“Abominations” or 2 Days a Slave
Our show begins with the Legends receiving a temporal “mayday” from a time-pirate who had also been in the time-stream but had trouble with his ship. The time-pirate lands in 1863 Mississippi (which as we all know was during the height of the American Civil War) and is immediately captured by the Confederate Army, just as he’s displaying some rather peculiar symptoms. Well, it wouldn’t do to have a guy from the future running around the 19th Century, so the Legends prepare to go Earth-side to scoop him up. Sarah makes the command decision (since she’s now the captain of this rag-tag group) to have Ray stay behind on the ship. Since his shrinking suit making him the Atom was destroyed last episode in Feudal Japan, Ray’s usefulness to the team on an away mission is pretty limited. Think: a red-shirt crew member on the old Star Trek.
Stein also thinks his Firestorm partner Jefferson should sit this one out since, you know, the whole slavery thing. Jefferson lets him know that although his concern is appreciated, it’s unnecessary. As Jefferson says, he’s been black his whole life; no time in the past would be good since America hasn’t always been great for black folk.
So the entire crew, sans Ray and including the latest member of the team 1940s Vixen Amaya (also black), head to Earth. Upon landing, they notice the Time Pirate ship. Much to Rory’s delight, he gets to put his arson skills to work by destroying the ship. While the team is watching the fireworks, they hear a shout and notice a black man running from several Confederate soldiers. The group wants to let things play out as is, but Amaya isn’t having any of it and charges off to save the man.
Firestorm forms and blasts the soldiers saving the man running for his life. When they meet him, they learn that he’s a spy for the Union Army (i.e. the North) and his orders are to infiltrate a Confederate (i.e. the South) party and get information back to General Grant (leader of the U.A. who went on to be President of the United States). While the team is discussing this, the Confederate troops previously thought to be down for the count start moving and the South rises again and begins a charge. The Legends notice that they look remarkably like, and are, ZOMBIES!!
Now the Legends are fighting a group of the undead. As we ALL know (due to popular culture, of course) the ONLY way to kill a zombie is to bop them in the head. Seems our intrepid group must have missed some TV shows because they spend their time just fighting them “regularly”. Eventually, they contain the threat but not before the spy is killed. With his dying breath, he lets the Legends know where his mission is to take him.
The team returns to their ship and learn (through the magic of computers) that instead of losing the Civil War, the South wins and all because of the zombie invasion. Before they can determine their next move, Rory passes out. When he’s examined in the med-bay, they see that he’s been bitten by one of the zombies. You know it’s just a matter of time before he too becomes a biter.
In order to preserve history, Jefferson decides to act as the now-dead spy, taking Amaya with him. Meanwhile, Sarah and Heywood warn the Union Army of the pending zombie invasion, leaving Stein and Ray back on the ship to deal with infected Rory.
Sarah and Heywood are captured and taken before General Grant, while Jefferson and Amaya see the horrors of slavery first-hand. On the ship, Ray injects Rory with a vaccine. Instead of curing him, it has the opposite effect sending Rory in to full on brain-eating mode. At the Union camp, Sarah and Heywood try to explain to Grant that he’s about to face a zombie apocalypse but when he can’t grasp the concept, Sarah runs out and grasps a zombie head so he can understand the problem.
Jefferson and Amaya make their way to a plantation that’s in the middle of a cotillion when 21st Century Jackson runs in to a 19th Century slave owner. Now you KNOW that’s a recipe for disaster. When Jefferson doesn’t show the appropriate humbleness or deference to the white man, he’s locked in a barn with other slaves. Amaya has her own problems when one of the party attendees takes a liking to her. Little does he know Vixen don’t play that, and he soon finds himself flat on his back after unwittingly divulging Jefferson’s location.
On the ship, Ray and Stein are running for their lives from Zombie Rory who wants to eat their brains. Ray realizes that the way he administered the antidote needs some tweaking and devises another way to make Rory well. Stein has to overcome his “irrational fear” of zombies and administer the antidote after Ray is knocked out and Rory becomes his normal, cuddly self just in the nick of time.
General Grant and his crew have their own zombie problem: too many zombies, not enough sharp shooters to tag them in the head so Heywood takes the bold, selfless step to lead the zombies away. He winds up at an ammunition depo, transforms in to his Steel persona and blows it up taking all the zombies with him. Jefferson and Amaya also have a zombie infestation to deal with as the plantation they’re at is overrun. Jefferson and the other slaves (since freed by Vixen) want to help but the slave owner basically says a slave will get weapons over his dead body WHICH immediately happens when he’s attacked. THEN he has the nerve to ask Jefferson for help but too late, he gets his brains eaten out.
The Legends save the day, destroy or cure all the zombies, get the Union the secret plans so the North can win and all is right with the world. As the show ends, there’s a bromance developing between Rory and Ray, who may very well become the next Captain Cold. Tune in NEXT Thursday night at 8 to Atlanta CW to see what adventures the Legends get into next. Follow me on Twitter, @ATLBlerd; let me know your thoughts. We can also live-tweet the show.