TV: DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Star City 2046" Review

– by Michael Connally

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has done a great job of managing multiple story arcs along with the issues with time traveling.  With “Star City 2046” this was the first time the team travelled into the future along with individually being tested of what they really want out of this trip.  The episode throws the team right into the action being confronted by a new Green Arrow and Deathstroke in a Star City that has been completely destroyed.  On top of that Sara and Rip find a broken/armless Oliver Queen straight reminiscent of “The Dark Knight Returns”.  This time Oliver is done fighting as the Green Arrow since he has seen all of his friends killed.  The side-story of Leonard and Mick’s quick rise in the gang world is really starting to show the cracks in their once strong partnership.  It was great to see the main focus break away from Vandal Savage and focus on other issues in the world.  If the show continues to travel into the future this could very well be a way to transition to the next bad guy if there is a season 2.

 

Great:  With the DC television universe being limited on what they include in the series it was great to see the creativity of incorporating Oliver Queen/Green Arrow from Frank Millers “The Dark Knight Returns” storyline.  It has also been rumored that Slade Wilson/Deathstroke can no longer be used in the Arrow universe.  So it was great to see an alternate way of using the Wilson/Deathstroke bloodline.  Probably the greatest part from this episode was the casting of Connor Hawke/Green Arrow II played by Joseph David Jones.  With very little screen time for Connor it was used very well.  This could very well be a foundation for Conner to be a part of the team in a later season.


Good:  It was only a matter of time and location that Mick/Heatwave would deviate from the main plan of stopping Vandal Savage and leave the team.  As the storyline has progressed we have seen a slow separation between Mick/Heatwave and Leonard/Captain Cold and their feelings toward the mission.  Leonard has become more invested in the mission and team because of his increase of leadership in the team.   Where Mick has become disinterested in the team/mission for his own personal greed of wealth and power.  It looks like the next episode is really going to challenge the team and see whether Mick’s greed will overcome his small feelings for the team. 


Ugly:  The storyline of the love triangle between Jax, Ray, and Kara seemed very forced into this episode.  So far in this season the writers have done a great job of incorporating all of the characters into the storyline but this was not a great example.  With just 2 episodes since Carter Hall’s death and the impact he had on the team it is okay for Jax and Ray to start having feelings towards Kara.  Both Jax and Ray admit at different points in the episode that Kara is destined to be with Carter, so what is the point of pursuing a relationship.  I would’ve understood if it was Cisco since he did have a fling with Kara before the whole Hawkgirl persona but this felt really awkward.  With so many characters involved with the show I know it has to be really difficult to find a reason to incorporate everyone in the storyline.  I just hope this is not a continuing trend for the show.

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