“Pilot, Part 2” – aired 1/28/2016 – ***** stars!
Written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Andrew Kreisberg
Directed by Glen Winter
*Spoilers Contained Within*
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow may be stuck in 1975 but the series is due to become a modern-day hit! Last week, we saw the assembly of time-traveler Rip Hunter’s (Arthur Darvill) team to avenge the death of his family at the hands of Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). They go back to 1975 to rescue Dr. Aldus Boardman (Peter Francis James) but he is mortally wounded during an attack by Savage’s soldiers. The team discovers that maybe it was a bad idea to join Rip and start to lose whatever trust they had in him. In this week’s episode, the team observes the sale of a nuclear warhead which is attended by terrorists and criminals including The Flash’s and Arrow’s own Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). They are sure Savage will be there and he is but as the seller of the warhead. When Atom (Brandon Routh) loses a piece of his suit in the fight, Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), White Canary (Caity Lotz) and Firestorm (Franz Drameh) must sneak into the room of a college-age Martin Stein to find a way to retrieve it.
It’s still hard to choose the best character(s) but Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) are the villains we’re growing to love. Tonight, they team up with Atom to sneak into a museum and steal an ancient Egyptian dagger that was inscribed with a poem which ensured the two people who read it to each other would be in love forever. The dagger belonged to Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) and is sought after by Savage. Atom is book smart and handy with machines but Heat Wave and Cold have instinct. When Atom tries to use his smarts to disable an alarm system, he is alerted by Heat Wave that it’s a decoy which silently trips the real alarm, alerting a hoard of security guards. Once inside, Heat Wave goes his own way to loot the museum while Atom and Captain Cold argue over breaking the display cases. They start punching each other which knocks over a helmet that sets off another alarm, trapping them in a cage. Purcell and Miller have kept that same chemistry since their days on Prison Break and their presence makes the show that much more fun to watch.
This episode was just as great as the premiere last week. The action sequences were outstanding and were filmed in the most amazing way that everyone fighting was in the same shot. The effects are done well and don’t scream obvious CGI. Purcell and Miller provide good humor while Renee and Hentschel tell the tale of an enduring but hard love between Hawkman and Hawkgirl which comes to an emotional head this week. I am firmly in favor of anything DC’s Legends of Tomorrow puts out whether it be on TV, on social media or even in merchandise. It’s engaging, full of action and just an hour-long good time. If you haven’t seen it yet, the pilot is free on Amazon. You won’t regret it.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8pm on The CW. Check your local listings.