“Star City 2046”
Directed by Steve Shill
Written by Marc Guggenheim and Ray Utarnachitt
*spoilers contained within*
This week’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was a highly-anticipated episode as it marked a full-episode guest appearance by Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. The team was stuck in Star City 2046 when Kronos shot down the Waverider, causing it to go off of the time stream. Star City 2046 is in ruins as crime runs rampant despite the efforts of the new Green Arrow, John Diggle, Jr. a.ka. Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones). Dr. Ray Palmer/Atom (Brandon Routh) and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) have a connection to Star City but go along with the mission to obtain a piece needed for the ship’s navigational system. It’s Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz) whose heart in it to save the city’s future. She meets Grant Wilson, the son of the original Deathstroke, Slade Wilson who lays claim to the city. She teams up with Connor who tells her he is the new Arrow because Oliver Queen is dead. However, Oliver emerges alive with a beard and missing his left arm. With war imminent, the team sticks around to help Oliver and Connor salvage what they can of their broken city.
This episode was everything I was hoping it would be when it was announced. There was more to it though than Stephen Amell’s appearance. We still see a team in flux. It’s united in some ways but divided in others. Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) challenge a a street gang and win but Mick takes it too far when he wants to stay in 2046 as the gang’s new leader. Leonard disagrees and says they should be out helping the team especially after Grant says he wants Sara, Rip and Connor dead by morning. Leonard and Mick nearly come to blows at the gang’s headquarters before Leonard knocks him out with his gun. Here we see even the tightest of bonds fraying as the missions get longer, more unpredictable and more dangerous but at the same time we see a sense of honor and consciousness forming. Rip Hunter’s (Arthur Darvill) leadership is questioned again when he tells Sara not to get involved with the future of Star City. She objects saying it is her home and she doesn’t want to see it in such a condition. Later on, he tells the team they have an hour to get the mission done then he leaves with or without them. When Sara has not returned, Rip is ready to leave but Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) tells Rip if he leaves Sara behind for the sake of a mission, he’s no better than Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) himself. In the end, Rip and the team join the fray helping the Arrows and Sara take down Grant’s gang. Rip then tells Sara she was right and that every future is worth saving. The team does not always rally around Rip but they always rally around each other.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is such a great show because it deals with more than just time travel and big fight scenes. It deals with real emotion. Each episode we see different themes and how each character reacts so differently to each of those themes. Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm (Franz Drameh) overhears Ray getting flirty with Kendra over their ear pieces so he turns them off and asks Dr. Stein what he should do because he’s falling for Kendra. Dr. Stein tells him to have confidence. These characters go through the same internal conflicts as we would in real life which is why it’s so easy to like all of them. I cannot wait to see how the show progresses over the course of the season and what new surprises await.