‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’- A Look Forward… and a Look Back

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In our last talk, I expressed relief that “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” had opted to dial back the team somewhat, after seemingly expanding them to a near-ridiculous level by adding the Justice Society of America. Fortunately, that proved to be a means to an end, so as to make up for the loss of some of the initial team from Season One, by adding Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), as well as provide a connection to another new recruit, Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), who proved to be related to one of the members.

However, as we discovered, sometimes more is better, as was the case with the fun crossover event with CW sister shows “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.” What’s more, the mid-season finale ended with a surprise return by former captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who is inexplicably now seemingly an American indie film director! (I’d say you can’t make this stuff up, but clearly someone did, so…)

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What’s more, we saw the formation of yet another team- this one made up of baddies- the soon-to-be revealed Legion of Doom, as evidenced by the recently released trailer, which can be seen here. Thus far, they are made up of Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Eobard Thawne, aka the “Reverse Flash” (Matt Letscher), and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).

Rumor has it that they will be joined by none other than Captain Cold himself, Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), though how he went from the hero last seen at the end of Season One- not counting his cameo in the most recent episode, of course- to his former villainous self remains to be seen.

However, given the time-traveling capabilities of all concerned, it would seem to indicate that the Legion will recruit an earlier incarnation of Snart, before he went all good on us, which I imagine will have some unpleasant consequences in the future timeline as well. We also saw in the last episode that Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) was seeing Snart as a sort of taunting hallucination, so it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility that he might end up falling into bad habits when his old cohort shows up, this time back to his old tricks. We shall see, I guess.

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Another potential character likely to show up is Laurel Lance, aka Black Canary (Katie Cassidy). Yes, I’m well aware she died on “Arrow” some time ago, and that she still seemed as such in the crossover event, where she was glimpsed in the “Arrow” episode of the series as part of a sort of virtual reality/Matrix-style scenario in which she was meant to distract the characters who were taken by the Dominators.

That said, Cassidy signed a new contract to appear as a series regular across ALL of the CW superhero shows as needed. “Supergirl” seems unlikely, with “The Flash” being slightly less so- Cassidy has appeared on the show before, so it’s not completely unprecedented- but it seems a more than safe bet she will crop up on both “Arrow” and “Legends,” what with the father of her character on the former and the sister of her character on the latter.

What remains unknown is the how, given that producers insist her character will remain dead. Cassidy did crop up as Black Siren on the aforementioned “Flash,” so perhaps that will be the loophole in question. But as much fun as that was, it’s not quite the same as her much-beloved Black Canary character, so I suspect that if she does crop up on “Legends,” it won’t be as the Siren, but rather because Sara (Caity Lotz) went back in time to see her for whatever reason.

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Perhaps a one-off team-up wouldn’t be out of the question? Remember, she’s often expressed the desire to save her sister, which before was expressly forbidden by Dr. Stein (Victor Garber), but now, with the development that something he did caused him to have a daughter that didn’t previously exist the last time he was in the present, it’s entirely possible he might have second thoughts about all that.

Besides, with the Legion wreaking havoc with the timeline, why shouldn’t Sara get in on it? It would also be interesting to see what the repercussions might be if Sara yanked Laurel out of her timeline before her untimely death and what the ripple effect of that action might be. Hopefully, we’ll find out, because I do miss Cassidy as a regular on “Arrow.” I know I complained about too many cooks in the kitchen previously, but in her case, I would make an exception, even if it were just for a brief, shining moment.

Matt

Finally, the last addition to the show will be one in the past- and this one is a real eyebrow raiser. Apparently, in an upcoming episode, one of the characters will be none other than… wait for it… George Lucas! Yep, Matt Angel (“Grimm”) has already been cast as the legendary “Star Wars” creator, who apparently will quit film school as a result of some time aberration. As you might have guessed, this would mean no “Star Wars” or perhaps even Indiana Jones- the episode title is a nod to that one, entitled “Raiders of the Lost Art.”

As such, the ripple effect is that Ray, a big SW fan, and Nate, a big IJ fan, wouldn’t have followed their respective career paths, which you can see would be a problem for obvious reasons. Thus, it will be up to the team to convince Lucas to hang in there, lest Ray and Nate not become the people they will be in the then-future. Maybe while they’re at it, they can convince him not to do “Howard the Duck” or the SW prequels as well, lol. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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I imagine all this will also tie into the fact that Rip is a filmmaker as well. Maybe Lucas is an intern on Rip’s film that he slighted or something, who knows? Either way, this sounds like a lot of fun, and in keeping with the overall lighter tone this season for the show, so I’m onboard with it. BTW, in other good news, the CW expanded the current season by four episodes, bringing the grand total to 17, so that’s a vote in favor of the show’s continuing for another season, which is a relief.

On the other hand, the CW is also relocating the show to Tuesdays, which may not be a good move, given some of the competition it would be facing that night. As it stands, the show is one of the five highest-rated CW series, so it would be a shame to affect that adversely by moving it to a place where the competition would be stiffer. (The night also features the highly-rated “This is Us,” as well as the modestly successful “Bull” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

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I guess we’ll see what happens come January 24th, but I’m of the mind that it’s more likely than not that the show will stick around for at least one more season, being how integral it is to the network’s overall line-up, and the whole “Arrow”-verse thing. However, if ratings sink like a stone, it might not be enough to save the show, especially considering they can always launch another related superhero show to take its place.

Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but in the meantime, I look forward to the next part of the season and all these new developments. Be sure and let me know what you think as well down below, and any predictions you might have as to what might happen next, especially as it pertains to the Legion of Doom and Cassidy’s potential appearance on the show and how that might go down.

Join me next month for another look at the show. Until then, thanks for reading, and have a happy holidays! :)