Thursday, June 4, 2020

What I’m Watching: Legends of Tomorrow (Season Finale)

Legends of Tomorrow: Season 5, Episode 15 “Swan Thong” (B)

Knowing this episode’s title makes it so much better, and I can’t think of any other show that would feature a cameo of the real Sisqó singing his infamous “Thong Song” as the score to an epic battle scene with our heroes fighting some of history’s most notorious villains. That felt particularly on-brand for this ragtag group, which did manage to bring this whole loom of fate plotline to a close, the one remaining Arrowverse show that actually got to finish its season as originally planned. Some of its antics are absurd, like the fact that Mick was using the clicker to find the Wave Rider and that steeled-up Nate was used as a power source to propel it into the air when they realized Gideon was missing, but it all mostly works. It is true that jumping the ship doesn’t do much if you’re just going to drop from the sky and crash-land a seconds later. But fortunately Atropos was quickly and rather viciously disposed of thanks to Sara’s combat abilities, and Lachesis always posed less of a threat. Turning the loom into a Siri-like app powered by Gideon was creative, and deprogramming Charlie after they found her in the hall of villains was a challenge. But they made it, and everyone got rock out to Charlie doing what she loves most. I suppose it’s fitting that she’s leaving since Maisie Richardson-Sellers already departed this show once when Amaya decided she was destined for other things, and Charlie hasn’t exactly felt like she’s been in the right place. I’m curious whether Astra will become a more permanent fixture, and the same goes for Lita. I’m sad that we won’t have two Zaris around anymore since that was fun, but it makes sense that an entirely new character can’t just exist when she was replaced in this universe/timeline/whatever by her brother. Things seemed to be going smoothly up until Sara got suctioned up through a tractor beam to some unknown place, and I’m eager to see what wild adventures season six will bring. This season hasn’t been entirely even but it’s been a blast.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Tala Ashe as Zari

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