“I thought this was a superhero show!”
This season, the show switched up its premise by sending the Legends to capture monsters and magical creatures scattered across history. That worked really well… for a while… until the show got derailed by rampant shipping, intrusive romantic subplots, lots of talk about everyone’s feelings, and the notion that monsters are really not so bad, they’re just misunderstood, no really, if you just talked to them you’d see so they’re not so bad after all. The end of the season is literally shot to Hell, ending with a half-baked version of the underworld and some preachy speeches about the power of love. What a shame.
Admittedly, this season has some good episodes. As much as I got tired of the “will she/won’t she” of the Ava and Sara Show, they’ve got some decent character development, particularly when Ava gets sent to her own personal purgatory. Because the show is charging off in a dozen different directions, there’s a chance you might randomly find a story you like. For example, I thought the episode with a werewolf hiding as a luchador in 1960s Mexico was a great idea, and the plot based around Ishiro Honda, the director of the original Godzilla, was clever. It’s also nice seeing John Constantine again, even if some of the writers aren’t really interested in his original comics.
Unfortunately, Legends of Tomorrow is a massive bait and switch. Yet another premise is soon abandoned, another random magical creature joins the crew, there’s a Bollywood music number at one point, and then somehow, it’s all supposed to work out if you believe in the power of love and clap your hands and believe in faeries or whatever the hell happened at the end, even I’m not sure. If you originally came for the superheroes, you’ll have to decide if you’ll stay for the romantic fanfic. If not, I’m sorry, this isn’t the show for you.
That stings a bit, because I really liked some of these characters. I really liked Mick Rory, the former anti-hero, who now seems to spend a lot of time off in the corner drinking beer, grumbling, and writing a romance novel, for some reason. I liked Ray Palmer, formerly “The Atom,” who's eventually just here to be someone's boyfriend. I liked John Constantine, but he’s wandered off from the character I used to read back in his Vertigo days. In fact, he isn’t even the character he was back in the NBC series. Matt Evans is still great in this role, so here’s hoping someone finally figures out how to write for him again.
Anyway, fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice… oh, wait, you did, and I’ve wasted a few more hours on Legends of Tomorrow. I’ve heard that streaming video has some other shows with superheroes. If that’s what you’re looking for, you should probably wander over there. In the meantime, Legends will no doubt be spending another season trying to figure out what the hell it’s supposed to be.