#LegendsofTomorrow Season 1 Recap & Review
Legends of Tomorrow premiered in the Spring as a spin-off to both Arrow and The Flash. The show features secondary heroes and villains form both shows. The Time Master Rip Hunter recruits them to prevent the immortal dictator Vandal Savage taking over the world in the future. It spun out of the 2015 Flash/Arrow crossover, which introduced the season's main antagonist.
This season takes Rip and the Legends throughout time and space to stop Savage. They travel to 1975, 1986, 2046, 1958, 2147, 1871, 2166, 1944, and even the Vanishing Point, home of the Time Masters. They go to each time period to systematically; wherever Savage appeared in time.
In 1975, the team attempts to face Savage for the first time. There they encounter Carter and Kendra’s son from a past life. He helps them learn about Savage and their past together. They are caught off guard by Savage’s power and Carter is killed as a result. The team is forced to flee as Savage claims Carter’s body. During their escape they encounter a bounty hunter named Chronos, sent by the time Masters to stop te team.
When the team arrives in 1986, the encounter a Soviet scientist named Valentina Vostok. Vostok seeks the power of Firestorm for the Soviet Union. She captures Dr. Stein and manages to create one, using herself as a host. The power proves too great and she goes nuclear, destroying her research facility.
In a very unique episode, the team ventures to 2048, where they find a dystopian Star City. In this episode, the team is stranded in the run down city, which has been all but taken over by criminals. There they encounter a very different Green Arrow. Connor Hawke, aka John Diggle Jr., has take up the mantle in this future. The new Deathstroke, Slade Wilson’s son, opposes him. Sarah and Ray discover Oliver, minus his left arm, hiding in the Arrow cave. They convince him to come back and fight with Connor Hawke to defeat Deathstroke.
In 1958, the team investigates a string of murders, tied to Savage. They find Savage posing as a doctor at a hospital, where he experiments on the patients and turns them into monsters. Jax is affected and mutated, by Nth metal. Stein and Gideon manage to cure Jax. Savage escapes as the bounty hunter Chronos appears again and forces the Waverider to leave without Kendra and Ray, who are stranded for 2 years until the team rescues them.
The team travels to the future. In 2147, they discover that Vandal Savage is grooming the son of a powerful dictator. Savage plans on using the boy to take control of his empire for himself. They team fails to stop Savage and the Time Masters sent a trio called “The Hunters” to hunt down the team. In this episode we also learn that Chronos is actually Mick.
In 1871, the team ends up in the Wild West. There they encounter a classic DC character, Jonah Hex. Hex seems to have a past with Rip and isn’t happy to see him and his team. The team helps Hex in defeating a gang of outlaws, but the Hunters appear to kill the team. Hex and the Legends defeat the Hunters and he and Rip reconcile. It is revealed that the Time Masters have sent The Pilgrim to kill the team’s younger selves. The team rescues their younger selves and defeats the Pilgrim. They turn their attention back to defeating Savage.
In 2166, the team tries to take out Savage before he takes over the world. They discover that Savage’s daughter has a bracelet that once belonged to Kendra’s original incarnation. They kidnap Savage’s daughter and plan to use the trinket to kill Savage. The rest of the team meets up with the resistance, who are quickly losing the war against Savage. They manage to use the bracelet to make a weapon that can kill Savage, but Savage releases the Leviathan, a massive machine sent to destroy the resistance. Ray manages to reverse his suit’s shrinking ability to grow huge and defeat the machine. The team discovers that the technology that went into the massive robot was from an even further future. The team also finds a future, incarnation of Carter who serves Savage.
The team manages to capture Savage after he attacks the ship and Carter regains his memories. Imprisoned on the ship, he begins to mess with the team. Stein and Jax return to 2016, briefly, to fix a problem with Jax’s side of the Firestorm Matrix. The rest of the team delivers Savage to the Time Masters. They reveal that they are working with Savage to help him take over the world. They do this because, despite being a dictator, he unites the world in time for Thanagar to invade Earth. He leads the Earth in a war to defeat them. They release Savage and capture Rip instead.
