Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 17 “Aruba” (B+)
I’m not sure why it is that this season ended up with only seventeen episodes, though apparently that was a top-up from its original order, but this was a fantastic finale, and I’m glad to know that this show will be back for season three and likely more beyond that. The stylized recap from Stein’s perspective at the beginning was intriguing and cool, and after that, things got crazy. Starting from the Wave River being shrunk down to atom size and plotting a course for the nearest window wasn’t promising, but once the team realized that they were the aberrations, they got more on track. Having to intervene and interfere with themselves presented some entertainment, especially when Mick’s past and present selves wanted to get into a fight, and it was a relief to see both Amaya and Ray intact after watching her get shattered into pieces and him have his heart ripped out by Eobard. Having dozens of Reverse-Flashes there to try to fight them was intense, but Sara managed to prevail with a cooler head. Having the time wraith take out Eobard was a relief, and I like that, rather than killing the bad guys, they chose instead to wipe their memories and have them resume their rightful place in the course of the timeline. Unfortunately, they seem to have done some sincere damage that led to them crash-landing in a dinosaur-infested 2017. Despite a few missteps, this season has been a lot of fun, and I like the way it all turned out in the end, leaving one hell of a mess to clean up in season three.
Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya