Legends head to Vancouver Woods for literal confrontation with fate

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Matt Ryan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Caity Lotz

Matt Ryan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Caity Lotz
Photo: Michael Courtney (The CW)

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It is impossible for this writer to be other than grateful for the return of Legends Of Tomorrow. When the world is just a normal amount of crazy people, this is one of the shows that I look forward to the most; I take advantage of it in low season and at each break. But now? Give me these glorious doofs in whatever form you want. I’m currently (via Netflix Party) reviewing the second season with friends, one of whom has never seen it, and it’s like falling in love again. This is an imperfect episode of Legends Of Tomorrow, but it’s very entertaining, and frankly, the fact that it exists is all that really matters to me. Ask everyone to line up to use the Waverider’s secluded bathroom for 42 minutes and I will be delighted. All Legends it’s great Legends. That’s it, review, thank you for reading.

But if I were to, hypothetically, continue from there, I would say that the Supernatural thing didn’t really work, did it?

Well, I have to keep going, this is my job, these are the breaks – and there is a lot to say about “Zari, not Zari”, both in terms of his many successes and the strange stumble. Before entering this last one, I must say that Supernatural is my big blind spot CW – I could never overcome the fact that Dean’s Gilmore Girls is one of the main roles, but he doesn’t play Dean on this show, he plays Dean’s brother, and that’s about where I threw in the towel. In my defense, all of Rory’s pals suck unless they ask why she abandoned Yale, and even then, it was only at that time, so I had luggage in advance. I’ll finally get there, I promise. I know the car’s name is Baby, and I know it’s the Winchesters and they drive out the demons, and my dear friend and colleague A V. club contributor Kate Kulzick informs me that there is a character in the series (Castiel?) who was originally costumed to look like John Constantine. Oh, and I know they do a lot of crossbreeding. But that’s all I have, so I’m not the target of these shenanigans.

On the other hand, I am also exactly the target of these shenanigans. Meta Legends is my preferred Legends. The moments in which the great writers in this series say “what’s going on” and do something bonkers and clever are to be cherished, and there are many. The foundations are laid here for a lot more: after one of Charlie’s Fate’s sisters, Atropos (Joanna Vanderham), has murdered the other members of Charlie The Smell’s punk group, Sara brakes Operation MacGuffin . Atropos is dangerous – a god, basically – and Charlie is in mourning and they have a Ray Palmer; this is not the moment. But Constantine being Constantine, he advances anyway, and annoying for all, it turns out that Charlie is other sister Lachesis is Astra’s scary coin mentor and can follow John. (Shout out to everyone who called that in the comments.) So Charlie and Sara take it out on John, then Atropos is after them all, and it all goes to shit.

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And everything takes place on a location shoot for Supernatural-which, of course, is also likely to be a filming location for Legends Of Tomorrow, given the abundance of television programming filming in the Vancouver area. This is delicious. We learn that Dean is Sara’s Hall Pass. Perfect. And then the wheels come off a bit from the wagon. The piece of the loom is hidden in a random moldy stump in the woods which happens to be a shooting spot, and the car is … right there, and the crew were all killed and turned into zombies, and the accessories are real? There is a feeling that the next piece does not fall into place, and everything is quite simple. It just so happens Supernatural location. And while the zombie brandishing a hairdryer is funny, it’s not as smart or inventive Legends generally manages to be.

This is a big problem, both because it is a remarkable thing to do and because it is the kind of premise Legends would usually bring down the park, but overall it’s still minor, because the episode is much, much more than Supernatural. Like Supernatural (or at least I am told), this is an episode centered on powerful family ties, sometimes disorganized, mainly those between brothers and sisters. There is Charlie and her terrifying sisters, and an encounter with one of them makes her realize (with Sara’s help) that Legends is her family. There is Zari 2.0 and Behrad, the latter helping the former to seek advice from his ancestors – although he ends up talking to Zari 1.0 on a pretty donut, a scene so well managed by screenwriters, editors, directors and actors that it was downright Black orphan-ian in his ability to make people forget that the two characters are interpreted by a single actor speaking to a replacement. And there is Mick and Ava, the latter convinces the first to rebuild a childhood for his daughter in which he played an active role. (Dominic Purcell smiling at a baby is a wonderful thing to see.)

All of these things are great. The performances are great, the storytelling is great, the setup for Sara Lance to have some sort of wild thing happening to her because she survived a divine look is awesome, and this latest fight scene (“Fate’s a bitch, innit? “) One of the best in the series. The fact that Zari 2.0 is now in a state similar to that of Zari 1.0 when it first boarded the Waverider is an absolutely fascinating starting point for this second half of the season. Behrad’s death is shocking and tragic (although it is likely to be temporary), and the following scenes are beautifully managed. All of which outweighs the slightly disappointing Supernatural stuff by many, many tons.

And even if it wasn’t, Legends Of Tomorrow is back. Take your bottle and celebrate.

Parasitic observations

  • I hope you love , SPNFamily. If they had appeared on the set of The west wing I would have lost my mind, even if it didn’t make much sense.
  • A brief note on the numbering of the episodes: Technically, the finale of Crisis in endless lands was listed as the eighth episode of Legends’Fifth season. It’s bonkers for our purposes, so it’s listed here as episode 0. It doesn’t matter so far, so just a warning that our 8 is the 9th on the show, if you see it listed elsewhere.
  • I would love to know how many people said “And Sara Lance is my pass” after Sara said that hers was Dean.
  • MVP episode: Oh my god, hard to choose. Dominic Purcell was so much fun, but it was also a great showcase for Maisie Richardson-Sellers. But Tala Ashe, to use a technical term, fuuuuuuuuucking killed him.
  • Moments of sob: I mean, the end.
  • Why not?: It may not have worked completely, but “legends wander around the set of Supernatural“Is the WTFN peak.
  • Online reading of the week: “It’s the pleasure of drugs. You cannot remove them. ”
  • Gideon, what is the most meta moment ?: Again, legends wander all over Supernatural.
  • Season 5 episode title ranking: 8. Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me 7. Meet the legends. 6. A head of its time. 5. Zari, not Zari 4. Cul-de-sac of Mr. Parker. 3 and 2 (tie). Kill anything and Mortal Khanbat. 1. Romeo V. Juliet: the dawn of justice.
  • This week Legends in Crazy ex-girlfriend song form. Honestly, quite a few good choices this week, but since Heather meets Heather in this one …

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