Monday, March 27, 2017

What I'm Watching: Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 15 "The Fellowship of the Spear" (B)

This is the second time in just a few weeks that this show has invoked a recent piece of pop culture in a way that is meant to be so crucial and relevant to the very fabric of its characters' existence. I would never have predicted any sort of connection between J.R.R. Tolkien and the blood of Jesus Christ, but I guess I don't know very much. The episode's title was clever, but it wasn't as fun as seeing Ian Fleming as James Bond precursor in a similarly-themed "Timeless" episode earlier this season. That's partly because of the violent setting of this quest which was awfully innocuous thanks to the apparent invincibility of the legends and their impressive establishment of a ceasefire on the battlefield. After Mick thought it was a hallucination, it turns out that Snart is really back, plucked from the past to do as much destruction as he could. I always thought that he was more well-intentioned and not as bad as Mick, but now he's fully loving the carnage and encouraging Mick to join him too. Not that there was ever much risk that she would, I'm glad that Amaya made the definitive choice not to join the bad guys but instead to stick to her convictions, even knowing what her future held. I hope she'll stick around next season - she's been a great addition to the show. The now five-member Legion of Doom is set to manipulative events to their will after activating the spear, and it's going to be an uphill battle for the legends to topple them.

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