By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)
A long time ago on a CW show far, far away…
This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow didn’t disappoint viewers! Probably the strongest and most entertaining episode of this season, Raiders of the Lost Art was everything a fanboy or girl could have ever dreamed of for a time-traveling superhero TV show. This episode showcased the reasons why the writers of Legends must be having so much fun in that writing room! Well without further ado, let’s dive right into the episode.
A lot happened in episode 9 but let’s hit the main moments. The episode starts off with the Waverider crew finding out that the medallions Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) finally got his hands in the last episode, are part of a bigger plan to change reality altogether…coupled the Spear of Destiny. On the topic of the Spear of Destiny, it happened to be in Rip Hunter’s (Arthur Darvill) possession the whole time up until he was transported to the 1960s, but more on that later. The Legends get an alert of a time aberration in 1967 caused by the “Legion of Doom”, coined by newcomer Nate A.K.A Steel (Nick Zano). By the way, how cool is it for the Arrowverse to have its own version of the Legion of Doom??
Before the Legends get to 1967, we are introduced to Rip Hunter who believes he is a film student and is directing two actors dressed as Rip and Vandal Savage. The show continues its meta moments by poking fun at the non-threating characteristic of Savage from last season and the introduction of none other than George Lucas (Matt Angel) as a fellow film student of Rip. Yes, that George Lucas.
Damien Darhk (Neal McDonogh) and Malcom Merlin (John Barrowman) show up and cause havoc, but the Legends spring into action and a fight ensues. In the end, the cops arrive and Rip is arrested. It is then a Legends v. Darhk & Merlin race to bust him out of jail. Sara (Caity Lotz), Stein (Victor Garber), and Mick (Dominic Purcell) rescue Rip and make a quick getaway on the Waverider but soon find out that Rip’s memory has been changed because of pulses from the ship’s time-drive.
It’s also worth noting that Ray (Brandon Routh) and Nate are sidelined since they don’t have their abilities due to the earlier battle with the Legion, where George Lucas is scared away from film school and another time aberration was created. This aberration is one where Lucas never made Star Wars or Indiana Jones, which meant that Ray and Nate lacked the inspiration to become an inventor or a historian, and superheroes either.
This leads Ray, Nate, and Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) to find Lucas and convince him to go back to film school so he follows through and creates the iconic films. When they do get ahold of Lucas, the audience is treated to a couple of great Star Wars nods. Amaya tells Lucas that he is their only hope, a reference to the original Star Wars movie.
A few minutes later, the Legion shows up to take the Spear of Destiny from George Lucas and manages to knock out all three Legends. Lucas ends up telling Darhk and Merlin that he threw away the Spear believing it to be a prop in a film. It is at this point in the show when the audience is given another Star Wars nod. This time, Ray, Nate, Amaya and George Lucas are thrown into a trash compactor to find the Spear of Destiny and more meta hilarity ensues. There is a moving compactor and the use of a metal pipe to slow down the impending calamity, both references to the 1977 film. Eventually Lucas finds the Spear along with his confidence to create films, thus fixing the aberration, giving Ray his suit back and Nate his powers.
The episode concludes with another quick battle between the Legends and the Legion of Doom. Rip tries to save the day by pretending to be his actual self but ends up getting taken by Reverse-Flash while the rest of the Legends are force to retreat to fight another day. It will be interesting to see how the team deals the taking of Rip and what kind of barter they will have to do with the Legion to get him back.
-- Arthur Darvill’s American accent was a hilarious part of this new character he was portraying.
-- Stein and Mick had some fun chemistry this week when the two were trying to figure out a way to help Mick from seeing the “time ghost” of Captain Cold.
-- It was so cool to hear Gideon (Amy Pemberton) call Sara, Captain.
-- The late ‘60s costumes worn by our heroes were fantastic. Thumbs up to the costume and props crew.
-- "Raiders of the Lost Art" was a fantastic tribute episode to George Lucas reflecting the impact he and his films have had on millions of people.
-- Hopefully the stakes of the Spear of Destiny plot line are raised in upcoming episodes.
-- Even though the show is on a budget, they should still try to get Firestorm in there more often.
-- Who'd make a welcome addition to the Legion of Doom? Grodd. Dear Greg Berlanti, it's Grodd. That is all.
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