Friday, October 14, 2016

My Review of Legends Of Tomorrow's 2x01: "Out Of Time"

Written by Marc Guggenheim & Phil Klemmer & Greg Berlanti & Chris Fedak
Directed by Dermott Downs

Rip (to the crew): "And remember, history is yours now my dear legends."

And we're back. Over the last week or so we've had The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl return and now, it was time for Legends Of Tomorrow to make it's return and within this episode alone, it was definitely worth the wait.

This show may never win awards for it's writing but it certainly deserves them for the madcap chaos it effortlessly pulls off and within this particularly opening instalments, we had new characters enter the fray, some fun cameos, various places in time and of course, the forming of a whole new threat and a temporary exit of sorts for Rip.

Rip left towards the end of the episode after sending most of the gang back in time (minus Mick who got stuck on the Waverider) but is he really gone for good? The safe assumption is no but for now, it looks like the gang will have to look for him but at least they've got the help of time historian/detective Nate Heywood as part of the team and perhaps the Justice Society of America who rocked up at the end of this one.

Seeing the gang without Snart took a little getting used but without the Time Masters as a threat to them, it was also up to them to correct certain things. In this episode, we had the gang twice trying to influence Einstein so Damien Darhk couldn't pull off one of his plans and during that, we also had Sara going off script and unsuccessfully trying to avenge Laurel's death in the process. More interestingly though was the fact that Damien is now working with Reverse Flash as the show slowly showed the formation of it's own Legion of Doom.

As for the rest of the episode itself, it certainly had it's character moments. Mick being left on the Waverider meant that he was able to fill in the gaps with Oliver and Heywood about the gang's antics over the last few months and I did like seeing him and Nate team up to get Ray, Sara, Stein and Jackson back. I also liked seeing Rip actually praise his crew while revealing that he was teaching Jackson more about the ship as well as well as Sara and Ray's rather caustic moments too. It's those little things that truly make this show the most fun of all the DC TV series on the air at the moment.

As for the baddies in question, you could make the argument that the show should've gone for someone new as we've had quite enough of Darhk and Eobard to last a lifetime and that's not getting into the fact that two other members have yet to make an appearance but right now, they're a slight improvement on last season's Big Bad.

- The credits now have Nick Zano (Heywood), Maisie Richardon-Sellers (Amaya) and Matt Letscher (Reverse Flash) as regulars. Stein also did the opening narration.
- Sara certainly got a lot of action in this episode what with seducing the queen of France and the women of Salem, where she was nearly executed as a witch.
- There was a lot of times in this one. We had most of the action in Star City 2016, 1942 New York as well as 17th Century France and Salem, 700 million years BC and 9th century England to name them all.
- Chronology, it's been six months since the events of Legendary. We didn't see Rex along with the rest of the Justice Society of America but he's back next week though.

Out Of Time certainly got the ball rolling with our band of heroes and antiheroes back and more mischief making than ever. This show may not be perfect but it's unbridled sense of fun amidst the madness and darkness continues to be a great selling point and without Rip to guide, it'll be interesting to see where things go in the next few episodes.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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