This hour was a lot different than anticipated.
We didn't spend nearly as much time in the 50s as Ray, Kendra and Sara did during DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 9. As a result, we now have a full-fledged relationship, two years long, of which we didn't have to witness.
That's not so bad, right?
The majority of the hour took place in 1960 in Nanda Parbat with a young and decent Ra's al Ghul, as well as on Chronos' time ship. Let's tackle the latter first.
I appreciate a series wanting to remind viewers of what happened previously, but when it gives away pertinent information, can't they just skip it?
Was anyone in the least bit surprised to learn Chronos was Mick? And I mean before he kidnapped Snart and started talking. Those two things also gave away his identity, but as soon as Mick was a part of the "previously on" section, he had to fit somewhere, and Chrono was the only obvious conclusion.
It at least gave us the answer to our what the hell is up with this guy, anyway questions, as he was starting to get a little bit ridiculous in his dogged determination to track down the Waverider.
Well, if I was subjected to multiple lifetimes of rehabilitation and training and turned from an average bulb to the brightest in the room and set free on the people who left me stranded, I might be antsy to catch up, too.
Snart was actually afraid of his old friend. He froze off his hand, though, to escape and saved Mick, as well. Rip, even, doesn't hold Mick's actions against him.
Rehabilitating Mick will probably be like pulling his teeth out, especially after he just spent multiple lifetimes being reprogrammed by time masters. They have cast a young Mick for an episode down the road. Maybe they'll be forced to go back and tweak him to make him right. I'm sure excited to see him as a kid.
And, oh, so glad he's back, even if he's already changed. There's hope!
The Ra's al Ghul we saw with Sara was the one I kind of liked when he first appeared on Arrow. Yes, yes. I was a fan. That he became a cartoonish bad guy in record time sat poorly with me.
It wasn't really a surprise Sara would have wanted to go back to the League. I suppose she forgot how easily she would lose her humanity or just didn't care because everyone she loved was gone.
Being lost in time would kind of suck. She could hardly go back and bond with her grandparents.
Did anyone else find the Ray and Kendra stuff just a little bit frustrating? After two years of having nobody but each other to turn to, you'd think they would have learned to communicate. That they didn't was a little bit disheartening.
If Kendra didn't know Ray well enough to trust he would understand she wasn't happy with their predicament, what kind of a relationship did she think they share, anyway?
She was so obtuse about her feelings that I really bought she wanted nothing to do with him. When she appeared in his room on the Waverider with her belongings, I wanted to chastise her for putting him through that. He's such a good guy, and she's been around thousands of years.
Not everyone has that much experience with the opposite sex! (hehe...for some reason that sounded funny) But, they're together now. Can we please not be subjected to drama about it every other week? In three short words?
I. Just. Can't.
I'd give anything to be a hopeless romantic. I really would. When I want romantic fluff, I watch a romantic movie. If I want to watch a soap opera, that's what I tune into. Otherwise, there should be as little melodramatic tension as possible. Not a lack of love, but melodrama. Cut it out world.
On the other hand, it's entirely possible Ray and Kendra are ideal. But with a time ship and Kendra's winged soul man out there somewhere, I'm skeptical.
Share your thoughts on what went down. Happy to see Mick Rory live on? What about the romance? Did the Sara and Kendra do much for you?
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