In Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 3×02: “Freakshow”

 IT’S ALWAYS A CIRCUS — The Legends find themselves in 1870 to fix the anachronism which happens to be at P.T. Barnum’s fledgling circus.

Synopsis: IT’S ALWAYS A CIRCUS — The Legends find themselves in 1870 to fix the anachronism which happens to be at P.T. Barnum’s fledgling circus. However, Nate (Nick Zano) and Ray (Brandon Routh) accidentally free a saber-toothed tiger, creating a bigger problem.  Meanwhile, P.T. Barnum (guest star Billy Zane) is on the hunt to capture Nate and Ray to make his show even more exciting for the crowd.  Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Victor Garber, Dominic Purcell and Franz Drameh also star.

Review: “We have action! We have romance! We have flaming things in the sky!”

Honestly, P.T. Barnum may have had Ray at the circus, but writers Keto Shimizu and Grainne Godfree had me at sabertooth tiger. I want a shrink ray sized Mr. Sneezums plush so badly. Unfortunately, I can’t spend the whole review gushing about the awesome kitty, so on with the show.

The quote at the beginning of my review from Billy Zane’s Barnum sums up the episode perfectly. Regrettably, as much as I enjoyed the showmanship and mechanics of the plot, I couldn’t help but be aware of the CW-ness of it all. Amaya ghosts Nate, because of her eventual granddaughter, Mari, which should be a foregone conclusion — the most basic nod to internal logic. However, the writers are trying to turn a foregone conclusion into a pseudo-epic doomed romance for no reason at all.

You read that right — no reason at all. If this show were on any other network. Nate and Amaya would have gone back to the Zambezi together as a couple at the end of last season. Mari and Kuasa either would’ve had different genetics than in the original timeline, or not, depending on how cagey Rip was about their intended future. Either way, everything would’ve worked out, and the audience would’ve been spared this idiocy. The Hawks brought down an otherwise really cool first season as the result of bad writing, and it seems the show’s scribes haven’t learned a thing.

On the other hand, the episode ended with a first step in the formation of this season’s Legion of Doom, putting a smile on my CW Seed web series-loving face.

Writers

Keto Shimizu, Grainne Godfree

Director

Keith Tancharoen

8.6
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 3x02:
  • Stand-alone story, performances
  • the CW romance
  • Story
    7.8
  • Performances
    9.0
  • VFX
    9.0

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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