Synopsis: Nate is shocked to learn that he has powers, but then accidentally lands himself and Ray in Feudal Japan. After Sara convinces their stowaway Amya, AKA Vixen, that Rory is not a murderer, they all agree to find Nate and help him master his powers in order to defend a village from the raiding Samurai.
Review: Nate the historian now has powers thanks to Ray’s adaptation of the Nazi serum from last weeks episode. The power allows Nate to turn his entire being into solid steel, but he has control issues over how to use the power.
This lack of control causes Nate to fall out of the wave rider and forces Ray to give chase in his Atom Suit. Eventually they land in feudal Japan in an area, which is dominated by a megalomaniac Samurai that has a penchant for marrying and then murdering his wives. Ray gets captured by the Samurai who steals the Atom suit and uses it for himself. While Nate is rescued by the villager who is next in line to marry the Samurai.
Eventually the Wave Rider, which is badly damaged catches up to where Ray and Nate have landed and a team led by Sara heads out to rescue them while Stein and Jax continue repairs.
While repairing the ship. Stein and Jax find a secret compartment and intercept a message from Barry Allen, which is dated 2056. 40 – years in their future. They are told not to let their fellow crew-mates know. Which is likely to cause some drama in weeks to come as it inevitably will come out.
Back in Japan a battle rages as Nate who know calls himself Steel finally masters his powers and helps Ray, Sara, Vixen and Rory defeat the Samurai gang and save Masako Yamashiro from having to go through with an unwanted marriage.
Much like last years episode, which saw the team go to the wild west. This episode was a lot of fun. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the Shogun stole Rays Atom Suit and had figured out how to use it. Which led to Steel having to ultimately destroy the suit in order to claim victory.
I also enjoyed the bit of meta history with the inclusion of Masako’s father the legendary sword and armour maker Ichiro Yamashiro who is played wonderfully by Sab Shimono.
Although I enjoyed this episode a great deal. I’ll have to admit that I am beginning to miss Arthur Darvill’s presence as Rip Hunter and do hope that he will return at some future date.
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