DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow S02E05 “Compromised” REVIEW
Airing in the UK on: Sky1, Thursdays, 8PM
Writers: Keto Shimizu, Grainne Godfree
Director: David Geddes
Essential Plot Points:
- In 1987, Eobard Thawne approaches Damien Darhk in the hope of forming a partnership but Darhk is not interested.
- Later, Nate discovers an aberration in the 1987 that threatens to undermine the INF treaty signing between Reagan and Gorbachev. When the team enters the White House and discovers Darhk is in attendance as a treaty negotiator, Sara tries to go after him to avenge Laurel’s death. This alerts security to their presence and the team must escape to reconvene.
- After a bit of spying, they learn that Darhk is secretly meeting the KGB to make a deal of his own.
- But young Stein is stabbed by Darhk in the process, after he stumbles across Darhk meeting with a KGB member.
- Darhk is after a box with a mysterious item inside.
- When the team fights Darhk and the Russians, they are able to defeat them but Sara spares Darhk before warning him that in the future he will fail in his master plan and he will die.
- Darhk recognises her from fighting her decades in the past.
- Eobard speeds Darhk away but Sara has already pick-pocketed the box from him.
- She informs the team that they have a time-travelling speedster to worry about.
- Darhk then agrees to team up with Eobard and then the two enter the time stream together.
- Other subplots include:
• Mick trying to coach Ray to take Snart’s place before realising that Ray cannot serve as a replacement and is better off embracing his own skills and merits.
• Amaya letting Nate know more details about the man behind the legend of his grandfather (it’s also implied they held an attraction for each other)
• Amaya is reunited with an elderly version of one of her former Justice Society of America teammates, Obsidian, who is initially annoyed with her for suddenly vanishing all those years ago (so presumably she never returns to her own timeline).
• Stein meets his younger self and tells him that regardless of his professional accomplishments, the only thing that matters is the love of his wife.
Against a 1980’s backdrop, the Legends gather to stop Damien Darhk. The most significant plot developments in “Compromised” is Darhk and Thawne teaming up, pushing the plot closer to inevitable crossovers with the other DC shows. The groundwork and planning all appear to be well thought-out, though it’s unclear as to whether the message from the future Barry Allen seen in the previous episode will also tie into all these moving pieces.
But the most impressive character arcs here are for Mick and Sara, as tending to grief becomes a central theme of the episode. Mick’s struggle to cope with his feelings surrounding Leonard Snart’s death not only allowed for greater insight into the normally emotionally-impenetrable Mick but also developed Ray’s rebirth after the destruction of his suit. Sara’s quest for vengeance came to a head when faced with the opportunity to kill Darhk but her decision to let him live is symbolic of closure and character development. On the other hand, the decision to reveal Darhk’s fate to him might have some long-lasting consequences the team will have to face later on.
Once again, the writers have sound the balance betwen the main episode arc and tending to the character needs of the vast majority of the Legends, which bodes well for the show’s future.
- Mick and Sara’s arcs presented a central theme of grief and how to move on from the loss of a loved one.
- Ray and Stein’s more secondary roles still allowed for an insight into their characters, with Ray finding his way back to finding his heroic identity after the loss of his suit, and Stein imploring his younger self to cherish his/their wife showing just how much Stein has come to value interpersonal relationships.
- Despite being the newest member of the team, Amaya has already showed significant character depth and any time she uses her metahuman abilities, it’s quite a treat.
- Nate still has yet to assert his importance as a team member, as he continues to play the role of a filler character who mainly serves as a plot servicing device for the other characters. Even his family ties to the Justice Society of America enable Amaya to open up about her grief at losing her team. The return of an elderly Obsidian proved more compelling than any of Nate’s material, as Obsidian showed that the greatest heroes never lose their bravery and urge to protect others.
And The Random:
- This episode saw the return of Graeme McComb as young Martin Stein; we last saw him in the second part of the show’s pilot, which was set in the early ’70s. Though McComb is a competent actor, the make-up artists on Legends of Tomorrow would’ve done well to use a bit of aging make-up or changed his hair up a bit, as he looked a bit too young for the time jump forward in Stein’s life.