In Review: Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 3 “Blood Ties”

A decent episode, but some parts were much stronger than others.

Legends of Tomorrow, Episode 3 “Blood Ties” Broadcast on February 4, 2016

Written by Marc Guggenheim & Chris Fedak

Directed by Dermott Downs

“Previously on Legends of Tomorrow,” the team finds out Rip Hunter lied to them about the nature of the mission, Leonard Snart’s father and sister are shown to be as criminal as he is, Sara Lance’s rebirth from the Lazarus Pit left her with a need to kill, Carter Hall is killed by Vandal Savage, Shiera is stabbed by Savage, yet the team continues to go after Savage for killing Hawkman.

Ancient Egypt, 1700 B.C. Vandal is attacked by a hooded man. “Who are you?” asks the future immortal. Pulling back his hood, Rip reveals himself. “The man who’s here to kill you.” Cue opening title sequence.

Leipzig, 1975. Waverider lands, via A.I. Gideon, at the closest location to Vandal Savage. Hunter is needed in medbay where Shiera is suffering seizures: pieces of Vandal’s dagger have broken off inside her and they’re moving toward her heart. Stein and Palmer say they’ll watch over her. Gideon tells Rip that the dropship has been damaged; evidently there’s an “expeditionary ship” in the bay of Waverider. Rip tells Jefferson to fix it, since he’s a mechanic, while he tries to figure out the team’s next step. Sara accompanies him and gives Rip the idea to go after Savage’s money to make him “a regular guy with a really long lifespan.” Back in medlab, Ray realizes he can shrink down in his Atom suit and enter Sheira’s bloodstream to zap the shards. Stein is against it, but Palmer knows there’s no time. Meanwhile, Sara and Rip learn which bank holds Savage’s funds and go there, telling Leonard and Mick to stay on Waverider, so they won’t be tempted at the bank. In medbay, Ray goes in but has to exit quickly due to an unforeseen problem. At the Brumberg Bank, Rip and Sara enter, gaining entrance through some priceless coins. Their lot is taken by friendly Mr. Blake, and, once gone, Rip jumps to the executive’s computer to get information. Unfortunately, Sara has noticed things that Rip didn’t and trouble comes there way. During the “trouble”, Sara’s bloodlust frighteningly returns. Cue first commercial break.

The team is split into three groups, and the most surprising team was the most interesting. First was Ray and Martin working to get the Atom back into Shiera’s veins. This was the most predictable segment of the show, with each character saying exactly what one would expect, with the expected results occurring. It wasn’t horrible, per se, it was just unsurprising. The only bright spots of this portion came from Ray’s humorous commentary, delivered well by Brandon Routh. The second team consisted of Rip and Sara doing some espionage work. Sara was the standout, with Caity Lotz getting to play out of control momentarily, and it was really cool. I also like how her character was the one instructing Rip on what to do. This was a good way to show how Rip needs to depend on others to be successful in his endeavors. Arthur Darvill got a stellar scene with Casper Crump. It’s good to see Rip being an ass-kicker, though he’s really got to control his mouth around Savage. The highlight of the episode was the odd pairing of Jax, Leonard, and Mick. Leonard is on a mission that takes the three of them far from Germany, showing a softer side of himself. The scene in the house was riveting. Wentworth Miller sold the hell out of that scene, and added an unbelievably sympathetic side to such a bad, bad man. Miller is saying so much with just a look. Dominic Purcell is a riot as the not so smart companion, with his reactions during the final fight awesome — he creates so much joy as he smiles maniacally as he lets loose with his gun. Every lead got a good scene, with Miller and Lotz being the standouts. Still, the script was hit or miss, depending on the team.

The good: Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, Arthur Darvill, Casper Crump, cultists!, Sara’s fights with Mr. Blake, and a nice fight scene in the final act.

Fun lines: “I pay attention,” “I’ve seen Men of Steel die and Dark Knights fall…”, “‘Thick.’ Does that mean stupid?”, “That’s probably what they said on the Titanic,” “Every myth has its monster,” “Yeah, well history screwed me first,” “Don’t let anyone hurt you,” “I am a god!“, and “Good luck with that!”

The bad: Three threads that aren’t equal in quality. Plus, I’ve got a question: given that all that’s said about the villain, and that White Canary bloodlust, why don’t the heroes behead Savage and bury the head and body in concrete? Wouldn’t going True Blood on this baddie work? Just wondering. I hope this gets addressed at some point. The last time I read a Vandal Savage story, Mike Baron was writing The Flash.

The final line: One story was great, one okay, and one just predictable. A decent episode, but some parts were much stronger than others. On to 1986! Overall grade: B-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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