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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Legends of Tomorrow Season 02 Episode 11: Turncoat

February 8th, 2017 by Todd Black Comments

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow –“Turncoat”– LGN211b_0179.jpg — Pictured: Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Give credit where credit is due, Legends of Tomorrow continues to be the best of the CW shows. Not the least of which is because of the constantly changing dynamics that the show goes through. “Turncoat” brought forth evil Rip Hunter, nearly killed one of the Legends, almost destroyed America, and that was just the first 20 minutes!

Truly, the focus on sections of the team (which change every episode) is what makes the show so special. Ray got shrunk down, Jax became came with Sara shot by Rip, Stein had to be a true Doctor, and Rory got to be buddies with George Washington. Oh, and Nate and Amara hooked up.

Yep, with the crossing of the Delaware terminated via Washington’s death, the team had to go back in time to save him, and then stop Rip from getting the Spear of Destiny fragment they had. This show really did well with its depiction of Washington, who was still very much the gentlemen Englishmen he was raised to be. Yet, as Rory noted, Americans aren’t about being gentlemenly at all times, sometimes you have to fight dirty so you can win and get what needs to happen done.

Mick was the MVP of the episode for me, if for no other reason than his 4th wall breaking intro, “who writes this crap?”, and then his continued epicness as the show went on. And now, there’s a statue of DC in his honor…of course…

Now to be fair, not everyone’s storylines worked. While I liked the idea of Nate and Amara being an item, they rushed it…again. This is what happened with Ray and Kendra, but at least they had 3 years together! Whereas these guys had like…3 hours. Did they forget about the mission? Apparently!

Meanwhile, Jax vs. Rip was very entertaining as they played cat-and-mouse in the Waverider. And Jax almost killing Rip was cool…but…then they just let him get away? I know he said “the British were coming”, but…they could’ve at least taken the spear. Or Sara could’ve knocked him out or something. But I’m also glad that this “Evil Rip” arc isn’t over yet. Arthur Darvill did a great job portraying Rip as both himself, but also someone who’e been altered, but in a believable way. That’s hard to do.

In the end, “Turncoat” continued the great streak Legends has been having. Next up? Camelot!…3000!!!!

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!