Now THAT was entertaining. One thing that separates Legends of Tomorrow from the other CW verse shows is that it does take the time to show the villains in their natural element, and make them even fiercer foes. While Vandal Savage wasn’t acted in the best way, he was allowed to show his tenacity and overall sense of evil. Now, we got the Legion of Doom, and in their own named episode…The Legion of Doom…we got to see how the group works.
What I appreciated first was that it showed when Malcolm Merlyn was recruited. Yes, it was assumed because of his lost hand that it happened after the end of Season 04, but we didn’t really know. And now, we do! But best of all, because of the state we saw him in, it’s even easier to see why he would join Thawne and Dark.
The best part of this episode though was that we got see Malcolm and Damian interact in a whole bunch of different ways. From trying to one-up each other, to threatening, to posturing, to dueling, then inevitably working together for a common goal.
In a surprise though, that goal was figuring out what the heck was up with Eobard Thawne. Now yes, we knew that his arrival in the show, and his desire to change reality was likely due to the fact he’s dead in the future. But here, we got to know the HOW of it all, and most importantly, WHY he had to keep running away. And oh, what an answer it was!
Black Flash! The Death Racer! He’s back!!!! And what a nice twist on the equation. For those who don’t know, Zoom was the villain in Flash Season 02. But at the end of the season, Barry Allen (The Flash) tricked the Time Wraiths into taking Zoom for his crimes. In the process, they seemed to mold him into the ultimate speedster hunter. The Death Racer.
What made this so interesting wasn’t just that it was the reason for Eobard’s sparce appearances, but the literal fear we got to see in him as he talked about the Death Racer. It was evident how fearful he was, and to see Malcolm and Damien not only delight in it, then figure out how to beat it in seconds flat was pretty freaking cool. All in the name of a better partnership. What are “henchmen” for?
The other surprise was that the Legends team FINALLY figured out it was Eobard, but in a way that still made sense. After all, only a few people on Team Flash knew the face of Eobard Thawne, let alone the name. So to come up with the why’s and how’s on their own was fun in its own right.
Then, there was the case of the family Stein. I’m glad that they got the “time daughter abberation” out of the way so that Stein and Lilly can progress as characters. And yeah, while it was a bit odd that Mick would spill it like he did, the ends justify the means here. Speaking of which…
That ending! Rip is with the Legion of Doom, complete with original accent! TWIST!!!
In the end, “The Legion Of Doom” was another fantastic episode, Legends of Tomorrow is on a serious roll, and I don’t want it to stop.