Hey, there readers! Remember that swashbuckling of sorts that I promised in my review of the pilot part one last week? Did I warn you about how absolutely cheesy it is? If I didn’t, this is your warning: This show is the cheesiest thing ever. Luckily for me, that’s about my bag, and that’s what we’re treated to in about the first 10 minutes of this second half of Legends of Tomorrow‘s pilot. Continuing their adventures in the 1970s, the team begins to put the thieving skills of our temperature based characters, Captain Cold and Heatwave to the test when it turns out that Vandal Savage is selling an insane amount of nuclear power on the black market, the most familiar customer being Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk but dressed as Doctor Evil because that makes sense for the time period period, I guess?
Of course, nothing goes perfectly in the first 10 minutes of an episode of TV, but all that means is we get our first official action sequence where our whole crew shows off their powers, particularly Jax having to perform an “Iron Man ala Avengers” save when the bomb is ready to detonate. Except here, the heroic firestorm is required to painfully absorb the blast. Roll credits.
As a result of this cheeseball battle, a few problems are now in store for the Legends of Tomorrow, namely that Savage now knows exactly who is opposing him as he ventures through time, but also some of Ray’s tech from the Atom suit is left at the scene of the battle, causing an awful, horrible shift in the timeline. Luckily, that piece of his suit emits Alpha particles — something that professor Stein was researching in his college days.
Sara, Jax and professor Martin Stein venture to his old university, and in these moments of the episode the show has already decided to go all Back to the Future II on its audience, as the latter is seeking a piece of technology he developed in his university days to fix the problem made by Palmer’s tech. A shocking revelation to the professor, but less so to Sara and Jax, is how unbearably pretentious and arrogant the younger version of Stein is. But the piece of the subplot in question closely resembles the epic tale of Marty McFly, involving the concept of love and destiny, as Stein is destined to meet his wife for the first time on the exact night his past self comes to town. What a twist. Albeit a predictable twist, but hey, this is still a pilot episode after all.
In the meantime, Plamer and Snart see to retrieving the only known dagger capable of killing Savage from a mansion filled with expensive valuables. Obviously, a goodie two shoes like Ray Plamer is going have some suspicious of Captain Cold and Heatwave, and the first spatting between these characters really begins, and up until the point they’re caught, and as a fan of these performers I find that their foiling to one another is an absolute joy to watch.
As the relationship between Kendra and Carter unravels regarding their destiny and their past, the less and less I find myself caring about their incestuous relationship. Much like Kendra claims, I want her to prove his claims completely false the more he mentions who she’s supposed to be and how she’s supposed to feel, especially with his explaining after two whole episodes before this series began on The Flash and Arrow. **Full SPOILER ALERT here** Thankfully, we’ll have a break from it, as Carter and Savage face off, resulting in his death. Whether our roster will be consolidated to a heroic seven, or if there will be an immediate search for his newly resurrected self is unclear by the conclusion of this episode.