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01 October 2016 @ 12:01 am
Legends Of Tomorrow: Season One Review  
Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off series of Arrow and The Flash, is a show primarily of combining characters from the two shows in a created team to help save the world through time travel, led by former Time Master, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who recruits the team to stop an immortal tyrant who threatens world domination and destroying all of humanity.

The first season is quite straightforward in its approach: recruiting a dysfunctional group of individuals with unique skill sets and abilities to stop an immortal villain through time travel. Admittedly, I was mostly in this for Sara Lance because she is my absolute favorite character of the Arrowverse, but I warmed up to a lot of the other characters as well. Throughout the season there is a level of development that happens with quite a handful of them. Sara, unlike on Arrow, is a main character and is treated as such since we do get some development of her struggling with the aftermath of having been recently resurrected, and also her dealing with the level of self-hatred from everything she is and has done, this also includes balancing the bloodlust. She is also given more humor and playful snark, which goes into the vibe of the show being lighthearted and fun, which I personally love. Leonard Snart and Mick have intriguing character developments on the show, as well. They're basically criminals who initially seem to only care about themselves than the rest of the team, but as the season progresses their characters shift and change from what they experience. Mick certainly surprised me the most, and I love that while he turned around and his motivations and perspective changed, his personality more or less remained intact, but still shows how much he has grown as a person due to what he experienced while held by the Time Masters. Leonard sacrificing himself in the end for the greater good (giving the big "fuck you" to the Time Masters) and thus becoming a hero was heartbreaking, but also heartwarming.

Another character I ended up loving a lot is Rip Hunter, who is also deeply flawed but incredibly human. His personal vendetta sometimes gets in the way of the safety of his team, which does cause tensions at several points, and rightfully so, especially when you consider that he wasn't quite forthright from the beginning when recruiting them of his true motivations of stopping Vandal Savage in the first place. He is rightfully called out and even punched several times for placing them all at risk or keeping important information from the rest of them team, and he acknowledges these faults due to his own selfishness. By the end of the season, particularly with learning the truth about the Time Masters and their plan of manipulating him (and the team) since the beginning, he truly tries to not place anyone else in danger for his mistakes, which is something I really love seeing in characters, both acknowledging their flaws and attempting to change. Another thing I loved is his interactions with the rest of the team, particularly his dynamic with Sara since I believe Rip considers her an equal. It's fascinating to watch.

(It also doesn't help that I find Arthur Darvill quite attractive with that scruff, but you know.)

The only disappointments I have with the first season was the lack of development of Kendra and Carter, and the whole Ray/Kendra pairing that didn't even last. I mean, they did spend two years together when they were temporarily stranded in the 1950s together, but we didn't see any of that so them as a couple just never really seemed convincing enough to pull off. It just seemed rather filler and unfortunately dragged the show, in my opinion. Vandal Savage wasn't exactly spellbinding, either. I'm sure the actor had loads of fun, but the character himself was too mustache-twirly for me to take seriously. I was intrigued by the Time Masters manipulating and controlling everyone by orchestrating everything, including ordering the deaths of Rip's family in order to set the course of his revenge, and I have to admit that was rather a clever way of taking on the concept of time travel. My only nitpick is with how quickly it was resolved, at least from how the season ended it with. Who knows what will happen in the second season, but I do wish there was more of an outcome of the Time Masters as a whole.

Overall: The first season of Legends of Tomorrow was just entertaining and fun, in my opinion. Sure, it isn't perfect as I had previously pointed out the things I didn't particularly favor, but as a whole it was still rather enjoyable nonetheless. I went into this show mostly for Sara Lance, however came out really liking everything else. And although we lost some characters by the end of the season, we will be gaining more in the new season and that will be interesting, to say the least. Plus I have to admit, I'm highly anticipating the crossover with Supergirl as well.
 
 
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daria234daria234 on October 1st, 2016 11:49 am (UTC)
I totally agree with this :)

Especially

Sara being great
Len and Mick's character development being great - and Mick's surprising
Rip being a hottie
Rip seeing Sara as an equal and them having an interesting dynamic - I really love their interactions on the show! They seem to speak to each other with a trust and directness that they don't always have with the other characters - they see each other.
Rip deservedly getting punched sometimes but also growing
Vandal as an underwhelming villain and poor development of Carter, Kendra and Kendra/Ray

okay, so basically I agree with everything!
Renée: Arrow. Sara Lance.rogueslayer452 on October 2nd, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
Rip seeing Sara as an equal and them having an interesting dynamic - I really love their interactions on the show! They seem to speak to each other with a trust and directness that they don't always have with the other characters - they see each other.

