Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Review of Legends Of Tomorrow's 2x12: "Camelot/3000"

Written by Anderson Mackenzie
Directed by Antonio Negret

Sara: "I enjoyed meeting you."
Guinevere: "And I you, Sara Lance. A lot."

Well, that was an interesting and obvious spin on things, weren't it? It's not particularly original to gender swap characters these days but having Sara take on the Lancelot role while Stargirl assumed the Merlin one still added to the episode nonetheless.

This week, the gang ended up in Camelot but only after poor Doctor Midnite died in the year 3000 courtesy of Rip's mission to acquire more bits from the Spear of Destiny. With the other bit stuck in a certain time period, it was time for Amaya to reunite with her former teammate and also clash as the pair of them couldn't quite agree on how to handle Rip's invading force at the castle.

It was nice to see Amaya reunited with another member of her former team and I do think both her and Stargirl raised some fair points before eventually banding together to help save the day. I wasn't however remotely surprised that Stargirl also had feelings for Arthur, who as a character got pretty much the short straw in this episode.

Yup, Arthur was reduced to being a pawn in Rip and Damien's machinations this week with technology that Rip seized from Midnite but his unflattering role in this episode did mean that Mick, Jax and Stein were able to work together in order to break Rip's mind control during the battle scenes towards the final act of the episode.

Seeing those three work together outside of the action was a little more entertaining than the constant sparring between Nate and Ray for most of the episode. I don't know who was more annoying this week - Ray for his desperation to be a hero, which led to him endangering himself several times or Nate's history pedantry kicking into obnoxious levels. If ever there was an episode where both of these characters could've sat out, it probably should've been this one to be honest.

On the other hand, Sara had some interesting moments in this one. She had that wobble moment over whether or not to leave Ray behind but I particularly loved her scenes with Guinevere (who unsurprisingly was far more interesting to watch than brainwashed Arthur) and the shipping moments with the pair of them also worked pretty well.

As for Rip, he continues to be a better villain than expected and it's clear that Arthur Darvill is having a blast with this version of the character. That being said, the first chance to abandon Rip that Damien was given, the latter seized upon and at the end of the episode, Rip had managed to get himself captured by the gang, locked up in the Waverider, threatened by Jax before turning everything to his advantage once again.

- Where were Eobard and Malcolm this week? I'm surprised that they weren't also a part of this grand plan.
- Amaya pulling out the sword in the stone (also parts of the spear) was a pretty bad ass moment.
- Another break next week and then the remaining five episodes to air from March 7th onwards.
- Chronology: 3000 Detroit and Camelot of course.

Camelot/3000 was a fun enough variation on the similarly titled comic series. Not quite as fun as the previous episode (especially with both Ray and Nate testing my patience at times) but still enjoyable and I'm loving the evil side of Rip at the moment too.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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