We are now just a few weeks away from the finale of “Legends of Tomorrow,” and we really wish we were engaged more than we are. The show has delivered on some cool ideas, but by jumping around so much and never having much of a consistent narrative, we’re doomed to hit the same notes time and time again.
Here are some of these said notes. Rory and Snart are always struggling to be good, Kendra loves Ray but doesn’t know if she can reconcile her past, and Vandal Savage likes to kill stuff. Also, Rip Hunter doesn’t always give the team all of the information. Many episodes contain similar themes, but we don’t spend enough time with some characters to understand their motivation. For example, was it really this easy to convince Vandal Savage’s daughter to turn on him, despite all of the training that she supposedly had? Also, when did Ray Palmer learn to become Atomzilla? Couldn’t he have used that before now?
Still, the show’s largest problem remains the depiction of Kendra, who doesn’t really have any chemistry with Ray, and also has not been seen enough with Carter for us to care much about her with him, either. So much of the season was put on the relationship between these two and Vandal Savage, and it still feels rudimentary and without real layers or intrigue. Everything is planted firmly on the surface.
We’re not going to deny that “Legends of Tomorrow” has its moments of great fun, such as any fight scene with Sara Lance or any time Wentworth Miller pops up on screen. It’s just that a show like “Doctor Who” works because you are dealing with just a couple of characters, and the stories are a little more experimental. Here, there’s too much the show is trying to do in a short amount of time, and substance remains still lost in the shuffle. Episode Grade: C.
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