In Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 3×12: “The Curse of the Earth Totem”

"The Curse of the Earth Totem” was far more entertaining than any of The Pirates of the Caribbean sequels the episode was an homage to.

Synopsis: THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE —   When Sara (Caity Lotz) decides to take some private time, the Legends pursue a lead on the whereabouts of the long-lost Earth Totem.  Without Sara’s knowledge, the Legends find themselves in 1717 to hunt for Blackbeard’s long-lost treasure, but in true Legends fashion, things go awry.  Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) feels guilty about something he has done and tries to make amends, which lands him in even bigger trouble.  Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Nick Zano also star.

Review: “The Curse of the Earth Totem” was far more entertaining than any of The Pirates of the Caribbean sequels the episode was an homage to. As awesome as the homage was in itself, though, I loved how organically the story flowed in the context of the overall story arc. All of the plot threads were serviced, and by the episode’s end, we were finally getting the meta-level narrative between Mr. and Mrs. Routh. It’s something that viewers who love real-life couple casting have been waiting for.

I do have three nitpicks, however. First, I loved the Rip & Wally Show so much that I feel they should have given them more time in a different episode. Careless Whisper is the best karaoke song, and I’m here for any showcasing of the Berlantiverse’s Not-So-Accidental Musical Repertory Company.

Second, Sara and Ava were doing well enough that writers Grainne Godfree and Ubah Mohamed just had to throw in artificial conflict at the end. It was a glancing nod to the CW-ness of it all. Not all viewers appreciate that kind of storytelling.

Third, it was established in the Vixen web series, that totem bearers have to be dead or nearly dead for someone to remove totems from them. Twice now, however, the writers have flouted that internal logic.

Even with those structural issues, “The Curse of the Earth Totem” was excellent entertainment. I can’t wait for the fallout next week.


Chris Tammaro


Grainne Godfree & Ubah Mohamed

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 3x12:
  • Story, character beats
  • A few structural nitpicks.
  • Story
  • Performances
  • VFX
  • Incidental Music

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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