lets out all of her feelings to Sara while they have a beautifully choreographed fight scene. With Rasputin still seemingly unkillable Atom shrinks, slides into him and then expands, blowing him up from the inside while wearing a camera, which hopefully insures that the team’s government funding doesn’t dry up. But, after they the team has a chance to think about it, they sit before an audience and decide to claim everything in the documentary was fake so that they can keep their anonymity which would have left the team in financial peril but, Rory did what Rory does and he stole a 50 million dollar Faberge egg, saving the team and the day.
While Sara and Ava wrap their heads around the team’s new found financial freedom, Constantine returns and shares his decision to send himself to hell and do some recon. Sadly, Wolfie has left the ship, because Rory gave her his Rebecca Silver title and she’s off to have adventures and fall in love so that she can write the work that the fans deserve. And if all that wasn’t enough for you, Zari is the glitch in Gideon’s matrix and she left a message for Nate, telling her how she feels since she couldn’t do it during the Heyworld events.
As usual, Legends did not disappoint, it perfectly used its minimal callbacks to previous episodes and themes, gave us a clear outline of the story lines that this season will explore and kept us entertained the whole time. The directing and acting were so solid that if you didn’t get caught in your feels when Sara lets it all out on the ship and wants to give her a hug, at risk to your life, then you have no soul. The writing was realistic and the characters stayed consistent and above reproach in their style and demeanor. This whole episode was a win and just like every time before, I can’t wait to see what happens next week (no, really I can’t . Hell is open and all of the biggest baddies are riding through time, immortal and serving up evil!).
Just when you think you’re out, DC on the CW pulls you back in. In the Crisis Crossover finale it’s the fall out from the repercussions of what has happened.
Kara wakes up in her own bed feeling relaxed at least until Dazzler tells her to get to work. Kara rushes down just in time to see Lex Luthor getting a Nobel Peace Prize and unfortunately she’s the only person who remembers, at least until she bumps into J’onn at work. It seems like only the Paragons remember what happened and know that all of the Earth’s have been merged thanks to Oliver’s ultimate sacrifice.
In Central City a couple of utility workers discover a passed out Nash (a Pariah depending on how things went down) and in Star City, Sara is having a bunch of meshed memories, on her way to meet Roy. J’onn J’onzz shows up to fill Sara in and mind-meld with Ray to catch him up as he has done with every other DC superhero and their teams in this combined Prime Earth. Once everyone is gathered and celebrating being in the same universe as all of their super friends, old and new, they discover that Oliver didn’t survive the battle with the Anti-Monitor and they all have to grieve his loss a second time.
After fighting off some rogue Shadow Monsters the not dead Anti-Monitor is forced into a perpetually shrinking state of existence ending that threat, for now. The episode ends with a memorial funeral for Oliver in the Hall of Justice with Batwoman, Flash, Sara, Black Lightning, Atom, Supergirl, and Superman and now that they have a cohesive universe in Prime Earth the beginning of the Super Friends with a seat reserved for their fallen savior and friend, the Green Arrow. We also see an empty cage and a banana, which means we might get to see the Wonder Twins and him at some point on any of the shows. We also see that there still might be other Earths that include Stargirl, a nice tie in for her upcoming CW/DC Universe show.
Overall this episode was pure fire, it’s a fun romp through memory lane and filled us with hope for the DC Universe on the CW as well as one cohesive universe where all of our faves can join forces at any time. I binge-watched all five episodes in order and, in my honest opinion, I felt like it was more of a movie. More so than anything that DC has put on the big screen. It was beautifully acted, wonderfully acted, and directed with such a cohesive, brilliant eye that I forgot to make dinner or use the bathroom because I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen. The episode left an open door for some amazing one-off crossovers and made me genuinely excited for shows like Arrow and Flash, that I haven’t watched them since the first season.
The five arc crossover was the hard reset that the CW and DC needed to bring back old fans into the fold, engage new fans and possibly up the numbers on some of the shows that may have had some ratings issues.
The arc gave those of us who only watch one or two of the CW’s offerings a chance to get to know what else the CW offers and get us invested in all of the shows. As someone who checked out on a few of the CW shows, I have a newfound interest in some of the characters and a desire to hit the CW app on my Apple TV to play catch up so I can become a regular viewer of all of their DC shows across the board.
This season premiere was a fitting return for my DC/CW Bae, Legends of Tomorrow and was so well written that I forgot about all of the things that I was excited about while I awaited their return. It tied up all the loose endsthat the previous Crisis episodes left open and established a new world full of exciting possibilities. Crisis was an emotional roller coaster filled with love and loss, hope, and passion and it’s worth a five-hour binge watch on the CW app because, in my opinion, that enhances the amazing experience. The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover made a true believer in the DC/CW franchise and I can’t wait to see more.
