DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow S02E04 “Abominations” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- A time pirate crash lands in Mississippi, 1863, and sends out a beacon for help which the Legends pick up.
- The Legends arrive and destroy the crashed ship and encounter a black man, Henry Scott, who is being chased by zombie Confederate soldiers, created from an infection picked up from the time pirate.
- The Legends kill those zombies but Henry is mortally wounded in the encounter. He passes his mission on to Jefferson; Henry was a Union spy tasked with stealing Confederate battle plans for General Grant.
- When the team returns to the ship they find that Mick has become infected with the virus.
- Ray and Martin get to work on finding a cure, while Sara and Nate track down Grant to warn him of the zombies and Jefferson and Amaya go after the plans.
- Ray’s first attempts at curing Mick don’t work, leaving him and Stein trapped on the ship with an increasingly dangerous Mick.
- Jefferson poses as a servant at a swish party to get the plans but after an unfortunate encounter with a slaveowner he ends up locked up with some slaves.
- Amaya gets into the party too and is able to free both him and the other black prisoners. Despite Jefferson’s earlier objections to interfering with history, he decides that it’s worth the risk as this treatment is the true abhorrence that needs to be stopped.
- Jefferson is able to get hold of the plans and as the plantation becomes overrun by a zombie attack, he and Amaya burn it down.
- Grant’s camp has also been attacked by zombies but Sara uses Nate’s metahuman abilities to kill them.
- Jax poses as Henry Scott to complete his mission and deliver the plans to Grant, which will lead to a victory for the Union.
- Ray’s cure eventually works, albeit with a delay and just in time to keep Mick from killing/infecting Stein.
- Finally, Mick gives Ray Leonard Snart’s cold gun as a token of appreciation for saving his life.
Though Legends Of Tomorrow hit a series low in the previous episode, the writers and creators have come back strongly with “Abominations” which displays far greater sensitivity and sensibility when incorporating the difficulties Legends face when travelling to socially regressive time periods and locations.
It was great to see Jefferson coming into his own and acting the true hero, not just half a superhero. Strong moments, such as when he informed Stein that it was his own choice whether or not to put himself in danger on the mission, helped show how his character has developed. Amaya also proved a compelling hero, but with Jefferson being one of the original team members, the writers were wise to keep more of the focus on him.
- Though part of this may be attributed to the network’s censorship rules, the episode didn’t overdo the violence when expressing the brutal reality of the time period. Too often, films and television series on slavery toe the line of glamourising violence or even romanticising the dynamics between slave-owners and slave characters but this episode maintained a balance in subverting those problematic tendencies.
- There were three running subplots all neatly intertwined: Jefferson and Amaya going after the battle plans; Sara and Nate going to warn Grant; and Ray and Stein trying to cure an infected Mick. This episode was one of the strongest the show has had in regards to giving quality character moments and storytelling to the whole range of characters. One repeated criticism Legends Of Tomorrow has had has the overcrowding of characters but “Abominations” proves that the juggling act can work.
- Nate feels the most forced addition to the Legends. With the loss of Leonard and Rip, Nate feels like he’s simply filling a demographic hole. If he is intended to balance the loss of Rip, the writers have quite a taskd to make him compelling considering how powerful Arthur Darvill’s dramatic performances were.
And The Random:
- Mick giving Ray Leonard Snart’s cold gun begs the question of whether this is an indication of what type of weaponry we can expect Ray to use in the coming battles considering that his suit has been destroyed.