TV: DC Legends of Tomorrow "Left Behind" Review

– by Michael Connally
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This week on DC Legends of Tomorrow we got an interesting development of what would happen if one or more of the team members were stranded in a certain time period. Carrying over from last episode Kronos makes an attack on the Wave Rider leaving Sara, Kendra, and Ray stuck in 1958. For two years those three characters grew different perspectives on how to handle their new lives. Ray using his technology from his suit to create a rescue beacon was holding out hope of being rescued by the team. Kendra had accepted her new life in 1958 and began converting to her new lifestyle. Sara seemed the most lost out the three basically writing off any rescue from the team and going back to her old lifestyle with the League of Assassins. The remainder of this episode focused on the backstory of Kronos.

The Sara story line this week was a great way to tie up some loose ends from the Arrow timeline. With Sara's origin story never completed in her time on Arrow it was nice to finally know how she ended up with the League of Assassins and also why Rah's never approved Sara and Nyssa's relationship later on. He knew from this earlier encounter that Sara was never fully heartedly ever going to be committed to the League of Assassins. It was also cool to see that Sara orchestrated her rescue from Lian Yu. The show also gave a nod to the Batman universe by incorporating a very young Tahlia Al Guhl. This would continue to confirm that Batman is a presence in the DC TV show universe and seems to be have been around for a while.

Ray and Kendra shared the other main storyline of this episode. This week focused on strengthening one of the weaker storylines that has been introduced on the show. The writers did a great job of making the love story evolve without it lasting a long time. Letting Ray and Kendra evolve there relationship by leaving them stranded for two years without the team lets us believe the relationship is real. It was humorous to see that Ray taught Bill Gates dad. What was really interesting is how each reacted to being picked up by Rip. A piece of Ray wanted to stay in 1960 while Kendra was ready to leave everything behind to continue their quest of stopping Vandal Savage.

The Kronos storyline was an interesting twist but one that was a little predictable. Once it was shown that Leonard was the only taken from the ship it wasn't difficult to realize then that Rory was Kronos. Since we never saw Leonard kill Rory it was safe to assume that he was still alive and would make an appearance later on. My bet is that we wouldn't see him until the season finale but making Kronos have a back story was a good decision by the writers.

Where this episode showed strength was that Leonard wasn't at the main focal point of the story. The show for a while had been focusing on the strength of Wentworth Millers acting that it became a fear that this show wouldn't be able to stand on its own with the other characters. By having Leonard sit most of this episode on the sideline it allowed characters like Ray and Kendra to really shine.

Overall this episode gave more strength to a series that could possibly last a while on the CW. Although this show has started off a little rockier than Arrow and Flash did, there is a lot of potential shown with each episode. The use of time travel has been used very creatively on this show. This episode left me wondering how big the season finale will affect the team.

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