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There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I am really liking this show so far. I laughed when the characters almost immediately screwed up all of time, because let’s face it, the majority of people would. Although Rip, you haven’t exactly been great at explaining to them what would happen were things to change. One could argue it’s self-evident, but most people need to see it for themselves to understand how much they’ve screwed up. At least in a time travel show they have time to fix things. This is the second part of the pilot and it genuinely surprised me with a sudden death, but I was pleased, and I’ll get to more of that later. Previously on Legends of Tomorrow, a time traveler named Rip Hunter plucks eight people out of the time stream to help him defeat Vandal Savage and save the world. At first he tells them that they’re heroes in the future, but it turns out truthfully they didn’t stand out in history at all so they’re easier to steal from the time stream. Ouch. Still, they all agreed to keep working with him for their own reasons.

This takes place quickly after the last one, and they’re all still getting used to each other as teammates. The team infiltrate a warhead auction where they run into Damien Darhk, the current Arrow villain, and clash with him. Professor Stein acts a little foolhardy by throwing his weight around and getting them in there, but he fears that it shows a rashness to himself that he can’t get past. A fight breaks out and we see the group in their first battle, and I’ll admit it’s pretty great to watch. They probably can’t blow their budget on a big one of those every week, but once and awhile it works. Unfortunately while fighting, part of Ray’s suit breaks off, which seemed minor to them, but it was major since the technology led to mass changes in the future. And now it’s more of a wasteland than before. Rip’s like YOU IDIOTS. I’m like hey you picked them and didn’t really brief them bb. You’re all terrible at this. So the team has to split up, with Stein, Jax, and Sara looking for the suit, while Snart, Heat Wave, and Ray go to look for the dagger that can kill the Hawks. It might hold the key to killing Savage.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — “Pilot, Part 2” — Image LGN102_20150917_0287b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Casper Crump as Vandal Savage and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave — Photo: Diyah Perah/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stein has to find his young self for help in finding the part and in doing so almost blows their cover. He was something of an arrogant tool, which is also kind of funny. They also get high at some point. Eventually they figure out where the item is and get it back, but young Stein does see the space ship at some point. Rip’s like “I’m not even going to ask.” Stein and Jax bond over him seeing his foolish young self and it’s very sweet, I like their father/son or mentor/mentee thing going on. While looking for the dagger, the infiltration team gets captured because they are in Savage’s own house. Whoops! They really are failing all over the place and it makes me laugh, not going to lie. I like that they’re not perfect just yet. The Hawks take on Savage and Carter stabs him with the knife, but it doesn’t work becauuse only Kendra can use it. Carter is killed (!!!!!) and Kendra stabbed. They manage to get Kendra back to the ship but she appears to be dying. That’s what will have to be fixed for next week.

They killed Carter! I really hope this stays. I don’t want them to try and rewrite time to save him or anything like that. For one, this was a daring decision to make in the pilot, and changing it would ruin the impact. It was gutsy to kill him that quickly, and I’m crossing fingers it sticks. I also dislike Carter and his general behavior toward Kendra, so I will not miss him in the slightest on the team. It will make me have to deal with him less, yay, and also was a great move on the show’s part to prove this is Serious Business. They mess up, bad things happen, there are consequences. Thumbs up if this continues, although I fear it won’t. Sigh. Anyway I enjoy this show. I like seeing them all play off each other and start building their own little dynamics. It’s hard to balance that many characters, but I think they’re pulling it off well. I look forward to seeing Sara get her time to shine since it looks like they’re putting a little more effort into each character by episode, and she’s obviously my favorite carry over from Arrow. Happy so far! I hear Stephen Amell is showing up later on as a different version of Oliver Queen. Yassss.

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