Legends of Tomorrow: The Great British Fake Off
April 28, 2020 7:45 PM - Season 5, Episode 9 - Subscribe

With Sara recuperating from her latest battle, Charlie starts to notice something may not be right with her. Still searching for the Loom, Constantine and Zari find themselves trapped in a 1910 boarding house with a slew of out-of-time Encores.
posted by oh yeah! (6 comments total)
The '70s are back, baby. Last episode we got the Wonder Twins. This week, we essentially got full-blown Isis (which is how Zari was described ages ago when she was first introduced). Who's next? Billy Batson on a dirt bike? (Yes, I know that won't happen due to the movies, even if they let Enchantress play in the TV sandbox.)

I'm sure I'll have more to say tomorrow, when I'm actually awake, but I think I'm in favour of a John/Zari relationship. It's at least miles better than rehashing a relationship arc with Nate (although it looks like they're going for a love-triangle plot, which isn't my jam, especially on this show). Plus they have enough friction between them in terms of personality, that it should make for an interesting relationship.

I like that Ava sees Mick as a go-to guy (at least for certain missions). Sadly, I wanted more of Mick and Ava's Adventures in Hell, and less Sideline Mick, Again.

Asta being on the Waverider, will churn things up a bit. That should be fun.
posted by sardonyx at 10:05 PM on April 28, 2020 [2 favorites]

Solid episode. The casting of the encores was great.

Zari's Cleopatra wig seemed bizarrely elongated, then I realized how much of her own hair they had to hide.

There were some shots of Zari with her hair up early in the episode in which she looked a lot like Counselor Troi.

The attraction between Zari and John was organic and well done. I noticed what I thought was an attraction between them in the Romeo and Juliet episode, but I didn't think it was going to go anywhere. I thought it was just in service of that plot line.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:20 AM on April 29, 2020 [2 favorites]

The attraction between Zari and John is organic and well done, and yet I'm still bummed that Nate YET AGAIN has to deal with the face of the woman he loves being on a person having a relationship with someone else. First Amaya/Charlie, now Zari! I liked that they hung a lantern on it. I know there's a lot of Nate hate around here but I like him a lot and I'd like to see him find happiness.

I like how they show that Zari 2.0's skills can be useful. And Tala Ashe is knocking it out of the park. I liked little touches like her pushing the alcohol back at John.

When John and Zari showed up and the innkeeper didn't bat an eye at their clothing, I thought "wow, Legends, you've just decided to abandon anything having to do with reality!" When a bundle of other Encores showed up and she didn't bat an eye, I thought, "There's more here." For a minute I thought she was going to be another, more strategic Encore. But I really liked how it worked out.

Really interested to see what happens with Sara.

It's becoming more and more obvious that Dominic Purcell is on some sort of one-day-a-week shooting schedule, and it leaves them having to do weird things with the plot to shoehorn him in ("Mick's waiting outside," etc.). It wouldn't make me miserable if he wound up leaving the show. Make more space for Charlie or Ava or Behrad (assuming he comes back) or some new character to come in.
posted by rednikki at 3:30 PM on April 30, 2020

I have no objections to another romantic story line for Nate. In fact, I think he's a prime candidate for one. It's in his nature to be part of a couple. I think they just need a new way to do it, and not just another woman from a different time wearing a past lover's face who will eventually leave him.

I'd love to see them do a story where he's the one that is is pursued. Maybe somebody falls for him and he doesn't realize his feeling for her at first. Or maybe he goes on a dating app and starts going out with different women, looking for a connection. We could watch him try to stumble through the "what do you do for a living?" conversation. There are all sorts of ways to write a romantic plot for him instead of rehashing the same old, tired ground.
posted by sardonyx at 6:14 PM on April 30, 2020 [1 favorite]

"Or maybe he goes on a dating app..."

posted by plastic_animals at 5:29 AM on May 1, 2020 [4 favorites]


It really is more intuitive.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:08 PM on May 1, 2020 [3 favorites]

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