Legends of Tomorrow 7×04 “Speakeasy Does It” is quite simply this show at its most entertaining; not its best or wackiest episode but simply enjoyable. For every serious moment of Gary/Nate’s heart-to-heart to a show-stopping musical duet between Ava and Sara, “Speakeasy Does It” reminds us once again why we root for the Legends. So let’s dive in with the adventures of some Bullet Blondes and their gang, shall we?
“Speakeasy Does It” really isn’t a big episode in terms of “Save The World” stakes but works much better that way. The Legends are hiding out at a local speakeasy in Chicago hiding from a new J. Edgar Hoover robot. To thank the owner Eddie for hiding them, they help out by supplying booze from Constantine’s manor to supply the bar. Except Eddie usually gets his booze from the mob and if there’s one thing mobsters aren’t fans of, it’s losing a source of income.
One positive about the 1920’s storyarc is it highlights the racism the era had and the problems it gives the Legends because of it. From Zari dealing with a bigoted wig dealer to Eddie trying to run a segregated bar in a white-dominated world, Legends of Tomorrow is not shying away from showing these things. Nor playing these things off as jokes either. The show should be commended for that.
So what’s the best way to solve this problem?
Well to Zari, it’s to throw a big party headlined by “The Bullet Blondes” to raise the money for Eddie. (And also to fight the mobsters too naturally.) “Speakeasy Does It” is the kind of episode I love superhero shows to do. Nothing universe-threatening or anything of that manner.
It’s just the Legends trying to help one person change their future for the better. Helping out the little guy while also trying to stop the Hoover robot. And if it leads to show-stopping dance numbers like the one Sara and Ava do, then that’s just the sexy Avalance icing on the cake.
(The running bit of everyone thinking The Bullet Blondes are sisters was a good chuckle. Especially the crowd’s reaction to seeing Ava and Sara make out with each other to Ava yelling out “WE’RE NOT SISTERS!”)
Meanwhile, Nate and Gary discuss Nate’s relationship with Zari 1.0 and if he has a fear of commitment due to his past doomed relationships. Did Gary forget that if Zari is around for a long period of time, that the timeline will collapse on itself? Of course not, because Gary is…a lot.
It has to be tough too for Nate because every day he sees the face of the person he loves but it’s not them. The last time we saw Nate and Zari 1.0, they reaffirmed their love for one another. However, with Zari 1.0 swapping with regular Zari at the end of “Speakeasy Does It,” maybe Nate and Zari can have a firm discussion on what lies ahead in the future for their relationship. My hope is it just makes them realize how much they truly love and care for each other and reaffirms the commitment they have for each other.
As for the b-plot of “Speakeasy Does It,” it also involves the team helping out the little guy or gal in this case. Astra, Gideon, and Spooner board a train to Chicago with an all-female jazz group called “The Masqueradies”. They make friends with the lead singer of the group Maude and help her get out of her abusive relationship with mob boss Bottoni (the same one who is terrorizing Eddie….what a coincidence!)
The best part of this storyline is highlighting the bond these three now share with each other. Would not argue with anyone who said their favorite part of season 7 of Legends of Tomorrow was Astra and Spooner’s friendship. They’re able to convince Maude to leave Bottoni, and Gideon takes her place singing at the club. This leads to some wonderful editing of Gideon’s song, Nate & Gary’s heart to heart while fighting mobsters, and Sara & Ava’s dance/capturing robot J.Edgar all happening at once.
Legends of Tomorrow will always be that fun-filled/”wacky” show to a lot of people but in “Speakeasy Does It,” Legends does what it does best: Fun with a lot of heart inside of it while proving that just because they might be stuck in 1925 doesn’t mean they’re stuck in a rut.
- With Amy Pemberton singing again for the second episode in a row, we might be in a mode now of Legends of Tomorrow trying to figure out how to get Gideon to sing every week. Which is cool with us.
- Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe in 1920’s dresses: 🔥🔥🔥
- Astra’s past coming back to help identify Bottoni and figure out how to get Maude out of her music contract was a very nice touch.
- “This time period sucks for anyone not white, rich, and male.”
- Ava and Sara dealing with money problems like all old married couples. They need it to get to New York to find a scientist trying to time travel. Just like all old married couples.
- “Gals help gals and make new pals.”
Legends of Tomorrow airs on the CW at 8 pm on Wednesday nights.