TV: Legends Of Tomorrow Episode 1 Review

– by Michael Connally

 

Legends Of Tomorrow finally premiered last night after 9 months of waiting since the first promo we saw during the Arrow/Flash crossover.  This puts DC up to 6 live action television shows that are in current production. With the creative team that brought us Arrow and The Flash Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim kick off the premiere show with a bang.  

The thing that I like about this team is that they understand who the main audience of the show is.  Usually with comic book shows and their pilot episode we are given a slow paced origin story that leaves us at the end of the show with the hero or team emerging.  Legends of Tomorrow’s pilot episode felt more like a second episode as we are rushed right into action 30 minutes into the premiere. 

The problem with shows with a magnitude of characters is the lack of time to commit to each characters development.  The creative team used the shows of Arrow and The Flash wisely by committing multiple episode arcs to these characters.  The only character we weren’t introduced to before the premiere episode is the main character Rip Hunter played by Arthur Darvill but with the initial promo that premiered for this series we know the premise behind his character.  This allowed Legends of Tomorrow to focus on the purpose of the team.

The Good: Four former characters from Arrow and Flash

Ray Palmer/ The Atom wants to become a hero who is remembered.  Brandon Routh has really committed himself to the role of Ray Palmer.  He is struggling still that his life had no real impact after it was assumed he died.  Ray seemed to be the only character that really felt he belonged on the journey with Rip Hunter with his advanced knowledge and high tech.

Sarah Lance/ White Canary is still coping with being resurrected from the dead and trying to find a new meaning to life.  For as much as Sarah has been through since she was on the Queens Gambit it’s amazing that she is still willing to try and be a hero.  Sarah comes into her own in the second half of the episode where she makes a partnership with Snart and Rory. 

Leonard Snart/ Captain Cold and Mick Rory/Heatwave known more as villains who love to steal precious objects see an opportunity to go back in time and steal some of the more valuable items of history.  These two are going to be the stars of the show with their quick one liners, Rory’s line about “Rufies” and Snart’s reference to the Time Keeper Bounty Hunter as “Bobba Fett”.  Snart and Rory’s partnership is what will keep the show going in the right direction.

The Bad:  The relationship between Dr. Stein and Jax.  At the beginning of the story it shows us that Dr. Stein and Jax are still trying to figure out how to work together as Firestorm.  As they are given the choice to join Rip Hunter it is Dr. Stein who is eager to join instead of Jax.  This part of the show seemed backwards to me as Jax was trying to find meaning after his career in football was cut short and Dr. Stein was trying to reestablish a relationship with his wife and family when we last saw them on Flash.  Seeing Jax so reluctant to join Rip Hunter just didn’t make sense.

The Ugly:  The scenes that included Oliver and Laurel from Arrow.   If you watched Arrow the night before then watching Oliver and Laurel in a happier attitude seemed out of sync with the timeline of the shows.  Arrow and Flash do a great job integrating the attitudes of each show when they do a crossover.  The scenes seemed forced and could’ve been done without having Oliver and Laurel in them.

Overall:  Legends of Tomorrow has tough competition in its time slot going up against Big Bang Theory but overall after watching the pilot episode this will be a series I watch when it airs.  Especially if the story can interlink between Arrow and The Flash every so often.

Verdict: Watch when it airs.

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