Legends of Tomorrow: I Am Legends
May 20, 2020 3:35 AM - Season 5, Episode 12 - Subscribe

After drinking from the Chalice, the Legends have immortality for 24 hours, which gives them time to get to the Waverider and use the Loom of Fate. (Also, London zombie apocalypse.)
posted by oh yeah! (4 comments total)
I agree with the positive reviews for this one (though it would have been even better if we still had Ray, and the Zari/Constantine pairing felt more contrived to me in this episode than it did in earlier ones). Good use of Gary this time.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:51 AM on May 20, 2020

I'm of two minds about this episode. Any time the Legends are sitting around, having a drink and talking about life is high on my list, and this episode does a good job of that dynamic.

The issue I had with it was all of the little, niggling plot details. I find, for example, it really hard to believe that John has a hard time finding U.K.-based transportation (but then again, I'm also used to comic book John who certainly had an assortment of options ranging from calling a buddy to hopping on the Serendipity Highway).

I also spent way too much time trying to figure out why Ava would still have access, given that she is a former Time Bureau official and should have had her clearance revoked. And then I got contemplating the challenges of setting up a security system that has to account for people accessing it from not just different points in the time stream but possibly different time streams, and how you'd account for who was permitted (at any given moment) versus who was denied (at the same moment) given changing employment statuses and alternative timelines, and...you can see how I was bored enough to go off on a tangent during some of the zombie-attack scenes.

As much as I've liked John and Zari over the past few episodes, I didn't like them together hear. Echoing what was said above, it really felt forced.

I started cringing when Gary and the rabbit showed up, but he wasn't as terrible as he has been recently, but I think that's more due to Gideon's influence than due to Gary. It was nice to see Gideon's human form again. That's always a treat.

I don't know if they've found a cheaper way of handling Nate's Steel F/X or if they've just saved his portion of the budget until the end of the season, but it's nice to see him in action. Ditto Mick getting to play with his flamethrower again.
posted by sardonyx at 2:32 PM on May 20, 2020

Synchronicity. Not Serendipity. Synchronicity Highway/Freeway. I know it has been a long time since I've been a regular reader, but boy do I hate it when my brain latches onto something that is close but not quite right.
posted by sardonyx at 8:50 PM on May 20, 2020

I enjoyed the heck out of this episode.

Hooray, we finally got our mandated human!Gideon episode of the season!

I liked that Gary got to do something useful. More than one thing, actually. The part where Astra is shown her mom dying of cancer and her grief, and decides that she can't go through with it – and then Gary reminds her that she would also have GOOD memories – that really hit me where I live.

I loved Sarah deciding to be a brave little toaster and sacrifice herself for the rest of the team (not that it particularly worked out). The part where Ava got shot in the head but recovered FREAKED me OUT because I forgot they were temporarily immortal. I liked the acknowledgement that just because they won't die doesn't mean it won't hurt. And I thought it was hilarious when Nate Steeled up before jumping off the truck and was perfectly fine after!

I will be fine with the Zari/Constantine thing if it's a "getting it out of the system" kind of scenario rather than a permanent pair-up.

Lots of good zombie movie references in this one. The zombie with the glasses at the scrap yard was a George Romero reference. The pub is a reference to Shaun Vs. the Dead.
posted by rednikki at 2:16 PM on May 21, 2020

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