First Episode Friday is a weekly feature where i watch the pilot episodes of both new and old television shows an share my thoughts!
This week i watched the first episode of the new CW television show Legends of Tomorrow. This is their latest instalment of the DC superhero world they have created with The Flash and Arrow.
Legends of Tomorrow
Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.
Overall i really enjoyed this show. I must say first up i am behind on both Arrow and The Flash so i missed the introduction of Hawkgirk and Hawkman and the first encounter with the main villain, Vandal Savage.
The premise of the show is that in the future, 2161 i believe (totally just realised that 2061 is just 2016 with the numbers reversed…) and Vandal Savage has taken over the world. Everything is in ruins. Rip Hunter, played by Arthur Darvill, petitions the other Time Masters (or should i say Time Lords….sorry bad Doctor Who joke) that they should go back in time and form a team to take him down before any of this happens- and he does this. He goes to 2016 and ‘recruits’ 8 individuals to band together and stop Vandal, who is immortal.
The 8 people are already established to some extend in Arrow and The Flash which is a great move- many people already know the characters and what to expect from them. I actually wonder whether they planned this show sometime in advance and had this in mind when creating these characters and integrating them into the universal initially in the first two shows.
The team consists of: Dr Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh) who collectively make up Firestorm; Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) with his Atom suit; Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) who is back from the dead as the Canary; Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) a demigod partnership; and Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) criminals turned somewhat heroes.
This pilot episode was interesting, entertaining and really set up a season long plot arch with characters that have already been grounded and sussed out. The inclusion 0f the AI’s name being Gideon was a nice touch, and really raised questions to its relevance and relationship with the Gideon in the Flash. Especially as Harrison Wells can time travel. One of the main questions i had during the show was whether the characters would be missing- they return from the time travel after some time had passed in the present time. This would especially be relevant as in the opening seems Ray And Oliver are working together. While Ray does say he expects the be returned at the same time he left, it does raise some questions as to whether this will be the case.
The storyline of this first episode was great and at every point it was interesting and contributed to the overall season arc. At times the dialogue was a bit ‘silly’, which is common in these CW shows, but the acting was on point and solid. I cannot help but think Prison Break when i see Wentworth and Purcell together in this show, but i love they do have the relationship that is passed on to their portrayal of Captain Cold and Heatwave.
Overall this show was really good and i am excited to see where they are going in the next couple of episodes. While i do enjoy the crossover with Arrow and The Flash i hope they do limit it and make this show stand alone, with fans able to watch the other shows to see the origin and the introduction of the characters. The problem with the in depth crossover between Arrow and The Flash is that the episodes must be watched in order of when they released or some important plot point would be missed. This is difficult when i am so far behind in both series and it is often hard to find out when i must switch between each series at the right time.
I will definitely be watching the next couple of episodes and hopefully the season if things don’t get too crazy with university this year.
Sorry for the short review but i felt i could not write more as i did not want to spoil anything that happened. And it is a CW superhero show, there is really not much too it! These show are fun and are superhero shows at their very essence.
Let me know what you through of the premier of Legends of Tomorrow!