Episode title: Out Of Time
Written by: developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim written by Greg Berlanti, Chris Fedak, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer
Director: Dermott Downs
Starring: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Amy Pemberton, Dominic Purcell, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Nick Zano, Matthew MacCaull, Kwesi Ameyaw
Duration: 42 minutes
The season premiere served mostly as a segue to fill us in on what happened since the season 1 finale, and to introduce us to what to expect in season 2
After seeing all the news about this series before the premiere regarding the introduction of the Justice Society, and the self proclaimed epic four way crossover with the other DCU shows on the CW, the last thing I expected was another typical season 1 episode, but thats pretty much what i got in Out Of Time, the series first episode for season 2.
The whole episode was told in the form of a flashback explaining everything the team has been through since we saw them last, and serving as a set up for the coming big deal crossover event. If the show you are producing needs a boost in the way of a transfusion from other more successful shows, maybe its time to rethink it and maybe give it a makeover, and that’s seems to be exactly what the creators of Legends seem to have in mind with the introduction of the Justice Society to the series. The thing is they didn’t show up until the end of the episode, and all we got this time around was a tease of what is too come.
As far as this episode goes it reminded me a lot of the sorts of stories the series portrayed in season one with the same things liked about the show last year, and the same things I didn’t. For example Dominic Purcell, is still one of my favorite characters in the series with his overly simplified monosyllabic utterances, that are sometimes amusing and serve as an unorthodox form of exposition, but they are also sometimes just plain stupid and distractingly annoying.
Also the time travel stuff can be both confusing and serve as an easy way out for writers that paint themselves into a corner on occasion, but can also be be a really cool addition to a story. You get my drift, like so many times in season one, I still find myself feeling ambivalent about this series regarding the stories it tells along with the dialogue, and the way the characters are portrayed and other things about it.
Maybe its my fault, I had such high hopes for this series before this series began to air, hopes it has never lived up to. Let’s face it, Vandal Savage was thoroughly disappointing as a villain, but I have never completely given up on it because it has, from time to time, shown a glimmer of the show it could be, and so I keep watching, thinking the next episode may be the one that blows my mind with how cool it is.
Here’s a recap, laced with comments (*warning, spoilers follow*)
The episode begins with the introduction of a new character, Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) who is a self proclaimed time detective who is also a historian in the style of Indiana Jones, he causes a fuss when he seeks an unscheduled audience with Mayor Oliver Queen of Star City. He tells Oliver he knows he’s the Green Arrow and that his friends Sara Lance, and Ray Palmer, along with the other Legends may be in trouble. he also explains he has evidence that the nazis used an atomic bomb on NY in 1942.
He convinces Oliver to go with him in a submersible to where he thinks the wreck of the sunken Waverider is located, and sure enough its there, along with Mick Rory inside it in stasis. Rory commences to explain everything that led up to him being alone in the sunken time ship, he recalls adventures in several time periods, including one in regal France where they are attacked by men with the laser blasters implying someone is messing with history. He explains the team has been attempting to fix temporal anomalies that needed attention since the Time Masters are no longer around to deal with those sorts of things.
In between missions, the team experiences a time wave that shakes the ship and they discover its due to the same atomic bomb used by the nazis in NY. They travel back to 1942, and try to prevent the bomb from being used, by kidnapping Albert Einstein from a scientific symposium he’s attending, because they figure he must the one the nazi’s got to build them a bomb.
I have to say the show’s representation of Einstein is the worst I have ever seen. He just didn’t look right and the hair was completely wrong. Not only that, but they changed him into a womanizing jerk who can’t keep his hands to himself. I suppose the show’s creator’s thought this might be amusing. It wasn’t.
So anyway, while Hunter, Rory, and Stein are busy doing that, Sarah and Palmer are off on another mission, it seems she knows Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) is going to be there and she wants revenge for him killing her sister Laurel, but Ray talks her out of attacking him on the spot when she finds him.
It turns out the Nazi’s go someone else to build the bomb for them Eistein’s ex-wife and secret collaborator Mileva Maric (Christina Jastrzembska), who the team eventually rescues when they attack Darhk, and his nazi friends on the waterfront. Its a big fight scene like so many we have seen on this series ad during it Darhk kicks Sara’s ass, and of course the nazi’s have a U-boat handy. They escape with the bomb, and and a little later even launch it towards NY in the form of a torpedo.
Hunter uses something called a time scatter that allows the team to escape into different periods of time, and he sacrifices the ship by putting it in the path of the bomb which is launched by the nazis and saves NY causing the bomb to explode under water. It turns out the time ship is atomic bomb proof.
When Rory finishes his story, Oliver leaves, while Nate and Rory go looking for the team members through time. Suddenly Rory knows how to operate the time ship and they find them scattered though history, until they are all together again. They go back to NY in 1942 to fix things so the bomb never gets built by having Einstein admit publicly he had help all along from MIleva, giving her the credit she deserves.
As the team gets ready to leave after a job well done, they are stopped by a group of costumed characters who announce they are the Justice Society, and the episode ends on that note. No one knows what happened to Hunter or whether he survived or not.
Well it certainly was an eventful epsiode, it may be they tried too hard to fill this one up with stuff they thought would delight fans. There was gratuitous references to Sara’s being a lesbian more than once which I am sure was meant to be amusing, and other stuff included for the same reason, some of which succeeded, and some of which failed. All in all it was not a terrible episode, and actually was as good as any I watched last season, I am eager to find out what affect the arrival of the Justice Society will have on the show.
The new guy, who was actually referred to as the new guy in the show several times, Nate Heywood, I have read will eventually become DC character Citizen Steel, so it becomes clear the show’s creator’s are aware the show maybe needs some new blood to give it a boost. New characters may be what the show needs, but last year I was left with the impression it needed new writers. Fingers crossed this show will get lots better, the more great, or even good genre shows on tv, the better, as far as I am concerned. Happy viewing.