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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This weeks episode of Legends of Tomorrow took us back to a place we had already visited in the first season.  With one episode before the big four part crossover event in two weeks the team went back to the Wild West to help their old friend, Jonah Hex, fight his old nemesis Quentin Turnbull.  Now that the team has discovered that a speedster is going back in time to alter history the team has to now discover the motive of why the speedster is altering history.

1.       The writers and producers of this show have found its groove and are sticking with it.  With Arrow being the serious show, Flash and Supergirl being the shows with heart, Legends needed to have its own style to separate itself enough from the others.  I believe it has done that by being the show that doesn’t take itself seriously.  Not saying the main storylines aren’t serious but this show has more pop reference jokes along with the playful banter between the team that it’s a parody of all superhero shows.  A big change from last season to this season is the lack of love stories that plagued the flow of the storyline in the first season.  While everyone last season was trying to hook-up with Kendra this season the love bug has been missing, which is a good thing.  The love stories plagued this show along with Arrow but both have dismissed them in their current seasons and have seen great results because of this. 

2.       Dominic Purcell’s character Heatwave has become the most entertaining character on this show.  When it was announced that Wenworth Miller would not be reprising his role of Captain Cold for season two, I along with many others thought that Heatwave would eventually be written off in season two since those two characters needed each other to thrive.  I was absolutely dead wrong and very happy that I was wrong.  Heatwave brings the right amount of humor and seriousness to his character that he has become a signature piece to this show.  The other star who is emerging on this show is Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel.  Pairing him up with veteran actor Brandon Routh has allowed those two to shine as their respective characters.

3.       Johnathon Schaech’s performance as Jonah Hex was on point.  Compared to Josh Brolin’s interpretation of the 2010 film “Jonah Hex”, Schaech’s performance is ten times better that Brolin’s.  Incorporating some of the lesser know DC characters on this show has had a positive effect so far.  The main reason is the guest characters are introduced in their preferred setting instead having to acclimate to a different setting than what their character is from.  So far with the Justice Society of America and Jonah Hex they both have complimented the show really well.

Overall for a filler episode that won’t have a major impact in the main story line, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Going back to a time period the audience had already seen and using characters like Jonah Hex aloud the story line to flow better and make it enjoyable.  Although I enjoyed the tone and story line near the end of the first season I must say the new tone and direction works a lot better for this type of show.  I along with many are excited to see the four part cross-over series in two weeks.  

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.