These are the 5 things that kicked us in the gall bladder (and sometimes in a good way) as we watched Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 8: “The Chicago Way.” And, our observations are a little “spoilery,” so…if you’re catching this tomorrow, I would bookmark this article and join us afterwards. Still with us? Good, we’re always glad to have ya’.
The Roaring ‘20s
There’s not a great deal of DC lore that takes place in the 1920s. After all, the company started up in the early ‘30s, but you would think that there would at least a few DC heroes from the 20s. Not the case, but it would have been cool to see DC insert some of their early heroes in this week’s period piece episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. How cool would it have been to see Slam Bradley, Crimson Avenger, or Doctor Occult fight side by side with the Legends? It could have been a chance to give some live-action love to the DC mystery men that started it all. Did anyone else think of Jim Corrigan, aka The Spectre, when Eliot Ness was about to be put in cement shoes by Al Capone?
A Chilly Visit
This week sees the return of Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold to Legends. Well sort of, because Miller is back, but Cold is just a figment of Mick Rory’s troubled mind. Or is it? Could that really be Len Snart trying to send Rory a message, or is Damien Darhk’s crew messing with Mick? Either way, in the gang war with Al Capone, Rory steps up in a big bad way to save the day. I guess it takes a gangster to beat a gangster.
Hank Heywood has really become one of the hearts of Legends. This week, the episode delves into Haywood’s sibling-like relationship with Ray Palmer as the two have taken on a kind of Dover Boys-like role as two bantering do-gooders trying to one-up each other. Fun stuff involving two of the most earnest superheroes on DC TV.
Legion of Hmmm?
This week, Malcolm Merlyn joins with Eobard Thawne and Damien Dahrk as TV’s Legion of Doom membership grows by one. I have to wonder what this Legion’s long term plans are.
This week, Thawne and company finally get their hands on that mysterious amulet. Turns out the amulet is a compass needed to find one Rip Hunter. It’s an intriguing reveal and I do look forward to seeing what these three big bads have planned. And it also feels good to see Merlyn back on weekly DC TV. Having Merlyn be an antagonist somewhere other than Arrow should breathe new life into the character. Plus, Sara Lance versus Malcolm Merlyn is always a big, “Yes, please.”
Hunter Becomes the Hunted
So, why is Rip Hunter a petulant American film director living in the 1960s? That’s where the amulet leads the villains, as viewers are left with a ton of questions by episode’s end. It’s good to see Rip again, but hopefully this won’t mean Sara Lance will have to give up command of the Waverider because Sara has been a hell of a leader. This week, she gives great support to one Martin Stein as he is still torn over what to do about his recently revealed time-anomaly daughter. Sara is the strong shoulders of the Legends and hopefully she’ll stay that way even if Rip hunter is back in the picture.