In Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 3×05: “Return of the Mack”

HELPING ONE OF THEIR OWN — When Nate (Nick Zano) thinks he has found a pattern to the anachronisms, it leads the Legends to London in 1897 to hunt down a time-traveling vampire. 

Synopsis: HELPING ONE OF THEIR OWN — When Nate (Nick Zano) thinks he has found a pattern to the anachronisms, it leads the Legends to London in 1897 to hunt down a time-traveling vampire.  When they arrive in London, they run into Rip (guest star Arthur Darvill), but not everyone welcomes him back so quickly, leaving Sara (Caity Lotz) to make a tough choice in the end.  Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) tries to connect with Zari (Tala Ashe), but she is still struggling with being part of the team.  Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) discovers what Ray (Brandon Routh) and Jax (Franz Drameh) are up to and is not entirely pleased. Dominic Purcell also stars.

Review: So, that’s why the Legends are going to need Constantine’s help later this season. They are officially out of their depth even by the usual standards, and it’s brilliant! Before I discuss the mythology, however, I have to give the lovely character beats their due. The running gag of Rory, The Vampire Hunter was a treat, and Dominic Purcell played it to the hilt. I also appreciated how Zari (Tala Ashe) finally owned her totem. The icing on the cake, though, was getting to see Victor Garber (who I will truly miss when he goes) in a dual role as a crazy occultist ancestor of Stein’s.

As great as all that was, it’s Damien Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) resurrection and the mythology that he and his awesomely goth daughter, Eleanor (Courtney Ford), are tied to that drive the story. When the fourth season of Arrow ended, I hoped viewers would find out what happened to little Nora, as I really don’t like dangling plot threads. The good news is that threads won’t be left dangling. The bad news is that we may face a certain amount of villain decay as the Darhks are overshadowed by Mallus (voiced by the ever-marvelous John Noble). Did I mention how the casting for the CW DCU justifies the CW DCU.

Speaking of casting, it was a massive stroke of luck to get Arthur Darvill in the role of Rip Hunter. Darvill brought Rip in a very poignant full circle in this episode. The outcome was shocking in how not shocking it was, and I really hope viewers see the fall out down the line.

In next week’s episode, Victor Garber continues his farewell run in a Freaky Friday homage.

Director

Alexandra La Roche

Writers

Grainne Godfree, Morgan Faust

9.2
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 3x05: “Return of the Mack”
  • Story, Performances
  • We may get some villain decay.
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performances
    10
  • 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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