Previously on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “Helen Hunt”
When Are We?
With Sara still in a medically-induced coma and healing from her last run-in with Damian Darhk, the Legends decide to take correct a new anachronism, one targeting soldiers in the jungles of Vietnam during the height of the war.
Posing as journalists and undercover CIA agents, The Legends follow a local woman into the jungle so she can show them the “god” that is responsible for the disappearance of soldiers. Nate and Mick run into Mick’s abusive father (serving in the military), and are forced to work alongside him to recover the missing men. Meanwhile, Amaya, Ray, and Zari meet the anachronism responsible for brainwashing the soldiers and local folks: Grodd.
The telepathic gorilla hopes to start a third world war so mankind can wipe itself out once and for all. When he learns the Legends are time travelers, he attempts to steal the Waverider to go back in time and stop humankind from ever existing.
*takes a look around the world today*
I get it, Grodd. I get it.
Mick isn’t the only one dealing with a personal crisis in the jungle. Amaya is still unsure how she should proceed against Kuasa, and Jax ends up saving President Johnson’s life as he sets out to prove that should the uncoupling of Firestorm leave him without powers, he’ll still be valuable to the team.
Just like this week’s episode of The Flash, this week’s Legends was serviceable. It was fine. It was nowhere near the greatness they’ve delivered thus far this season, though. Even when it comes to The Flash, I’ve always thought a little Grodd goes a long way, and the writers have now shown they know how to (for the most part) reinsert him in the universe in a believable way. This episode didn’t really focus on Grodd and it was better for it. Watching people do desperate things due to the effects of war was far more interesting than most subplots on these DCTV shows.
I also appreciate the way each episode has handled the natural reactions both Jax and Stein have about their upcoming parting. This is an example of what we mean when we say a plot point feels earned. Nothing about this is rushed and it prepares the characters, and the audience, for the future change.