“White Knights” *****stars
Written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Phil Klemmer
Directed by Antonio Negret
*spoilers contained within*
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow came out swinging tonight as the team entered Washington, D.C. in 1986. Gideon (Amy Pemberton), the Waverider’s A.I., recovers government documentation about Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) but parts have been redacted so the team is ordered to sneak into The Pentagon to retrieve it. When the documentation is recovered, it reveals a Soviet scientist named Valentina Vostock (Stephanie Corneliussen) is being used by Savage to create Project Svarog. Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) directs the Waverider to Russia where Dr. Raymond Palmer/Atom (Brandon Routh) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) use their charm and wit to try and get Valentina to spill on Savage and Project Svarog. Instead of information, Snart gets her keycard and wallet to a lab where the project is being worked on. Rip encounters Time Master Druce (Martin Donovan) while he and Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) find where Chronos’s plane was shot down. Druce makes Rip a deal but he refuses. Snart and Dr. Palmer join Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) to infiltrate the lab but things go very wrong and the team is surrounded by Soviet troops.
Emotions run very high this episode and even get to a point where we’re left wondering if the team will stay together to defeat Savage. We see Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm (Franz Drameh) and Dr. Stein arguing over a Firestorm strategy after the Pentagon mission and Kendra/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) loses control escaping the Pentagon. Her eyes go red, her wings emerge and she scratches up a guard’s face before the team pulls her off and escapes. A team is a group of people working together for a common cause but deep down they are all different and don’t always agree each other. Everyone has their own demons to deal with. There is no better example of this than when Rip asks Sara Lance/White Canary to train Kendra and help her get it together. Sara almost loses control of herself when she gets so into the training she almost chokes Kendra. The scenes with Kendra and Sara were great because we see two people trying to work together to better themselves but think they’ve only made it worse.
The man of the hour tonight was Wentworth Miller. He’s doing a fantastic job carrying over Leonard Snart from The Flash and it showed tonight. The way he plays a smooth-talker to woo Valentina outside the opera was not only funny but noteworthy. The scene in the lab when he is being held at gunpoint but tells Dr. Palmer to keep shutting the down the power to the core was intense. he even abandons his criminal ways when he saves the core despite the team being captured then gives Rip a piece of his mind about it. It was a superb performance tonight by Miller.
The more I watch DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the harder it becomes to find the words to describe it because it’s just that good. The action is intense, the characters are easy to love, it’s funny and there are realistic human themes displayed every episode. This is more than just a superheroes and villains show. It’s one hour of gripping television that touches on every human emotion. This episode ended with an excellent cliffhanger and we’ll get to see how the ladies take charge and save the day.