‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ (Season 2): What a Rip-Off

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Since my last write-up, we’ve had only two episodes of the show, so let’s get down to it. On the first episode of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” entitled “Turncoat,” we basically picked right up where we left off, with erstwhile captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) having been literally brainwashed by Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) to help him round up the scattered pieces of the Spear of Destiny, which has the ability to rewrite reality as we know it- and permanently.

Would-be film director Rip was moderately amusing, but it’s disconcerting having Rip turn bad- albeit not necessarily in a bad way. After all, it’s a standard comic book trope to have a “good” character go “bad,” so that they have lots of stuff to deal with when they inevitably become “good” again. It does take some getting used to, though.

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Over the course of the next two episodes, Rip will certainly have a lot to answer for, that’s for sure, from gunning down George Washington (though that, naturally, gets undone almost immediately) to nearly taking Sara (Caity Lotz) Lance’s life altogether. And he’s not done, as by the end of the second episode, he’s still “bad,” and clearly up to something even more nefarious in the making.

The first episode, aptly-titled “Turncoat”- which is old school for traitor- was definitely the best of the two, thanks to some snappy dialogue, with even Gideon getting in on the action (Sara: “I’m beginning to think our supercomputer isn’t so super.” Gideon: “I heard that. You try processing 1.2 zettabytes of data.”). However, despite that, there were some undeniable holes in the plot, for sure.

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I know what you’re thinking: what else is new? But I’m not talking about the ins and outs of time travel and the ripple effect it has- I can live with that. What is harder to reconcile is more commonsensical errors in writing judgment, such as Rip’s soldiers not only being incredibly blase about being presented with modernized weaponry and seemingly even more so about the presence of a spaceship, but also being able to break into said ship with relative ease by using what appeared to be mere rope!

Factor in the fact that while Jax (Franz Drameh) was understandably hesitant to outright kill Rip, lest he be “fixed” later on, he just handed over the piece of the spear like it was nothing, even though it would have been preferable to simply wound Rip and take him back to the ship to have Gideon heal him and try and figure out what was going on. As Rory (Dominic Purcell) amusingly says in the opening spiel, which was priceless: “Who writes this stuff?”

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Fortunately, if you could get past the nonsense, it was still a fun episode, thanks in no small part to the aforementioned Rory, who, in a style that brought to mind a similarly-minded “Firefly” episode (“Jaynestown”), became the unlikely hero of the episode, not only winning over George Washington himself with his gruff demeanor, despite their differences (Rory: “If Washington’s so cool, why is he on the $1 bill and Franklin’s on the $100 bill? Now he’s cool.”), but as we saw later on, earning himself a statue built in his honor in the process!

We also had the inevitable hook-up between Nate (Nick Zano) and Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), which was fine, if a bit shoehorned in. I did like that Nate somewhat shot himself in his own foot by driving home the fact that, in modern times, it wasn’t uncommon for people to casually sleep together without repercussion, only to find Amaya unexpectedly fine with that and treating it like it was no big deal, even though it clearly was to Nate.

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Still, it seems strange that, once Nate had recovered from near-hypothermia, that the two didn’t immediately get back on course to go and save their friends, but instead hooked up, which could have cost their friends dearly. Indeed, as we saw, they got there in the nick of time- had they actually gone through with Nate’s proposed “second round,” it might have been the end of their friends. I can get past that sort of thing a lot easier than the aforementioned mistakes, though, as it’s nothing new to time things out by the skin of a character’s teeth.

That was about it for this episode, beyond a Christmas celebration at the end- which felt weird this long after the fact- and some more choice lines, such as when, after Ray (Brandon Routh) designated Rory the customary “drunk uncle” of the bunch and Rory shot back: “Careful, Haircut, I’m your forefather now.” Lol. There was also a shameless, if cute, plug for the “Lego Batman Movie” during the credits.

