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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Legends Of Tomorrow Season 04 Episode 9: Lucha De Apuestas

April 2nd, 2019 by Todd Black Comments


Ok, it’ll be a little contained, but let it be known, this one will not get a perfect score because of this breakup and a few other things.

Anyway, “Lucha De Apuestas” was a pretty good return to form considering that they haven’t been on since December. And it it reinforced that sometimes you just have to go all-out to make things be fun, and epic. So, if you recall, Mona stumbled onto someone (Hank) trying to take the magical creatures for themselves. And now, we got to see the repercussions of that.

First off, Mona is blamed for the whole event, which sets both the Time Beraeu and the Legends after her and Kolani (apologies if I’m spelling that wrong), who eventually gets taken to Mexico in the 1960’s where he becomes a Lucha Libre star. And as a fan of wrestling and Lucha Libre, I appreciate this greatly. Finding out that his presence in this time period actually knocked off a true Lucha legend was a nice touch, as it delved into what Lucha Libre really is. It’s pageantry, it’s storytelling, and it’s being able to trust the other person in the ring.

But of course, eventually, the Legends got wise that Mona wasn’t lying, which led Zari and Nate on a mission to see if Hank really was involved. This was funny for many reasons, but I’ll save that for later. Anyway, i personally loved how Nate played his dad, and how Hank tried to spin this to his own means. Nate not being fooled was HUGE, and I have no doubt it’ll continue to be a big part of the rest of the season.

And the death of Kolani, and the reveal that Mona herself is a magical creature (somehow…) was also a big shock. It’s unclear what she is exactly, but hey, she’s got some power in her!

Sadly, the episode had some weird nitpicks that really dropped it from the perfection it could’ve been. Such as Ray wanting desperately to be “Interim Captain” for some random reason which of course didn’t go to plan. And how they’re now planting seeds for Nate and Zari to be a couple…because reasons?

And of course…they broke up Ava and Sara. This is what I like to call “Arrow Relationship Drama”, because instead of working things out like regular people, they instead go overboard and say that the other person doesn’t care or respect the other and what not. In this case, Ava was made that Sara didn’t “have her back” even though Sara could prove that Hank was doing something shady in the Beraeu. Ava’s response? “Who cares if magical creatures get hurt!” Really? So, now she’s a sadist? A “the ends justify the means” kind of girl…even though she connected with Nora Darhk recently?

It was wrong, it was SO WRONG. And yes, I know they’ll get back together, but it REALLY wasn’t the point. They forced them apart after spending the first half of the season keeping them together, and that ticks me off.

Still, “Lucha De Apuestas” was a very fun return for the Legends, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the season unfold.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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!