Legends of Tomorrow 6×14 “There Will Be Brood” is the penultimate episode of season 6, but it also delivers a origin story for one Legend. This season has felt rushed at times and has moved like molasses other times. “There Will Be Brood” is a perfect example of this. For the well-crafted Spooner origin story we see, we speed through the Constantine-Bishop partnership. However, we do get to see Bishop’s master plan, which is not good news for the planet or John. But first let’s dive into “There Will Be Brood” by witnessing a family reunion.
Constantine and Bishop trace the Fountain to 1925 Texas after tricking most of the Legends away. Luckily, Astra and Spooner remain on the Waverider to try to stop them. However, this goes astray as soon as Spooner spots her mother in the town they stop in. After meeting her and breaking several time laws that even The Doctor would frown upon, Spooner decides to try to save her mom and herself.
This was my favorite Spooner episode by far and it’s because it hits on something that all of us can relate to. If we had the chance to save someone we love, we would do it in a heartbeat. The future be damned. It takes Astra and her own mom to convince Spooner to let her younger self get abducted by aliens (Which is The Fountain itself. More on that in a second.) Spooner does end up saving her mom from the town’s mobsters that killed her before her abduction.
There was many things to love in this. Astra’s concern for her friend and wanting desperately to stop John and help her at the same time. Spooner’s lack of concern of being face to face with her younger self. Spooner saving her mom anyway even as she agrees to let Astra take her younger self to the Fountain to be abducted. There’s much to look forward in the future of Legends of Tomorrow but the continued growth of Spooner’s character is right up there.
END OF THE LINE
Raise your hand if you didn’t see Bishop betraying John coming from a mile away. Yep, John finds his long-sought after fountain but ends up paying a terrible price for it. John gets tricked into injecting himself with a potion that kills the fountain but also himself. And no Fountain, nothing to protect earth from aliens. Not to mention whatever happens to young Spooner as well.
All season long on Legends of Tomorrow, John Constantine’s story arc has dealt with one thing: ADDICTION. How hard it is to overcome it and what it ends up costing you in the end. Not only did he lose Zari and the team that cares about him more than anyone else has but he also lost himself. John Constantine before this would have never made a deal with the devil in Bishop. But the grip of addiction causes him to reach for that hand. Magic isn’t what made John Constantine a Legend, but the need for it is what made him end up a addict in the end. The saddest part is the story of Constantine could have been a happy ending if he had just reached out for help. But instead, its one that ends way too tragically.
- It was weird seeing most of the team sidelined while waiting for Kayla to show up to rescue them. Probably the biggest reason why “There Will Be Brood” feels a little off compared to other penultimate episodes of Legends of Tomorrow past.
- That leads to the team and Kayla having to rescue all of her and Rory’s egg babies from a Bishop trap. They are able to succeed for the most part but Rory goes back for one more. That leads to him being caught in a explosion. Is this the last time we see Mick Rory? Possible but heavy lean on no.
- Bishop was less annoying and more sinister in “There Will Be Brood,” which just makes me wish he was more like this the whole darn season.
- Constantine’s last words to Astra were beautiful and sad “You are my greatest failure and my biggest accomplishment”
The Legends of Tomorrow season finale airs on the CW on Sunday at 8/7c.