Friday, February 12, 2016

My Review of Legends Of Tomorrow's 1x04: "White Knights"

Written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Phil Klemmer
Directed by Antonio Negret

Vostok: "It was sweet of you to think of me as damsel in distress but I am not the one who needs rescuing."
Cold: "Don't flatter yourself, sweetheart. I'm not the sentimental type."

I've mentioned in my live tweeting for this show that there are times when it reminded me of Alias and not just because of Victor Garber and once again, the comparison seems apt as our trip into 1986 took in both Washington and Moscow where things went pear shaped in a variety of ways.

Kendra unleashing her inner demi-goddess didn't exactly help the team during the first part of the latest mission to stop Vandal Savage when she went berserk on a guard but it did lead to a great plot where both her and Sara got to know each other better. It's kind of amazing that it took four episodes for the only female regulars to properly interact with each other but their training session revealed that both ladies certainly had a lot in common and demons to fights.

Unfortunately while the bonding session was great to watch, the downside to Sara and Kendra getting to know each other better was that they were also taken out of the main action for the second part of the episode. Of course, we did get some great interactions between Cold and Ray as both men pursued Russian scientist and Savage acolyte Valentina Vostok (Stephanie Corneliussen), except that it was only Cold who managed to truly impress her.

Now I do like Ray as a character and he's rather endearing when he's in Eagle Scout mode but like Stein, he too often lets his own arrogance get the better of him and in this episode alone, both Ray and Stein repeatedly ignored sound advice coming from both Cold and Jackson as well, which resulted in them along with Heatwave getting captured by Vostok and her men by the end of the episode.

Cold's sense of honour actually shone in this episode as well, given his reaction to Heatwave and the others being captured and along with Sara/Kendra, we had a great subplot with Rip and Heatwave dealing with the former's Time Master mentor, Zaman. Heck, we even got to see Chronos again as Heatwave wisely deduced that Rip was about to be assassinated by his own people. Needless to say Rip managed to dodge being bumped off this time but the real lesson of the episode is that it pays to listen to both Heatwave and Cold happen to tell you.

As for Stein and Jackson - I'm actually on Jackson's side in this one. I get why Stein is pushing Jackson and I liked that he articulated his motives to Ray, even if it should've been Jackson who heard them but at the same time, Stein needs to learn to ease off and listen to Jackson as well. As for Savage's plan to create his own Firestorm army - that was a neat twist to the episode overall.

- Lot of nicknames being thrown around tonight such as Sara calling Kendra "Big Bird" and Cold labelling Ray as "Pretty Boy" and "Boy Scout".
- The first episode so far that didn't feature either Vandal Savage or Hawkman. I have to say that I didn't really miss either of them. Is that bad of me?
- I wouldn't mind a pill that helped me speak any language going. It'd be pretty fantastic actually.
- Chronology for this episode was 1986, both in Washington and Moscow.

White Knights was probably the weakest of the first couple of episodes we've had so far but the two parter method in which this show seems to be working on does have some potential. I am continually impressed with the various character interactions with Cold/Ray being the best ones this week followed closely by Sara/Kendra, then Stein/Jackson and Rip/Heatwave.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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