*Warning Spoilers Below*

The Time Masters launch their latest assault by targeting the younger selves of our heroes. In a terminator-style homage, each member must protect their own time-line from being snuffed out of existence. Assigned with the task is, The Pilgrim, the so-called final solution to end the gang’s interference of altering history.

We finally get an episode that raises the stakes and throws a huge wrench in Rip’s plan to stop Vandal Savage. The repercussions of messing with the past has always been one that Rip and the team haven’t fully adhered to. By plunging head first into the era and directly interacting; even in some cases heavily affecting future outcomes has become one of the show’s major occurrences. They knew it wasn’t going to be all fun and games: dressing up as Soviet era spies, playing cowboys and Indians, fighting space pirates, and infiltrating a mental asylum (if you can call that fun) would eventually lead to this outcome.

Pitting the Legends against an unstoppable female assassin makes for some exciting fight scenes and who doesn’t love a bad-ass indestructible woman showing us how to do the job right. It’s almost a shame that The Pilgrim is dispatched by the episode’s end. Compared to Chrono, who was a light-weight in the bounty hunter department. She would have made a great addition and a threatening presence to Team Rip, alas the world will never know. So long, Pilgrim, we hardly knew you.

Jackson receives a larger chunk of the story than what’s been normally assigned to him, last week it was damsel in distress. We learn more about his back-story and that his father died in combat, while he was still an infant. Having Jackson interact with his father is one of the few times the show touched on the humanity of the characters, especially the neglected and underused Jefferson Jackson. Being this is a comic-book inspired television, doesn’t mean we have to lose the fact that these are fictional characters who bleed and suffer just like us mere mortals.

The pairing of Kendra and Ray has come off as quite random and boring. Both these characters are reeling from two different losses in their lives: Ray from his fiancée, Anna and Kendra from Carter Hall aka Hawkman. While both in theory seem like a perfect pairing to a writer the actual union has been awkward. Kendra feels lost in her affections for Ray and questioning whether such a romance is worth undertaking. Even with the knowledge that her past-self imbued into her last week, that any love which isn’t Carter/Hawkman is doomed to fail can’t be a good sign. Ray on the other hand suffers from a different dilemma in this relationship. He is the one who becomes fully invested and clearly has plans for both of them. By having them both stranded in the 1950’s for two years and living a domesticated lifestyle a few episodes prior hasn’t created a sense of unity. It might just be better to leave the past behind and put this courtship to rest.

Further Thoughts:

  • Watching teenage Sara Lance slap underage Rory was wholly delightful. Kudos, to present-day Sara giving a few pointers on how to properly a slap someone.
  • How much of a bastard was young Rip that present-day Rip would know he would stab her? Quite a cheeky little bugger ain’t he.
  • Having Dr. Stein’s father just hand over his new-born baby to two complete strangers is rather troubling. Ray’s response to the 1950’s being a trusting period did not help matters.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8/7c.


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Fred Yampolsky

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