So Doctor Who meets the DC Universe. Some thoughts on part one of the premiere of the new series about the oddball team of heroes and villains.
The series started out on a lot more lighthearted note than I expected, playing on the themes of relationships and just how difficult it would be to put together a team of this sort. There are a lot of influences at work here, some of which worked, and some that didn’t. There was an obvious attempt at creating a Guardians Of The Galaxy vibe which only marginally succeeded. The problem with origin stories is they are stories in flux and if it doesn’t grab you right off the bat, you have to wait to see what comes next. Maybe next week’s part 2 will wrap things up in a more satisfactory manner. The opening could have used more of the enjoyable dark side portrayed in the brief appearance of Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), his more regular appearances on the show will be a change for the better.
Most unexpected was the obvious Star Wars influences, Rick Hunter’s ship the Waverider only slightly resembled the Millennium Falcon but it was enough for me to notice. The time traveling bounty hunter Chronos whose strong resemblance to Boba Fett was so obvious they even mention the Star Wars character in the dialogue.
The characters engaged my enthusiasm to varying degrees and at his point i would have to say the former Arthur Darvill as former Time Master, Rick Hunter is the weak link here. He’s no Star Lord. the rest of the cast had varying success at resonating with me. My favorite in the show so far, surprisingly, is Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heatwave his passion for violence and brutality was very amusing. The guy is portrayed as having an almost subhuman brain of an ape. His partner Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold is also very enjoyable. he is, in sharp contrast to Heatwave, calculating, intelligent, and even bordering on philosophical in his approach to the situation they find themselves in
The rest of the team had some success in gaining my approval also. Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom is a bit of a boy scout in the vein of Captain America. The Atom is portrayed as having evolved since his appearances on Arrow and The Flash with a better grip on his technologically enhanced abilities and fighting skills.
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary is a sexy bad-ass female with impressive fighting skills who has no difficulty keeping up with the testosterone fueled antics of the male members of the team.
Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders / Chay-Ara / Hawkgirl and Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Khufu / Hackman, who i have nick named the bickering bird brains, are enjoyable enough in their roles as the reincarnated couple with a score to settle with Savage. I felt the episode spent too much time retelling their back story which I had already seen on Arrow.
Which leaves us with Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, the very odd couple that combined become Firestorm.
The first episode was not as favorably impressive as i had hoped for, but still somewhat enjoyable. It was action packed, but has a ways to go before it impresses me enough to gush over it, but i am hopeful it will settle into the promising stew it shows promise to become. Stew is better after it simmers awhile and the flavors get to blend.