DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – First Season Overview

Miranda, Jonas, Leonard, Sarah, Martin, Jax, Rex, Kendra, Ray, Mick - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow wrapped its first season on May 19, 2016 and so this seems like the perfect time to look back over the season and reflect on it a bit. A lot of people have very strong opinions about it, with very vociferous debates occurring online and no doubt in living rooms across the US. What I would like to focus on is what worked for me, what did not work for me, and what I am excited about for season two.

What Worked
1. Visiting Different Eras in Time

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For me, one of the most fun aspects of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was when they visited different eras in time. They had a chance to do the “fish out of water” trope, which I always highly enjoy. Watching characters trying to fit in and adjust quickly to the year they are visiting leads to lots of fun dialogue and situations.

I must also admit that since I am a woman of a certain age, when they visited the 1970s, well, I was alive then, so it was like a trip down memory lane for me!

2. Interpersonal Character Interactions

Sarah and Leonard - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

I really enjoyed how the writers paired different members of the team to work together in different situations. Especially notable were the Ray/Mick pairings, the Sarah/Mick pairings and the Sarah/Leonard pairings.

Ray and Mick are two such different personalities, with Ray being the Eagle Scout and Mick being the criminal. Despite that, they saved each other’s lives on different occasions and Mick has adopted various nicknames for Ray that in my opinion can only be considered a sign of friendly affection.

Sarah and Mick have a very different dynamic, since she is a former member of the League of Assassins and thus has killed numerous people. She and Mick can relate on a whole different level, and Sarah is also not afraid to speak her mind with wisdom beyond her years and had earned Mick’s respect.

In a similar way, Sarah and Leonard are both familiar with the villainous side of their personalities, but Leonard’s journey to redemption also mirrors her struggle to put the League of Assassins behind her. Their conversations were always enlightening and loads of fun to watch!

3. Mick Rory’s Growth

Mick - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

In the beginning of the first season, Mick Rory was perhaps the least developed character. Knowing so little about him made it difficult to relate to him, and it is critical for the audience to relate to a character in order to understand their motivations and behavior. However, as the season progressed the writers did a good job of allowing his character to grow both through his one-on-one interactions with other team members, in particular Ray and Sarah, and through showing us some of his backstory.

4. The Realization That the Past Could Not Be Changed

Miranda and Jonas - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

There are many ideas about time travel and whether or not the past can or even should be changed. One theory holds that the past cannot change, and any attempt to alter it will just result in failure. This seems to be the model being followed on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and I think it works well. After all, if they are going to be changing major events in time, such as the death of loved ones, that could consume the show like it did in the first season, and bog it down such that every time someone critical dies the characters seek a reset.

What Didn’t Work
1. Ray/Kendra Romance

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I have gone on record many times in opposition to main characters on action/adventure shows being involved in a romance. I stand by my belief for this show, and found the Ray/Kendra romance to be a good example of why I object to this kind of hooking up. Both characters were weakened by this story line, and way too much time was devoted to the drama of their on-again/off-again relationship. Once in a relationship, the characters become vulnerable and make dumb decisions as they pause for longing glances at each other during critical action moments.

2. Killing off Leonard Snart

Leonard - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

So, Leonard Snart was my favorite character on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. I understand that the actor did not want to be a regular anymore, and does remain under contract to the studio, opening the character up for guest appearances on The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and also possibly on Arrow and Supergirl, but I will sorely miss seeing him and hope that they are able to find lots of ways to work him into episodes.

What I am Excited For in The Second Season
1. New Characters

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I do not read the comic books, but I know that people that do seem to be pretty excited with the fact that the finale introduced us to a character from the Justice Society of America. For me, what this means is there will be new characters in season two, and that always is lots of fun, with new dynamics to explore, and interesting abilities to use!

2. Different Adventures

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The fact that it seems they have abandoned the quest to change time and save dead people opens the door to lots of new exciting adventures! The team will now be protecting the time line with Rip, and that fact, in my mind, allows for many potential villains because bad guys will try to take advantage of the destruction of the Time Masters and come looking for a fight. I am looking forward to see where this all leads us next year!


What are your opinions about season one and the possibilities presented for season two of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? Let me know your thoughts about season one and prognostications for season two and what you hope to see! I love reading your ideas because I always learn so much!