Synopsis: FINDING YOUR PLACE — After the team returns from a mission, Zari (Tala Ashe) finds herself trapped in a time loop that results in the Waverider blowing up over and over again. Zari soon begins to suspect that the answer to stop what is happening might lie hidden among her fellow shipmates’ secrets. But in investigating them she starts to understand her place on the team. Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominc Purcell, Nick Zano, Maise Richardson-Sellers, and Keiynan Lonsdale also stars.
Review: The four-way crossover was really, really expensive. Writers Ray Utarnachitt and Morgan Faust faced the thankless and necessarily evil task of crafting a bottle episode to save money. The only thing I hate reviewing more than bottle episodes are time loop episodes. “Here I Go Again” was both.
I hate reviewing bottle and time loop episodes because they’re repetitive and trope driven by definition. I can’t discuss the tropes because the meta references and character beats they generate are the only points of interest in the episode and shouldn’t be spoiled. Suffice to say that everyone learns from the experience.
I do have three questions, however. First, are the writers actively telegraphing that Nate will end up being Kuasa and Mari’s grandfather, or have they honestly not figured out that many of us have figured it out already? I honestly can’t tell which it is at this point. Second, can we please have Amy Pemberton on screen as Gideon’s human avatar on a more regular basis? Third, can we please have the off-screen adventure involving ABBA and Napoleon as a limited web series on CW Seed?
All in all, this was a solid variation of nothing new that did a little bit more than get from A to B. The episode left me looking forward to the Legends adventures on the high seas next week.
Ray Utarnachitt, Morgan Faust