Arrowverse Roundup - Week 15 Review


It is the Legends all by themselves this week, which is humorous when you realize the episode was about a time loop. No need to break format, so you can read my Legends of Tomorrow review below. There will be spoilers throughout!

You can see all of this season's reviews right here.



Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 3.11 - "Here I Go Again"



For an episode that repeated itself the entire time, it sure got a lot done! This was character driven - pure and simple, and in long form storytelling, sometimes it is nice to slow down and get some of that work done.

That is what Legends of Tomorrow did this episode. It let the newest member of the team - Zari - evolve and be closer to everyone on the team. While she was in the loop, she had to rule out every other person on the Waverider to make sure it wasn't them who accidentally set off the bomb. In doing so, she bonded and evolved her relationship with everyone else.

The Nathan/Amaya relationship took a step forward. The Sara/Ava relationship did too. Ray was able to clear the air with Sara about the warning from Constantine. Amaya found some humanity in Mick, and most shockingly, Zari and Gideon became closer. We got a rare treat this week, when we saw the human form of Gideon (Amy Louise Pemberton). We had seen her once before, in a Rip Hunter adventure earlier in the series. Its nice that Pemberton gets actually be seen on screen from time to time, instead of just heard.

Legends made the obvious Groundhog Day reference, and at first I wasn't on board with the execution of the episode as a whole. Zari acted brash, and it was out of nowhere, but by the end, I loved her arc. It was one of the most emotional episodes of the entire series, but in true Legends of Tomorrow fashion, it was still odd and quirky at the same time.

I had complained that the opening credits had spoiled some guest surprises in the past. That changed this episode as both Wally West and Rip Hunter appeared, without any forewarning. Rip Hunter had escaped the Time Bureau, and has apparently found Wally West. This all has to do with Mallus, and with Sara's comments to Ray saying that if he needed to kill her because of Mallus, they were going to need a lot of help they could get. Bringing Wally and Rip in at this juncture makes sense. Them, plus a potential return for Constantine is going to make this homestretch quite an interesting one.

They took care of a lot of side business this week, so that makes me think the focus will be on Mallus now. There are only a handful of episodes left, and if you think about it, the Legends haven't gone anywhere on screen since their return. They landed in 2017 to drop Jax off, and Constantine showed up. They stayed there last episode, then they were flying through time this episode. We saw them at the end of an adventure from the 70's but that was it.

Being so localized, means they don't need to be doing the Scooby-Doo "monster of the week" thing. They have business to handle, we are going to see it sooner rather than later.

This was one of the strongest episodes in a long time. Legends of Tomorrow is doing some great work right now, and I hope that momentum stays through the rest of the season.

***

Next week, the slate will be full again.  What are you excited for most?

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