Hello there, Legendary Ones! Let’s allow our heroes to take us back in time once more, as this time the Legends of Tomorrow find themselves in 1986. Gideon found a redacted file from that year, so now all our heroes need to do in order to get said file is to break into the Pentagon in 1986 and steal the file before the information is lost. Boy, these guys never choose the easy tasks, do they?
For whatever reason, instead of having The Atom shrink down and just take the file himself, the team chooses to get everyone involved, as though breaking into the Pentagon was T-Ball. Captain Cold and The Atom disguise themselves as janitors, which enables Captain Cold to smoothly cause a lady to “fall” and then catch her so he can take her access card during this process. They get the access card to Hawkgirl and White Canary, who then take advantage of a distraction Heat Wave provides to go into the file room unnoticed. Firestorm is supposed to cut the power, and it all goes well until the two people comprising Firestorm (Professor Stein & Jax) can’t get along and everyone is discovered! One quick fight later in which Hawkgirl goes completely crazy (and has to be calmed down), and the team is back on Waverider learning from the file that Savage is in the USSR. The team decides to head for the USSR, which causes Stein to remark that this is the height of The Cold War. That’s such an odd thing to hear, because unless history happened differently in the Arrowverse, The Cold War was thawing big time in 1986. You’d think a know-it-all like Stein (whose patronizing manner is wearing Jax down, which is a constant theme throughout the episode) would know the dates of The Cold War! But I digress.
On their way into the USSR, they are tracked by Chronos in his own timeship. Rip Hunter manages to maneuver the Soviet Air Force into shooting down Chronos’s timeship, requiring an emergency crash landing (is there any other sort of crash landing?). The file shows that Savage has defected to the USSR and is working on a project called ‘Svarog’ with Valentina Vostok (Superhero might fans recognize that name as belonging to Negative Woman of the Doom Patrol)! After an argument between Palmer and Cold, the two of them down some universal translators (a magical pill that causes them to speak in various languages) and head off to convince Vostok to talk to them about the project and Savage. Palmer tries to use his scientist cred to get her to open up, but he fails miserably. Cold charms her and manages to steal her lab access card (smooth move!). Meanwhile back on Waverider, Rip Hunter convinces White Canary to train Hawkgirl to deal with her “crazy side” that we saw at the Pentagon, as Hunter figures Sara knows how to control such things due to her own blood lust issues.
Waverider discovers a temporal anomaly due to Chronos’s ship being shot down, and Rip Hunter and Heat Wave head off to scope it out. A fellow time master, Druce is there. He offers Hunter and the crew amnesty if they’ll just quit now. He gives Hunter an hour to think about it. Heat Wave says it’s a rotten deal, that Druce is gonna kill Hunter, and that Hunter needs to start thinking more like a crook. While this is going on, White Canary and Hawkgirl have a sparring session that leads to both of them letting out their uncontrollable sides and almost ends with White Canary killing Hawkgirl.
Hunter goes back to Druce’s ship, and sure enough, he and Chronos ambush Hunter. Before Druce can kill Hunter, though, the Legends save the day! During the fight, Jax makes a decision that causes Firestorm to get hit with what appears to be FUTURE DYNAMITE, and Stein and Jax are separated. They have a heated discussion in which Stein is insanely hard on Jax. After this verbal fracas, Stein reveals to Palmer that he has to be so hard on Jax because Jax won’t listen to anything else, and he is trying to keep Jax safe. This coming from the guy who put Jax in danger in the first place! Man, Stein can be so smug and arrogant.
Speaking of smug and arrogant, Hunter now has the audacity to talk Hawkgirl into training with White Canary, basically saying the inverse of what he said to Canary earlier. Hawkgirl needs to help Canary reach her human side. Hunter almost lost everything when the crew learned he had manipulated them from the start. Without the death of Carter Hall, the team probably wouldn’t stick together. Did he manipulate that too? Why is he continuing this behavior? It just can’t end well…but it does get White Canary and Hawkgirl sparring again, as they discuss their dichotomous issues.
The heroes track down Vostok’s lab, and Stein figures out what she is working on … a Firestorm of Savage’s own! In order to stop her, Stein has to absorb the radiation from the core of her machine while The Atom shuts it down. Then, they’ll need to take the core back to Waverider, as they need this to make a Firestorm. Captain Cold keeps watch, and everything is going smoothly until Vostok arrives and heads for the lab. Of course, she’ll die of radiation exposure if she enters there, and The Atom makes Captain Cold go stop her (against Cold’s judgement). Cold tells her Savage is making a monster, and she says she knows. It all goes wrong when she takes Cold as a hostage, forcing The Atom to start the core up again. This throws Stein off, although he manages to absorb all the radiation despite Jax sending him a message telling him not to. (I have to say, I love the interplay between these two!) The Atom gets knocked out cold by Soviet soldiers, and Stein is immediately captured upon leaving Vostok’s machine. He drops the core, though, as he is taken away. Heat Wave arrives to free Captain Cold, who somehow manages to nab the core and get away from the lab, but Heat Wave, The Atom, and Stein are captured. Even worse, Vostok remarks that they don’t need the core if they have Stein in custody…
Captain Cold is very angry when he gets back to Waverider, and he demands to know where his backup was. Hunter held them back to prevent everyone from getting captured. The team learns that they have their other teammates in an almost impenetrable gulag, while Stein is learning that his friends are still alive from a Soviet Colonel. Of course, the Colonel remarks, how long they stay alive is up to Stein….
Our heroes are in quite a mess, but what else is new? I’m ready for something to go right for The Legends. They need a break of some sort. I hope they get one very soon!
See You in Time!