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!).