Friday, April 29, 2016

My Review of Legends Of Tomorrow's 1x13: "Leviathan"

Written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Ray Utarnachitt
Directed by Gregory Smith

Savage (to Rip): "I see so you still think there is hope then for your family? Time will tell, Captain. Time will tell."

Oh boy. Thirteen episodes in and this one might have been the first genuine disappointment we've had. Sure, we've had the odd clunky episode here and there but this episode gave us a chance to finally see the gang take Savage out once and for all, only for Kendra to balk when she had the perfect killing blow lined up.

The writing for Kendra has not always been the strongest on the show but this was some pretty writing nonetheless. Having a future version of Carter pop up with no memories as one of Savage's co-horts could've been a decent twist had the show not decided to have Kendra spare Savage. Now we're still stuck with him for the remaining three episodes. On the plus side, at least his progeny is a more interesting character.

Taking on the role of Cassandra, Jessica Sipos turned in a likeable performance as Vandal's faithful daughter whose faith then took a nosedive upon being kidnapped by Snart and Rory and then by the former giving her a crash course into what her father was really like. The plus side is that along with betraying her own father, Cassandra now lives to fight another day so maybe we'll get to see her again.

As for Savage, they didn't kill but he's now a pernament guest on the Waverider along with the no memory version of Carter so I assume that's another disaster waiting to unfold for the gang fairly soon. Ugh, the fact that they didn't kill him is such a frustration in an episode that should've been a lot better than it turned out to be.

As for the rest of the episode, well I did get a kick out Mick and Kendra briefly working together, I quite liked seeing Sara and Kendra talk again and there was the surprisingly fun team up with Ray and Jax while the episode ended with Savage taunting Rip over the fact that he'll fail to save his family, which going by Rip's reaction is only too true.

- For the briefest of moments I actually they were going to actually kill off Stein in this episode. I'm really glad they didn't though.
- Surprised the show didn't properly go for Scandal instead of Cassandra for Savage's daughters. Then again, Arrow gave Nyssa more prominence over Talia and that worked out brilliantly.
- Ray versus the Leviathan robot really did look and feel like a scene out of Power Rangers.
- Chronology: London 2166 for this episode.

I really wanted to love this one but Leviathan was such a cop out as an episode. The show had the perfect chance to take out Savage and then came with a way too convenient and annoying plot contrivance in order not to do so. Plus side, at least Cassandra was great.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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