Synopsis: The Legends enlist the help of famed fantasy novelist and scholar J.J.R. Tolkien to finds an artefact that can cancel out the spears power.
Review: Thankfully there is no singing or fictional British traditions in this episode.
Instead we get a fun pulpy romp of a World War 1 adventure in which the Legends enlist some help from a certain famed writer.
Trouble is The Legion Of Doom have also enlisted help from a certain Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold.
The story uses a lot of mythology regarding the spear being so powerful that it can tempt individuals into using it in order to create their ideal world. Which is why the Legends are determined to find a way to destroy it.
To that end they enlist help from J.R.R. Tolkien who apparently wrote a paper based on legends surrounding the famous Knight Of The Crusades Sir Gwain. The legend says that the Knight did not recover the Holy Grail as the story goes. He actually found a container holding some of Jesus’s blood from the crucifixion.
The Legends learn that only the blood of Jesus can destroy the spear of destiny.
As you may have guessed. This episode is full of little winks to the famous writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and we hear the term fellowship banded about a good few times.
A fun moment is when Atom flies into the barrel of a loaded mortar and disables the mechanism that fires it and proceeds to laugh hysterically, which prompts the response of ‘Gremlins’ from the horrified German that’s trying to fire it.
The recreation of the World War 1 trenches were really well done. I also loved how the Legion brought Snart in to persuade Mick Rory into joining with them by exploiting his grief and torn loyalties to the Legends and to Snart.
The cliffhanger for this episode has me looking forward to seeing how things play out in next week’s episode.
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