On the premiere episode of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, we learned that Cisco has mad sewing skills, Dr. Stein makes what he wants happen no matter what and Rip Hunter is a big, fat liar. Let’s take a closer look at ‘Pilot, Part 1,’ shall we?
In 150 years, Vandal Savage has wreaked havoc on the world, destroying everyone and everything that gets in his way. Pretty good for a guy that was vaporized a few weeks ago in the crossover Arrow/Flash episode, eh? Rip Hunter pleads with the Counsel of the Time Masters to let him go back and destroy Savage before he becomes the evil, madman bent on destruction. Hunter is rebuffed, told that as a Time Master, his job is to make sure that the time line isn’t disrupted, not to change the course of history. The Council realizes Savage is a monster, but is undecided on whether or not eliminating Savage is the way to go. We cut to black as an angry Rip Hunter storms out of the chamber.
We then but to our Time Master boarding the Wave Runner and heading to 2016 to gather his team. How amazing and coincidental that everyone who is perfect for this mission either live in Star City or Central City and basically know each other? It’s just incredible. Anyway, Hunter basically kidnaps the eight members of his team, which include Ray Palmer aka ATOM, Sara Lance aka White Canary, Kendra Saunders aka Hawkgirl, Carter Hall aka Hawkman, Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold, Mick Rory aka Heat Wave and Dr. Martin Stein and Jax Jackson aka Firestorm. He then gives them this impassioned speech about being Legends where he comes from and him needing their help to save to world. This is where we get the bit about how Savage survived. Turns out, that as long as a cell is alive, he can be reincarnated, unless Hawkman and Hawkgirl do the killing. Pretty interesting and convenient loop hole there.
Everyone decides to join Hunter in his quest, except for Jax who is still working on this being a superhero thing and isn’t too keen on adding time travel to his list of accomplishments. Stein drugs him and takes him along anyway. The team travels back in time to 1975 to see the leading expert on Vandal Savage, Professor Aldus Boardman, who just also happens to be the son of the last incarnation of Saunders and Hall. Man, time travel and reincarnation can be so confusing! Boardman is set to die soon, but the Hawks decide to change history and insist on bringing him with them on their mission. As the team heads back to the ship, they’re attacked by a time travelling bounty hunter by the name of Cronus. While they manage to escape, Boardman is killed in the chaos, proving that time has a way of fixing itself. When the team confronts Hunter, he confesses that he has gone rogue and that he chose the team because they have no actual effect on history. Regardless of the deception, the team decides to continue with the mission, taking their fate into their own hands, intent on making a name for themselves.
Man, this was a pretty great debut episode. The action was solid and the story was good, albeit a little bit predictable. But what sets this show apart from a lot of them out there is the chemistry between the cast. I mean, seriously, Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are worth the price of admission alone! The one-liners and conversations that these two have are fantastic. Throw Caity Lotz’s unstable Sara Lance into the mix and you’re got gold right there! I also really liked that each of the characters got a few minutes to shine. They all bring something new and unique to the team, so it will be interesting to see them find a way to work together.
I also enjoy the fact that not everyone is necessarily a good guy, and that they haven’t made Snart and Rory do a flip flop on who they are. While Snart has always had slightly ambiguous motives and actions, he’s still so deliciously a bad guy. Captain Cold and Heat Wave have their own agenda when it comes to time travel, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out as the season progresses.
I’m still not a huge fan of the Hawkman and Hawkgirl costumes, but I can live with them I guess. I do really like the relationship between the two characters and that they have such a rich history. I would be happy if they got their own spin off showcasing their past lives together, although at this point I think that’s really just more of a dream on my part.
Overall, I think this was a fantastic way to introduce this new concept. While the characters aren’t necessarily new, at least to those that do watch Arrow and The Flash, it still managed to feel fresh. My main concern has always been how they were going to handle the time travel aspect, without affecting the current timeline playing out in Star City and Central City. By having Hunter be a seasoned time traveller, they seemed to have alleviated some of those fears. I can’t wait to see what part two of the pilot brings.
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