Synopsis : THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME — When the Legends realize that they broke the timeline, Rip Hunter (guest star Arthur Darvill) arrives with his new organization – the Time Bureau – to relieve them of duty. The Legends are thrilled to get a chance to put the team back together but a new threat arises when Rory (Dominic Purcell) spots Julius Caesar (guest star Simon Merrells) in Aruba. Sara (Caity Lotz), Nate (Nick Zano) and Ray (Brandon Routh) devise a plan to steal the Waverider back from the Time Bureau in order to try and stop Julius Caesar from conquering the modern world. Victor Garber, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Franz Drameh also star.
Review: “We came. We saw. We kicked Caesar’s ass.”
The Legends are back, and unlike other CW DCU characters, they’re not spending time ripping soap trope soaked band-aids off. They simply got on with being Rip Hunter’s begrudgingly beloved “chainsaws.”
All of the regular character dynamics were spot on, but my favorites were Stein and Jax. I’ve had a soft spot for Firestorm since the original iteration was first introduced on The Flash. Victor Garber and Franz Drameh were peanut butter and chocolate together, and it wouldn’t shock me if Stein’s grandchild ended up with Jefferson as a middle name.
As awesome as the Legends were, though, there’d be no point to them unless they had a straight man, and that’s Arthur Darvill’s Rip Hunter. Part of me is genuinely pissed that Darvill has been downgraded to recurring, but if they give him the same quality of material as he had last season, we’ll be in for a treat. The set up with the Time Bureau and the looming Big Bad (who isn’t any of the antagonists we know we’re getting this season) has me intrigued. I just hope we don’t get too much villain decay to facilitate the character.
As lovely as it was to have the band back together, however, I can’t forget that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is also a showcase for marvelous guest actors. In the producers’ ongoing (and very much appreciated) quest to integrate the entire cast of Starz’ Spartacus into their interconnected DCU, they welcomed Simon Merrells. Hail, Caesar!
Merrells and the script the show runners’ wrote him were marvelous. I loved everything from Caesar’s historically accurate anecdote about being kidnapped by pirates, to the subtly correct pronunciation of his name, to his dynamic with Sara. If this actor in this part was anything to go by, I can’t wait for even more Spartacus alumnae on Legends.
All in all, this was a solid start to a hopefully entertaining season.
Phil Klemmer, Marc Guggenheim