Synopsis: FOLLOW YOUR HEART — Rattled by recent events, the Legends dive into work which finds them investigating an Anachronism in a Viking settlement in the New World. The Legends realize that the Norsemen are worshipping an artifact as their god and are surprised by the artifact’s origin. For the first time, Sara (Caity Lotz) is concerned that they might need back up when Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) shows up. Meanwhile, Jax (Franz Drameh) finds a loophole that could potentially change history, but is it a risk he is willing to take? Brandon Routh, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Maisie Richadson-Sellers and Dominic Purcell also star.
Review: Let me get this out of the way. As of “Beebo the God of War,” My theory that Mallus and Damien Darhk are one in the same appears to be incorrect. In context, I’m actually glad I was wrong. The fact that they are separate entities could mean some truly cool interactions between them, particularly now that Nora is in a bad way. I can’t wait to watch Neal McDonough play the vengeful Dad, who will likely set his sights on his otherworldly benefactor before this is over.
However, Mallus, the Darhks, and the Vikings they tried to co-opt were merely window dressing, closure was the main theme of the episode. Everyone was dealing with loss. The crew of The Waverider was attempting to deal with the loss of Professor Stein. Leo Snart was still dealing with the loss of Mick’s Earth-X doppelgänger. All of this crystallized beautifully in a plot involving a Stein puppet, an animatronic Hanukkah gift, and Young Marty Stein (Graeme McComb). Apart from the actual narrative, though, the Arrow homage involving Young Stein’s gambit to secure the only remaining Beebo was priceless.
The extreme levity of the episode was necessary. It provided a counterpoint to genuine grief with the departure of Jax (Franz Drameh) and the unapologetically gothic reintroduction of John Constantine (Matt Ryan)! February can’t get here fast enough.
Grainne Godfree, James Eagan