This week, both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow returned after their winter hiatus and while The Flash's episode was very exciting, Legends of Tomorrow was just as great — if not better. This show has been categorized as "mediocre" for the longest time, but this episode has proven that Legends of Tomorrow is finally getting its act together to give us a better season in terms of quality and entertainment. While there were so many great moments, here are my top 10 favorite moments from the mid-season premiere.
10. Mick's Hallucinations Bring His Insanity To A Whole New Level
To start off this list, we have Heat Wave's hallucinations reaching to a whole new level. As we saw in previous episodes, Mick keeps seeing Leonard in his head and he keeps telling him to quit the team as he's become too soft. Mick believes that Professor Stein could help him with his visions but after brain surgery and therapy, it turns out Mick is just working through his emotions.
This part of the episode was sort of shoved to the side and was overshadowed by all of the other awesome moments happening at the same time. It's not that the acting or writing was bad, but this secondary story arc was stretched out and could have been included in the first half of the season where Mick first began to see Leonard in his head. It appears that the only reason why they decided to not take that route was because they needed to give Mick and Stein something to do.
9. The Legends Travel To 1967 — And Meet George Lucas
Every episode on Legends of Tomorrow, we see our favorite time traveling team navigate to a new location. In the winter premiere, we see the Legends travel to the year 1967 in order to find Rip Hunter and the Spear of Destiny. On their mission, they run into a young version of George Lucas, who is absolutely hilarious.
He witnesses a short battle between the Legends and the Legion of Doom and shortly after, he decides to quit filmmaking, which alters the timeline in monumental ways such as having Ray and Nathan lose their intelligence and superpowers as Star Wars and Indiana Jones inspired them to enter their professions.
8. Rip Hunter Is Alive, But His Memories Are Not
In the beginning of the episode, we finally found out Rip's fate after what appeared to be his death in this year's season premiere. Rip used the time drive to escape the Wave Rider along with the Spear of Destiny, which he knew would cause him amnesia. The time drive transported him to 1967 Hollywood with no memory of his former life as a time traveling rogue.
In addition to Rip Hunter molding into a new character, he also lost his British accent. While Arthur Darvill pulls off a believable American accent, it was just a bit odd for us to watch him speaking like an American after listening to his strong British accent for a season. Besides that, I believe this version of Rip Hunter will be a unique addition to the show that will shake up the dynamic for the better.
7. Rip Hunter's 'Legends of Tomorrow' Movie Actually Makes Fun Of Season 1
This moment was so hilarious that it deserves its own spot on the list. Rip thinks that his life is merely a set of dreams and memories, which he uses to create a Hollywood movie. In this episode, we see Rip and George Lucas shooting a scene for their "Legends of Tomorrow" movie featuring Rip Hunter and Vandal Savage. After the actor portraying Savage gives a mediocre performance, Rip storms off of the set and tells George: "A film is only as good as its villain and I have an antagonist who's as threatening as a wiener dog."
The first time I watched this, I didn't think much of it. After 30 seconds, I rewound the episode to witness the most savage thing a show could do: Make fun of itself. It turns out the showrunners realized that Vandal Savage's character drew a lot of criticism from fans and critics alike and made fun of themselves. At least we weren't the only ones who noticed.
6. The Legion Of Doom Debuts
Like I just mentioned before, Vandal Savage was a very weak villain and like Rip Hunter said, a film is only as good as its villain. Given that, I was super excited to hear that the Legion of Doom were going to be the villains of this season. This evil superhero team would incorporate villains from The Flash and Arrow, including Malcolm Merlyn, Damien Darhk, Reverse Flash, and soon-to-be Captain Cold.
This episode showcased Merlyn, Darhk, and the Reverse Flash working together to find the Spear of Destiny, which can permanently re-write history as we know it. Clearly, the Legends have to do everything in their power to keep that out of the villain's hands.
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5. Ray And Amaya's Chemistry Hints At Romantic Future
One of the biggest complaints with Season 1 was the forced romance between Ray, Carter, and Kendra. After that, fans are hesitant to see another love story play out on screen. However, it looks like the show is setting up a new romance that may actually be enjoyable to watch.
Early in the episode, Nate's music woke up Ray and Amaya and they were both (mostly Ray) very paranoid about the fact that Nate may have been thinking they were sleeping together. It was a funny moment either way, but I believe that this was much more than a one-off joke. Also, Amaya making fun of Ray about his "fake" gluten allergy is the producers hinting at their romantic future.
4. The Legends Vs. Legion Of Doom
I'll have to admit one of my biggest pet peeves with Legends of Tomorrow is that every episode they have "huge" battles with multiple superheroes yet they feel extremely underwhelming. While this battle isn't the best we've ever seen, it wasn't as underwhelming as usual. It had an epic feel to it, the choreography looked cleaner, and we were cheering for the Legends to kick the Legion of Doom's ass. Maybe it's just because the episode has a very Star Wars feel to it and I'm being biased.
After this epic battle, we get my personal favorite scene in the whole episode — Rip Hunter pretends like he has remembered his old life and walks out in an epic fashion wearing his original coat, long hair, and speaking in his lovable British accent. Then, he pulls out his gun and attempts to shoot it but nothing comes out, resulting in Rip mumbling "Ah, crap!" under his breath in his American accent, showing the audience that he's not just a great director but an actor as well. The Legion of Doom decides to laugh along with us and right before Rip has the chance to jump back on the Wave Rider, the Reverse Flash swoops in and captures him in a blink of an eye.
3. Rip's Intense Interrogation Scene
At the end of the episode, Rip Hunter is being held captive in a dark room, where he is being interrogated by Thawne. We definitely begin to feel bad for "Phil" because he has no idea what is going on, yet he was courageous enough to pretend he was the legendary Rip Hunter for a moment while the rest of the Legends were able to board the Wave Rider. However, the Legion of Doom have no clue that Rip erased his memory when his time drive transported him to 1967 Hollywood.
The promo for next week's episode, titled "The Legion of Doom," not only shows that things are going to get tense between the members on the Legion of Doom but in the interrogation room. We see Damien Darhk pointing a sharp knife down Rip's throat and him sitting in despair. Luckily, the Legends will try and get there before anything goes terribly wrong.
2. Jax's Emotional Speech To Sara
If there's one thing that The CW's DC television series always get right is their emotional speeches, and this episode was no exception. Sara was upset at herself because they left Rip behind and she believes it is her responsibility as the team's captain to not leave a mission until every member is back on the Wave Rider.
Jax makes her feel better by assuring her that they will go back and rescue Rip from the Legion of Doom because Sara is a character who never gives up. After Jax's emotional speech, Sara asks him if that was a promise, in which Jax responds "That's a prophecy." Can Legends of Tomorrow get any better?
1. Star Wars Easter Eggs And Moments Everywhere
As one of the biggest Star Wars fans in the galaxy, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is easily one of my favorite episodes the series has released thus far. Of course, the nine other entries on this list are other great reasons why I love this episode, but the Star Wars Easter eggs were the cream of the crop. From the trash compactor scene to the "You're our only hope" line, there were a ton of moments that had us Star Wars fans jumping of joy. For a complete list of the best Easter eggs in this episode, look no further than the article linked below written by our fellow Creator S.C. O'Donnell.
- The Force Is Strong With The Arrowverse: Every Star Wars Easter Egg In the 'Legends Of Tomorrow' Mid-Season Premiere
All in all, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is easily my favorite episode of the season due to its high entertainment value, great storyline, characters, and the numerous amount of Star Wars easter eggs.
What did you guys think of the mid-season premiere? Are you excited for the rest of the season? Tell me below!