The CW has released a fifteen-second teaser for this year’s DCTV crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths. The 5-episode crossover begins December 8 and brings together the DC Comics television characters and more!
Titan Merchandise will be previewing 2020 DC Hero TITANS vinyl figures at Booth #2142 at New York Comic Con 2019 from October 3rd!
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s episode “Seance and Sensibility” starts off with Nate’s dads funeral. It seems that Zari and Nate’s pretend relationship might be turning into something real. The whole team shows up to lend their support and Ray is afraid to see his bestie because everyone believes that Nora is the killer but, a cute little heart to heart assuages Ray’s fears and everyone’s favorite bromance is still going strong. Constantine is worried about the bad mojo where they are and it has nothing to do with Nora’s presence in the bathroom. While Charlie tries to help Nora deal with her monster half, a change in the timeline occurs and they discover some trouble in Bath, England 1802 and Jane Austen , and her writing, might be in trouble. Pre-mission girl talk gets raunchy in a super real way when Mona senses Zari’s attraction to Nate right before the time jump to the wedding and things get awesome when the bride to be leaves the groom at the altar for her maid and the groom confesses his love for his betrove’s mother.
Meanwhile back on the ship Ray is getting some secret alone time with Nora until Charlie interrupts. While Zari goes off to get some dirt from the handsome coachman she met earlier, Mona learns that it isn’t always awesome to meet your idols because Jane Austen turns out to be less of a romantic than her novels would have had us believe. Rory helps Nate do some digging while Constantine realizes that Nate’s dads spirit is still present and it looks like they might be able to make contact. Using Mona’s knowledge of the Sara and her blend in and get some juicy gossip and discover that the coach man they pushed Zari to get under so she could get over Nate, might just be the time fugitive they are after. Being the sharp woman that she is, she figures it out halfway through a heavy makeout session where he admits to his magical origin and reveals himself as Kamadeva, the hindu god of love.
Kamadeva, the namesake of the Kama Sutra, is more than willing to follow Zari wherever she goes , so getting him back on the ship isn’t that hard. While trying to keep Nora hidden from the rest of his team, by hiding her in his bedroom, which isn’t as romantic or passion filled as you would think for separated lovers. Constantine and Rory fill Nate in on his dad’s presence but, Nate is unwilling to hear him out which might bode poorly for Nora. Kamadeva releases his essence through the ship which helps give Ray and Nora a little boost , even if it is only in their dreams, to have some adorable and consensual sexy time and everyone else on board to have some super sexy dreams. While Charlie got David Bowie, Zari got Nate and Kama and, Sara got Ava and they were all happy about the match up, Mona got memories of her old dead love leading to an argument with an anti love Zari leading her to wolf out and go after Jane Austen.
Jane Austen gets into it with Mona/Wolfie and doesn’t back down, she admits that she does believe in love and only marrying for it. Mona decides to lay it all out for Jane and tells her that her writing will matter and, Jane in turn gives her advice about not losing control and keeping relationships equal. Zari has it out with Kamadevi who tells her his back story and tries to help her past her fear and love block and Zari is surprisingly all in and releases him to help her sort it out, leading to Zari proposing marriage. Back at the funeral Nate forgoes his plan to tell the truth about his dad and gives a lackluster and basic eulogy, his mom tells a sweet story about how much his dad loved him and how big his heart was.
In typical Legend campiness Zari breaks out in song and since they’re all still in the magic love spell, the musical turns into a bollywood musical complete with dancing. Mona shows up to put an end to the marriage madness and her girl squad backs up the deadening of the the love spell wedding, because who wants to be wife number 1001? Mona and Zari end their fighting and realize they will be okay because yeah, they might not have a relationship with the people they love, they do have some pretty kick ass female friends and it’s going to be okay because if all else fails they still have each other.
Constantine leads the seance we have been waiting for the whole episode and he jumps into Rory’s body, since Nate is still holding a grudge. Nate’s dad in his Rory suit tells Constantine that Neron was behind everything , just as Nate goes exploring in the house and finds his dad’s secret room where he sees a taped “commercial” finding out that his dad was trying to build a theme park based on one of Nate’s old drawings. Finding the tape causes Nate to forgive his dad because he realized he wasn’t being a bad guy, he was trying to do something good. Constantine is getting a little clarity too as he drunkenly fights with his taunting reflection before Neron, in his shiny new Desmond (Constantine’s former lover) suit, let’s Constantine know , officially, that he’s back and coming for him.
