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There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I really enjoy the hell out of this show. I’m really impressed with how well they are managing the various storylines and keeping it interesting. Every week is pretty solid! They’re developing the characters slowly and keeping them likable. The overarching plot is a good way to get shows going, because it means they do always have a huge goal on top of the little mission of the week stories. Yes it’s cheesy sometimes, but so are comics, hahaha. And humanity. Previously on Legends of Tomorrow, they’re all on a mission to stop Vandal Savage. One of their own has already been murdered by him, Carter (YAY, I mean oh how sad). Unfortunately while in Russia, they found out they were attempting to make a Russian Firestorm and Dr. Stein was taken captive, along with Ray and Mick. Leonard was forced to abandon them so he could take the Firestorm weapon with him, and he’s pretty mad about it, but they need to stage a rescue now.

But is it a rescue? A big thing about this episode is what they’re willing to do to protect the future. I really love the developing friendship between Sara and Rip, and also between Sara and Leonard. Sara was from the League of Assassins so she’s killed, and her bloodlust is a constant problem. It’s her that Rip asks to kill Dr. Stein if they can’t save him. He’s too dangerous and they can’t take the chance the Russians get a Firestorm. He shows her what will happen to her world if that happens. Leonard on the other hand encourages her not to go back to that life. It’s interesting coming from a criminal, but I think it’s because he recognizes it’s not good for Sara. And he does consistently have this mode of us vs. them, the team vs. everyone else. He states clearly he’s only there for Mick, because he and Mick are partners. It’s interesting to see loyalties in this. Mick and Ray are tortured and Ray purposely gets a beating to protect Mick. Because of this Mick insists they save him too, even if it’s not smart for their escape. This leads Leonard to decide to talk Sara down so she doesn’t kill Stein and live with that on her conscience. I like how they’re slowly bringing these characters around.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — “Fail-Safe” — Image LGN105b_0114b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stein struggles all episode with being tortured and his mind cracked open, first seeing Cisco and it’s all an illusion. He does start to break, but Jax convinces him to wait for them by cutting into his own arm with a message. The Russians don’t know yet that he actually IS Firestorm. He finally cracks once they keep torturing Ray and Mick, and when she finds out he’s Firestorm. She wants to bond the two of them together, taking over as the dominant. Sara does let him go instead of shooting him, and Jax and Kendra convince him to let them go on a rescue mission. Jax is able to convince Stein to take over and bond with him instead, leaving the Russian scientist (who I don’t remember the name of) to her death.  They all get out safe and sound, and stronger as a team. They start flying off but are attacked by the bounty hunter, and the ship gets heavily damaged.

They spiral out of control and into a dark future. It’s Starling city thirty years from now, and it’s a devastated wasteland. Sara sees Green Arrow, but it’s not Oliver Queen, and he points an arrow at her aggressively. This is not the world she knows anymore. Dum dum duuuuuum. I am so excited to see the next part. This is really impressive, how they’re smoothly going from one episode into the next, it keeps the energy always high. I appreciate how connections are happening throughout the group, and that they’re always questioning the ends justifying the means. While Rip is more ruthless than they are, the team is also starting to soften him up. I genuinely love this show, I can’t wait to see what happens next. I know that’s supposed to be Connor Hawke, but he’s not Native American, so there has to be something else to it.

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