Friday, November 10, 2017

What I’m Watching: Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3, Episode 5 “Return of the Mack” (B+)

After a Halloween episode featuring monsters last week, now it’s a vampire making trouble in the late 19th century. Having these actors play other people is always fun, and casting Victor Garber as Stein’s ancestor the actor was entertaining. Nate always seems to find himself in precarious situations, and this episode was no exception. Zari was all too willing to engage with the fortune-teller who did a very believable job of communicating with the dead, and it’s much better to see her and Amaya realizing that they have similar powers that continue to come back to them rather than anyone who would try to steal their amulets. Much as I don’t love the idea of another immortal being similar to Vandal Savage being this season’s big bad guy, I couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s come to life in the form of Damien Dahrk. While I would love to see Neal McDonough getting roles like the ones he had on “Boomtown” and “Justified,” having him play someone with the same personality and charisma as Dahrk but infinitely greater abilities is definitely a plus. Rip has gone through an interesting cycle on this show, and Sara calling the Time Bureau on him was an unexpected twist that makes this familiar face who never seems to trust the right people someone that we likely won’t encounter again anytime soon. I’d think that, in the wake of the deaths of so many Time Bureau agents at Dahrk’s hands (or is Mallus’ hands?), the legends could use all the help that they can get. On a lighter note, it was fun to see Jax trying to hide the memories he was losing like Stein’s morning craving for grapefruit.

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