“Marooned” *****stars Aired 3/3/2016
Written by Phil Klemmer & Anderson Mackenzie
Directed by Gregory Smith
*spoilers contained within*
In this week’s episode of DC’S Legends of Tomorrow, we get a new set of enemies and we get a more in-depth look in to Rip Hunter’s (Arthur Darvill) past. The episode opens with Rip watching hologram messages left by his wife and son when he is approached by Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) regarding where they are in time. Rip says Gideon (Amy Pemberton) needs a system update in order to recover missing information about Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) and the timeline. The team is getting bored and frustrated just sitting in space when a distress call from a ship called the Acheron appears on the ship’s main computer. It’s captain, Eve Baxter (Stephanie Cleough), says the ship has key information needed for Gideon’s update which could narrow down the search for Savage. Rip goes out to help assisted by Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm (Franz Drameh), Dr. Stein and a very eager Mick Rory/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell). He leaves Dr. Raymond Palmer/Atom (Brandon Routh) in charge of the Waverider and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) in charge of Ray. Rip, Jax and Mick board the Acheron and are quickly taken prisoner by space pirates led by Captain John Valor who knows Rip. Ray and Dr. Stein take action to save their friends but Mick has other ideas.
This was an excellent episode in terms of character development. We got to see each character do their part in this mission as an individual as opposed to as part of the team. it was nice to see Dr. Stein get a chance to save the day. He turned on his inner “Ric Starr, space ranger” and stormed the ship, overtaking a pirate and freeing the team. Dr. Palmer literally risks his life to save the Waverider and save Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) from freezing to death after being sealed in a containment chamber. He goes out as Atom and fixes a hole in the ship but uses up all of his oxygen. Kendra gets him on board and starts doing CPR, pleading for him to wake up, which he eventually does. May we have a romance in the making? While he is captured, Rip is having flashbacks to his days as a time master and a forbidden love with Miranda Coburn. Mick becomes a liability as he leads the pirates on the Waverider as an act against what Leonard did to him in Star City 2046. While Leonard starts to change, we see Mick is still stuck in his ways. Speaking of Leonard, we see him start warming up (no pun intended) to the team, especially Sara when they talk about their lives and dying. I like that he is changing but I hope he keeps his smart-mouth, smooth-talking criminal personality. This episode was great for another reason: it was loaded with Star Wars and Star Trek references.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been consistently exciting since the first episode. While each episode may not have the same level of battle sequences or character backstory, it has enough of each to build on as the season goes on. This episode gave us more insight into who these characters are and how joining the team has affected them as well as changed them. The creative team has taken the best of The Flash and Arrow and made it into something special with this show. I’ve been hearing announcements of television shows starting to be renewed for next season and I hope DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is one of those shows.
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