What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow! And still I find myself trying to get used to the idea that this would be the second episode of the new season since the first episode was in actuality the finale to the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. Then again, what do expect from a show that has branded itself as being the one that embraces unconventional methods? Either way, Legends of Tomorrow is the show I was very excited to get back to because this is the only one that genuinely embraces the idea that you can have fun with your heroics.
In spite of this being the second episode, I’m glad that they still found a way to make this feel like the first. This was “Meet the Legends” in more ways than one. There was a whole plot surrounding this, but at the same time it felt like you were flipping open to the first page of a comic because they actually put the time into reintroducing us to these characters. And it was fun for the fact that they chose to do this through the lens of a camera. They really went bold this season when the Legends have almost always given that impression that they are the kind of heroes who do their work without recognition. The last thing you would have ever expected from them was fame or acknowledgment. Let alone this going so far as to land them a gig at a convention. It was all refreshing.
It didn’t stop either, because to say that Sara, Ray, and Mick are shocked to discover that the Legends have become famous is one heck of an understatement. Just having that camera team around was a great way to shake things up since everyone would obviously change how they carry themselves when the world is watching. It simply wasn’t too surprising that Sara of all people would be the only one who isn’t down with it. Would you if you were Sara. The loss of Oliver is still fresh, and has been given no time to wind down before a camera is shoved in her face. That is something to get frustrated over. Though what could top that is the frustration of what could go wrong when inviting this documentary crew not only onboard the Waverider to film them, but also follow them as they investigate a strange new blip in the Timeline.
With that said, this mission was a thrill when as the first villain to deal with, Rasputin was no pushover. The appeal for this guy was definitely the fact that there was a lot more to him than his legend. When he came back to life, he both had the power to give the Legends a run for their money, but the personality to give them the chills. Personally to me, the villain/blip/historical figure is only as great as the impression they leave on you themselves. Rasputin was entertaining for the way he embraced his evil, and even the things the Legends brought with them that should have been very foreign to someone like him.
At the end of the day, this wouldn’t be a follow-up episode to a crossover if we did not feel the effects of the crossover in some way here. Legends of Tomorrow is another show where the changes don’t hit too hard aside from what it has done to the Waverider. This I found to be clever for the way that it would make sense that a machine which surfs through time would begin malfunctioning due to the sudden creation of a new reality and timeline.
Now by the end of this second episode, I was honestly torn. There was one thing we were all going to have to get used to since the end of the previous season, and that was the change from Zari to her brother Behrad. I had my reservations about how this was going to work, but all of that surprisingly cleared up throughout the hour. Behrad was a fun switch for the team considering no one remembers the fact that there was someone before him, it was as if he was always there, and he completely fit in to their vibes. You love Zari because she was an absolute rebel in everything she did. Yet at the same time you could say the same for Behrad because he was smart too, with the addition of being into recreational things which meets the criteria of being unconventional as heroes.
They killed me here because I do want Zari back, but will it have to come at the price of losing Behrad in the process? Can we not have both some way? I guess only time will tell! No pun intended.
Lights, camera, action is right. The Legends found themselves under the viewership of the world, and they were on their best bull****. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow “Meet the Legends” overall turned out to be a fun return to form. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t have your superheroes and have a laugh with them too. Or at them…