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The equivalent of C-Grade superhero team ups that is Legends brings the gang back to the old west. Classic period shenanigans mixed with the usual let’s save a bunch people we just met because the plot requires us to do so. Our group of heroes have a nasty habit of trying to rescue people during their various time dimensional excursions. This week’s episode/plot forces the gang to protect a community of townsfolk from the Stillwater gang.
Dr. Stein inadvertently sets off a salon brawl leading to the death of a Stillwater gang member being shot by Snart (who was trying to save Stein). The team meets one of DC folklore’s most coveted characters, Jonah Hex. His introduction is one of the saving points of this passable adventure. Played by Johnathon Schaech, Hex is a classic no nonsense gunslinger that embodies the genre so perfectly, excluding his existence in that realm would have been a shame. Hex informs them that the Stillwater gang won’t go down so easy and they’ve endangered the whole town with their unauthorized outing.
The episode proceeds with the typical Legends high jinks: Ray becomes sheriff; Dr. Stein saves a young patient, who turns out to be H.G. Wells; Rip comes to terms with his previous actions in this timeline; Kendra and Sara have a nonsensical outing to find an old woman, who turns out to be Kendra; and Jackson gets kidnapped. All this leads to a high stakes exchange that becomes a showdown, where the fight scenes and visual effects have always been one of the show’s strong suits.
Most television shows and especially comic based ones take a small deviation from the serialized events. Sometimes the stand alone episode works to engage us with characters who have been lacking much needed backstory or motivation. Jackson and Kendra are in need of such storytelling: Jackson being shafted to the background and delivering one liners is primed for an expanded role. While, Kendra an ancient goddess having unnecessary flash-backs and a forced romance with Ray haven’t been successful at all.
Hopefully, next week’s installment brings us more of Sara, Rory and Snart, who have consistently been the most entertaining trio of the group thus far. For all its flaws, this week’s adventure provides us with plenty of action, but slows down when addressing Kendra’s hallucinations and Rip’s consistent bickering about altering the timeline, which seems to be the mantra of show. Let’s recycle less storylines and bring in more folklore from the DC universe or even better, some higher stakes.