Legends of Tomorrow: Daddy Darhkest
February 12, 2018 9:02 PM - Season 3, Episode 10 - Subscribe

The Legends are back and they've picked up some mystical help.

John Constantine returns to the Arrowverse, once again having problems with a demon-infested, asylum-trapped young girl, although this girl may not be as innocent as he believes. He hooks up (in more ways that one) with his former acquaintance Sara as the team gets on the trail of the demon that Rip was hunting. Amaya has a heart-to-heart with her granddaughter, despite Nathan's frosty reception of the water-totem wielder. Leo makes a decision while Mick watches the game.
posted by sardonyx (12 comments total)
 
Outside of the fan service of bringing back Snart, I really don't see a point in Leo's let's-visit-Earth-1 storyline. They really didn't seem to do anything with the character or use him to affect changes in the others (unless something has slipped my mind over the hiatus).

As problematic as the Constantine series was, I do like seeing the character come back, even if he's a lot more cocky and self-promoting than his comic book counterpart. (Typically John would downplay his skills rather than calling himself as warlock supreme, or whatever terminology he used when meeting the Waverider crew.) Sara and John are a good combination, although I'm sure the fans are shipping Sara and Eva with a passion.

It seems like now it's time to try pairing up Ray with Zari to see if that coupling sticks. Why not? They've tried him with everybody else. Also, has Routh got more grey hair now or I have just failed to notice how grey he actually is? Not that I care, but it just jumped out at me. Typically these shows seem to come down on the younger demographic side, so it strikes me as unusual that they'll let him show natural signs of aging, unless they've slotted the actor into the old-guy position now that Martin is dead.

Anybody care to speculate on the sixth totem? I'll admit, I haven't been keeping up with the news and spoilers, so I don't know what has leaked (if anything) about new characters (beyond Wally joining up for a bit). I also can't think of another D.C. jewellery wearer that would fit in with group. I mean Dr. Fate sports an amulet, and while we saw his helm on Constantine, I don't think he's who the writers have in mind. The Phantom Stranger wears a chain, but again, that seems like a wildly long longshot. I really, really doubt it's Amethyst (although I'd love to see the writers try to work the Gemworld in) but beyond her, I'm blanking on women characters at the moment, and it seems like they want to keep the totems in female hands.
posted by sardonyx at 9:25 PM on February 12




Regarding Routh’s hair - I feel like his hair styling in the show is consistently bizarrely fugly. Like, maybe he has extremely thick/cowlicky hair, and the show doesn’t factor into the schedule/budget that as much time in the hair & make-up trailer as he needs to look glamorous, so they have a spare ‘regular Ray’ wig they keep around for continuity purposes. I did notice he seemed to have little grey this episode, but wasn’t sure if it was just a quirk of the lighting.

It was nice to see Constantine, and more overtly bi than NBC ever let him be. I hope that this isn’t truly the end of Wentworth Miller’s Snart appearances, that maybe he’ll come back again for old times sake in a future season, but I guess that was an ok ending if it does turn out to be the last. I will still always miss the Snart who died, so, unless/until the show were to find some way to resurrect that particular version of the character, I’ll always be disappointed with his run.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:49 AM on February 13


I think I did see something about one more appearance for Snart--something to do about his wedding, so if that's the case, I guess it will be his send-off. You're right though that version just felt lacking, or like a tease of something they couldn't deliver.

I love the idea of a regular Ray wig for bad hair days. Although judging by the quality of the wigs in the Arrowverse, I can't imagine that option actually being much of an improvement.
posted by sardonyx at 8:15 AM on February 13


I'm wondering if there could've been some other way for them to signal the team before immediately resorting to Sara letting Mallus in.

So the Nora Darkh we've seen fighting with magic probably has Mallus in her?
posted by numaner at 10:46 AM on February 13


That move to let Mallus in did seem to be a pretty big leap in logic. If I'm being honest this whole Damian Darkh timeline is a bit muddled for me. I mean, I can understand it when I give it some thought and think back, but as it's occurring, it all seems a bit blurred.
posted by sardonyx at 11:51 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


personally i feel like Mallus could've been a good big bad without them resorting to recycling Darkh after both Arrow and the last season. I feel like the show is losing some of its fun. We need something a little lighter.
posted by numaner at 1:29 PM on February 13 [1 favorite]


it took me way longer than it should've to figure out that pun
posted by numaner at 2:25 PM on February 13


It was nice to see Constantine, and more overtly bi than NBC ever let him be.

One of the things I enjoyed most about his appearance was the very deliberate tweaking of NBC they did. Besides having him be very openly bi (and it was nice to see our allegedly-also-bi Sara get to hook up with a guy for once...have there been any other guys since Oliver?), having a running gag of him trying to get a light so he could smoke (NBC never let him actually light up, so he was reduced to having unlit cigarettes in his mouth all the time as a character quirk/tic)...and then finally getting to actually light up at the end and getting yelled at by the ship. Too perfect.

personally i feel like Mallus could've been a good big bad without them resorting to recycling Darkh after both Arrow and the last season.

I kind of disagree - Mallus, at least what we've seen so far, has absolutely no personality. Which would be a perfect wet blanket of a villain. Amara's granddaughter hasn't exactly lightened the mood, either, but Darkh is probably the most reliably fun-yet-evil baddy they have. I think the actress (Courtney Ford) playing Darkh's daughter has the chops to put an interesting face/personality on the season villain without necessarily needing the assist from Neal McDonough but erring on the side of "too much Neal McDonough" is probably the way I'd lean myself if I wasn't sure.
posted by mstokes650 at 10:59 AM on February 15 [2 favorites]


Oh, my god, I love these goofballs -- from Caity Lotz instagram: When your feeling the disco vibes and decide to shoot a music video on set #Legendsoftomorrow (Caity and others dancing around the Waverider in their amazeballs 70's outfits seen in the promo at the end of this episode)
posted by oh yeah! at 4:41 PM on February 15 [4 favorites]


One of the things I enjoyed most about his appearance was the very deliberate tweaking of NBC they did. Besides having him be very openly bi (and it was nice to see our allegedly-also-bi Sara get to hook up with a guy for once...have there been any other guys since Oliver?),

I agree. Equal opportunity, folks!
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:41 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


Damien Darhk keeps calling Nora "Nora doll." Nora is the name of the lead character in Ibsen's A Doll's House. It doesn't seem to relate to the plot or theme of the play though.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 6:05 PM on April 20


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