What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow “Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me”! After an exciting return to form last week, this week there was the expectation that this team would jump right back into doing what they do best. Fortunately for us, they did not disappoint there because this was another notable experience for the Legends.
This week’s mission with the Legends took us to 1947 Los Angeles. It was one of those situations where the problem was different, though the atmosphere was definitely familiar since there is only so many points in time to travel to where things will be significantly different after this many seasons. With that said, what shook things up this time around was running into Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel himself. Almost immediately this guy stood out from most because of his self-awareness to the second chance he was given in life. Not to mention the power he was given to really stir up some trouble. Where Rasputin had his magical powers and inability to die, this guy shared the same durability though having a pretty cool weapon which was a perfect obstacle for keeping the Legends at a distance.
Once more Constantine found himself doing a lot of work on his own, and this choice has seemed pretty bold up to this point. We know that the guy likes to do his best work alone, but this is one of those series where you expect a bit more coop adventure. Where you overlook this for now is the fact that there is no one else on the team who is actually capable of going where he goes. That place obviously being hell. It actually impressed me that we have gone there more times already than we ever did in Constantine’s own show. That said, what Constantine accomplished on his own really grabbed your attention for the personal stakes involved. It was at this point where the actions of Astra were genuinely getting the best of him. This is an excellent start to getting deeper into this personal story that they said this season would open us up to. Aside from this, it made a big difference seeing that becoming a Legend hasn’t changed the kind of bastard he is at the core when pushed to a point.
What took me by surprise was also seeing that Ray had a lot of work that he did on his own too. I only wish that I could say that his part held your attention as much as what the others got themselves into. Ray is humorous when it counts, but it is at times like this that you can see where the writers are lacking in direction for him. They say they don’t have much more to do with him, and that is disappointing when there should be ample material to work with knowing that Ray is much more than the guy who gets caught up in trying to be the boy scout.
Ava’s struggles with being on the sidelines with Rory made things entertaining to say the least. She has gone through some big changes as the Time Bureau took their hits, and this was her time to really let that sink in. One would have thought that for her it would be enough to be the coach from the ship, but of course that is not Ava. She’s the kind of agent who prefers to be in the action. Pairing her with Rory was a choice which paid off since he tends to be the prime example of someone who isn’t the most active in their work. Jumps in when he needs to, though otherwise is enjoying the closest beer to him. There was no better way to show Ava what she was missing and push her to really get into the Legends mindset. It took me off guard seeing that Jes Macallan has bars, and hopefully this is only the start of us exploring more of what Ava brings to the table when she loosens up.
This just leaves the story of Nate trying to find Zari. Conveniently they found the best way to put the two together in the same place to see what kind of person she becomes when there isn’t a dark future influencing her goals. This Zari was very different and probably the best version of someone from the future we have seen without getting into a cliche. It was interesting to see this Nate who has these feelings for her and can’t seem to figure out what to do with them. He doesn’t know the Zari he is supposed to like, and she has no connection to someone she has only now met for the first time. There was only one way this could end up, and they nailed the execution of the moment by the end of the episode. I was only a bit disappointed by the involvement of Behrad, because it was lacking. For as much as we want to see Zari brought back into the story, it also shouldn’t be at the cost of seeing less of this new character who probably has as much to offer as his sister.
Overall this was a fun transition into a second mission for the Legends. Moving forward after “Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me” we know that they will be striking more of a balance between handling the trouble with the timeline, and having a good time along the way. Beyond this, the writers just have to be careful down the road that we aren’t pulled in too many directions with this many characters sharing the screen. Not everyone will shine the same way someone else will on their own. I mean, this was a lot and there was no Mona or Charlie to be seen.