DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow S02E01 “Out Of Time” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- The episode opens in 2016 with historian Nate Heywood visiting Oliver Queen in his mayor’s office, already aware that he’s the Green Arrow. He warns him that the Waverider was been caught in a nuclear blast in 1942. The Legends are in danger.
- They locate the ship but find only Mick onboard in stasis. They wake him so he can fill them in on what happened.
- He tells them how, after saving the King of France in 1637 from assassins with laser guns, the Legends carried on to the next aberration in history. They experience a time quake from a particularly large aberration in New York in 1942. A nuclear bomb will be detonated by Nazis and Damien Darhk is behind the cataclysmic event.
- The Legends try to temporarily rescue/kidnap Albert Einstein, believing that Nazi intend to kidnap him and force him to create the atomic bomb that will destroy New York, but the Waverider shows that this intervention hasn’t stopped the attack.
- With Einstein’s help, they deduce that the Nazis have kidnapped Einstein’s ex-wife and forced her to build the atomic bomb.
- The Legends attack Darhk and the Nazi henchmen and a battle ensues. Despite Ray insisting that Sara needs to not try to prematurely kill Damien Darhk in order to prevent Laurel’s death in the future, she tries to anyway. Darhk is able to escape and launch an atomic bomb toward New York using a U-boat.
- Rip determines the only way to save New York is intercept the bomb with the Waverider, but he’s not sure it will survive. So he sends the team members to different points in time, except for Mick who is injured and wouldn’t be able to survive the time travel. After Mick is put in stasis, Rip uses the Waverider to intercept the bomb.
- Back in the present there’s no sign of Rip on the Waverider and Oliver can’t run off to travel through time so he suggests that Nate Haywood team up with Mick to use the Waverider to travel through time and rescue all the other Legends.
- They first track down Ray 70 million years in the past about to be eaten by a dinosaur.
- In the year 821, in Tintangel (sic), England, Stein and Jackson are about to be killed after pretending to be wizards for the entertainment of a child ruler.
- Sara is about to be executed as a witch in Salem, 1693, for “corrupting” the women of the village.
- Rip is the only person who can’t be located by Nate and neither can Gideon. She only has a final message to play from him in which he wishes them luck on their future missions and hopes to see them again.
- In order to save the Einsteins from being forced into building an atomic bomb, they travel back to compel Albert Einstein into giving credit to his ex-wife so that he new fame makes her less easily kidnapped.
- Ray promises Sara that they will get justice for Laurel but their attempt to leave 1942 is interrupted by a visit from the Justice Society of America.
- Also, Darhk’s partner is revealed to be Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse-Flash.
The second season premiere opened with an immediate tie-in to the larger DC television universe, which initially feels like a mere crossover gimmick (ooh look – Oliver Queen!) but eventually makes sense and blends smoothly into the narrative.
A more intriguing tie-in to the greater Arrowverse is the new Damien Darhk/Eobard Thawne supervillain tag team. Although it seems likely that this is the first step on the path to the big, full-blown four-show crossover event set to take place later in the season, this narrative development fits well within this show in its own right.
Despite there being such a large cast of leads, each Legends team member is allotted their own moments to shine and be individually compelling. With this solid premiere, it would seem that the show’s writers have maintained the momentum from the first season.
- Making Mick the central Legend and narrator of the story is a high point and good choice, as it allows the character to be grounded in a way that time normally doesn’t allow for. Mick is often used for primarily for comic relief but this episode shows he can hold his own as a character with dramatic weight, and not deliver a collection of gruff one-liners.
- With this episode in particular, the show displayed an ability to adapt old tropes to the modern era by making Sara the “swashbuckling ladies’ man” with an uncanny knack for charming and seducing women from all across time. Sara’s serious material was also excellent as her interactions with both Ray and Darhk show that she is still grieving the loss of Laurel, whose memory is being respected by having Sara committed to getting justice for her with the rest of the team.
- Dr Stein, the oldest member of the team, being so eager to meet Albert Einstein was full of charm and humour, reminding viewers how fortunate it is to have an actor of Victor Garber’s calibre on every week.
- The Justice Society of America is one of the most exciting developments of this new season. The writers of this show have no hesitation in jumping right in and making full use of the wide array of characters that the DC universe offers them.
- Mick’s fish-out-of-water attitude towards wearing 17th century French attire was a comedy high point of the episode along with his latest one-liner, “I love roasting Nazis!”
- Jackson jumping off the side of a balcony to merge with Dr Stein into Firestorm was a truly magnificent special effects sequence.
- Oliver Queen was little more than a plot device. It’s not his show, so he shouldn’t pull focus but overall his presence was just filler.
- Why did Rip send all the legends to different points in time? Hopefully this will be explained in a future episode but if not, it was one of the most baffling plans ever concocted.
And The Random:
- Tintagel guys, not Tintangel! How would you like it if Doctor Who had an episode set in Gettysbug?
- The members of the Justice Society we get to are (from left to right in the pic below): Stargirl (Sarah Grey), Obsidian (Dan Payne), Dr Mid-Nite (Kwesi Ameyaw), Vixen (Maisie Richardson- Sellers) and Commander Steel (Matthew MacCaull). Hourman (Patrick J Adams) is absent, but is seen in publicity pics for the next episode.
Reviewed by Jenevia Kagawa Darcy