“Night of the Hawk” – ***** stars – aired 3/10/2016
Written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Cortney Norris
Directed by Joe Dante
*spoilers contained within*
This week’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow takes us to a little town in 1958 Oregon. If you remember last week’s episode, Marooned, the team helps a ship in distress and in return gets information about Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) who they track to 1958. Not only was Savage there but he was turning the local teenagers into demonic hawk creatures. The townspeople prove to be no help at all and pass off the events as random accidents. Dr. Raymond Palmer/Atom (Brandon Routh) and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) pose as a home-seeking newlywed couple who happen to move in across the street from Savage; he’s under the guise of Dr. Curtis Knox who works at the local mental health facility. Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm (Franz Drameh) notices Betty Seaver (Melissa Roxburgh) the girlfriend of one of the victims and gets close to her to learn more about what happened. However, Betty is severely injured and Jax is captured when the hawk creatures attack their car. Just when they thought the mission had ended and everyone was safe, an unexpected enemy appears.
Mayberry, Peggy Sue and Pleasantville jokes aside, it was a fun episode to watch. Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Rip Hunter (Arthur Darville) were the perfect 1950’s G-Men with the fedoras, black ties and trenchcoats. They even had the attitude for it which was excellent. Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) uses his superpower, his mind, to get in as a doctor at the same mental health facility as Savage. This episode was also a good learning experience because we see the characters have to adjust to drastically different societal norms and states of mind that were acceptable in that time. Kendra, Ray and Jax must deal with rampant racism as mixed relationships were frowned upon. Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz) goes with Dr. Stein as his nurse and encounters another nurse, Nurse Carlisle, who likes women but is afraid to tell anyone out of fear of what might happen to her. The writers did a great job of handling this subject matter in a way that illustrated life in that era and taught a lesson when the supporting characters shed those views and thanked the team.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow just keeps getting better. I missed seeing Mick Rory/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) in this episode but I’m willing to wait if it means resolving that story arc correctly. I love the time traveling aspect because I like to see how different periods in history are recreated to fit the premise of the show. The bad news is we will have to wait until March 31st for the next episode, but the good news is The CW has renewed it for a second season! It’s doing well so far and it’s going to be great to see how this season ends and how the next season begins.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8pm on The CW. Check your local listings.