After the Time Lords betray the team, they are separated. Firestorm is back in 2016, Kendra and Carter are taken by Savage, Sara and Snart escape on the Waverider, and Rip, Ray, and Rory are imprisoned by the Time Masters. The Time Masters use what is called the “Oculus” to manipulate Time to help Savage. Snart and Sara attack the Vanishing Point to save the team. Jax also returns in the shuttle to help. When the team reunites they decide to destroy the Oculus to prevent the Time Masters form manipulating time, but at the cost of Snart's life.
After the destruction of the Oculus and the Time Masters, the team sets its sights on Savage. Savage travels to 1944 and reveals that the Thanagarians sent three meteors to ancient Egypt. He plans to use Carter and Kendra’s blood to activate the meteors. This will reset the world back to 1700 BC. The team breaks into pairs, traveling to 1958, 1975, and 2021 to defeat Savage in three time periods.
The team defeats Savage and save the Future. The Hawks depart the team, hoping to start a life together. As they depart, the team takes notice to another Waverider crashing near them. A mysterious figure exits the ship and sets up the plot for the next season.
MEET THE LEGENDS
Rip is introduced in the show's pilot, when he recruits the legends. He is the captain of the Waverider, a time ship. He acts as the team's leader and brings them to different time periods to battle Savage and his forces. He struggles to control his team of misfits, but by the end of the season, gains the team's respect.
Ray Palmer is brought in from Arrow after he is rescued from H.I.V.E. He brings a bright optimism to the team and often acts as the comic relief. His suit gains the ability to shrink for the show, further likening him to his comic book origins.
Sara Lance is also brought in from Arrow, after being resurrected by the Lazarus Pit. She was killed by Thea, under the influence of Malcolm Merlyn, in season 3. She is re-branded as The White Canary and takes the role as an anti-hero in Legends. She tends to get along best with the villain duo, Heatwave, and Captain Cold.
Martin Stein, is brought over from The Flash. Having found a new partner in , Jefferson Jackson, Dr. Stein is confident, to the point of arrogance. He struggles to work with his younger, more impulsive partner. He acts as the voice of reason in many occasions and grows to act as a mentor for Jax.
"Jax" is the new Firestorm in the Arrowverse. He was first introduced in The Flash, right before the 2015 Flash/Arrow crossover. He is opposite of his partner Dr. Martin Stein in almost every way. Throughout the season, he and Stein learn to work as a team and develop their powers.
Carter is introduced in the 2015 Flash/Arrow. He is a reincarnated Egyptian prince, who is tied to Kendra Saunders. He comes to Star City looking for Kendra and warns the Arrowverse Heroes about Vandal Savage. He is the least developed character in the show, only acting as Hawkman for three episodes and being dead for the majority of the season.
Kendra is first introduced on The Flash, as a waitress working at Jitters. During the Flash/Arrow crossover, she remembers that she is a reincarnated Egyptian priestess and begins to learn how to use her powers. She learns to control her powers and build up the courage to face Savage through out the season. She departs, with Carter, during the finale.
An unusual recruit for the team, Snart is a recurring villain on the Flash, who is recruited into the Legends with his partner, Heatwave. Snart is a thief at heart and has problems with many of the heroes on the team. Though, when worst comes to worst, he is a team player.
Mick Rory is a lose cannon. He joins the team only to accompany his partner Snart. He is unreliable and prefers to burn stuff rather than work with his comrades. He, like Snart, find the heroes of the team annoying and often disapproves of their methods. He proves an interesting and dynamic character for this show.
Season 2 is only days away. We will be getting new legends, the Legion of Doom, and the legendary JSA (Justice Society of America). Tune in on the CW this Thursday for the premiere.