“Just don’t call it a light saber, there is a whole trademark thing.”
This weeks episode of Legends of Tomorrow saw the team travel to two different time periods, be reunited with former members of the Justice Society of America, and saw Ray become a knight. On top of all that the team had to face its toughest challenge yet saving King Arthur and Camelot while keeping the last piece of the Spear of Destiny away from the Legion of Doom.
There were two stars of this episode with Ray Palmer and Rip Hunter. I have been a big fan of Brandon Routh back to his Superman days and when he came into the Arrowverse he made the character of Ray Palmer his own. Some of the best episodes this show has had is when Ray is one of the main focuses of the story line. Another interesting twist that we got to see in this episode was Nate’s research into the league was becoming a reality. In the first episode of this season we saw the Ray would become a valiant knight in Camelot. Last night we got to see Ray become that knight and use his technology to create a light saber (just don’t call it a light saber).
The second star of the show was the resurgence of Rip Hunter and his evil ways. Arthur Darvill had to pull a Tom Cavanagh the past couple episodes and portray the same character in different perspectives. This perspective of Evil Rip Hunter has been my favorite of watching Arthur Darvill on this show. In this episode saw the most sadistic side of Rip when he traveled to the future and killed Dr. Mid-Nite to get the second piece of the Spear of Destiny. The last piece of the spear was left with King Arthur in Camelot under the protection of Merlin who turned out to be Stargirl. The scene when Rip had King Arthur under mind control threatening to take his own life was the most tense scene this show has had in a while. While I don’t expect Rip to stay evil the rest of the season or even into next season it has been a nice surprise to see.
The relationship between Nate and Vixen hasn’t clicked as well as I thought it would have and this episode didn’t help. Although the relationship between Nate and Vixen is somewhat new, the writers are trying to speed up the process and make it feel like they have been a thing for quite some time. Without any real background the two started acting like an old married couple at the beginning of the episode bickering and arguing. While this relationship has felt more real that last seasons between Ray and Kara (Hawkgirl) it just seems that it is being rushed.
This episode was the first one in a while were there was a lot of bickering between all members of the team. The good thing is the writers didn’t make it the main focus of the story line and just made it a subplot. Overall this was one of the most entertaining episodes in the shows history and a great use of all the characters with only some minor flaws. The strongest part of this episode was the presence of Evil Rip Hunter and his ability to outsmart the team. If you are a fan of DC comics and you aren’t watching this show you are missing out.