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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — “Pilot, Part 1” — Image LGN101d_0406b — Pictured (L-R): Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall/Hawkman, Ciara Renee as Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There are spoilers in this review! Duh!

It’s finally here! We’ve had preparation for Legends of Tomorrow for the entire season of Flash and Arrow; before that, even! Last season of them, it started, and now it’s here. And so far? I like it. It has a really good energy to it, the various characters give you several people to get attached to while allowing you to dislike one or two, and while it’s a mess right now, I think it’ll clear itself up soon. For a pilot this was a strong start. One thing I very much appreciate is that the intros to the characters were quick and to the point. They introduced all of these characters in the other shows, but even if you hadn’t seen Arrow and Flash, they’re like “too bad, jump right in, you’ll get it.” Rip Hunter, played by Arthur Darvill, is the only big new character. He is a time traveler who hilarious is so much like Doctor Who everyone’s cracking up. He steals a time machine to try and stop Vandal Savage before he destroys the world. He picks eight people up hoping that they will help him, telling them in the future they are legends.

Those people are the following: Ray Palmer, the Atom, introduced by Arrow, who felt like he died and no one cared so what is his life about now. He’s a genius who created a super suit. Sara Lance, the White Canary (formerly Black Canary), who was an assassin turned vigilante and recently resurrected from the dead by the Lazarus Pit. She’s a period of transition looking to make her own path. We have villain besties Captain Cold/Leonard Snart and Heat Wave/Mick Rory, who aren’t good people but they can see the value in doing good things to survive. There’s the duo that make up the powerful Firestorm: Professor Martin Stein and Jefferson Jackson, Jackson who wants no part in this, and Stein who thinks it’ll be a brilliant adventure. And rounding it up is the winged duo Hawkgirl (woman I’m just saying) and Hawkman, Kendra and Carter, who are resurrected souls of a pair of lovers who Vandal Savage kills and gathers power from every generation. Yes, that’s a lot of characters. It can be something of a clusterfuck, but they do a good job separating them into groups for certain plots and we’ll have time to develop everyone. The plan is that Hunter wants them to fight Savage and kill him now, early in the 70s before he has a chance to take over the world.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — “Pilot, Part 1”– Image LGN101c_0055b — Pictured (L-R) Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Hunter told them that they are all legends in the future, but they quickly figure out that he was lying. He stole the time ship and he’s not supposed to be fighting Savage, but he’s doing it because Savage killed his wife and child. They aren’t legends but so insignificant to time that he could grab them and change nothing for the future. Ouch! They all have some inner turmoil over that, but in the end say screw it might as well make our mark. They meet this professor who is the leading expert on Savage in 1975, but he’s actually the son of Kendra and Carter, their last reincarnation. Of course this means he has to die for the angst level. It’s required. They have some genuinely tender things before that, and it sells the point of them having multiple lives over the centuries we’ll learn more about soon. The time group that Hunter is from has sent a bounty hunter after him because he stole the ship. Nice job breaking it, hero.

Anyway, this is a good solid start. They introed the characters and their basic personality traits and motivations. It gives them a small arc over one episode when they have to decide to fight regardless of the fact they aren’t heroes. It sets up the time travel as a huge portion of this series, and Savage’s relationship with the Hawks. By the way, Hunter calls his AI Gideon. Hmmmm! Interesting. First off, I loved how Sara settled in well with the villains. She’s a gray zone morality person, she does the right thing but she’s seen some darkness. She was in love with Nyssa al Ghul for crying out loud. Teaming her up with the snarky bad boys suits her well. I really love Jackson although poor kid just got drugged and pushed around this episode, hopefully he gets a turn to shine soon. The only character I continue to dislike is Carter, which can get grating considering how important the Hawks are to the major storyline. I liked seeing the chemistry between the actors, and I think they could get better once they settle in for a regular story. Right now it’s cluttered, but it’s not irritating. I’m invested, and I’m excited to see what’s coming up.

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