The Legends of Tomorrow Two Part Pilot Starts the Series Off Strong With Pot Smoking Superheroes

Friday, 29 January 2016 - 12:37PM
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Friday, 29 January 2016 - 12:37PM
The Legends of Tomorrow Two Part Pilot Starts the Series Off Strong With Pot Smoking Superheroes
After months of waiting, DC's TV universe made a bold move forward with the premiere of 'Legends of Tomorrow' last week. The two part pilot concluded last night, and though it may seem a bit unusual for there to the pilot to be broken into halves, this brand new series focusing on the B list heroes and villains from the worlds of The Flash and Arrow is certainly off to quite a strong start.

The premise of the series has already been well advertised, but here it is again: Rip Hunter, time traveling hero of the future, has gone into the past to form a team of heroes to take down the tyrant Vandal Savage. The team includes Arrow's Sara Lance as the White Canary, Ray Palmer as the Atom, Martin Stein and Jefferson Jackson as Firestorm, Mick Rory as Heat Wave, Leonard Snart as Captain Cold, and Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall as Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Though Rip approaches these heroes under the impression that they're regarded as legends in the future, this is quickly shown to be false.

It turns out Rip has contacted these particular individuals because they've been lost to history and are no longer remembered in the future, which certainly makes sense. There's no kidding anyone that these heroes and villains are B-listers at best, and though it's depressing to think that they haven't made an impact on the future world, the idea that they can change that fact is exciting to each of them (and the audience as well).

For the two part pilot, they first travel back to the 70's where they look up an expert on all things Vandal Savage. As it turns out, this expert is actually the son of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, as they are reincarnated after each lifetime. This fun tidbit immediately displays the Doctor Who type of timey wimey fun that this new spinoff is able to create, using immortals and time travel to make for some truly unconventional and intriguing storytelling. The beautiful thing is, the show actually handles it quite well, too.  

After receiving the info they need and fend themselves off after being hunted down by a time traveling bounty hunter (it seems that Rip stole this time machine much like the Doctor stole the TARDIS), they track down Savage to an arms auction where a nuclear warhead is up for grabs. A cameo is made by Damian Darkh and long story short, the team's discovered by Savage. After a pretty intense fight scene, it's revealed that Palmer has dropped some tech which is retrieved by Savage's team, and that's a pretty big problem seeing as how they're in the past.

The rest of the pilot is devoted to them tracking down Savage to retrieve this tech - otherwise the villain will use it to develop future technology a bit too early, taking a big advantage in his grand attempt to rule the world. To find the tech, they need to retrieve an invention from a young Martin Stein. Of course Jefferson Jackson and Sara Lance end up smoking pot with the young professor while the older Stein looks at them all with disdain.

In the end, they get what they need, avoid a potential change to the timeline, but lose Hawkman in the process. Of course, this death is felt by the entire team. Yet he'll probably be back on the show at some point seeing as how he's reincarnated after every lifetime and the Legends happens to have a time machine. This was definitely quite a lot to take in for just the pilot, but hopefully it exemplifies the type of non-stop, crazy, and action packed storytelling that awaits fans the rest of this season.

In the end, Legends of Tomorrow had a really strong start. The humor was good, the fight scenes are arguably better than pretty much anything that can be seen on The Flash or Arrow, and of course with spectacular performances by Wentworth, Loitz, Garber, and Darvill, fans won't want to take their eyes off the screen, even for a moment. Savage is an intriguing villain, and even though his origins don't bare as much of a resemblance to the ones from the comics, they make it work well by connecting him to Hawkman and Hawkgirl. However, the writers make up for this by finally connecting the Atom's origins to the comics, as this was one of the first times in-universe where his shrinking abilities were connected to his studies of dwarf stars and their properties.

Legends certainly has a lot going for it at the moment. The idea of B-list heroes teaming up to make something of themselves and changing the future is gripping. Utilizing time travel also makes for some interesting plot devices, and the show handles these well. Likewise, both the acting and the action seem to be totally over the top. If Legends keeps it up, it may very well knock The Flash from its spot as king of the hill of the DC TV universe - and as anyone who's seen how good The Flash is knows, that's really saying something.
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