By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)
The Red Coats are coming! The Red Coats are coming! Legends of Tomorrow 2x11 "Turncoat" had so many different storylines, so let’s get right into it!
Last we checked, it looked like Rip (Arthur Darvill) shot George Washington. Well, turns out he ended up killing him on Christmas and is actually arming the British army with 21st century weapons. Seems Rip has gone full dark side but me thinks the Legion of Doom has something to do with this.
On the Waverider, Sara (Caity Lotz) and Jax (Franz Drameh) are still waiting for Gideon (Amy Pemberton) to process the medallions information on the Spear of Destiny. Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) is scolding Mick (Dominic Purcell) for a rat that found its way on the ship after the hothead left food crumbs everywhere. Nate (Nick Zano) and Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) are having a little breakfast but this quickly turns into a romantic moment when Amaya goes to clean off some pancake mix of Nate’s face. It looks like the writers are pushing a Nate/Amaya relationship, but for some reason it doesn’t come off as forced. We’ll get more on this later.
So Rip’s murder of George Washington created a time aberration and the team decide to go investigate, knowing very well it is a trap set up by the Legion. The team splits up into pairs and goes undercover to Washington’s Christmas Eve party, but of course that goes bad and an EMP goes across the area. All technology is shut down, including the Waverider and Atom’s suit. To make matters worse, Sara gets shot by evil Rip, while Washington and Mick are taken by Rip and his men.
Stein (Victor Garber) and Jax find Sara and take her back to the ship. The pair believe they can restart the Waverider if they turn into Firestorm to jumpstart the systems, but the EMP turned off the quantum splicer that is able to combine the two into Firestorm. Sara makes Jax acting Captain and he delegates jobs to Amaya and Nate to find Mick and Washington.
Amaya and Nate are walking through a path in the forest to find the kidnapped General and have a great conversation on the difference between dating in the 1940s and in the 21st century. The pair have some amazing chemistry and it's obvious they have a thing for each other. This is cut short when a couple thugs attack the pair and knock Nate off a cliff into the Delaware River. Amaya uses her amulet to create seal powers (the animal, not the singer), to save him. She rescues him and takes him back to an abandoned tent, where Nate is going through hypothermia. Of course the two get naked in order to share body heat and that leads to a little sexual encounter. That sure didn’t take long.
The storyline between Mick and George Washington was particularly amusing. While they were prisoners under Lieutenant General Cornwallis, Mick gives Washington a pep-talk about the rewards of fighting dirty. It seems Washington is all about honor, but the former thief gives the future President a quick lesson on being sneaky and running away from impossible battles. The two, with help from Nate and Amaya, escape from Cornwallis’ and his men and use the great American tradition of running away. At the end of the episode, we find out that Mick’s influence on George Washington let to the creation of a statute in Mick’s image that sits in Washington D.C.
Back at the Waverider, Rip and a couple of his men break into the ship to find the secnd part of the Spear. Luckily Jax sets up a couple traps and takes out Rip’s men. Rip, however, is too smart for this and goes after Jax. He eventually corners Jax, who is checking up on Stein and Sara and threatens to kill Sara if the young hero doesn’t give up the location of the Spear. Of course Jax tells him, but this doesn’t stop Rip from crushing Sara’s throat and killing her. Whatever the Legion has done to Rip has turned him full baddie. Arthur Darvill plays a great maniacal villain. Hopefully he gets to perform like this for a few more episodes.
Well, Jax goes after Rip to kill him for murdering Sara, while Stein orders Ray to turn the main power back on. Of note, Ray has been in miniature form this whole time (since the power in his suit went off too). Ray manages to evade the rat that has plagued the time ship, turns on the power, and allows Gideon to bring Sara back to life after healing her throat. Jax finds Rip in the forest and is about to shoot Rip, but luckily Sara is there to talk him down, but the brainwashed Rip still escapes with the 2nd half of the Spear.
The episode concludes with a little Christmas party on the Waverider, where Sara gives the team a pep-talk to assure them, that they will get the Spear back from the Legion and save Rip from whatever the bad guys did to him. Till next week heroes!
-- Mick’s logic for why Franklin is better than Washington is outstanding.
-- Have we seen Jax and Stein in Firestorm form since the Crossover episode?
-- Did anyone else catch Stein’s “Dr. McCoy” reference? Damn man! He’s a physicist, not a doctor!
-- George Washington saying "Kaboom" is fantastic.
-- The Amaya/Nate pairing came to a stall abruptly when Amaya told Nate that teammates shouldn’t fraternize. Let’s see how long that lasts.
-- Great moment when Ray gave the rat as a present to Mick.
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