Episode title: Destiny
Written by: Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (written by)
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Starring: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darrell, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Ciara Renée, Amy Pemberton, Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Matt Nable, Casper Crump
Duration: 42 minutes
Time, and time travel are the focus of this episode (again), in which we finally get a glimpse of the much talked about Vanishing Point.
I am sorry to report yet another less than satisfying episode of this weak, and so far, mostly disappointing series was aired tonight. Try as they might this show can never seem to hold my interest or even get me excited about what’s happening or what might happen next. Tonight’s episode was no exception to the rule.
(*warning – possible spoilers follow*)
Destiny begins shortly after the events of the last episode in which the team actually succeeds in capturing Savage, only to find that when they turn him over to the Time Masters, the Masters have no intention of holding him prisoner, or meting out justice in his case, in any way. On the contrary, they set Savage free immediately to do whatever he wants.
The team is captured, for the most part, by the soldiers that serve the Time Masters who coincidentally bear a strong resemblance to officers of the CHP as depicted on tv in other shows in the past. This was a fail on the part of the wardrobe department of the production. Only Snart’s instincts save Sara and himself from being captured, by concealing their whereabouts in a secret compartment inside the Waverider. (Shades of the Millennium Falcon)
After the dust has settled, the rest of the team with the exception of Jackson is rounded up and put into cells, with different plans for them each depending on whether they are deemed worth keeping alive. Jackson took off prior to this in the Waverider’s shuttle to try to reverse the effects of the rapid aging he was experiencing, which turns out later to be convenient to the episode’s plot.
While they are in their cells Guards come to talk Rory away where it is planned to try once again to brainwash him into being the series version of Boba Fett, Chronos, the bounty hunter. They put him through his indoctrination again supervised by a Time Master named Declan (Peter Bryant) and it appears Rory is once again working for the bad guys.
Kendra is taken by Savage, and Hunter is interviewed by Zaman Druce (Martin Donovan) the apparent leader of the Time Masters, who, during their conversation reveals it was the Masters that ordered Savage to kill Hunter’s family, which the episode bothers to show us the event again, in case we forgot what it looked like the first time.
Sara and Snart are not sure what to do next and are discussing it when they are contacted by way of an antique phone aboard the time ship. It is Gideon, the ship’s AI, who also found a way to conceal its presence while the ship was being searched. Gideon has a plan to free the others, so Sara and Snart go along with it and give a try.
In one of the few moments the show was actually amusing, and displayed the ability to be a little fun, Sara and Snart attach devices to the other time ships berthed in the immense hanger the Waverider is also located in. They take off in Hunter’s ship and when the other Time ship captains attempt to pursue them their AI’s go a little crazy, begin singing, and the ships fail to take off. The way this was portrayed was one of the episode’s best moments.
At this point Rory shows up as Chronos, and when Declan orders him to shoot Snart, he shoots Declan instead. Rory was only pretending to be brainwashed, and when he is ordered to kill Snart, he kills Declan instead in a gruesome manner.
So, long story short, the plan to free their friends succeeds, followed by a long discussion about what to do next. It is decided to visit a place in the vanishing point known as the Oculus Wellspring, that not only allows the Time Masters to see into the future, but also manipulate it. The team decides to destroy the Oculus, and sets out to do so.
When they arrive at their destination, they are met by the Time Masters, of course, who knew they were coming because they can see into the future. Duh. What the Masters didn’t see coming, was Jackson showing up in the shuttle, just as it looks like the team has been outsmarted once again. He makes short work of the soldiers surrounding the team, and some action takes place as he joins the others, and he and Stein form Firestorm. Snart, Firestorm, and Sara take on the job of cleaning up whatever resistance is left while Palmer/ Atom tries to take out the Oculus accompanied by Hunter, and Rory.
The show shifts into caper mode at this point. The series has shown its greatest strength is when it portrays scenes that depict the team working together to pull off a heist, or as in this case, carrying out a mission as a unified unit, working together to achieve a goal.
When they arrive at the location of this Oculus thing, it turns out to be nothing special in appearance, just a technological device of some kind with a lot of wires attached to its insides. its located in a large room over what appears to be a very large and deep opening in the floor, with a mandatory ramp, leading to a central platform with a dramatic lighting scheme (meant to signify its importance i suppose).
That’s one of the problems with this show, they build all these slick looking sets, and spend lots on things like lighting, and props to make it seem more dramatic, but its all flash and no substance, depicting poorly written stories that fail to capture the imagination or even my interest.
Anyway, back at the Oculus, it turns out it can’t just be shut down or blown up (of course), because of built in failsafes that must be held in place manually, which means the person who does it will die when the Oculus explodes. Rory knocks out Palmer and announces he is the one for the job. When Snart leans of this he joins Rory and likewise knocks him out, taking his place. The device explodes apparently killing off one of the show’s best characters, Snart.
Of course I don’t believe Snart is really dead and gone for good, I strongly suspect the show’s creator’s have something in store to bring the character back when needed. It was admittedly a dramatic finish that worked pretty well, and was the highlight of the episode.
I may be giving the impression I really hate this series, but that is not the case, I do think its really disappointing though, It does have a number of moments in each episode, some more, some less that are entertaining and amusing. Small exchanges between the characters that, while fun, are simply not enough to make me a fan of the series (yet). Still waiting for that episode that makes me go wow.