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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Legends Of Tomorrow Season 5: Episode 4: Slay Anything

February 12th, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

Legends of Tomorrow may have started out as a show trying to be VERY DC Comics, but over the course of its now 5 seasons it’s grown into something much more fun and unique, and “Slay Anything” is the perfect example of that. It continued on the fight against the”Encores”, but this time with an original villain that allowed them to play fast and loose with the plot, and eventually, save a massacre at a prom in two different timelines!

This Encore was Freddie Myers (Get it? Like Freddie Kruger and Michael Myers?), who was known as the Prom Night killer back in 1989, and after “dying” he came back to get final revenge on those who did him wrong. One thing I really appreciate about this episode (aside from all the horror movie references) was that the episode really did commit to the horror. We got to see some honest to goodness gruesome deaths. My personal favorite being the woman crushed to death in the locker. Just saying.

But just as fun was the jump back to 1989 and finding out how Freddie “became” what he was. Turns out, whether in 2004 or 2020, bullies suck, and seeing him tortured and almost turned into a monster is something we all should recognize as something that can happen at these schools…and has happened in the past. Thankfully, Freddie had a Fairy Godmother, Nora!

I liked seeing Nora come back like this and learning that her Fairy Godmother role really did have an impact on things. And dang it, her and Ray together are cute (which is hilarious because they’re honestly married in real life!) and I’m glad they got to go to prom together.

There were lots of other little things that made this episode shine. Including Ava continuing to be a serial killer fangirl (in the historical sense to be clear) and Mick trying to avenge/rectify being a jerk in high school himself. Seeing Mick die after losing the former love of his life was gruesome, even if we know it wasn’t going to be permanent. And the twist it was Freddie’s mother all along? Which is a reference to Friday The 13th…classic.

The only real downpoints of the episode was first, Zari. I know she’ll eventually become OUR Zari again, but I REALLY don’t like this version of her. Hopefully with these “time flashes” restoring her memory we won’t have to worry about “social media star Zari” for much longer. Finally, Constantine. I know, right? Rarely is he ever the problem. But, we see him go off on a mission, enter his old house and then…nothing.

Seriously, they waited the WHOLE episode to “reveal’ what was the whole point of the house thing, and it was important, yet they shoehorned the whole, “I don’t want to go through the door” thing into like a 30-second romp with Charlie. Oh yeah, she’s back too.

Despite some small hiccups, “Slay Anything” was easily one of the best episodes of Legends of Tomorrow ever in my opinion, and definitely the best episode of the season so far.

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!