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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Legends Of Tomorrow Season 02 Episode 16: Doomworld

March 29th, 2017 by Todd Black Comments

One of the things I really love about Legends of Tomorrow is that it feels like an epic comic book, and just like in comic books, sometimes the villains win…a lot. “Doomworld” (not to be confused with Secret Wars) showed just that and more, as time and reality itself had been rewritten in the Legion of Doom’s image. Complete with dome-shaped STAR Labs. That was cool.

You knew something had to give though, and nicely enough it was Mick who realized the terrible mistake he had made. While life sometimes seems perfect when we have everything we want, there’s often a hard truth that has to be swallowed, and for Mick, it was realizing that the Legion never viewed him as a true member, even Snart. So, naturally, he helped Nate, Ray, and the others get their memories back in order to get things back on track.

Meanwhile, the Legion itself was at odds with one another, as Eobard was hiding the Spear from them, while the others wanted to continue to change reality. Which of course led to backstabbing and betrayals galore, good stuff.

I loved how everyone was fully aware of the comic book-y elements that were going on, like when Snart┬ácalled out Darke for his “bad guy monolog”. And then shot Thawne while he was in the middle of his, “Bored now!” Even Merlyn calling out Thawne for leaving the Legends alive (though in different roles for the Legion’s amusement naturally) was very self-aware, as was Thawne grief over him being right.

Yet, the episode wasn’t afraid to deviate from the “good guys win” formula. Stein didn’t get his memories back, Amaya was killed by Snart, the Spear of Destiny is destroyed…and Rip Hunter is the size of an action figure…didn’t see that coming.

I’m actually kind of sad that the season finale is next week, because “Doomworld” was so good, and I couldn’t help but smile through most of it. There were some small logic issues, but still, it was really freaking cool to see a lot of the Easter Eggs and references and turnabouts that happened.

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 (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!

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