DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 8 Review: The Chicago Way

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And then there were three.

There are three members to the Legion of Doom as of the end of DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 8, and a surprising character return. Sort of.

Essentially, we were given some Christmas gifts, but were they as impressive as they could have been?

The Legion of Doom - DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 8

The best thing about the hour was the way Ray and Nate continued to bond.

One moment they were scrapping like two ten-year-old boys and the next they were giggling together while making fun of "mom" aka Sara. 

Their sibling rivalry easily delivered the best Legends of Tomorrow quotes throughout the hour, as well. 

Nate: That's Eliot Ness.
Ray: Pfft. Doesn't look like Kevin Costner.

And in case you didn't think someone in the writers' room was fascinated with that movie, it was brought up not once, not twice, but at least three more times throughout the episode.

Nate: What just happened?
Ray: Well, it's the strangest thing. Two cops just escorted Eliot Ness to the Bureau.
Nate: They're not escorting him to the Bureau! They're gonna throw him in the river!
Ray: What?
Nate: Ray, 1920 Chicago PD was the most corrupt police force in history. Almost all of them were on Capone's payroll. Did you or did you not see The Untouchables?

That made the show a lot of fun. 

Interestingly, I don't think we really found out why the Legion chose 1927 to create an aberration to lure the Legends into the evil plot.

It was arbitrary, but maybe because if three bad guys are going to team up for the first time, what better place than where gangsters ruled?

Plus, everyone looks so darn amazing in those clothes. 

Flapper - DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 8

Mick and Amaya had some more time to bond, and she's still coming around to the fact he's a good guy. She even stole something for him to make him happy and see what it felt like to be a little like him.

After all, he's the one who had to save the day in the end. 

Amaya: Aren't you forgetting something? Nate and Ray?
Mick: Those idiots have done nothing but get in the way.
Ray: Uh, guys? We're standing right here.

Ray and Nate were too busy bickering to be as effective as they should have been, and Stein shouldn't have been in the field at all. 

Stein's attention was entirely devoted to the memories of his daughter that were flooding his mind. And that's fine. But the real issue was what would happen if anyone found out. He was concerned someone would make him erase her.

Well, letting the floodgates open so memories pour down upon you hardly seemed like the right approach. Just in case someone wanted to force him to make things right, he needed to get things out there.

Hey Malcolm, I'll take a nightmare that's real over a dream that's a lie.

Sarah

But it was Sara's actions and what she learned from him that led him to reveal the secret. Of course, Sara was angry, since he was the biggest opponent to her killing Darhk and saving Laurel.

Ironic as he was being held and interrogated by Darhk. Whether or not he killed Laurel, for what reason would they want to keep Damien Darhk alive in any timeline?

Isn't that a what would you do if you met Hitler kind of thing? He's just a bad dude. Kill him wherever he stands. Same goes for Malcolm and Eobard.

Gosh. What I wouldn't give for Eobard to be witty and fun like he was during the first season of The Flash. He was a character we loved to hate and hated to love when he was wearing Harrison Wells' skin. Without that skin, he lost all sense of humor.

Now that we know he's still carrying that gizmo in his pocket, should we believe Malcolm wanted to screw with Oliver before he signed his Legion contract? Maybe the Laurel Lance Oliver saw in the lair on Arrow Season 5 Episode 9 was Eobard in her skin.

That would mean he would have had to suck her skin imprint from somewhere, but with all the timelines, earths and whatnot, that seems quite an easy task.

Now we know what they're up to with the amulet. It helps locate the Spear of Destiny. And what can they do with that? Oh, only rewrite reality itself.

Oddly enough, they need Rip Hunter to do that. And Rip? He's apparently in the '70s, without his accent, directing a movie about himself as a time master. 

What in the crazy hell is that all about? He must be suffering quite a bit of amnesia from being sucked out of the Waverider, and like any sane person, thinks what he does remember is simply good fiction.

While we're talking about insanity. Let's get back to my boyfriend, Mick. First of all, for shame, Nate. For shame.

Gideon: Special Agent Ness has suffered severe hypoxia. It will take some time to reverse his brain damage.
Nate: You can reverse brain damage? Why haven't you helped Rory out? [chuckles]
Gideon: Who says I haven't?

Since he thought he was so darn smart, I'd like to point out, again, who saved the day in the end and who had to point out to the bickering schoolboys they're supposed to be partners who have each other's backs.

Amaya: Aren't you forgetting something? Nate and Ray?
Mick: Those idiots have done nothing but get in the way.
Ray: Uh, guys? We're standing right here.

Yes, those two idiots.

What was up with the visions of Snart? Is he having them because he's feeling guilty about being a good guy? Are we finally seeing what's been holding him back?

Since Amaya has come on board, we've certainly come to know Mick a little better. We know he struggles with his reality, including the knowledge people like Nate thinks about him as a dummy.

We know he gives them exactly what they expect, but that he's light years beyond what they give him credit for understanding, so he doesn't do it.

They Mick like a pet, and he acts like one. Amaya expects more from him, and he meets those expectations. He's battling something internal, and since it's bringing up the spirit of Snart and what sacrificing yourself for your friends gets you, Mick seems on the edge of a breakthrough.

What do you think? Is Mick about to break out of character and grow a bit? Is Rip suffering an incredible bout of amnesia? What did you think of the Legion of Doom? Do you think they'll be more impressive if they remain in their 1927 garb?

Hit the comments and tell me what you hope will come our way in January. Feel free to watch DC's Legends of Tomorrow online to keep yourselves entertained in the meantime!

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

Nate: What just happened?
Ray: Well, it's the strangest thing. Two cops just escorted Eliot Ness to the Bureau.
Nate: They're not escorting him to the Bureau! They're gonna throw him in the river!
Ray: What?
Nate: Ray, 1920 Chicago PD was the most corrupt police force in history. Almost all of them were on Capone's payroll. Did you or did you not see The Untouchables?

Nate: That's Eliot Ness.
Ray: Pfft. Doesn't look like Kevin Costner.