Legends of Tomorrow S1E1 “Pilot pt. 1” Review
Directed By: Glen Winter
Staring: Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Brandon Routh, Ciara Renee, Wentworth Miller
Synopsis: Time-traveling rogue, Rip Hunter, has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.
After all the hype of this show and the setup on both The Flash and Arrow Legends of Tomorrow finally had its debut and it was a straight comic book bruh. This show felt like you were going from panel to panel in a time travel themed comic book. The energy, the colors, the science, even the idea that heroes would wear their “costume” out to a bar just to hang out and nobody treats them like their crazy. This show starts off with us finding out that Vandal Savage will probably destroy the world and Rip Hunter pleading to the Time Masters to let him go back in time to assemble a team to stop him. He goes back to 2016 and recruits White Canary, Firestorm, The Atom, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl. They eventually agree and go back in time to get information of Vandal Savage.
The main premise of this show is time travel and the affects good and bad it has on the timeline. Every action you commit in time travel could affect the world and I think this show will have a huge affect of The Flash and Arrow. The thing with this show that I worry about is its ability for non-comic readers to follow this show. They have a tough task to make time travel something that anybody can understand because, as someone who been reading comics for years the rules of time travel are very organic and often contradicting. This show addresses some of those issues in the pilot Rip Hunter explained to Kendra (Hawkgirl) that taking her son with her could cause a serious problem, although he still ended up dying this will probably be be revisited later on in this show. One of coolest parts of this show is the Wave Rider ship that allows them to time travel and the return of Gideon who is so adorable and we get to see her used for good as apposed to Eobard Thawne’s evil.
The CharactersThis is the largest cast for a comic book show we have seen and it will be easy for some characters to be lost in the shuffle. The good thing is that each character brings something unique to the cause. Also the show did a phenomenal job of giving each character a purpose or a reason to go on this mission with Rip Hunter…at least all except Jefferson Jackson a.k.a Firestorm. That scene was a bit disturbing with Professor Stein essentially slipping drugs in his drink to make him pass out and bring him on the trip. I know it was suppose to be funny and that Jax will hopefully be a big part of the team, in today’s client that was a bad idea for the writers to take that route for Firestorm to be forces to be apart of this team.
On the other hand Captain Cold is still the man. Wentworth Miller is nailing this portrayal of one of the most famous Flash villains. He conveys an intellect and purpose in every scene he is in and accurately portrays Captain Cold as somewhat of an anti-hero who has a code but is not boy scout good. Heatwave I could have done without, would have rather had Vixen or a new character, but I understand the idea of the Rouges and realizing that 2 or more of the Rouges are usually together. If they wanted to have an interesting storyline they could have had Golden Glider because we know how Snart feels about his sister.
Sara Lance is back to kicking ass and taking names and that White Canary suit looks awesome. Im curious to see how they address Sara’s blood lust especially traveling through time, if she snaps and kills someone it could cause a significant rift in the timeline. But seeing her in her element in that bar whooping those dudes ass was great and she is one of the most believable characters on the show because of how great shape she is in and her athleticism to perform some of her fight scenes.
The Atom is on a mission to prove himself worthy and thats noble but I find his lovable kind of goofy character to be more needed in Arrow than this show. Arrow is so dark and so gritty that his smile, jokes and good nature bring such a unique personality for that environment and his relationship with Felicity and probably with Curtis a.k.a Mr. Terrific would be so good. So we will see how he fits in on this show, but this show did show in the opening scene how cool his suit and powers are and the things he can do that makes him unique. DC should not copy Ant-Man but they should take some inspiration in the fight scenes from the movie in 2015.
Even as a big comic book fan I am not too familiar with Rip Hunter. I understand he is from the future and I read some stories with him an Booster Gold (who I am hoping makes an appearance on this show) but don’t know his background, his personality or his overall character arc. So to me this show has a clean slate to make him interesting and not just your boring leader who makes all the right decision. We also didn’t see much of Vandal Savage in this pilot so can’t really judge their portrayal, but Vandal in the Flash/Arrow crossover was really good and interesting and should do well on Legends of Tomorrow.
Looking forward this Season
This show has so much potential to be great and unique unlike anything else DC or Marvel is putting out on television because of the amount of characters, the comic book concepts and the money and time invested in this series doing great. This pilot was like a typical pilot with a slow start, some plot holes but presented a world that has so many possibilities and so much to look forward to.
Below is a preview to next weeks episode.