Legends Of Tomorrow goes bigger than ever with a wonderfully silly finale

Back during season one, I never would have predicted that DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow would be my favorite superhero show on TV. Eventually the writers realized that this is a show about superheroes traveling through time, so it really shouldn’t take itself too seriously, and the series became all about fun and humor and…

Barack Obama meeting Gorilla Grodd is just the beginning of what makes Legends Of Tomorrow great

Recently, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow got some viral buzz when it baffled Twitter users with the concept of an evil gorilla trying to murder a young Barack Obama. It was the kind of bonkers setup and undeniable hook that would’ve felt perfectly at home on a Silver Age cover, and that’s exactly the kind of aesthetic that …

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow stumbles into stupidity with Elvis’ haunted guitar

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow has trained me to accept dumb plot points, but this week’s story about Elvis Presley’s haunted guitar is so stupid that it’s hard to swallow. “Amazing Grace” sends the team to 1954 Memphis to investigate an anachronism that turns the city into a ghost town, and it turns out Elvis’ guitar is…

Legends Of Tomorrow gives the Darhks some Coen-style family therapy

Last week I was lamenting how boring Damien Darhk has become on this series, but I’m fully invested in him after “No Country For Old Dads,” a very silly episode that also makes Damien an interesting, complicated character again. Continuing this season’s trend of cinematic homages, tonight’s episode is inspired by the…

Legends Of Tomorrow blends superheroes and pirates for swashbuckling galore

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow takes direct inspiration from classic movies for its stories, and this season has had episodes riffing on E.T., Apocalypse Now, Predator, The Exorcist, and Groundhog Day. Putting a superhero twist on established material isn’t the most original way to construct a narrative, but it’s a formula…

Current harassment scandals color Legends Of Tomorrow’s trip to 1937 Hollywood

After a detour into more serious storytelling last week, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow returns to a sillier mode for an episode about Helen of Troy (Bar Paly) starting a bloody war between movie studios in 1937 Hollywood. There’s also a body swap plot with Jax and Martin that is a constant source of comedy, and this…

The Legends’ trip to Victorian London sets up this season’s Big Bad

After a series of standalone episodes sending the heroes through time to take care of anachronisms, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow starts to delve deeper into this season’s overarching storyline with “Return Of The Mack,” which features the resurrection of an old foe as the show prepares to introduce its new Big Bad. Mallus…

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in Legends’ superhero riff on E.T.

Ray Palmer is a beam of sunshine on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, a perpetually positive presence who always hopes for the best and genuinely thinks it’s possible. He preaches the benefits of a hopeful attitude, and he wants the people around him to feel that same spirit. Sure, it makes him look like a goober a lot of the…

The Legends Of Tomorrow join Barnum’s circus in another delightful episode

Early in tonight’s episode of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, P.T. Barnum (Billy Zane, playing a villain who would absolutely be twirling his mustache if he had one) talks about how the human spirit longs for entertainment. It longs for edification and delight, two elements at the core of superhero stories. It feels like…

Legends Of Tomorrow comes back strong with screw ups galore

“Sometimes we screw things up for the better.” It’s the new catchphrase for DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, and it taps into one of the things that makes this show so delightful. Despite the team members calling themselves “Legends,” they’re really a bunch of superhero fuck-ups that occasionally save the world when they’re…

Legends Of Tomorrow needs Tolkien’s help to save all of reality (and fails)

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow has really hit its stride in the back half of its second season, and frankly I’m surprised by just how much I’ve enjoyed the last two episodes. For a long time I wouldn’t consider Legends an especially high-quality TV series even if I liked what it was doing, but since it’s come back from…

Legends Of Tomorrow shoots for the moon with one of its best episodes

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow often feels like it’s squandering its full potential as a show about time travel, but “Moonshot” shows how effective the series can be when it finds a way to tie its central conceit to meaningful character development and genuinely tense plotting. This week’s episode sends the team to 1970 to…