What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow “Mr. Parker’s Cul-De-Sac”! I was not ready for this episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. This was the episode we all looked forward to, but at the same time it was the episode we all dreaded because no one wants to see Ray and Nora depart from the show. While the explanation of why characters would move on from the team made sense, why now we had to move on from these two did not. Maybe to some extent it did, but their writing this season had been too good to now say goodbye.
You have to hand it to the writers, when they want things to get emotional, they do not pull punches. From start to finish this episode played with your emotions when you knew plans for a date night was going to somehow lead to wedding bells. The same way that we also knew that there could be no other Encore involved in this than Damien Darhk himself.
That said, this was a huge episode for Ray. If there is one character who makes impulsive decisions, it is Ray. He can’t help it. When his heart is set towards something, there is no stopping him. In this case, that meant setting up a date night which would eventually turn into a long-awaited proposal. While we knew that this date night was going to crash and burn, there was no telling how that was going to happen. I found that to be a treat because twist after twist they just kept throwing Ray and Nora into this situation where they were pouring water over a fire which didn’t see an end. For Ray, everything about this was problematic when he is the kind of guy who would rather be straightforward instead of keeping secrets. Though how do you be upfront with a guy like Damien Darhk? That was a good question to ask because Nora also had a huge week for hoops she had to go through in order to take pride in who she has become. This isn’t to say it wasn’t fun watching her pulling one over on her dad, but every minute of it you were bracing yourself for where things would go wrong. Wondering just where the line would be drawn before Nora realized she was doing too much.
I’m sure there are some out there who initially thought that the fairy godmother angle probably ruined the character, but this ultimately opened up her heart in new ways.
Speaking of Damien Darhk, this guy really knew how to steal the show. Just about every episode this villain appears in, he effortlessly steals the show. There is something to appreciate about villains like this who embrace being evil. He exudes this in almost everything he does. Going from a grin which blindsides you, to a stare which stops you cold in your tracks. For this episode in particular, i was entertaining to get this version of him who simply wanted another chance to be with his daughter again. I mean damn spreading evil when you have a world of things to catch up on as a father, am I right? This episode created an opportunity that they did not squander to question what it would take for someone as evil as this to do the right thing. You laugh with him, but you also shed a tear too considering through Damien there is a firsthand perspective taken towards everything good in Nora’s life that she has gained through a change in direction.
The wedding was not at all like you would have pictured in your head, yet it was still fantastical for what they were able to put together. Great music, atmosphere, and a focus on everything that was worth getting to this point where Ray and Nora genuinely realized what was in front of them.
After the events of last week’s episode, we knew that Constantine would return bolder than he was before to get Charlie to assist in locating the pieces of the Loom of Fate. This was a slowburn throughout the episode, but worth the investment because of the determination versus resistance experienced from them both. You understood why Constantine was willing to use something with the kind of power the Loom has to fix his problem. You also understood the hesitancy on Charlie’s end when it came to messing with the responsibility that comes with that power in the hands of mortals. Despite having it in the back of your head that this is all going to go horribly wrong, how they meet halfway on this was still handled well.
Now Ava learning what Sara was really up to while she was away was an interesting development. There was one simple explanation for what Sara could have been up to, though I’m glad that what she was actually up to was dealing with something else entirely. It was a nice surprise, and the build-up to that reveal was solid for the fact that everything came down to creating a proper line of communication between the two. It didn’t hurt that even now these two would still find hurdles to get over in their relationship.
What made the resolution of those conflicts so memorable was the fact that they really allowed this episode to live up to the name, “Mr. Parker’s Cul-De-Sac”. Things were bound to get a bit whimsical, and they did not waste the chance to go all in with puppets and all.
Rory’s little subplot this week dropped a major discovery on his lap. One thing has been consistent this season, and that is the fact that Rory is always off doing his own thing for the most part. Even when on a mission, he’s somehow doing his own thing. Yet at the same time finding new ways to surprise you for the way he either interacts with others, or manages to find some personal growth along the way. What truth he stumbles upon while tracking down the critic of his book was definitely more than he bargained for. The last person that someone like him could find out trashed his book smacked him right in the face. I enjoyed the fact that Zari was there to help him. The longer she is on the ship, slowly we are seeing more of the old Zari coming back. The Zari who knew how to connect with people on an emotional level.
Sometimes I think we have hit the best episode of the season, and then again we would be proven wrong. Honestly, I’m going to miss Ray and Nora. I don’t know if this is it for them in general for the way the episode ended, but if it is, this was a perfect departure. If there’s one thing you can never take away from Legends of Tomorrow, it is that they know how to send their characters off with style. You remember them at their best, and both Ray and Nora have been at their best this entire season. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow “Mr. Parker’s Cul-De-Sac” overall is a strong reminder to those out there who assume this show is nothing but shits and giggles, the emotions can be just as real as with what you get from the rest of the shows.