DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: “OUT OF TIME” REVIEW
BY JONATHAN KINCAID
The first season of DC’S Legends of Tomorrow was an exhilarating one to say the least. Now, with the highly anticipated premiere of season 2, Legends is back and has the potential to be better than ever. With the sweet demise of Vandal Savage and the Time Masters in season 1, the Legends’ mission is no longer specific. Now, the Legends have a much broader and daunting responsibility: to safeguard time itself. This of course excites me, primarily because it opens the door to a lot of very promising and unique possibilities with threats and other dangers(if executed properly) not only to the Legends, but to time itself. To me, Legends has always been an extremely adventurous and thrilling show, successfully managing to balance intense action with good humor and character development. However, needless to say, the show has undoubtedly had its fair share of dark moments, particularly between Vandal Savage and Rip Hunter in season 1. And the aftereffects of Savage’s wicked doings can still be felt. But this premiere was everything I love about Legends. It had the overwhelming sense of adventure and excitement that makes it stand out as a show. And seeing the Legends back on screen better than ever with a new goal in mind was both very rousing and entertaining.
One thing that took me by surprise this episode was the significant presence of none other than Star City’s mayor himself, Oliver Queen. It was very interesting seeing Oliver and the very abnormal role he played. He wasn’t the Green Arrow this time around, but merely a concerned friend trying to make sense of exactly what happened to the Legends. Personally, I thought this was a great change of pace as we don’t usually see the Emerald Archer in such a helpless state. The situation was kind of beyond his expertise which made for a very different kind of Oliver Queen, one that we’re not necessarily accustomed to. Watching Oliver have to sit back and just listen reminds us that he can only do so much. And the way he was introduced I felt was very natural and seamless. A new guy by the name of Nathan Heywood who’s apparently some kind of history professor who has a particular interest in the Legends and their exploits was the one who brought the ordeal to Oliver’s attention. I’m very curious to learn more about Heywood as a character. He seems to have a superhero family connection so it’ll surely be intriguing seeing how that pans out as the season progresses. But more importantly, precisely how will he be able to benefit the Legends? In any event, it was a nice surprise having Oliver aid Heywood in locating the Legends. It also shows that the CW is seriously keen on interweaving all four shows whenever applicable.
Another thing that really stood out to me in “Out of Time” was the somewhat uneasy dynamic that the Legends shared with each other. I’m talking specifically about Rip and Jackson and Ray and Sara. Yes, this band of time traveling heroes has obviously been through a great deal together, having experienced a lot, be it good or bad, that’s played a part in how they currently regard one another. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re all the best of friends, not at all. For instance, there’s quite a bit of frustration between Jackson and Rip. And I absolutely understand where Jackson’s coming from. He feels as though his talents are being wasted doing handiwork on the Waverider, and I tend to agree with him to some extent. Jackson’s obviously a huge asset to the team and his abilities have proved to be more than useful countless times. But I also understand the reasoning behind why Rip has assigned Jackson to see to such tedious tasks. He wants to ensure that there’s someone else part of the crew who knows the Waverider inside and out like he does in the unfortunate event that he’s no longer Captain. While that may be a rather morbid precaution, it’s still a very realistic one nonetheless. To me this was pretty silly, because I think it’s safe to say that Rip won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Moreover, Sara is still mourning over the loss of her sister Laurel who was killed at the hands of the nefarious Damien Darhk in season 4 of Arrow. This is completely understandable. However, she’s allowing her lust for vengeance consume her and compromise the team. This is highlighted considerably throughout the episode which I thought was great because it showed that Sara is just a sister who lost hers. Ray tried to comfort her, but that kindly gesture only lead to heated confrontation between the two. Sara has a long way to go, and honestly, given her crude nature, I don’t think she’ll truly be at peace until she ends Darhk herself.
There’s no denying that the time traveling in this episode was simply excellent. Despite Rex Tyler’s warning, the team traveled back in time to 1942 to “rescue” Albert Einstein from being kidnapped from Nazis to help construct an atomic bomb meant to wipe out all of New York. I must say, I really enjoyed the interactions between Martin and Einstein. Martin clearly has a deep admiration for Einstein, and it really showed what a “nerd”(to quote Mick) which I thought was awesome. Also, speaking of Nazis and atomic bombs, the delightfully evil Damien Darhk is back, acting as the current antagonist of the show. He’s directly affiliated with the Nazis, responsible for ensuring the atomic bomb becomes a reality. I’m really happy that the CW found a way to bring Darhk back in some capacity. After his defeat during the season 4 finale of Arrow, a feeling of emptiness overtook me. This may sound strange considering all the bad he’s caused, but that’s precisely what makes him such well-realized, compelling villain. He believes what he’s doing is right, and that’s just terrifying on every level. It goes without saying that I certainly can’t wait to see more of Darhk and what other sinister schemes he has in store for the Legends. Lastly, one more important note, Eobard Thawne appears to be in concert with Darhk. This is absolutely amazing in my opinion. Seeing two iconic villains from two different shows come together to wreak havoc on our beloved heroes is just unreal.
The one thing that I found to be relatively lackluster during this episode was Rip’s “death”. There wasn’t much build up to it, so it felt kind of random and abrupt. And honestly, the crew didn’t seem that affected by it. For a major character’s death, it was kind of underwhelming and meaningless. But let’s be real, we all know Rip isn’t dead. He’ll show up soon enough. Excluding that, I was mostly satisfied with everything else the episode had to offer, specifically with the conflict with Darhk and the musings between Mick, Oliver, and Heywood.
VERDICT: For a season premiere, “Out of Time” wasn’t exactly phenomenal, but nor was it terrible either. Having Oliver play a part was an excellent surprise and definitely served to the episode’s advantage. It was one of the main highlights of the premiere if you ask me. And seeing Darhk back in action with the aid of Thawne was simply incredible, undoubtedly one of the best aspects of the premiere. Again, the only thing I thought was a little meh was how Rip’s “death” was set up and how the crew reacted to it. Ignoring that, “Out of Time” was a fairly exceptional season premiere with a ton of highs and very few lows, not to mention it’s very exciting ending.