DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

I have always been more interested in the Marvel Universe to some extent. I chalk it up to the first superhero movies I watched was in fact the X-Men-series and the Spider-Man trilogy from the early 2000s. However, I have always known about DC universe – and seen movies with both Batman and Superman. Last weekend I started watching Legends of Tomorrow because I was bored and all aired episodes were on Netflix. I did watch season 1 of Arrow and dabbled into the Flash. I did know of the TV-universe DC and the CW is building, but again I was too busy watching the various MCU related things and other TV-shows to fully commit to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

I have heard some people calling Legends of Tomorrow a cross between Doctor Who (time travel) and Guardians of the Galaxy (the cosmic thing). As I have never watched Doctor Who I cannot really relate to that notion, but it does reminds me a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy – just less funny. Though, some of the dialogue is pure gold in Legends of Tomorrow.

All my opinions come from only have seen some of season 1 of the Flash and season 1 of Arrow + some episodes from later seasons. Oh, and beware of spoilers!

Top 3 things I like

1. Captain Cold, Heatwave & White Canary
The odd friendship developing between Leonard “Captain Cold” Snart (Wentworth Miller), Mick “Heatwave” Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Sara “White Canary” Lance (Caity Lotz). Wentworth Miller has excellent report with both his co-stars. Yes, I know he and Dominic Purcell played the Scofield brothers’ in Prison Break – and that might be the reason why there is good chemistry there. However, I feel it is just as easy with Caity Lotz. It probably help that all three characters are kindred spirits of some sort. They are all on the fringes of the group as they are categorized as “villains”. It is lovely to see them all evolve into sympathetic characters as the series progress. And it’s White Canary  who pulls for Heatwave’s release after it’s discovered that he was Chronos (the bounty hunter). In return, Heatwave has delivered information of his time with the Time Masters.

Heatwave: Why does this stupid station play nothing but reruns?
Jax: Don’t even bother trying to explain.
White Canary: Am I the only one on this ship who could really use a drink? I say we go get weird in the ’70s.
Captain Cold: Excellent idea.
White Canary: I got the perfect outfit.
Gideon: Perhaps Captain Hunter was unclear with his instructions to remain onboard.
Heatwave: Shut it, metal mouth.

– Pilot Part 1

Heatwave: Ah. Dollar beers. You got to love the ’70s. Who wants to listen to some Captain and Tennille? My mother played it. A lot.

– Pilot Part 1

2. Firestorm
Victor Garber as one-half of Firestorm (Martin Stein). I remember him from his Alias days and of course Titanic. He was excellent in both as he is in this TV-show. He seems to have so much fun playing Martin Stein, which really shines through. I just wish they would put some spotlight on his relationship with Jax (the other half of Firestorm played by Franz Drameh) because the pair seem underdeveloped and have no time on screen together. They are mostly paired up with others during missions, but when they do have a scene it heartwarming. I guess they do this for budgetary reasons as Firestorm is expensive to make. Oh, I do not condone drugging anyone and dragging him or her on an adventure without his or her initial consent. Maybe the writers should have delved more into that problem since it is kind of big.

Stein: Are you coming?
Jax: I’ll stay put.
Stein: You’d rather stay with them?
Jax: They didn’t drug me.
Stein: Point taken.

– Pilot Part 1

Gideon: Captain Hunter told me you’d try to do this, and he also told me not to listen to anything you say.
Jax: Well, you are a computer. You have to listen to me!
Gideon: You seem overwrought, Mr. Jackson. If you’d like to go to the MedBay, I’d be happy to prescribe you a sedative.
Jax: I do not need another roofie!

– Pilot Part 1

3. Gideon and Waverider
Gideon is giving J.A.R.V.I.S. and Friday (from MCU) a run for their money. I love the A.I. and her quips. The Waverider is awesome – and it actually looks very cool inside. However, I am a little confused about the layout of the ship.

Gideon: I am unversed in modern American colloquialisms. Is “Whoops” slang for “Oh”…
Rip Hunter: Yes, Dr. Palmer seems to have thrown a spanner in the works for the entire timeline.

– Pilot Part 2

Honorable mention
The dialogue is sometimes very on the nose, hidden easter eggs only the savvy will recognize, zingers and references to other media. Especially Leonard Snart is the master of sass, but the others are not far behind. Maybe I should post another blog containing my favorite quotes from this show because there are many.

Rip Hunter: This mission doesn’t require your particular skill set. Yet.
Captain Cold: Meaning you don’t need anyone killed, maimed, or robbed.

– Pilot Part 2

Rip Hunter: Now, in order to capture him, I require the services of…
Heatwave: A killer, klepto, and pyro?
Rip Hunter Bingo.

– Leviathan

Top 3 things I dislike

1. Casper Crump as Vandal Savage.
The role is not suited for him or maybe I am just tired of seeing the Legends fail repeatedly when having the opportunity to kill him. I have to compliment his English though – it is way better than Mads Mikkelsen*. I hate to put down someone from my native country, but I will take Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) from Daredevil any day. That is a sinister villain, who is not overpowered, but savvy enough to run a criminal empire from prison. Maybe my other problem with Vandal Savage is that he really is only connected to people on the team (Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders and Captain Rip Hunter), and I do not really care about the former and the latter is growing on me.

2. Kendra & Carter/Kendra & Ray
I did not tune in to watch a superhero show to see a romantic plot take center stage. It probably does not help that I find Kendra (Ciara Renée) very bland and boring as a character. The romance plot is dragging the show down and taking focus from other aspects I find more interesting such as Firestorm and the odd friendship between “the Rogues”. Carter (Falk Hentschel) was a creeper and kind of a stalker towards Kendra, and Ray (Brandon Routh) is just a lovesick puppy. I do not think it helps of my perception that Kendra is the only one who can kill Vandal Savage – I do not really like that when the TV-series is about a team.

3. The CGI
It seem very hit and miss to me. I know they have a TV budget to work with and good CGI is expensive. Sometimes it is great and sometimes it is just plain bad. A little consistency would not hurt. Kendra’s wings especially looks wonky at times. It looks like most of the budget is going to make Firestorm look cool (pun intended), which he to their credit does.

Honorable mention
Time travel. How does it work? I am so confused about the concept works. The characters interact with their younger/older selves without any consequences and in one episode Sara tells Ra’s al Ghul to name his unborn daughter Nyssa. How can she do that? I am baffled and I would like to get a more in depth explanation of how it works.

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*Side note
Casper Crump isn’t the only Dane gracing or have graced the silver screen in America. Actually, it has teemed with Danes in various roles (mostly villains). Here is a list on the top of my head:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones)
Ulrich Thomsen (Kai Proctor in Banshee)
Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal and among other movies roles including Le Chiffre in Casino Royale)
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Ingrid in Vinyl)
Stephanie Corneliussen (Joanna Wellick in Mr. Robot and Valentina Vostok in Legends of Tomorrow)
Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy in the new season of Game of Thrones)
Jesper Christensen (Mr. White in the James Bond franchise)

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