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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Legends Of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 12: The Eggplant The Witch And The Wardrobe

April 23rd, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

After a rather divisive episode in my mind, Legends of Tomorrow did manage to make itself good again with “The Eggplant, The Witch, and the Wardrobe”, as it balanced multiple storylines with a good deal of tact and forward plotting. Though a certain nagging storyline or two continued to fester…

First of all, DANG IT GARY! SHUT UP AND DIE! Calming down…calming down…

Alright, after last week’s rather ludicrous episode, things went into plot mode as Ava was found taken and nearly possessed by a certain friend of Neron. They were able to get Ava back to the Waverider and capture Neron, but the question became, what next?

For Ava, her soul was in Purgatory, so Sara went in to try and get her out. Turns out, this form of Purgatory ramped up all the fears of Ava to an extreme, which included her feelings about Sara in regards to whether they could work. I was truly appalled when they broke up Avalance like they did. But the writers either noticed that weird breakup or decided to dive deeper into it. Either way, this was MUCH better than that forced argument a few episodes back.

Sara and Ava are very compatible, but they’re also very different, so much of the episode was them going through the “standard” relationship woes that all the rest of us normal people have to deal with. And while it was on the nose at times, it really did play well. Such as the use of mattresses to talk about the time they could spend together. Or the monotony of doing chores when Sara would rather be on an adventure. It was simple, but it was good stuff. And it reaffirmed their love for each other, which is what the fanbase wanted!

The B-story if you will was the majority of the Legends taking care of Neron and figuring out what to do. It was good to see Nora be back in the spotlight in the RIGHT way (curse you Bollywood musical!) and having to deal with what happened in her life via her season 3 arc. And Constantine having to deal with what he did was also solid. The Neron/Desmond actor was very solid, and it was fun to see how they almost won…and then lost at the last second. #SaveRay!

Sadly, the rest of the storylines were eye-rolling leftovers from last week. There is still no logical explanation to the magical creatures theme park that Hank was building. And as Ray himself noted, THAT was the way he wanted to connect with Nate? Seriously? By defrauding the government and putting everyone at risk in regards to letting magical creatures free in a park? That makes no sense! And Nate not wanting it to be taken down is weird in numerous ways because he of all people know that these creatures SHOULDN’T be in a park!

And then…there was Zari, Mona, Charlie, and Rory, who were all part of a storyline to try and get Zari to text Nate about how she feels about him. Instead of going the decent route like they did with Sara/Ava, they went the over-the-top root, and I couldn’t fast forward those sections fast enough.

Thankfully, the majority of the stories were more than enough to carry the episode. So I think that’s a win.

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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!