Legends of Tomorrow: The Ex-Factor
May 16, 2021 6:38 PM - Season 6, Episode 3 - Subscribe

The Legends find themselves in 2045 trying to defeat an Alien warrior which leaves Zari no choice but to enter a popular singing competition.
posted by oh yeah! (4 comments total)
I'm still not a fan of the whole retcon of Gary-was-always-a-secret-alien. I do like that he's still so very fundamentally Gary, but it doesn't make any sense continuity-wise, so I've decided it's just one more thing to blame on Crisis.

Overall, I think I liked this episode slightly more than last week's, but, only slightly. Sigh.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:35 PM on May 17, 2021 [1 favorite]

First I am very good with the Buzzcocks usage. I hope that there is a boost in US sales, at the least. The female empowerment anthem that Lord Knoxacrillion sings was painful to listen to. It is nice to know that the future remains a dystopia, no matter the timeline. I am hoping that the writers have a good idea for handling their idea of a grumpy Mick but it has feel of an idea with a beginning but no clear end. Otherwise I still miss Ray. This was the kind of episode that feels like it needed Haircut.
posted by Ignorantsavage at 7:59 PM on May 17, 2021 [3 favorites]

Punked up John. More of that please. Lots more.
Zari's fabulous hair extensions/wigs. Is she going for the Moira Rose hair topping crown?
Acknowledgement of Mick's status as an original and valuable member, and the fact that he has family connections. Now, they just need to keep working Mick into the story and keep the actor on contract as a regular.
Ava trusting her team to take care of things in the best way they know how.
Dark Gideon. I don't know where they're going with this story arc, but at least holds promise.
Steely Nate. I'd almost forgotten that he had powers, he uses them so infrequently.
Zari's mom uttering both critiques and supportive comments all without stopping to take a breath. Yup, seems like a pretty realistic mother-daughter relationship to me.

S'more Money. I "get" the joke about the character, but I don't actually get the joke. Or think it's a funny character or a character I want to see more of in the future. I guess he worked well enough here, but enough is enough. We don't need him back.
Sara's alien infection, and Sara being stranded in space with Gary. I just can't seem to work up any interest or concern about this plot line. Also, I'm still not a fan of Gary as an alien. Maybe it will turn out to be an alien is impersonating Gary, having strip-mined his memories for a cover person that could interact with his prey (Sara) and that the real Gary is off somewhere on earth rooting around old bookstores and antique shops on a prank from John, looking for whatever the equivalent of a left-handed hammer or spotted paint is for intern practitioner of the dark arts. (No, I'm not holding my breath for this.)

Biggest Laugh/Shock moment: Mick stepping on Lord Knox. Somehow, I didn't see that coming, although I probably should have. It was incredibly dumb of Mick, but keeping the character around probably would have made it too easy to find Sara.

Musical numbers. I thought they were okay, with the strongest original one being the Fruity one. I wasn't too enamoured with Zari's original song for her first performance or Lord Knox's Dragon Girl challenge tune. I mean there was nothing wrong with them, and they served the story, I just don't think I'll have either tune in my head after this is over. Plus they were both really short.

Overall, I'm surprised they put this much time and effort and special effects money and choreography into an episode this early in the season. I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one.
posted by sardonyx at 9:41 PM on May 17, 2021 [2 favorites]

I felt like the music was really meh here, even ignoring how Wandavision raised the bar with the awesome show theme sings etc.

I liked Lord Knoxacrillian.

Not grooving on the Sara/Gary stuff. Feels like wheel-spinning.

I'm bothered that no one seemed to have a problem with Mick flat-out murdering the tiny alien. The alien was no longer a threat and was pledging loyalty to Zari. It wasn't funny, it was just everyone ignoring murder. Pretty bad miscalculation imo.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:00 AM on May 25, 2021

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