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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow –“River of Time”– Image LGN114b_0151b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Ciara Renee as Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

So here’s the thing, I’ve always disliked Ray. I didn’t like him on Arrow. I haven’t liked him on this show. But it’s a little too bad they keep making him play the whiny idiot, because it doesn’t really give anyone a chance to actually like him. I even wanted to have some sympathy for him considering the “soul mates” nonsense in this, and believe me I hate that Carter is back so much, but then he’s an idiot and everyone suffers. GDI Ray. Get off my screen. Generally I think it’s a mistake when writers force a character to be very, very stupid in order for plot to happen. It just makes the character frustrating, not interesting. Anyway, previously on Legends of Tomorrow, Kendra was an idiot. She finally had Savage, she finally could kill him, and she chooses not to because he has a brainwashed Carter under his power. THERE’S A WAY TO UN-BRAINWASH HIM WITHOUT SAVAGE, PROMISE. So she chooses this knowing full well everything that happens from then on is honestly partly her fault. Ugh Kendra. No one cares about Carter. They met Savage’s daughter who like instantly turned against her father … it was ridiculous. That’s about it.

So this episode featured some flashbacks of the crew when they decided to leave home and join Rip Hunter. Sara said goodbye to Nyssa (pictured below), Stein left his wife with a white lie, Ray had a farewell with Felicity that honestly seemed a little pointless. I’m not entirely sure why they chose to show them here, outside of the fact there’s a legitimately good point for them to start doubting why they went with him. They have Savage on the ship now, and they’re arguing over whether to kill him or not. I’m on team kill him, wtf are you guys doing. But they get to the conclusion that Savage has used time travel abilities, which would make him in violation of the Time Masters. So they think if they can get him to confess or prove he’s using it, the Time Masters will have to arrest/take control of him and their job is done. Hahahahaha right like that’s going to happen. Anyway they all talk to Savage one by one, and he taunts them all pretty easily. Ray is unraveling because he sees Kendra bonding with Carter again and realizes all the warnings have been true. They’re “soul mates.” Blech. He attacks Savage and lets him escape, because he’s a complete idiot and I am so irritated.

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Things go progressively bad, as there’s some radiation leakage that happens and Jax handles it instead of Rip, so he starts aging rapidly and dying. This leads Snart and Mick to be like uhhhhh maybe this was all a terrible idea. Before they can use the machine to go back to their time like they were promised, Stein had already used it to send Jax back, because it’s the only way to save his life. So that means the rest of them are stuck for now, whether they want to be there or not. Savage fights Kendra and nearly kills her, which snaps Carter out of his brainwashing and he fights back. Sara gets to pilot the ship and does a heckuva job, bringing them to the Vanishing Point where the Time Masters will be so Rip can turn Savage in. Except guess what, lol, they were working with Savage and they arrest the entire group instead. Dum dum duuuuuum. I’m actually not surprised at all by this, but I thought it was well written at least. The only ones left out are Sara and Snart, who use their spidey sense to hide before it happens. They’re to the rescue next week?

I do like several things in this episode! I like Rip saying that he thinks he’d be willing to abandon all of them for the sake of his family. I like Savage taunting the team members, although Ray is an idiot for actually setting him free. I’m not sure if this means that Jax is down for the count or he’ll find a way to come back. I’d much rather Carter stay dead and Jax come back, but obviously no one’s going to actually give me what I want there. SIGH. I really liked the design of the Vanishing Point, and that Sara was sailing the ship. I feel like she’s the natural heir of Rip, in the sense that she could take over as team leader some day. I would so dig that. It was a good episode and I’m intrigued to see what’s next.

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