Spaceman | Legends of Tomorrow “Moonshot”
The Legends go to the moon, well one actually touches the moon’s surface, but we get a pretty solid episode for all characters involved.
We finally get to see where the last piece of the Spear of Destiny and the Legends are propelled to 1970s Manhattan, but Henry had one of the better hiding places for his part of the spear. It’s on the moon!
It’s hard not to like a theme around the Apollo 13 mission and adding in Legends can only make that case stronger, right? Admittedly the visual effects were a bit middling, but the “threat” and overall developing plotline was enjoyable.
Since the Legends crew needed to see what was going wrong with the Apollo Mission, it only made sense for Ray Palmer to Atom-suit up there. He finds that two members of the crew are incapacitated, but he see an old “friend” on board, Eobard Thawne. He is also two steps ahead, but an unlikely partnership blossoms to save them both from an unfortunate fate in space.
Ray was able to get the upper hand against Thawne, for the time being anyway. Just enough time for him to crash land the rover on the moon, which is something that would have drastically altered history had Stein, Mick and Jackson not provided some comedic interference. Stein started belting out the Banana Boat Song (Day-O) with Mick accompanying him. It was a hilarious scene, and it did indeed allow Jackson enough time to stop and restart the recording when needed. Ray was able to grab the piece of the spear that was planted in the flag on the moon, but he had no way of getting back to the Waverider, that is, without the help of Thawne.
The unlikely pairing allowed for some interesting back and forths between the two, notably when Thawne explains that the two aren’t all that different. They are both just searching for a greater purpose, and we learn that Ray could use the dwarf star to power an entire city, but he needs to live out his fantasies.
Once again, we have a character, in this instance Nate, having to weigh the risk of changing the past to greatly alter the future. He wants to save Henry so that he could raise his son, and thus he would have a drastically different life. It’s definitely an interesting idea to toy with, one of which fellow CW’er (Barry Allen) fails to acknowledge. The urge to do so must be overwhelming, but luckily Henry is such a hero that he wasn’t going to let anyone else open the door to right the ship upon reentry. This sequence also featured one of the better scenes between Amaya and Nate.
Their relationship has been oddly overbearing, but it definitely arrives in a great place here. Amaya forces him to realize that Nate changing such a drastic event in the past would completely alter the man he has become, assuming he was ever born at all.