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Atomic | Legends of Tomorrow “ Out of Time” Review

The last of the main-line CW DC shows has rounded out with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s premiere episode, “Out of Time.” Of all the shows on the CW from last season, Legends was one of the more inconsistent series but also one of the most fun. Sure, it can become a bit crazy and lose a bit of its plot beats, but it’s hard not to smile and laugh throughout each episode. In that sense, “Out of Time,” continues the trend of time-hopping fun; although, it did feel a bit rushed here.

In the first couple scenes, we get to meet Dr. Heywood (Nick Zano) as he is stealing files in Star City. We later find out that he is a time detective (of course) and he has compiled a ton of data showing that the Legends are in trouble. The premiere revolves around the team being scattered all throughout history, for their safety.

Rip Hunter, in one of his best scenes to date, steered the Waverider directly into the path of a Nuclear bomb that was sure to cause a nuclear holocaust. Shortly before steering the Waverider into it, he scattered the Legends throughout time, ensuring their safety. All but Mick, since he was too injured to jump, he was left on the ship.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"Out Of Time" -- Image LGN201A_0030.jpg Pictured: Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow –“Out Of Time” — Image LGN201A_0030.jpg Pictured: Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

This setup led to a flurry of scenes where we get to see each member get rescued from their point in time. From fending off a T-Rex to ensuring that Louis XIII conceives Louis XIV, although that went slightly awry as Anna of Austria seemed more into Sara, while the rest of the Legends were fending off futuristic foes. While the scenes were hilarious and pretty well done, they all went by far too fast. I don’t feel that each team member needed their own episode, but the ability to delve deeper into these scenes that were really well done, seemed a bit too rich to pass up.

But, it does appear that they are going to root around in a period of time that is ripe for intensely fun scenes (and one that they were strictly told NOT to go to by Hourman), 1942.

1942 is a pivotal time in world history, and the twisted addition of Damien Darhk makes that even more so. The revenge flowing through Sara’s body, since Darhk was the one that killed Laurel, provided for some fun fight scenes and, of course, the Legends splitting up and nearly being taken out. The backbone of season 2 of Legends rests upon how Damien Darhk was able to get his hands on nuclear material. The quick answer to that is Albert Einstein, of course. But, not the Albert Einstein the way we know him.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"Out Of Time"-- Image LGN201A_0155.jpg Pictured: Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow –“Out Of Time”– Image LGN201A_0155.jpg Pictured: Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It felt a bit weird that they tackled someone so famous and someone who lived so “recently” since the majority of us certainly only know mostly of the genius scientist and not of his… exploits, on Legends anyway. In this show, he is more of a wannabe ladies man, and this completely shatters Martin Stein’s perceptions when Stein essentially cockblocks him while he is trying to pick up some ladies. I never thought I would ever use cockblock and Einstein in the same sentence, but this is Legends after all.

The entire reason they did kidnap him, was because they thought he was the piece of the puzzle that allowed the Nazis (and Damien) to create a Nuclear bomb. However, when they went to leave 1942, Gideon said they couldn’t because the aberration still existed. Their next thought was for Einstein to give his wife credit; although, that didn’t work either. We quickly find out why.

Good ‘ol Eobard Thawne is at it again, and we see him speed down to the sub and meet up with Damien Darhk. As if this show couldn’t get any crazier, we add a time-hopping speedster into the mix.  Being in trouble is putting it lightly.

Editor's Rating

Overall 80%
This show does a great job of exploring many unique and pivotal events throughout history, and they are delving deep into WW2. The various historical events are ripe for fantastical changes, and this episode certainly delivers in that sense. The pacing was a bit off and using a somewhat recent figure felt a bit strange. I am not sure if they pulled it off or not. I am keeping my expectations tempered with the addition of Eobard Thawne, but it should certainly provide for some good fun no matter the outcome.
80
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