Legends of Tomorrow: Pilot Part 1 Review

  • Episode: Pilot Part 1 (S01E01)
  • Review:  ★★★★☆

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The DC TV Universe is afraid to be successful. Most recently they have released Legends of Tomorrow from the mind of producer Greg Berlanti. They have taken all the second stringers from the Arrow and The Flash and created a super team.  On one hand seeing all these characters get the spotlight they typically wouldn’t receive is pretty nice.  However, it just makes us remember this is the television substitute for the Justice League, with three big characters we will not see except for on the big screen.

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That being said, Legends of Tomorrow is fantastic. They’ve given us a seemingly unstoppable villain in Vandal Savage. I mean come on they killed the guy during the Arrow/Flash crossover, but that wasn’t going to stop him for good.  Included in our journey is the Time Master Rip Hunter played by Arthur Darvill to bring our heroes, and villains, together. Darvill once played a companion to the Eleventh Doctor. The comparisons to his previous role are amazingly uncanny. He has a ship called the Waverider that travels through time. Hunter gathers our travelers to save the world.  It’s a group he put together consisting of Atom, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, White Canary (the recently resurrected Sara Lance), Captain Cold, and Heat Wave.

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It feels like the show is going to have some extreme personality conflicts. I’m hoping they don’t waste the brilliance that is Captain Cold. Wentworth Miller makes the character totally worth while, so we will see if they use that to their full advantage. Like many of Berlanti’s shows, the characters have an emotional center that drives their motivations. I imagine every episode will touch on a specific character more so than the others, as they travel through time to stop Savage. Hawkgirl has her “moment” in this episode that is touching for all the right reasons and necessary to build the character beyond what we already knew.

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The pilot episode does a great job of letting our heroes decide their fate and how they will be viewed as Legends, especially after an early revelation about their eventual fates.  It’s a big team, but as long as they can strike the right balance to make sure everyone gets their time, the show looks to be an excellent addition to Arrow and The Flash.

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