Legends of Tomorrow “Out of Time” Review (Season 2 Episode 1)

Hold on a second, is Legends of Tomorrow a good show now? Obviously, a single episode is too little evidence to make so bold a claim on, but “Out of Time” is better than any episode the first season of the show offered. It’s a beacon of hope that the showrunners have figured out how best to utilize this cast and offer fun, weekly time travel escapades.

And the emphasis really goes on the word “fun” here. Despite being a show about a group of superpowered individuals bouncing around the timeline, Legends was almost always a fairly dark, serious show in its first season. Sure, there was the occasional lighthearted romp like “Night of the Hawk” or “The Magnificent Eight,” but the hunt for Vandal Savage rarely let the characters let loose and enjoy themselves.

This season premiere, on the other hand, is all about the characters just having fun protecting the timeline. It’s exhausting work and Rip is as curmudgeonly as ever, but the opening adventure shows that this group is having way more fun than they ever have before. That fun is infectious, and it makes for an hour of television that has me excited to keep following the team this season.

And because of how lighthearted the episode is, it allows the more dramatic moments to stand out. The team is having more fun, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t all still the damaged, aimless characters they were before. A trip to the 1940s gives Sara a chance to try and save her sister by killing Damien Darhk, with Ray’s difference of opinion leading to an argument between the two. As a viewer of The Flash, I’m inclined to say that Sara actually succeeding in that goal this season could have disastrous results. On the other hand, this is Legends, where the only rule of time travel is that there are no rules.

Speaking of, yes, the show still has the loose, ill-defined time travel rules it did before, with even more ridiculous concepts like time quakes thrown into the mix here. However, I’m willing to give that a pass this season if the show stops attempting to mine so much drama from the time travel itself. So far so good in that regard, another element helped by the lighter tone.

But let’s be real, the big win of this episode – and this season – is the arrival of Damien Darhk and Reverse-Flash as two of the season’s Big Bads. Neal McDonough was the undisputed MVP of season 4 of Arrow, so having him jump to another show and continue his run is fantastic. Matt Letscher, meanwhile, has recently proven himself as a worthy successor to Tom Cavanaugh as the real Eobard Thawne. This is a great pair of villains, and that they’ll soon be joined by Malcolm Merlyn and the returning Captain Cold to form the full-on Legion of Doom? There’s an insane amount of glorious scenery-chewing in our future, my friends.

What did you think of this week’s premiere? Let me know in the comments!