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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Legends Of Tomorrow Season 03 Episode 05: Return of the Mack

November 8th, 2017 by Todd Black Comments

Well, that certainly picked up at the end, huh? I know that after last weeks perfection, Legends of Tomorrow would no doubt dib in quality, but even I was surprised by how well “Return of the mack” turned out. Albeit, with one very unfortunate twist.

The plot of the season really got driven forward this week, not the least of which was because we found out that not all the anachronisms were because the Legends broke time. Some were being created by outside interference. Enter Rip Hunter, who made a somewhat triumphant return to the show by asking the Legends for help in finding and stopping Mollus (or however you say his name). It was great to see the big bad brought to the forefront, and even more to see that Rip has been tracking him for years.

It also brought in one of the biggest twists in the season, though we knew that Damien Darhk was going to return, I didn’t expect it like this. This was really cool, and the fight scene that followed his epic resurrection was hilarious. And gosh dang it, Neal McDonough is one of the coolest actors alive. Period.

Another nice surprise was seeing the connection between Amaya and Zari grow, we got to see their totems interact in a unique way, and Zari got to unleash a new power in it was pretty cool.

And yeah, having the whole “Vampire in London” thing going on the whole time was funny. Did Mick ever finish that book? I honestly don’t know.

Also, the Firestorm storyline got built up even more, as we saw Jax and Ray try and figure out how to separate the two. Yes, we got the typical “I can’t believe you did this behind my back!” scene, but it eventually worked out, and we got further proof that Stein needs to be on Earth with his grandson, and not with the Legends.

Which…brings me to the biggest problem. Rip. While I LOVED his return at the early outset, and even his betrayal of the Legends to try and catch Mollus, his departure was anything but logical. First off, the Time Beareu apparently ISN’T run by him? And now he’s suddenly on the outs with him because they “lack imagination”? That sounds like the Time Masters…which Rip wouldn’t risk bringing back. You’re telling me he didn’t build the Time Beareu to NOT be like them?

Now yes, I agree with the whole “he’s not above the rules”, but he’s the founder who’s trying to save time, how does constitute him “cashing in his last chit”? Furthermore, by the end, he was acting like a lunatic, and not the calm and collected man we saw at the beginning of the season. How did he devolve into this?

Granted, now the Legends know about Mollus, and can deal with him, but I don’t like this “ending” for Rip.

In the end though, “Return of the Mack” brought some new and old characters into the mix and pushed the plot forward in a big way. Let’s hope it didn’t come with too high a cost.

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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