"Raiders of The Lost Art":
Help us George Lucas, you're our only hope! Imagine a world without film franchises like 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones', where would we be today? The latest episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow explored that question and gave us plenty of nods and references associated with the famous director. Picking up from where the winter finale left off, we found the Legends tracking down the footsteps of the 'Legion of Doom' who themselves were trying to locate the 'Spear of Destiny'. An artifact so powerful that it gives the user power to change reality, not just time which can be corrected if aberrations take place but reality itself.
I loved how the episode addressed the elephant in the room since the beginning of this season, the events that occurred prior to Rip Hunter's (Arthur Darvill) disappearance. Surely the writers of the show didn't just kill him off after spending an entire season of developing the character and his back story. The mystery was explored through flashbacks showing us Captain Hunter's transformation into a film student living in the year, 1967. This was written brilliantly because it gave us an opportunity to meet Mr. Lucas (Matt Angel) prior to any of the classics we have come to know from Lucasfilm. It was awesome getting to meet the character while he was still a film student and that the show demonstrated his relevance in history through Nate (Nick Zano) and Ray (Brandon Routh) losing their powers as a result of Lucas' work not existing. Lucas' inclusion meant one thing was for certain, references and scenes that paid tribute to his legacy in film.
One scene in particular in this episode did exactly that when Nate, Ray, Lucas and Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) were forced to get into a garbage compactor to look for the Spear of Destiny. It reminded me of Star Wars straight away, in particular a scene from 'A New Hope' where Han, Chewie, Luke and Leia are in the garbage compactor. I thought this was smart and it really did pay homage to Lucas. Another aspect that referred to Lucas was the Spear of Destiny and even though it was mentioned exactly as so, the way it was described came across as a lightsaber type of weapon but given that it is an artifact could have been related to Indiana Jones which is another one of Lucas' famous franchises. There was also a mention of a 'prophesy' which reminded me of Anakin Skywalker who was prophesied to be the chosen one to bring balance to the force. Sticking to Star Wars' theme Ray, Amaya and Nate felt like the 'trinity' of Luke, Leia and Han Solo in this episode especially Amaya whose dialogue with Lucas felt so Princess Leia like. And also was it just me or did the Waverider feel like the Millennium Falcon as well?
I really did like the humour in this episode especially with origins of the 'Legion of Doom' name being a continuous joke as well as film student Captain Hunter in general. With Rip I did like it how the character put on his costume from Season 1 and just when we thought he was back, he reminded us how amusing the character is while a film student. He kind of reminded me of Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) or the fake Mandarin from Iron Man 3 where the character appears to be one thing but in close inspection turns out to be this totally different person. The show using a script as a way to find out the location of the 'Spear of Destiny' which was explained well in this episode was brilliant I thought.
Although the episode was a good return for the show, I was a bit disappointed that we didn't see Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) who still hasn't joined the 'Legion' but his return will sure be a big surprise for Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) who has been seeing the character as visions. I really liked the hurmour, story, references and character interactions in the episode and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the 'Legends'.
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