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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 4: Wet Hot American Bummer

November 13th, 2018 by Todd Black Comments

The more that Legends of Tomorrow is on, the more I’m convinced that this is the best of the superhero shows on air, Marvel, DC, or otherwise. Because only the Legends could take on the theme of a “summer camp adventure” and turn it into a compelling character study for a couple of the cast.

Biggest of all was Ava, who honestly made her “Legend” debut for the season, and it was done in a great way. For since she is a clone (if you forgot), she never had a childhood, not a real one. All she knows is the Bureau life, and discipline, so naturally, that’s how she treated the girls under her care, while Sara wanted to do the more “be one of them” approach. Hearing Ava lament to Sara how she never got to have what she and the others had was touching. As was their “experience” as children themselves.

On that note, I’m REALLY glad that the team is doubling down hard on “Avalance”. Because usually, something would’ve happened by now to separate them. Instead, they’re getting closer and closer together, which I appreciate.

Another thing I appreciate is Matt Ryan’s run as Constantine. For here, we got to see him go from brooding camp consoler, to  willingly risking his own life just because a kid was dying. Constantine is meant to be a tragic character wrapped up in a grungy form that wreaks of “bad boy”. Here, we got to see that again. And it was good.

Oh, one more thing, SWAMP THING CONFIRMED!!!! Granted, he’s getting a show on the DC Universe service, and it’s unlikely we’ll ever see him in the CW show…but you never know!

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — “Wet Hot American Bummer” — Image Number: LGN404b_0665b2.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Matt Ryan as Constantine and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Strega threat was a bit weak, I’ll admit. Ironically though, there is a DC Comics villain named Strega, and she is a blood witch. I liked the twist of it being a guy and not a girl, but still, aside from the “true form”, it was honestly a throwaway monster.

Meanwhile, having Mick and the shapeshifter starting to bond was good. And it also makes sense to use her as a way to see what other monsters are within the world now that the portal let them out.

Oh, and Nora is back! Let’s hope she saves John soon, WE NEED HIM!

“Wet Hot American Bummer” was a very fun episode with some great character drama, and that’s something we should all appreciate.

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!