Synopsis: TEAMWORK — When Damien (Neal McDonough) and Nora Darhrk (guest star Courtney Ford) take Ray hostage they force him to try and fix the Fire Totem, but Ray (Brandon Routh) tries to use the power struggle between them to his advantage. Ray and Nora find themselves working together in 1960’s East Germany in order to fix the totem, but soon come face to face with a younger and deadlier version of Damien Dahrk. Meanwhile, Sara (Caity Lotz) seems to be taking positive steps in her personal life. Dominic Purcell, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe and Keiynan Lonsdale also star.
Review: Throughout my review of “No Country for Old Dads,” I’ll be struggling not to regurgitate the entire plot because everything in this episode was pure gold. I loved the Upswipz payoff. I utterly adored the entire dynamic between Ray and the Darhks, and I practically whooped for joy when I saw how much forward story momentum viewers got. This installment encapsulated why Legends of Tomorrow is my absolute favorite Berlanti-verse show. Hell, this installment encapsulated why I watch television.
To avoid a plot summary, I’ll focus on Damien Darhk. Since his Arrow debut, Neal McDonough has played the role so perfectly, viewers have been able to forgive the structural lapses of the shows around him. Logically, the writers will have to rest him after this arc. McDonough will have done everything he can do with the character that’s been established at that point.
I’m alright with that after tonight’s episode. Damien Darhk has earned death, because of the countless deaths he’s caused and will cause. However, it’s neon obvious that he’s also earned death to save Nora in the end. I’m normally annoyed by such blatant telegraphing, but I plan to drink cocoa with caramel along with Nora when the time comes. The only question is whether Nora will have to process the loss of her father as an adult or whether the Legends (with Constantine’s help) will prevent Mallus from ever possessing Nora in the first place.
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