The Team Unlocked More of Vandal Savage’s Secrets in Last Night’s Episode of Legends of Tomorrow

Friday, 05 February 2016 - 12:41PM
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Friday, 05 February 2016 - 12:41PM
The Team Unlocked More of Vandal Savage’s Secrets in Last Night’s Episode of Legends of Tomorrow
Legends of Tomorrow is only three weeks old, but as it features a number of characters that fans of DC's CW universe have come to know over the past three years, it seems to have already found it's own place among its parent shows, The Flash and Arrow. The show about the team of B-list superheroes definitely got off to a strong start with its two part pilot, and the third episode of the brand new series has kept the pace extremely well.  

This week's episode, aptly entitled "Blood Ties," split the team into thirds to accomplish a number of different goals. Captain Cold, Heatwave, and the Jefferson Jackson half of Firestorm went off on what could be described as a sort of time machine dinghy ship to steal an emerald from one of Central City's museums. Professor Stein and the Atom worked on trying to heal Haswkgirl of the knife fragments making their way to her heart. Likewise, Rip Hunter and White Canary came to the conclusion that Savage gets at least part of his power from wealth, and resolved to destroy it upon time traveling to the 80's.

Tying into the episode's name, Captain Cold and Heatwave weren't just stealing the emerald for themselves; they were doing it for family. Snart's father goes to jail for stealing the same object just two days later, an event which changes him and causes him to start abusing his children. So according to Snart's logic, he can change the way things ended up by stealing the item ahead of time and taking it directly to Papa Snart, which they do by the end of the episode. However, they also learn a valuable lesson about fate (or perhaps more so about human nature), as Snart goes to jail for trying to sell the jewel to an undercover cop soon after they depart.    

Palmer and Stein's endeavors are a reference to the episode's name as well, as in classic sci-fi fashion, the Atom shrinks down to enter Hawkgirl's bloodstream. This plan has to be attempted twice due to an issue that comes up the first time, but this subplot is more about the relationship between Stein and Palmer than anything else. Stein, a past professor of Palmer's, doesn't remember having him in class despite the fact that he was a genius. Likewise, the two physicists have been flexing their brains throughout the first two episodes, in what seem like small attempts to establish dominance as the top scientist of the team. They finally came to good terms with each other, however, and together they look to be a force to be reckoned with moving forward.  

Once again tying into the name of the episode, Rip and Canary uncover Vandal's secret cult which drink the blood of the deceased Hawkman to extend their own lives. Though the duo's first aim was to try and take away Savage's wealth, they soon find out that it's not just the wealth that gives him his power - it's his following. They're caught and bound upon uncovering this secret band of Savage followers, but Captain Cold and Heatwave show up right in the nick of time. In the end, Rip slits Savage's throat, but as viewers know, this apparent death means nothing. Only a death delivered by Hawkman and Hawkgirl can truly put a definitive end to the mad man's life.  

Legends of Tomorrow hit all the right notes with this episode. Of course the cast is partly what makes it so great - no one wants to take their eyes off of Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill, Wentworth Miller, and basically the entire cast. Seeing Lotz in action has been a real treat, as it's been so long since she's really got to be the Canary that fans of Arrow fell in love with in the show's second season. Likewise, Garber and Routh's performances were spectacular as Stein and Palmer resolved their differences in this week's episode, and it only serves to endear these characters even more to the viewer. Just as the The Flash's cast is a large reason for it's success, the cast of Legends seems to be having a similar effect on the CW's new superhero show.

The action also can't be praised enough either, especially this week's scenes with the White Canary. The choreography has already made quite an impression compared to the other CW shows, and it's one of the things that Legends seems to be offering that the other's haven't. Right now, Legends is undoubtedly top dog in the action sequence category, and hopefully it stays there. A superhero team-up show is exactly where such over the top fight scenes belong.  

Also, all of the crazy sci-fi plot devices make Legends feel more like a comic book than arguably any other superhero show currently on air. Time travel, tiny men entering blood streams to save lives, meeting past selves, immortal villains who die but keep coming back, cults that drink the blood of their victims to extend their lives - every bit of it screams comic book goodness. While Legends may need to be careful about overusing some of these (how many times will Savage "die" before the end of the show?), and while they may need to be careful about invoking too many cliches, so far it's given the show a tone and feel different from the others of its genre, and that's certainly a good thing.   

In the end, Legends is still coming on strong. While not perfect, it's avoided some of the similar pitfalls of the other CW superhero shows while replicating almost everything that's awesome about them. Hopefully it'll keep it up, and fans can look forward to several more years of B-list superhero teams taking the small screen DC universe by storm.  

Catch Legends of Tomorrow again next week at 8 p.m. ET Thursday night.
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