Friday, April 01, 2016

My Review of Legends Of Tomorrow's 1x09: "Left Behind"

Written by Beth Schwartz & Grainne Godfree
Directed by John F. Showalter

Kendra (to Sara): "You're not a murderer or an assassin. You're the White Canary."

And we're back. Three weeks for us, two years for Sara, Ray and Kendra and an eternity for Chronos or as we now know him to be ... Mick Rory. If you predicted that outcome for the character, congrats. Better yet was how swift the show was in revealing the information too as Snart found himself captured and reunited with his old partner in crime.

I'm perfectly cool with the idea of Mick being Chronos and I'm definitely fine with the team attempting to rehabilitate him as well. Maybe Mick can be saved, maybe he is a lost cause. I'm guessing by the finale if not before then we'll know either way. Of course Mick wasn't the only one who went through a conversion process in this episode.

Sick of playing house with Kendra and Ray, Sara took off and rejoined the League of Assassins and impressed Ras Al Ghul with her warrior skills. I wasn't a big fan of Matt Nable's version of the character in Arrow's third season but here, he was actually enjoyable. As for Sara, getting through to her wasn't particularly easy but it still happened.

Granted it took a whole fight sequence between Sara and Kendra (the latter whose powers had been dormant but reactivated fairly sharpish) before the former finally realised that she belonged on the Waverider rather than with the League of Assassins. Of course Sara did take some measures to ensure that her past with them (or future) was ensured nonetheless.

As for Ray and Kendra - we got some snapshots of them living in domestic bliss and then some bits of conflict as Kendra was more ready to get back to the mission than Ray was. I actually sided with Kendra for the most part, even if she was a tad harsh with Ray. Then again, they did make up towards the end of the episode and seemed to be taking things a little further into their relationship.

As for the rest of the main cast - Snart spent most of his time tied up, lost a hand, had it regenerated it (yup, that really happened) and showed some scepticism over the idea of Mick being reformed. Rip, Stein and Jackson on the other hand didn't really do that much, although the latter now seems to have a more direct plan for taking out Vandal Savage than before.

- Nyssa got mentioned in this episode but it was Talia who we finally met in the series. I do wonder if this means we'll see a more current version of the character in the Arrow universe soon.
- They got a Bill Gates joke into this episode. I guess they had to while Ray was a professor.
- It seems a bit convenient now that Rip had equipment that can regenerate missing limbs. What else can it do?
- Most of the action was in 1960 for this episode but we're going to 2147 next week to deal with Savage properly it seems.

This was a great episode to bring us back to. Left Behind nicely looked into the consequences of abandonment and while Ray and Kendra coped better, both Sara and Mick did not. I liked the return of the League of Assassins and having Vandal Savage be absent certainly didn't hurt things either.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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