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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews The Legends Of Tomorrow Season 5 Finale

June 3rd, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

After a season full of surprises, twists, a Supernatural cameo of sorts, and plenty of departures, it all came to a head in the season finale, “Swan Thong”. Because of course Legends of Tomorrow would find a way to bring Sisqo into the show to sing his legendarily infamous track. I’m just saying.

With the Legends now free from the confines of TV, they had to take the fight to the Fates and free the world as they knew it, but as is the way with a season finale, not everything went to plan, and sacrifices had to be made.

I think one of the more interesting elements to the episode was that instead of a full-throttle fight to the end, the show focused more characters and the growth that they’ve made over the season, and the series. From Mick finding his daughter and bonding with her over the months of the Legends “absence”, to the team trying to convince Charlie of what free will does for the world, to Constantine convincing Astra of her worth, Past Timeline Zari bonding with Behrad, and more, the show really does work because they’ve developed their characters so beautifully that you can’t help but care for every one of them.

Except Gary, he still needs to die, I won’t change my opinion on this.

Anyway, that’s not to say there wasn’t some good action, like Sara being an epic blind master and fighting/killing a Fate, and the “Encores vs Legends with Bad Ideas” fight which was hilarious in all the ways that matter, it was good stuff.

The ending scene with Charli and her sister though was arguably the most surprising bit of all. As instead of killing their foe like they’ve done in previous seasons, they decided to do something better, which of course closed a loop for Charli which led to her returning to The Smell and deciding to “lay down some roots’. Which I think is a welcome end to the character.

Easily the most heartbreaking moment though was with Past Timeline Zari, whose mere presence was causing a temporal distortion on Behrad and killing him slowly. I LOVE Past Timeline Zari (and prefer her to present timeline Zari in every way) but at least this time she got to say goodbye to everyone, including Nate, and their memories of her won’t go away this time.

As for that ending…did Sara get abducted? That’s one way to end a season, that’s for sure! We know next year is going to be even CRAZIER for the Legends (based on what the writers and showrunners are saying), so this is no doubt just the teaser for all that’s coming, and I can’t wait.

In the end, “Swan Thong” was a fun end to a really intriguing season, and with so many Legends now gone, and many not the same as they were before, it’s going to be interesting to see how the show grows in Season 6!

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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!