Monday, January 30, 2017

What I’m Watching: Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 9 “Raiders of the Lost Art” (C+)

There’s a point at which this show gets too current. I understand dealing with Nazis and with Albert Einstein, but featuring George Lucas a guest character felt awfully casual. The notion that he inspired both Ray and Nate to become scientists is interesting, and the fact that Ray didn’t have his suit and Nate couldn’t use his powers because Lucas described to drop out of film school took it a bit over the top. Sure, having Amara say “You’re our only hope” and them getting trapped in the trash compactor served as clever references to things that later made it into “Star Wars,” but you’d think that Darhk and Merlyn wouldn’t bother using such silly intimidation techniques. The Reverse-Flash’s “on-time” arrival also didn’t make much sense, since you’d think a speedster who can travel through time wouldn’t need to be late. What really didn’t work for me was that, somehow, Rip has been transplanted to 1967 and forgotten everything about the Wave Rider, though he is directing a movie about Rip Hunter and Vandal Savage. His American accent is puzzling, but mainly he’s just annoying, constantly crying out for help when Sara tried to take him out of police custody and then insisting that he’s not Rip when he’s about to be tortured. I wasn’t too fond of Mick hallucinating Snart and forcibly asking Stein to examine him to figure out what was wrong with him since the joke of Mick having feelings got old quickly. Let’s get back to regular excitement on this show – this was an ill-fated distraction.

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