“The Raiders of The Lost Art” or Help us George You’re Our Only Hope
After the Winter hiatus, the Legends of Tomorrow return on a new night and time, Tuesday nights at 9 after The Flash. Our show opens up 6 months in the past with Captain Rip Hunter on his heavily damaged time ship alone. We see Captain Hunter pry up a floor board in the ship and grab what looks like Harry Potter’s wand (the significance of which we’ll discuss later) before he abandons the ship after setting the self-repair function.
In the present, Dr. Stein catches Rory up late at night, presumably talking to himself. When he questions him about it, Rory says that he’s been seeing his deceased partner Snart, aka Captain Cold in visions and speaks with him. Not knowing the difference between a doctor of physics and a psychiatrist (they both start with the letter “P”, so?). Rory enlists Stein’s aid to help him get rid of these apparitions.
We next see the show’s bad guys, Malcolm Merlyn and Damian Darhk who, along with Reverse Flash Eobard Thawne, the Legends refer to as the Legion of Doom. In 1967, they used the trinket they finagled from the Legends in order to find the Spear of Destiny, which was rumored to have been used by a Roman soldier to pierce the side of Jesus Christ as he was crucified. The spear allegedly has mystical properties that can change the fabric of reality. In their quest for the spear, Malcolm and Damian create a time aberration by killing a biker who was going to create a revolutionary carburetor for motorcycles. This aberration leads the Legends to the 60s.
The Legends track the Legion down right as they confront Rip Hunter who suffers from amnesia caused by his hasty departure from the time sled. Rip is a film student at USC, working on a project he wrote and is directing. One of his assistants on the film is some hairy, hippie named George Lucas. When the inevitable battle begins, it scares poor George to death and he vows to quit film school right then to return to his home in order to be an insurance adjuster. The fight ends in a stalemate as the local cops show up with both groups escaping but poor Rip arrested.
Back on the time sled, Stein tries to help Rory work through his issue of seeing Snart. Turns out he’s got some type of antennae implanted in his head, presumably by the time masters, that’s causing him to channel Snart. In another part of the ship, as the team tries to determine how to find the spear and rescue Rip, two of the three smartest members of the team (Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood) start losing their intellect and can barely stream two words together. Turns out that both, as young men, were inspired by the movies of George Lucas; Ray, by “Star Wars” and Nate by “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Because George got scared to death during the fight between the Legends and Legion, he decided to leave school and give up a career as a director. On his way out of the school George threw away several props which, unbeknownst to him, contained the Spear of Destiny.
After rescuing Rip from the police station with Stein posing as his shrink – and narrowly escaping the Legion who was also on the trail of Captain Hunter – the Legends try to jog his memory as to where the spear could be. They realize that George has it, so Ray, Nate, and Sarah go in search of him. Just as they arrive on campus, Malcolm and Damian show up as well, taking the four hostage. When they learn that George threw the spear away, the Legion take the now-powerless Ray and Nate along with Sarah and George to the dump to retrieve it. In a scene straight out of Star Wars, the four end up in a trash compactor that’s slowly crushing them. The Legion thought this might be enough motivation for them to find the spear, which George does. Instead of turning it over immediately knowing that it would seal their death sentence, the team convince George that directing is what he’s meant to do. With a newfound purpose, George agrees he won’t leave film, which has an immediate effect. Ray and Nate have their powers back and begin to battle the Legion.
The Legion get the temporary upper-hand until Rip shows up in the time ship pretending to once again be the man of action he once was. Turns out it was a ruse, and he’s just as oblivious to his past as he had been. Once again, the two teams fight with the Legends getting the upper-hand and not only keeping hold of the spear but also retrieving the amulet that they had previously given up.
Having accomplished their goals, the Legends try to hightail it back to their ship. Before he can get on board, Rip hesitates which leaves just enough time for Reverse Flash to kidnap him. This, of course, causes Sarah heartache because they lost one of their own but Jefferson has to remind her that Rip himself would have wanted it no other way. As the show ends, we see a whimpering Rip in the clutches of the Legion who prepare to torture him for information on the remaining pieces of the spear. Does Rip know anything? Will he talk under torture? We’ll just have to wait to find out NEXT Tuesday night at 9. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @ATLBlerd and also @ATLCW, so we can live-tweet the show together.