By Ivan Mateo
The CW Television Network has slowly become the home for all DC-branded superheroes on TV, with “The Flash” and “Arrow” leading the way both in ratings and viewership. With “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow,” an ensemble cast of heroes, heroines and villains must band together to fight a new evil.
The show opens up in London in the year 2166, where Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), an immortal dictator, seizes ultimate control of the entire planet. Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), a time master, pleads with his fellow time masters to grant him permission to intervene with the darkest timeline Vandal Savage has created.
Rip commands Gideon, the artificial intelligence of his spaceship, “Prepare the Waverider for takeoff. Set a course. United States. Star City. January 2016.” Gideon responds, “Ah, the early second millennium A.D. The golden age of gasoline engines, online pornography and those silly little smartphones.” Dang, Gideon already throwing shade at us in 2016.
Once in 2016, Rip takes turns retrieving each of the heroes or villains. Once all the characters are retrieved, they wake up on a rooftop, where Snart says: “Stein? What the hell are you doing here?” And Stein smartly responds: “I’m as ignorant as you, for once.” These two will definitely have ongoing banter with each other throughout the season.
The team consists of a mix of “Arrow” and “The Flash” alums: Ray Palmer/Atom (Brandon Routh), Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz), Jax/Firestorm (Franz Drameh), Dr. Martin Stein/Firestorm (Victor Garber), Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), Carter Hall/Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). Each character has his or her respective qualms about whether or not he or she should join the team because of his or her past issues, or maybe being a hero just is not in his or her DNA.
The team members travel to the 70s in order to consult an expert on Vandal Savage, and the sarcasm does not stop as Rip explains sarcastically: “A Time Master’s sacred charge is to do no harm to the timeline. Can you imagine what a timeship would look like in, say, Victorian England?”
Towards the end of the episode, Snart delivers the funniest line of the episode, as he complains about Chronos, a bounty hunter shooting at the Waveride: “We go out for one lousy drink, and you guys somehow manage to pick a fight with Boba Fett.”
With so many characters, a balance will be difficult to find, but it definitely helps that each of the legends provides something unique to the team. How will each character receive approximately equal screen time? The directors and producers behind “The Flash” and “Arrow” (Greg Berlanti and others) have definitely proven themselves before and will look to do it again but with an even bigger undertaking this time around.
“DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow” throws tons of information at viewers in the pilot episode, and needs to learn to fine-tune a balance between both its characters and story. The show has potential with the idea of a misfit group of heroes and villains trying to save the world by traveling through time and space. The exciting possibilities of where and when this cast can go will be something to look out for, especially with Darvill leading the cast as a “Doctor Who”-type character himself. Also, this could definitely be a good holdover for fans waiting impatiently for DC’s bigger projects, “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman.”
“DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow” airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW television network.
4 out of 5 stars
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
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