Monday, January 24, 2022

What I’m Watching: Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow: Season 7, Episode 9 “Lowest Common Demoninator” (B+)

I’m not someone who watches reality television, and in fact I’ve barely ever seen an episode. But I have seen other parodies like this one and I appreciated the opportunity to once again see all of the characters acting in a different way, aware at first that they were being manipulated and then unable to resist the influence of the hidden cameras. The transformations I enjoyed most were Sara into someone who liked fun and wanted to go to the beach house and Spooner into someone who was just naked all the time. I loved Nate and Zari bickering and Nate doubling down on never wanting to be with her in ten million years even though she looked exactly like his Zari and, according to her, dressed much better. Gwyn was also more entertaining in this context, and naturally he was still thinking about the political figure he wanted to save to prevent a world war. Gideon in her flirtatious mode and then more of the god mode was fun too, and it really is strange to hear her speak after she was a disembodied voice for so long. I’m glad that Astra and Behrad, who were both instrumental in getting the reality show to stop, are finally expressing their feelings for each other, and that they’ve mutually acknowledged that they’re going to take it slow. With Gideon back in a good headspace, I’m very intrigued to find out why it is that she wants to go back and prevent World War I, given that it surely will lead to quite a significant change in the timeline. But what is a timeship for, if not to screw history up and then restore it to some version of what it was supposed to be?

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