Rip Hunter is basically The Doctor: a rogue member of a group of time travelers, who steals a time machine and travels through time and space with companions, and occasionally encounters a powerful sworn enemy.
Legends of Tomorrow is the first team superhero show (if you don’t count the fact that Arrow now has about 50-leven of them helping Oliver Queen), a spinoff of both Arrow and The Flash. The pilot was fun, and shows promise, but the weak points need to be addressed if it’s going to have legs.
Of all the side characters and villains featured on both Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow chose Ray Palmer (The Atom), Firestorm (Dr. Stein & Jax), Captain Cold and Heat Wave, Sara Lance (The White Canary), and Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Oddly enough, it kinda works.
Rip travels back to 2016 to gather these future “legends” and asks for their assistance in taking down Vandal Savage, an immortal who will one day rule the world. The Hawks have a personal interest in seeing Vandal gone once and for all as their fates have been tied to his for centuries. The others take a bit more convincing and eventually agree for various (and some not to so noble) reasons.
They travel back to the ’70s to interview a historian, Aldus Boardman, with knowledge of Savage’s movements. Boardman is due to die within 24 hours of their arrival, so any contact with him should have little to no effect on the timeline. This encounter reveals a shocking connection between Boardman and the Hawks, and also gives a few of the team members an opportunity to bond over a bar brawl.
Unfortunately for our merry band of time traveling legends, the Time Masters have sent a bounty hunter named Chronos after Rip, and his arrival forces Rip to tell the truth about why these legends were chosen. That was a nice twist and forced the group to re-evaluate their motivations for participating. It will be interesting to see how it plays out and what, if any, growth this brings out of the characters individually and as a team.
Now for those weak spots:
I understand that Hawkgirl and Hawkman have a loyal following from the comic books and DC’s animated series/movies, but I’ve yet to see what makes these two characters so compelling. And those masks gotta go. They just look ridiculous.
I can forgive the cheesy dialogue when it’s delivered by characters who are just so damn likable like Jax, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and The Atom.
So, we really drugging a black man and taking him on a voyage without his consent in 2016? Right before Black History Month? Okay.
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Editor’s Note: A previous version incorrectly listed Laurel Lance as The White Canary.
Legends of Tomorrow S1E1
Promising start. I’m sticking around for the action and characters like Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and White Canary, and because I enjoy the interactions between Jax and Dr. Stein. I curious how far back they’ll travel because I still say you can’t take Jax back before 1970. TOPS!