Monday, March 23, 2020

What I’m Watching: Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow: Season 5, Episode 7 “Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac” (B)

It’s a bit hard to take an episode like this seriously, but that’s just the nature of this show. I wasn’t sure why it was that Ray was watching an obvious rip-off of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” with Pippa, and I was grateful that the team being vaulted into the world of that show only lasted a few minutes. I was perplexed but happy to see Neal McDonough return as Damien Darhk, a character we last saw die at the hands of the giant Beebo in season three, but I suppose that no one ever really stays dead on this show and in this multiverse (or the one that’s left). His return was all played for slapstick comedy as Nora tried to hide the fact that she was dating Ray, impressing her father instead with a romance with the legendary Constantine. The ring being in the poisoned mousse provided an inopportune moment for the entire deception to fall apart, but fortunately there was never any real risk anyway, and Damien was the only casualty, at his own hands, of the night. He did tell Ray that they’d have to leave the ship, marking an inevitable departure for the real-life married couple that plays Ray and Nora which I’ve been reading about on my Facebook feed for months. At least they’ve contributed positively while they’ve been on the show, and they may just return someday, especially Brandon Routh after his successful stint as Superman in the crossover. Sara and Ava were dealing with their own relationship issues that were quickly resolved when they briefly appeared as puppets in the “Mr. Parker’s Cul-De-Sac” segment, and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a problem anymore.

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