So here's the thing. If it continues on the path it's going now, Legends of Tomorrow is never going to rise above an average superhero show.
Even bringing Oliver Queen onto DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 6 didn't do too much to help this hour stand out, but there were some areas that were surprisingly good, and that was due to character growth.
The conflict being experienced between Leonard Snart and Mick Rory creates a compelling story and proves that altering the timelines of characters in even a small way can make a huge difference in the long-run.
The biggest problem with Legends is how ridiculous everything plays out with regards to time and believability.
I hate to break it to all of those who are now running through Star City and Central City, but the odds on them maintaining their current positions 30 years down the road are highly improbable. Even the comics writers knew they couldn't keep up that line of work forever.
For Sara and Ray to expect Oliver or Slade to be inside the costumes of Green Arrow and Deathstroke seemed silly. And God Bless Oliver Queen for donning the hood again!
I may not be a big fan of the man, and may have been annoyed when he told Sara if only she and Ray had been there 15 years earlier during the "Uprising" (must have been a Wednesday) it would have ended differently, but that he can still jump off of busses with his 60-year-old knees is astonishing. Good show, old man!
Snart: I seem to remember something about your father being a police captain?
Sara: Your point?
Snart: He did a hell of a job.
There was a laugh out loud moment for me when Connor Hawke was taking Sara to Felicity's old "equipment" and found Oliver there. Equipment. Get it?
The best moment of the mini-crossover with the Arrow universe was that Connor Hawke turned out to be John Diggle, Jr. That was a wonderful development. Diggle taught his son how much it meant to protect Star City, how much his friend Oliver meant to him and what an honor it was to be Green Arrow.
Would we expect anything else from John Diggle? The only thing better would have been if Arrow had been a woman and Sara had come face to face with her namesake.
Rip Hunter has not had much of an opportunity to do, well, anything. He's there, but he's like a three chord song. He keeps playing the same tune over and over. Don't mess with the timeline, you're here to do this, don't do that, don't mess with the timeline...unless it's for me and my family.
And when he strays away from his own rules, which is inevitable, Rip learns a lesson and apologizes. Only to do it again. BORING.
What's the point of stopping Savage if we become as immoral as he is in the process?Stein
Almost boring was the potential love triangle between Ray, Kendra and Jax. PLEASE DON'T DO IT. That's all I have to say. Just don't triangle us. Please.
Onto the kudos and part of my three note melody. Are you sick of me telling you I find Snart and Rory enjoyable? Well, here I go again.
Snart's growth took another turn this week as he found what should have been his ultimate dream world offered up before him and was not amused. That did not escape Mick, who isn't as dumb as Snart hopes he might be.
What I really like about what's happening is that neither of them know what's happening. Only Snart was there to talk to himself as a little boy to change the man he is today. There's no way he can grasp why he's different, he just is.
To Mick, he's been abandoned. The man with whom he once shared all of his adventures is gone. He cares about people. How awful!
You know what I think? I think you think too much.Mick
How could Mick just grow on his own without a timeline visit to alter things? I don't think he can. There will have to be an episode wherein he is given the opportunity to see things differently. Or maybe he'll be the next character killed off.
At some point he'll become a liability. He's friendly with Ray, but he always listened to Snart. If he can't be a team member, how will they justify keeping him around?
I have no idea, but I really feel for him and for Snart as they grapple with their changing friendship and altered circumstances. They often seem ridiculously comical beside the other characters, but they're pulling off this storyline really well.
It's a testament to how well Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller work together. There is a comfort level between them that goes beyond their exaggerated acting for these particular characters and brings them down to earth.
Check out the promo for DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 7 to see if you think it might move things forward for Mick:
If the series as a whole focuses more on those moments and the genuinely funny rather than the improbably ridiculous and run of the mill superhero stuff, Legends could turn out to be a good show, maybe even a great one. They have the cast and writers for it, they just haven't found their groove yet.
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