Out of Time or “So Long Rip Hunter”
Let me start by saying I’m new to the Legend’s of Tomorrow gang. Yes, I’m aware of the characters from the other DC Universe shows (Flash and Arrow, respectively), but I’ve not seen one episode of Legends so this is new to me. I didn’t know what to expect, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how entertained I was.
The show begins in present-day Star City, where a guy we come to learn is Dr. Nate Heywood (who calls himself a Time Detective) breaks in to City Hall to try and see Mayor Oliver Queen. After a brief skirmish with security, Heywood is afforded some alone time with His Honor and drops the knowledge that he knows Ollie is The Arrow. He goes on to state that the Legends are in trouble somewhere in time and that he’s detected subtle changes in history he thinks the Legends are responsible for (how he would know this is beyond me, despite his explanation, but I’ll roll with it!).
Dr. Heywood tells Ollie that there were reports of an underwater nuclear explosion in 1942 that coincided with the appearance of a flying machine. He believes that was the Legend’s time ship that dove into the water in the same area. (History Note: the first nuclear test was conducted by the U.S. in 1945 as part of the Manhattan Project and was codenamed “Trinity”, much like the trinity of Arrow, Flash and now Legends).
Having this as a starting point, Ollie and Heywood jump in the Arrow-sub he just happens to have lying around and head to the part of the ocean of the reported sighting. They find and somehow gain access to the time ship that has been sitting on the bottom of the ocean for 74 years undisturbed and undiscovered. Once inside, the ship is virtually empty other than a catatonic Mick Rory.
After reviving Heatwave, Rory tells them the story of how he came to be held in suspended animation. It started in France in 1692, when the Legends learned of a plot to assassinate Louis XIII, so they were on-site to protect him and ensure he copulated with the queen that lead to the birth of Louis XIV and an age of French enlightenment. Sara (who we didn’t know spoke French) was the hand maiden to the Queen, Ray guarded the king, and Rory, along with Rip, Jefferson and Dr. Stein, remained on the chateau grounds as some ersatz 3 Musketeers plus one.
As the Queen seduces Sara and has a roll in the sack with her, several cloak-wearing Buck Rogers ray gun-wielding figures show up to carry out their nefarious plot. But of course they’re no match for our heroes who dispatch them rather easily by the use of their varied gifts and powers, despite Rip’s exhortation to not use them in the presence of others.
Ancient France saved, the team high-tail it back to their ship where they enter the time stream and on to their next mission. While in the stream, there’s a time quake which indicates something has gone wrong somewhere in the past, the effects of which will not affect the team so long as they’re in the temporal zone. The problem came from 1942 where the Nazi’s detonated a nuclear bomb on American soil, obliterating New York.
Once they reach 1942 New York, the team’s mission is clear: Prevent the Krauts from getting their fascist hands on nuclear tech. And there’s only one person who has the knowledge to build such a device – Einstein. While the bulk of the team try to find and protect Einstein, Sara goes off on her own mission to find Damian Dahrk who killed her sister (on “Arrow”) in present day 2016. Unbeknownst to Sara, Ray shrinks down to follow her as backup (Sidenote: because of the Lazarus pits employed by Ras al Ghoul, Damian was immortal).
Rip, Dr. Stein and Rory locate Einstein, who’s in the middle of a reception. Turns out Albert is not only brilliant but is also quite lecherous, grabbing every female derriere in sight. Sara and Ray, after he made his presence known, locate Damian in a warehouse where he’s working with the same Nazi’s who are attempting to kidnap Einstein (surprise).
Back at the reception, the undercover Nazis make their move to kidnap Einstein but the Legends, who end up kidnapping him themselves, thwart the Nazi plans. Safely ensconced on the ship, the Legends think everything is safe but learn according to history a bomb still went off. They soon discover that Albert isn’t the only one who knows how to make a nuclear device, but his ex-wife does as well. Turns out she had worked side by side with him and had his knowledge but, of course, wasn’t given the acknowledgment that she deserved.
The team is able to trace the nuclear components of the bomb to a pier as it’s being transported to a hidden sub by Damian and some henchmen. The team spring in to action taking out several guards, rescuing the ex-Mrs. Einstein but have to leave the bomb behind because Rory gets shot and Damian is kicking Laurel’s butt!
Once on the ship, the Legends follow and intercept the Nazi sub. Rip pulls his best Hunt for Red October move by placing them in the path of the nuclear torpedo that had been launched. Before it strikes, Rip sends the bulk of the team throughout history so they can be safe with Rory left behind due to his injuries. The torpedo strikes the time ship causing it to sink to the bottom of the ocean but New York, and history, are saved once again.
In the present, Ollie leaves Dr. Heywood with Rory so they can go find the rest of the Legends. They find Ray in the prehistoric past about to be eaten by a dinosaur straight out of Jurassic Park, Dr. Stein and Jackson in old England about to be beheaded, and Sara about to be executed as a witch in 1692 Salem. Conspicuously missing is Rip. He leaves a message for the team that seems to indicate that he’ll no longer be a part of the show, which makes sense with the addition of Dr. Heywood.
At the show’s conclusion back in 1942, we get a surprise: Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Flash, who teams up with Damian and an appearance by the Justice Society of America.
Seems like my Thursdays are now set at the 8:00 p.m. hour. Good times! What did you think of the season premiere? Follow me on Twitter, @ATLBlerd, and let me know your thoughts. We can also live-tweet the show.