Five Reasons You Should be Watching DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Savage, Snart, Lance, Hunter, Palmer, Stein, Jackson, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Heat Wave - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Following on the success of Arrow and The Flash, The CW has launched another comic book based TV program that could also be thought of as a spin off from Arrow and The Flash, since many of the characters come from those programs. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premiered on January 21, 2016, and runs on Thursdays at 8 pm EST.

If you are not into super hero programs, you may have missed the premiere. But, I happen to think that this show merits looking at for what it offers beyond the super hero aspects. Please don’t get me wrong – it is an important piece of the DC Comics TV super hero world. There is just a lot more to it!

Cool Ship
 

Stein, Palmer, Hunter, Lance, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Snart, Firestorm Heat Wave - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

What, I need to say more? Ok, sure. The ship, which is both a space ship and time ship, is called the Waverider. It really looks cool, which is a very important ingredient for a ship in my opinion! Oh, and get this – it has seat restraints! Yes, no more throwing the occupants around when they hit some spatial anomaly or turbulence!

The ship is full of all kinds of cool tech, being from the future and all. One of the best parts about it, and this does seem to be the trend for space ships in recent programs, is that there is an AI helping to run the ship. For fans of The Flash, her name is Gideon, and any relationship between the two Gideons remains to be seen.

Dr. Who Vibe
 

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

No disrespect intended to Dr. Who, and in fact I mean this as a compliment, but for me, this show has a definite Dr. Who vibe to it. While probably not technically a Whovian, I did watch regularly during the Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant incarnations of the Doctor. So, I feel that I am qualified to comment on the perceived vibe.

Most likely my reason for seeing a similarity is the time travel aspect of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but I don’t think that is all. The special effects of the ship traveling through time also remind me of Dr. Who, and ok, the captain of the Waverider, Rip Hunter, is from London, so there’s that lovely accent. Plus, doesn’t the dude in the picture above remind you of a Cyberman?

Heroes Team
 

Palmer, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Lance, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Firestorm, Stein - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

So, what do you get when you assemble a motley crew of eight people with super powers or advanced technology? You get an entertaining TV show – that is what you get. The fact that this group consists of two meta-human criminals from The Flash, a technology genius from Arrow, a resurrected former member of the League of Assassins from Arrow, a meta-human duo from The Flash and a pair of reincarnated Egyptians from The Flash makes for some very entertaining side beats. The most interesting dialogue is when they pair up disparate characters and force them to work together. Thus, if you pair good guy tech genius Ray Palmer, for instance, with wisecracking criminal Leonard Snart, well, I think you get the idea.

At the same time, it allows for some important character development. We know a little about these characters from their previous appearances on The Flash and Arrow, but because they were not the primary characters, there was not that much detail. Now, on their own show, and put into situations where they may or may not feel comfortable, we can begin to see who they are, and perhaps understand them on a deeper level.

Villain is Formidable
 

Vandal Savage - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Vandal Savage – just his name is fear worthy! According to the premise of the show, in the future, 2166 to be specific, Vandal has conquered the earth. We know that Vandal is immortal from his past appearances on The Flash. In fact, he is a contemporary of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, having lusted after Chay-Ara aka Hawkgirl in Ancient Egypt.

Because of dark matter in the meteor that struck the palace, Vandal is immortal, and the Hawks reincarnate. Vandal kills them to increase his power, thus creating a terrible cycle. Because Vandal has lived for so long, he has acquired formidable skills plus having magical powers. This combination makes him very hard to defeat.

Two Words: Time Travel
 

Stein, Lance, Jackson - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

I happen to be a big fan of time travel, even if I agree with Capt. Janeway: “Time travel . . . I swore that I would never let myself get caught up in one of these God-forsaken paradoxes. The future is the past, the past is the future … it all gives me a headache.” (Star Trek: Voyager, Future’s End, ep 8-9, season 3) While I don’t always follow all of the technobabble about why this and that will happen, I still think it is a hoot to travel in time.

Well, my friends, this program is chock full of hoot worthy material. This merry band of legends travels to the past on a regular basis, and no matter how careful they are, or not, they so far have proven themselves very capable of messing up the timeline! That’s right; we may already be living in an alternate timeline thanks to them!

 

Have you been watching DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? What do you think of it? Are you enjoying it, or not so much? Sound off in the comments section below and tell me what you think!