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The second episode was “Camelot 3000,” which featured the return of two members of the JSA, Dr. Mid-Nite (Kwesi Ameyaw) and Stargirl (Sarah Grey), each in two different time periods. In the future, aka the “3000” part, we discovered Dr. Mid-Nite, who had one piece of the spear, which Rip killed him for, as the team found out when they traveled there, all too late. Needless to say, this did not go over well with fellow former JSA member Amaya.

Back in medieval times, we took a trip back to Camelot, which was where Stargirl was hiding out with another piece of the spear, posing as none other than Merlin, the sorcerer and close adviser to King Arthur (Nils Hognestad). (Was Malcolm Merlyn unavailable, lol?) In this version of the tale, Guinevere (Elyse Levesque, who interestingly played the similarly-named Genevieve on CW’s “The Originals” in Season One) is- naturally- a fairly bad-ass warrior that Sara takes a shine to, for obvious reasons.

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Oddly, I heard a lot of criticism over this online, as “yet another example” of TV shows “making a character gay” for no good reason, beyond the opportunity to have two girls make out. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, as it’s long since been established that Sara is, in fact, bisexual, having once been involved with Oliver Queen at the time of his fateful shipwreck at the beginning of “Arrow.”

Granted, she’s leaned more towards women since then- i.e. Nyssa and that nurse in Season One of “LOT”- but still, it’s an important distinction, as it represents an effort by the CW to do a little more than provide an excuse for “two girls to make out,” as some have sniped. Yes, CW is not above doing precisely that sort of thing- see the pilot of the recent “Riverdale,” which featured some gratuitous Veronica on Betty action- but so what? Guess what? Gay people and bisexual people exist and they are firmly established in the “real” world, so get over it.

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Besides, I’m old enough to remember a time in which one almost never saw gay characters, period, on TV, so the fact that we’ve progressed to a point where it can happen casually on a show like this is actually a good thing, IMHO. But more surprising is the fact that we’ve come to a point where fanboys- and, as far as I can tell, it was all guys complaining- are bitching about girl-on-girl action! (Not that there’s anything wrong with guy-on-guy action, either, mind you.) I blame the internet, lol.

Anyway, that notwithstanding, this episode was a bit of a wash overall. I mean, if you thought the dubious stuff was bad in the last episode, how about this one trying to have us buy the fact that Ray wouldn’t have his ass handed to him by Damien Darhk in a sword fight? Yeah, right. The guy’s a League Assassin, for God’s sake. Whatever.

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That said, speaking of fanboys, I did enjoy Ray’s wide-eyed relish of the thought of being a Knight of the Round Table, as it were, even though his decision to stay behind and fight with them was dubious at best, and put the team at serious risk at worst. Indeed, it was because of this action that Rip ended up on the ship in the end, thus potentially able to cause even more mayhem. Thanks a lot, Ray. Hope living your fanboy dreams was worth it. Is there anything fanboys can’t ruin? Lol.

That said, a bigger plot-hole and question would be, why would Gideon cooperate with Rip, when she almost certainly knows what is going on with him from having heard all the talk about Rip from the crew. After all, we even got a joke about such things on the last episode, with the “I heard that” joke, so we know she’s listening. Granted, it was at the end of the episode, so we don’t know for sure that Gideon will really help Rip or not, but it sure seemed to be headed in that direction, right?

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m enjoying Rip-gone-bad to a certain degree. It is a relatively fun development, even though I wouldn’t have minded a little more time with would-be-auteur Rip. I just wish that most of the show’s already-tenuous logic hadn’t also gone out the window at roughly the same time, as I was quite enjoying the season up until now. Hopefully, the show will get back on track moving forward, with the end of the “bad” Rip storyline seemingly in sight. We shall see.

What did you think of “Turncoat” and “Camelot 3000”? Are you still on-board with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” at this point? Or are you also tiring with the way the show plays fast and loose with common sense as well? What could the show do to get back on track, beyond hiring some new writers? (“Who writes this stuff?” indeed.) What do you think of Amaya and Nate as a couple thus far? Did you have a problem with the “gay stuff,” like others did? Is Rory the MVP of the show at this point or what? What would you like to see happen next? Sound off down below, and see you next month!