Legends of Tomorrow was for me an amazing surprise when it came to quality of storytelling and use of team aesthetic. Yes, it wasn’t always perfect, and the villain, Vandal Savage, wasn’t as good as he could have been, but the show made it for it in charm and shocks that was no doubt a reason it got a second season.
Now, with time itself open to attacks, Rip Hunter and his Legends must be the new timekeepers to ensure that history doesn’t get rewritten. Easier said than done as they would find out.
I will note right off the bat, that for those who wanted an immediate resolution to the epic cliffhanger from Season 01’s finale will be disappointed. Though they do say what happens after that moment, it would’ve been much cooler to see it happen in front of our own eyes. Oh well. However, this negative aside, “Out of Time” was a great start to the second season, bringing together the team for a new mission, while throwing in some bumps along the way.
It was interesting to see Oliver Queen of all people being brought into this premiere, as new character Nathan Heywood (who isn’t random I assure you) sought him out because he believed the Legends were in trouble, and he was right to believe so. This lead to the finding of a sunken Waverunner, a stasis locked Mick Rory, and a story that would involve Albert Einsten, the Queen of France, Nazi’s, Damien Darhk, and a surprise reveal at the end.
One of the oddest, yet interesting, parts of this episode was the flashing back and forth through time. One second the team are saving the King of France (and seducing the Queen of France in Sara’s case), then they’re in 1942 kidnapping Einstein. It never slows down, which actually works to its advantage as it doesn’t bog down the story. Then of course, there’s the ending montage of the time displaced heroes that was full of laughs and enjoyment.
The return of Damien Darhk was very cool, especially since this is his second arrival in the series, both under the Aryan banner. Neal McDonough was amazing as Darhk in both Arrow and Legends, so to see him back was a treat, and since he’s going to be a running villain of sorts as part of the Legion of Doom, I look forward to more fun with him.
Which brings me to Sara Lance. I’m really glad they didn’t brush over Laurel’s death with her. She’s wanting to kill Darhk, even destroying history to ensure it, this is very powerful stuff, and I’m hoping it’ll continue to build up over the season. Just on a fun note, Sara was my favorite part of the episode. To her numerous seductions of women (and one-liners that followed), to her fight scene with Damien, it was awesome.
Sadly, and quite puzzling in many ways, was the “death” of Rip Hunter. We already went through this with the season 01 finale, why do this again? Especially when it’s clear he’s not dead in the least? Hopefully this thread isn’t left lingering too long, because Rip is one of the best characters in the show. Though if the JSA’s arrival is any indication…he may not be for long! lol
“Out of Time” brought focus back on our time traveling heroes, and set up an exciting season in potential. I do love Legends of Tomorrow, and with the Legion of Doom making time waves (and quakes) I have a good feeling that this season will be as good as the first.