In Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 3×06: “Helen Hunt”
A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR — When the Legends track down an anachronism in 1930s Hollywood, they discover it’s none other than a time-displaced Helen of Troy and she’s just started a war between two film studios. As the Legends try to fix history and return Helen (guest star Bar Paly) to the Bronze Age, things get complicated when they are blindsided by the appearance of a former enemy. Sara (Caity Lotz) contemplates an offer she is made, which would make the Legends leave the anachronisms be. Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) and Jax (Franz Drameh) find themselves in an unusual predicament. Dominic Purcell, Brandon Routh, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Tala Ashe also star.
“Helen Hunt” is my favorite episode of the season so far. Viewers got Helen of Troy, Hedy Lamarr, and a trip to Themiscira (Yes, actually).
Let’s start with Helen of Troy. It’s not an easy thing to cast the most beautiful woman in the world. Bar Paly was perfect for the role, because she’s classically pretty and, most importantly, not American. Her native Russian accent really helped convey that Helen was from a different place and time. Paly was also aided by a really strong script by Keto Shimizu and Ubah Mohamed. They crafted a marvelous mini-arc for Helen, in which she gained agency and ended up on Themyscira. In the process, Zari discovered the power to “hack” history, which will lead her to question the Legends mandate to an even greater extent I’m sure.
Hedy Lamar was no less important to to the story. A genius as well as an actress, a fictional version of her was the perfect addition to the “Freaky Friday” Firestorm subplot. Indeed, she interacted so well with both both halves of Firestorm that I found myself wishing she would replace Stein when Victor Garber leaves. My one quibble is that the solution to the body swap was so obvious that I can’t believe the writers needed plot contrivances and a Hollywood polymath to sort things out. I’ll forgive the problematic pacing, though. Damien Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) burst of laughter when he realized two of his enemies had undergone something so ridiculous covered the structural sins.
Elsewhere in the episode, Amaya finally had to process the watery depths of her family soap opera. Given how unhappy she must be, it’s the perfect time for a comparatively restful encounter with Grodd.
Keto Shimizu, Ubah Mohamed
- Story, Performances
- There were pacing problems.