“Compromised” or The Crazy 80s
Our show begins in 1987 with bad guy Damian Darhk in the midst of a drugs-for-ancient-artifact exchange on a dock looking like Sonny Crockett straight out of Miami Vice. This was no simple transaction but instead an undercover sting by the DEA who try to take Damian and his crew into custody. Of course Damian never does things the easy way, so instead of simply surrendering a gun battle ensues. As things are getting frantic, a red blur shows up and knocks everyone except Damian out. Who else can it be but Eobard Thawne, speedster from the distant future, who shows up to renew his partnership with Damian. The last time these two got together was in the 1940s when they attempted to blow up New York but were thwarted by the Legends.
Speaking of the Legends, we first see them on their ship arguing about the ramifications of attempting to change what we know as history in order to make things “better”. Jefferson thinks this is a great idea, while Martin states that such attempts can have certain, unintended consequences. Sarah, now the acting leader of the group, thinks Jefferson is right but ultimately feels that Martin’s argument is more compelling. In another part of the ship, Heywood works on a device that can measure/alert temporal anomalies while Amaya (40s era Vixen) looks on.
Meanwhile, Rory and Ray further develop their Bromance as Ray – who has no powers and no shrinking suit – tries to get the hang of Snart’s (AKA Captain Cold) freeze gun. Ray even goes so far as to call himself “Colonel Cold”, much to Rory’s chagrin. He prefers the code name “Haircut”.
Heywood’s device alerts letting them know there’s a temporal anomaly in December 1987, around the time U.S. President Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikail Gorbachev are scheduled to meet to discuss limiting nuclear weapons. Once in the 80s, the team splits up: Heywood and Vixen run off to find her old JSA Headquarters for assistance, while the rest of the team head to the White House to find out what’s going on.
The team at the White House take a standard tour and, we soon learn, are somehow able to sneak their weapons (knives, cold AND heat guns) inside. Sarah discovers that Damian Darhk is also walking the White House halls, and she still seeks revenge for her sister’s death in the present-day (see last season’s Arrow, also on Atlanta’s CW). The secret service confronts Sarah, and the team comes together to have a full-on battle IN the White House. So the Legends battle the Secret Service but are able to make their escape with Firestorm – who’s described in news reports as a Rocket Man – covering their 6.
Vixen and Steel go off to an old Justice Society of America hideout only to find it abandoned, unused but NOT unoccupied. Obsidian, one of the original members is still there and is rendered unconscious by a bonk on the head from Steel who didn’t immediately know who it was.
After the fiasco at the White House, the team discusses what their next move will be while trying to convince Sarah that killing Damian in the past is NOT an option. They discovery where Damian will be, so Rory and Ray go on a stakeout to determine what shenanigans Darhk is up to. Damian has a meeting in a dark park and it seems – as he did in the 40s with the Nazis – he’s colluding with America’s enemies, this time the Russians. As the meeting is winding up, the 1980s Martin Stein stumbles upon Darhk after following him to try to ingratiate himself, since Damian is (somehow) a White House insider. As a young, ambitious scientist, young Stein feels this could be his way in. However, he quickly figures out that Damian’s meeting is off-the books and shouldn’t be happening, which quickly earns him a knife to the stomach and has an immediate effect on present-day Stein. Ray and Rory rush young Stein back to the ship to save his life.
Knowing that whatever he had going on will involve the White House, the team has to again gain entrance to what should be one of the most secure buildings on Earth. DURING a State Dinner. Vixen and Steel convince Obsidian to use his connects to gain them entry. The team spreads out through the White House to keep an eye on things. At the dinner, present-day Stein dances with his young wife as his younger self convalesces back on the ship.
In the basement of the White House, Damian is concluding his deal for some type of device with the Russians (and again, where is the Secret Service?!), but Sarah and the rest of the team show up to thwart his plans. After the Legends defeat both of Darhk’s goons and the Russians, Damian seeks to make his escape when he comes face to face with Sarah. She, as the youngsters say , “reads him to filth”. Sarah lets Damian know that she’s not going to kill him right then and there because she’s satisfied with the knowledge that, despite her sister being killed at his hands, he’ll have to live for the next 30 years knowing that his plans will fail and he will die.
As Damian ponders this, Thawne shows up and whisks him off to safety. Turns out that Sarah’s cathartic moment served a dual purpose; along with unburdening herself to Damian by telling all that she knew about his fate in the future, it allowed her to get close to Damian so she could pick his pocket and steal the device he acquired from the Russians.
The show ends with Obsidian making peace with Vixen; he held some slight resentment towards her since she disappeared without a trace for 40 years. Martin also has a talk with his younger self to let him know just how important his wife is to his success and life and to not mess that up. Somewhere, though, Damian and Eobard are planning something for the future. Reverse Flash has Damian sit in a device then uses his speed power to create a time wormhole to whisk them off to places – and times – unknown.
How will this affect the Legends? Be sure to tune in next Thursday night at 8 to Atlanta’s CW to see how things unfold. Follow me on Twitter, @ATLBlerd, and let me know your thoughts. We can also live-tweet the show.