TV: Legends of Tomorrow “Leviathan” Review

– by Michael Connally

 

This episode got to see the team travel to the future of 2166 to finally confront Vandal Savage at his pinnacle.  While the first half of the season was mainly focused on stopping Savage in the past, the suspense and pace of the show has gotten a boost since going to the future.The best episodes of this season has been when the team has travel to the future.  Seeing Oliver as an old version of the Green Arrow, Ray Palmer and Palmer Tech creating the foundation for Vandal Savages army of robots, and when Ray supersizes to fight the Leviathan have been the big highlights of the show.  I think the overall fun of these episodes are due to the unknown for the audience.  Moving into next season I believe the foundation of this show needs to be focus more in the future.

The introduction of Cassandra Savage was a nice twist to the show, which I hope is explored deeper in the remaining three episodes.  In the comic books we know that Vandal has multiple children throughout time so it was only a matter of time that one would show up.  The CW must make it mandatory on their shows for daughters to be trained in self-defense and make them assassins. Cassandra Savage played by Jessica Sipos is pretty robotic throughout the episode but with her character joining the team will have the opportunity to show some depth.  The interaction between Cassandra and Vandal seemed really awkward and stiff throughout the episode.

It was finally nice to see Kendra become the Hawk Girl we know from the comics.  The constant reminder of Kendra’s lack of self-confidence to take on Savage throughout the season had gotten old.  The fight scene between Kendra and Savage finally gave us the confrontation that we wanted.  My only gripe about this shows use of Savage was that he has not lived up to when he was first introduced on The Flash.  His fighting skills over the years he has lived are supposed to have becoming stronger and stronger and besides a few events Vandal hasn’t become the villain he should be.  Overall the fight was great to see but we all knew that Savage wasn’t going to be killed off just yet with three episodes left in the season.

The highlight of the show had to be when we finally got to see Ray utilize the full potential of the suit and supersize to fight the Leviathan.  One thing the producers of this show has done a great job with is making sure the CG are above the normal expectations for a television show.  While the fight reminded me of scenes from Pacific Rim with the slow motion fight, it was great to see the Atom go supersize.  Let’s hope to see more of Supersized Atom in the future.

The plot twist at the end with Carter was a nice surprise but one I thought that could’ve have been saved for the season finale.  I know that there had to be something big to keep Kendra from killing Savage but now with three episodes left the writers will have to now finish up the story line with Savage along with bringing Carter back.  This could’ve been one of the sub-plots for season 2.

 

 

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