– by Joseph Jammer Medina


After a week off from the traditional Legends of Tomorrow episode we get right back into the traditional format.  Last week’s episode “Legion of Doom” was a nice surprise to see an episode focus on the villains and Thawne’s motivation to obtaining the Spear of Destiny.  Out of all the CW shows right now the Legion of Doom are by far the best villains.  This weeks episode saw the effects of Rip Hunters mind being manipulated by Thawne.  Rip fully aware of his past now has a different perspective of his past actions.  What was once an idea of a noble cause was now change to a series of regrets.

This caused the team to have to go up against the man who recruited most of them to join him on a journey to fixtime.  The backdrop for this episode was Christmas time 1776 when General George Washington is about to cross the Delaware River and become a national hero.  The confusing part of this episode was at the very beginning of the episode we see Rip confront and seem to kill George Washington.  The timeline gets altered so the team decides to go the night before Washington is killed and save him but Rip was there as well.  While a minor issue in the episode that did not deter me away from the rest of the episode.

Right off the bat with the confrontation with Rip we see Sarah and Ray taken out of play.  With those two out of the scene characters like Mick and Jackson were able to shine as they lead the team in their different ways to stop the execution of Washington.  Although they weren’t able to stop Rip from taking the Spear of Destiny from the ship everyone made it out alive. 

The change of the lineup putting Sarah, Ray, and Nate in circumstances where they could not help the team allowed Mick and Jackson to take on a larger role.  The best decision was to make Mick the one who saves Washington from death which resulted in Mick getting a monument of himself created in Washington.  This show has definitely changed its tune about messing with the timeline as we have seen with Stein’s daughter and now with Mick.  That was probably the best decision because now the writers don’t have to worry so much about the overall impact of a single action from a member of the team.  It seems that if an action or event makes a minor change to the Timeline then the team is okay with it.  


Overall this episode was a return of the story line that Legends of Tomorrow is accustomed to which is great.  The beauty of this episode was seeing the manipulation of Rip Hunter turn evil and help the Legion of Doom.  Now that Legends follows The Flash on Tuesday nights it should bring a bigger audience which it most certainly deserves.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.