DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 11 Review: The Magnificent Eight

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At least hiding out in the Old West wasn't all work for the Legends team.

Considering they were hiding out and weren't supposed to be drawing any attention to themselves, DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 11 was fairly full of activity.

Overall, it was a fairly engaging hour, but I wouldn't have titled it "magnificent."

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It was very astute of Stein (because, duh, he is an educated man) to pick up on the fact Rip probably had an affinity for the Old West era considering his fashion choices, so it was weird that he didn't want to head into town with the rest of the team.

He's not necessarily needed, though, now that Mick knows as much about the time masters and skipping in and out of different places as Rip. 

Would you ever have imagined, at the beginning of the season, that Mick would wind up being one of the more capable fellows on board the Waverider? He's a babysitter now when they get off the ship. That was quite a turn, unexpected and worthy of his being marooned.

Seeing Ray get to play out his childhood fantasy of being a gunslinger was fun, and while I might have complained in the past about the benefits of plain old fun, I won't do that again.

Just like Ray noted that he wanted to be a hero and saving a town from a bunch of marauding criminals is what heroes do, I also think they should enjoy doing it. Over on some other show, a hero broods and talks about failing the city all the time. 

Geez. Get up off your ass, smile and get to heroing, then!

I like that about our Legends. They don't give up easily, and keep on keepin' on.

Kendra was even surprised to see Sara with a big ol' grin on her face as they were horseback riding. It's nice that they're taking time to find pleasure in the little things while they can. Gloom and doom is for the...no, not the birds. For the marauding criminals after they've been caught, maybe?

And while I appreciate Kendra bypassing the gloom and doom her older self told her about love and how it will always end tragically, not sharing the truth with Ray wasn't cool. He's a big boy, and they've had years together. Despite those years, we're still seeing a relationship that is months in the making.

Doesn't it seem like there is a disconnect between the years they spent in the time drift (as Rip called it) and the time we experienced on the show? Certainly the writers should be aware of the difference, but it doesn't seem like they take that into account at all. They should be writing a couple far more confident in their love at this point.

A couple two years in the making shouldn't be so tentative and frightened to make the wrong move around each other. Their comfort level should be at Kendra walking around with a mud mask on her face and a ponytail on top of her head and Ray asking if he has a pimple on his back.

I can't imagine those two doing anything that intimate, yet they've been together longer than some people who are married with two children. That's more than a bit off, and if Kendra doesn't see that as a sign their probably not fated to be together, she needs to spend more time off of the ship.

Honestly, I'm looking at any reason to tear them apart NOW before we have to suffer through the "look, she found Carter" thing. But about that...will she ever find Carter? Isn't Carter gone? Won't Kendra find herself in every timeline? Is she waiting to find a timeline where she's dead and Khufu is still alive and sporting another name?

It's very confusing.

Anywho. I wasn't as thrilled with Jonah Hex as I wanted to be. His shared past with Rip was barely explored, despite Ray picking up on the possibility Rip's son Jonas might have been named after the guy. Ray telling Jonah they might be "able to fix that" on the ship was funny, too.

Hex himself could have been interesting and had the building blocks to be so, but didn't have the material or plot line to see it play out. Too bad.

On the other hand, what lies ahead on Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 12 looks very cool. Another hunter is after them since the Omega Protocol is out on their asses. Death to them all to wipe 'em out of the timeline. They're starting with their young selves.

Rip has some secrets up his sleeve about his past that will come into play on "Last Refuge" that should be pretty cool and would, I would think, change things for all the Legends if it came true.

So tell me what you thought? Did you think it was cool that Stein probably inspired the HG Wells story "Time Machine"? What else was of interest?

Get a look at "Last Refuge" below and watch DC's Legends of Tomorrow online if you missed anything!

The Magnificent Eight Review

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Ray: No, no, but this town is being terrorized by the Stillwater gang and I am to do something about it.
Mick: Aim to. Gettin' all native on us, haircut.

Why can't a gang ever be a bunch of good guys?