I have to admit, I was both impressed and let down by Legends of Tomorrow last season. The concept itself was interesting, and it was nice that they didn’t really take themselves too seriously. The tone was cheeseball to the max, and the action was off-the-wall. But when all said and done, there were too many characters to keep track of. I actively disliked 2-3 of them, and was complacent on a couple others, and when that’s the case, you already have a big gaping hole in your show.
Luckily for me, that didn’t last long. As the season went on, it became clear this wasn’t a show that constantly reverted to a status quo. Slowly, but surely, we lost some of the Legends under various circumstances, and I was actually impressed with its ability to change. Was it the greatest show in the end? No. But I very much enjoyed its ambition, even in the face of its weaknesses.
From the asses of the first season, we begin the second, as was revealed by the season synopsis a few weeks back.
“After the defeat of the immortal villain Vandal Savage and the exposure of the corrupt Time Masters, a new threat emerges.
“Dr. Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), an unconventional and charming historian, is thrust into the action. After making a shocking discovery, Nate seeks out Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) for help in finding the scattered Legends. Once reunited, the Legends continue their new mission to protect the timeline from temporal aberrations – unusual changes to history that spawn potentially catastrophic consequences.
“Their first stop is 1942, to protect Albert Einstein from being kidnapped before the Nazis destroy New York City with a nuclear bomb. Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) notices that Sara (Caity Lotz) has a mission of her own, which leads them both to face her nemesis, Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). Victor Garber, Arthur Darvill, Dominic Purcell and Franz Drameh also star.”
Now, the CW has released a featurette that gives us a first look at the “unconventional and charming historian” mentioned in the synopsis. Take a look below!
As mentioned above, while I enjoyed aspects of the show, when all said and done, I could have done without it. It adds too many complications to the already-complicated Arrow-verse. However, this new plot definitely has me intrigued, and along with this featurette, it may have been the one-two punch needed to get me to check out the premiere.
In addition to the “too many characters” angle, the villain Vandal Savage was pretty much terrible. He was boring, and on the whole didn’t really seem too threatening. It was almost as if we were supposed to assume he was more threatening than he came across on screen. With this new plot and reduced cast, maybe it’ll be easier to get to the core of what could make the show great.
Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 hits the CW on October 13, 2016 at 8/7c on The CW.