One of the things we’re seeing with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is how there are multiple story threads within an episode. That is, the legends are grouped off to accomplish or handle different things in an episode. In two episodes it’s made for some interesting pairings — or three-way pairings — that has a way of exposing a new side of these characters the more we get to see them out of their comfort zone.
In “Pilot, Part 2,” we saw Stein, Jax, and Sara saunter off to 1975 Ivy Town to meet with a young Stein to learn information about something called alpha particles. We also saw the pairing of Snart and Rory venture off with Ray to find and steal the ancient dagger from Kendra and Carter’s past. And we finally got the typical pairing of Kendra and Carter as they needed to work through their past lives — literally, which came to a tragic conclusion at the hands of Vandal Savage.
Here’s the rundown…
Crashing Vandal Savage’s Party
Considering Rip Hunter lied to our team of legends about their significance to the world — or lack thereof — in the first half of the pilot, we can’t really fault them for not being too trusting of Hunter when it comes to their next mission: infiltrating a weapons auction where Vandal Savage is in attendance. The team decides to take into their own hands — and disregarding Rip — and manage to make it inside thanks to Snart and Stein’s tactics. Once inside we see among the potential buyers is none other than Arrow big bad Damien Darhk, who we know to also be somewhat immortal.
A fight breaks out and our legends unleash their badass selves — and futuristic gadgets — to fight their way through a horde of people motivated to kill them to get 25 percent off the warhead (really, 25 percent that’s it?) Unfortunately in the process Ray loses a piece of his supersuit, which at the time isn’t as signfiicant as the warhead that Vandal Savage has rigged to explode. Firestorm manages to carry the warhead to a remote location a good distance away from them and manages to absorb its chemical energy just as its exploding to prevent it from causing the damage that a nuclear weapon would create. Instead all it creates is a giant crater at the spot where Firestorm literally saved 1975 Norway. But Savage gets his hands on that piece of Ray’s suit — that futuristic technology that in the hands of 1970’s terrorists will cause Central City to burn in the year 2016 and who knows where else. So the group needs to find a way to get that technology back or find a way to counter it.
Which leads us to…
Stein, Jax, and Sara Meet Young Stein
The trio of Stein, Jax, and Sara head off to 1975 Ivy Town, where they meet a young Stein aka “Marty,” who takes a liking to Sara. The goal is to acquire some technology that Marty was working on in order to track down the missing piece of Ray’s suit that Savage got his hands on and would use to destroy the world. For Stein, the experience proves to be sobering as he realizes what an arrogant young man he was, and he realizes that he hasn’t really changed that much in the decades that followed.
After Sara flirts and smokes some weed with Marty, she’s eventually forced to knock him out with a bong so that they can take his device. They use it to track the piece of Ray’s suit and even stoned Sara is able to kick their asses and take back the technology preventing the tragedy that Rip had shone them in 2016.
One of the concerns with time travel is rupturing the time line and changing the outcome of certain events. Stein learned this first hand when he encountered his past self and in the process affected his future when it came to meeting his future wife. That night that Stein, Jax, and Sara came was the night when Stein met his wife for the first time at a mixer at the university. But instead of being at the mixer and meeting his future wife, Marty tracked our trio back to the Waverider, and we see Stein’s wedding ring disappear. Right there is an example of how you can significantly alter time. But Rip wasn’t about to let someone else lose everything he loves, so Rip encouraged Marty to attend the mixer and he met his future wife resulting in Stein’s ring reappearing. But something tells me time won’t always be so forgiving in the future.
Ray, Snart, and Rory
By far the unlikeliest of pairings in this episode was the team of Ray, Snart, and Rory as the polar opposites trio tasked themselves with locating and stealing a dagger that Kendra had a vision of from her past — the same dagger that Savage used to kill Kendra and Carter in their first lives. So the trio find the location and happen upon the dagger along with a plethora of other precious objects that Snart and Rory can’t help but literally drool over.
Of course Ray disagrees with Snart and Rory’s decision to steal basically everything else precious in those glass cases, and Ray confronts Snart. The two have been jarring at each other about their opposite pedigrees and the tension comes to a peak and Snart and Ray exchange punches. Somewhere within their fight Ray knocks over one of the precious items and bars drop from the roof entrapping them. I just love how Ray is the one always getting them into trouble. It makes his character so endearing and it feels organic for who he is.
As Snart tries to tap into the security system to get them the hell out of there — something he picked up robbing with his dad as a kid — the pair get a visit from Rory, who’s brought a friend…actually an enemy: Savage. He beats Rory around a bit and Ray threatens Savage that when the rest of their team arrives that they’ll kick his ass. But the threat backfires seeing as Savage actually wants to see the rest of the team…namely two of them.
Kendra and Carter
With the Hawks bound to Vandal Savage for eternity this fight is especially personal for them. It’s why they decided to remain and continue on. But it also makes them incredible resources for learning little ticks about Savage, including about the dagger that he used to kill Kendra and Carter in their first lives. So they are tasked with transcribing the writing on the dagger that’s in a language that only Kendra can read — only she doesn’t remember how.
Kendra is able to channel her past first life and sees herself reading the inscription on the dagger, which turns out is a gift from Carter to Kendra. The inscription is actually a love poem that speaks of eternal love, which in an essence is Kendra and Carter. When Jenddra shares that information with Carter is triggers a tense conversation between the pair where Carter continues to insist to her that they are destined to be together. But Kendra doesn’t want to be bound by destiny; she wants free will and the freedom to choose if she ends up with Carter in the end. But it’s evident that Kendra is starting to feel something for Carter, but it’ll be up to her if she acts upon it.
Later at the battle at Savage’s mansion, Carter gets the upper hand on Savage with Kendra’s dagger. He stabs him with it and just when you think something good might be happening with Carter, Savage pulls the dagger out with a tease — only Kendra can kill him with the dagger as it belongs to her. Savage then pulls the dagger on Carter, which leaves a fatal stab wound that forces Kendra to watch him die in her arms. Fueled by vengeance from Carter’s death, Kendra kicks a little ass before Savage gets the best of her, stabbing her with the dagger only her wound wasn’t fatal. The group arrives in time — thanks to a blast from a friend — and saves Kendra. But Savage got away in the process. Because the important thing at this point is that Kendra is the only one that can end Savage with that knife. Therefore her survival is more important than capturing Savage.
Back on the Waverider we see Kendra being attended to. It looks like she’ll be fine, but when she is awake she’s crippled by guilt and regret over not being able to tell Carter that she remembered what it was like to be with him in his past lives. Here we found Kendra mourning a future that she wouldn’t have in this life. Because while she wanted to choose whether or not she ended up with Carter in this lifetime, a part of her was actively choosing to fall for him in the process.
After things have fallen relatively back in place, the team is faced with a choice: keep fighting the good fight or return to their insignificant lives in the year 2016. The team chooses to keep the fight going as a means to honor one of their own; to honor Carter.
- What part of “your actions can alter the face of time” does our group not understand?
- While I wasn’t a fan of Carter I find myself sad that he’s actually gone now.
- Awesome Easter Egg with Arrow‘s Damien Darhk, who proves that he’s an ass no matter what time he’s in.
- There are so many incredible and unconventional pairings on this show that are actually genius. My favorite this week? Snart and Ray.
- This show essentially is Sara kicking ass while the boys f*** things up, and I love it.
- Major Stein/Jax feels tonight.
- The potential with the ability for our group of legends to meet past or future versions of themselves poses so many possibilities that it’s ridiculous, and I want it all.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.