Legends of Tomorrow: Bay of Squids
May 23, 2021 7:43 PM - Season 6, Episode 4 - Subscribe

The Legends are shocked when Rory takes command and manages to find the location of an important Alien, but he also lands them in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
posted by oh yeah! (11 comments total)
 
Okay, this one was (despite some very strong elements) another miss for me. I swear, if I didn't know better, Crisis took whatever magic was left in the Arrowverse, preventing formerly good shows from coming together in the way they had in the past and making bad shows much, much worse (yes, I'm looking at you Flash).

Of course, cleaned up, take-charge, good-smelling Mick was the highlight of everything good about the episode. It was nice to see Mick back to plotting and planning (he was a bank robber after all, and Chronos, to boot). Of course Mick has words. He's a writer and while there may be some debate about how good he is, his writing seems to be able to captivate the reader (including members of the Legends team).

It's funny, but Mick is never considered a team player, yet every time he is teamed up with anybody (from his original partner in crime to Haircut to Ava to the newest recruit), he just works. That's a talent and a skill, and the writers should have been taking more of an advantage of his strange chemistry.

I'm not sure about Mick getting involved with the alien squid, no matter how much of his dream girl she may be at heart. I don't know if his role as a caring and overprotective dad would benefit by jetting around space with a hard-drinking love interest.

Nate being able to geek out over a favourite period of history was nice. It was also nice that he was able to come to some resolution (which may or may not be true) about Zari 1.0 and Zario 2.0. That said, that whole Oval Office bit didn't work for me. No matter how on-brand it was, tossing the nuclear football around like a football was just too stupid for even Legends. I will, admit, however, heartily chuckling when JFK's back went out, but that's more because I'm not really a JFK fan rather than I thought the moment was really funny.

If the Legends are trying to preserve history, shouldn't Nate have avoided using his real name? Also, a missile strike on the White House is still a missile strike, even if said missile fails to detonate, so wouldn't that alter history? Yes, I know, we don't ask questions like that.

I was pretty cold to Behrad as a character at the start, but eventually warmed up to him. Now, though, I'm back to cold as not only has his character failed to evolve, but has measurably started to devolve into stoner slacker. Peace train rendition aside, he needs to ship up or ship off.
posted by sardonyx at 8:13 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


More evidence that something has gone wrong in the post-Crisis Arrowverse: Beebo has sold out for a TV special. (It's not just me, right? This sounds like a terrible idea, does it not?)
posted by sardonyx at 2:17 PM on May 25


Watching this season feels like being the only sober person in a room where everyone else is high as a kite. I can't imagine they can successfully pull off an entire hour of Beebo now, I fear it will be a good-SNL-skit-turned-into-bad-movie situation instead.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:50 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Casting Chris Kattan certainly doesn't help avoid the overwrought SNL vibe.
posted by sardonyx at 8:17 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Nobody thought that SNL’s David S. Pumpkins could anchor a half hour Halloween special, but NBC did it anyway.
posted by Servo5678 at 7:20 AM on May 26


Behrad. Ran all the way to the Waverider, with a totem. And a disillusioned Fidel.
posted by polytope subirb enby-of-piano-dice at 10:46 PM on May 27


" I swear, if I didn't know better, Crisis took whatever magic was left in the Arrowverse, preventing formerly good shows from coming together in the way they had in the past and making bad shows much, much worse (yes, I'm looking at you Flash)."

I Think I'm Done With The Arrowverse

Actually I enjoyed the episode well enough, but I note that Legends is the only one I'm interested in keeping up with any more still. Even Supergirl. I could have written this link, really.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:19 AM on May 29


And in the "just when when I'm, they keep pulling me back vein" I had pretty much decided that after the end of this season I'm done with both Flash and Batwoman I read this news. The team-ups in this shared universe have always been a highlight and I find myself tempted to give it one more go. Apparently, I just like to torture myself. Or I'm just a sucker. The jury is still out.
posted by sardonyx at 6:26 PM on May 29


Hah, I don't so much want to quit so much as I have felt no motivation to watch and keep up.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:53 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Mod note: One deleted; please don't post spoilers for other shows. Thanks.
posted by taz (staff) at 3:36 AM on May 30


Yeah, it feels like they're phoning it in this season.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 7:42 PM on June 2


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