This episode hit all the good notes and while there wasn’t a whole lot of action, we got a whole lot of raw emotion and real feelings. Even the musical portion of the episode fit in, felt in place and made sense in the context of the episode. In a period piece with lots of drama and a little bit of song and dance, the camera doesn’t linger on bodices and beauty, even though there is much of it. Alexandra La Roche directed this awesome episode and the female gaze shows in the way things are shown and handled.
I give this episode a 9.3 for its visuals and its story.
In DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “The Getaway,”the team is on the hunt for a magical being who makes it so that Richard Nixon cannot tell a lie. His overshare filled honesty screws up the timeline and sends the on the outs with the Time Bureau Legends into another mission. Hank is on a mission to bring the Legends down while Nate and Zari try and find out what the big boss is really up to, so they can bring him down with Gary getting to play secret agent man. Sara, Ray, and Charlie plan to kidnap Nixon after getting a warning from Nate and Zari that the Bureau is hot on their trails. Constantine and Rory jump ship and bring a heartbroken Mona with them to warn the others and avoid her getting caught because of her newly minted fugitive status.
During their escape from Walter Reed Medical, they manage to forget Charlie who is stuck using her still on the fritz shapeshifting powers to pretend to be Nixon. Constantine manages to remove the magical truth bug from Nixon and Mona gets stuck on Truth Roach duties while the team tries to figure out their next move. Gary is going full conspiracy theory crazy so, he goes to Nora for help in cracking the case and figuring out why magical creatures are being taken from their cells in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, the bug breaks free just as the team is stopped by the police on suspicion of drug use, forcing Ray to tell the truth, which makes him sound high and in camptastic Legend’s fashion, hijinks ensue.
The Bureau overhears the troopers call, repeating what Ray said and show up in full force, led by Hank , to catch the Legends and bring them in. Zari figures out a way to slip a message to the team using radio waves to keep them off of the Bureau’s radar while Gary and Nora try and hack into Hanks computer. Nate tries to pump his dad for information under the guise of a father-son chat so he could feed the info to Gary and Nora via the coms to help them crack his password. Nora and Gary almost get caught by Constantine’s ex-beau and realizing there is a disturbance in the force warns Gary to watch out, he then calls Hank to warn him that someone was in his office and he figures out that the father-son bonding might have been a rouse and Nate might still be team Legends.
The bug gets out in the back of the RV and everyone lets their truth out in an amazing way that only the amazing Legends could. It is real, raw, hurtful and hilarious all at the same time! The truth talk gets a little too deep causing Sara to let Mona know how she really feels underneath it all about losing Sarah, which makes her take off on a bicycle in the most adorably hurt way possible. After Constantine manages to get the bug out of Sara, the team takes off to find Mona because, they don’t leave team members behind and, no matter what the circumstances, Mona is now a Legend.
Nate gets some false intel from her dad and tries to thwart his capture plans but it doesn’t go as expected. After running away Mona finds herself in a diner that’s crawling with agents getting her into exactly the kind of trouble that Sara was afraid of. Sara and Constantine have a real heart to heart giving her the outlet she needed to get back on track and get her head in the game, while not neglecting her super valid feelings. Meanwhile, in Bureauland, Hank uses Nate’s mole status to lead the legends into a trap and back at the bar, Mona overhears the agents saying they’re on their way to capture the Legends. Using her rage at the killing of her neanderthal love and , in some small part the fear that her new friends might be in danger she, Kaupe outs and takes down all of the agents. Ray and Mick end up in the middle of a blockade and end up getting arrested with Nate still unaware that his dad is on to him.
While Sara and Constantine try to talk a raging Mona down the Truth Roach gets free gets into Nixon and Nate causing him to have a real honest talk with his dad, he gives his dad an ultimatum which results in the Legends getting to go free because at the end of the day, he loves his son more than his job. A bug-free Sara finishes the conversation she had with Constantine, to the pain-filled Mona and, the freeing of her fears, anxieties and pain in a hella honest monologue helps Mona to return to normal, tears streaming and ready to hug it out.
With the Legends free to go, Zari shows up to bring them back on board and they finally remember that they forgot Charlie. Zari also fills Nate in on what his dad has been up to with the magical creatures and it’s not good, causing a bit of a dent in their relationship. We get some insight into what’s actually going on when we see Hank try to call his deal with an actual devil off. Nora feels the twinge of evil and breaks free from her cell to save him but, she’s a little too late for anything but, time to be blamed for it.
Legends is nothing if not consistent and “The Getaway” is just as cleverly written, action-packed, and heart string tugging as it always is. The writers have discovered a formula that works hella good and they haven’t tried to change it, which is a good thing. This issue was all about family, by blood or by choice, dealing with your emotions, coming to terms with being OK with not being OK and, leaning on the people in your life. It was solid, real and beautiful. If only because I’m type salty that Ava and Sara haven’t made up.
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