Ok, let’s imagine a world without George Lucas…then realize that world is TERRIBLE!!!! And get back to the one we’re living now!
“Raiders Of The Lost Art” brought back Legends of Tomorrow in a big way, and it’s going to be called one of the best episodes of the season, and for numerous reasons! I loved so many things about this episode. So…let’s break it down one by one! lol
First off, it was great to see the “missing pieces” of the Season 02 premiere finally worked out. From Rip surviving the nuke strike, to Gideon repairing herself (15 years! That makes sense.), and then of course Rip scattering himself to time because it was the only way to get off the Wave Rider and protect the Spear of Destiny…which he really did have! But, the real twist was that he wasn’t “acting” as a director…his mind has been altered so that he thinks Rip Hunter is a figment of his imagination. So when he did meet the Legends again, along with Darhk and Merlyn, he really didn’t know who they were. This was a very fun twist that I can’t wait to see play out.
Then there was the Legends themselves, who were at first just trying to find Merlyn/Darhk, the stumble upon Rip, then realize that George Lucas was about to become an Insurance Salesman (yuck!), and thus all of history was about to be changed, not the least of which was Nate and Ray, who wouldn’t be who they were without Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Cheesy? Sure. Believable? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!
I mean think about it, Star Wars made MANY things possible. For example, though Star Trek came first, it was because of Star Wars that the movies, and eventual TV sequel series, got made. Technology advanced so much because of films like Star Wars. And who’s to say that someone seeing an archaeologist finding treasure wouldn’t inspire someone? This is what Legends of Tomorrow is really all about, seeing how people affect history. And yeah, George Lucas has affected history A LOT.
Moving on, seeing all these points of the story converge in a hilariously meta trash compactor scene was great. Especially when you thought Rip was really back…and then it was just Phil playing a role, “Does this thing work?”
Meanwhile, Mick was dealing with his hallucination problem still, and thus employed Stein to help him. While I admit, it would’ve been better to have Wentworth Miller return like he did for the midseason finale to once again share the delusion, it’s a very small complaint. And to see that Mick wasn’t technically going crazy, but rather, he was questioning why he was still on the team, was good. Especially since we know Snart WILL return…just not on their side.
Seriously though, this was such a fun episode, with references galore, numerous meta moments, and great action sequences. And now, the Legion of Doom (inspired by a certain cartoon…) have Rip, so you know the Legends are going to have to get him back. And I can’t wait to see it!