Yes, exactly! Just the way they challenge each other is so utterly fascinating to me. Even when things get heated between the two for some reason or another there is still a level of respect and trust and understanding. In fact, Rip entrusting Sara to pilot the Waverider near the end is very telling, in my opinion. Just, I love their whole dynamic in general.

(As a sidenote, this is why I kinda low-key ship them in a sense.)
daria234daria234 on October 2nd, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm a multi-shipper and Sara/Rip is definitely something I can see. I'd like to see more scenes with Sara, Len, and Rip, so I can see if I can imagine an ot3 lol - since I ship Sara/Rip, Rip/Len, and Sara/Len.
Moongirlmoongirl24 on October 1st, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
I agree with a lot of what you're saying. Admittedly this show ended up being a bit of a disappointment to me because I expected to love it as much as I love The Flash and Arrow and that never happened (far from it, actually), but there were definitely some positive things, and to me one of those was Sara. Personally I wasn't her biggest fan when she was on Arrow, so I was happy to discover that I liked her a lot more on this show. I also really liked Leonard and Mick. And I liked most of the other characters as well, but I also felt like we never got to see the full potential of these characters, because I liked most of them more when we saw them on The Flash or Arrow... I agree with you about Kendra and Carter and Kendra/Ray - those storylines were pretty far from perfect.

I feel like this is a show with SO MUCH potential and even though I was disappointed by season 1 I still have hopes that it will get better in season 2 and I will be sticking around for that :)
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 2nd, 2016 06:09 pm (UTC)
It's one of those shows where you recognize the flaws it has but still find it entertaining nonetheless. I enjoyed it for the most part, and I'm hoping that the second season is even better.
Maria: winonashyngi on October 1st, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
Are you looking forward 2nd season? And what do you think about the new characters?

I myself aren't 100% sure who are the new characters. Are they replacing all the season 1 characters?

I went to wikipedia to see the new characters but there were only Nathan Heywood, Vixen.. Are Malcolm Merlyn and Reverse Flash new bad guys in it?
Renée: Arrow. Sara Lance.rogueslayer452 on October 1st, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
I myself aren't 100% sure who are the new characters. Are they replacing all the season 1 characters?

No, they aren't replacing everyone from the first season. Since Kendra and Carter left, and Leonard is gone, I'm certain we'll get a few more to fill those empty spaces and make a full team again. Which I'm rather relieved by, since originally I think they stated before the show premiered that they were thinking of having brand new teams every season or something like that, which considering we've gotten attached to the characters we have now it would be a bad idea.

(Although I'm bummed that it doesn't seem like we'll be getting John Constantine, as they had initially pitched for the second season. One day, I'm hoping so...)

Other than that and some of the new characters like Vixen and the crossover with Supergirl, I know absolutely nothing for the second season.
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Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on October 1st, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
I so wanted and tried to love them, especially Kendra, but her entire plot arc was just "True Love! Destiny!" on endless repeat and it wore me out. Such a shame.

Exactly. I understood that it was about Kendra coming to terms with who she was when she was so reluctant in the beginning and trying to distance herself from destiny and wanting to live her own life. But in the end that's all it became, particularly in regards to her love life which would've been interesting to delve into but her and Ray? Just didn't fit. They didn't even have any chemistry with each other. It was just a way for the show to have Kendra be at odds with her moving forward versus her destiny with Carter. I felt her character development could have been handled much better than that.
♣ κяìssⓐsauя, ì ¢нσσѕє уσu! ♣: Comics: Deadpool ▬▬▬ Handy Merckrissasaur on October 1st, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched this yet, but is it the one with Hawk Girl? I fucking love Hawk Girl so I was anticipating that... but then I forgot. I also think I heard people weren't to keen on how she was portrayed, either. (I just kinda skimmed your entry in case of spoilers, so sorry if you mention that.)
Renée: Arrow. Sara Lance.rogueslayer452 on October 1st, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders) was one of the main characters of the first season. I liked her well enough and felt she had promise, but it's true that the way they handled her story left much to be desired. There was a lot of potential of expanding and exploring more of her character, but unfortunately it got dragged down by an unnecessary romance subplot that just didn't really make sense, imho.
Nadine: Legends of Tomorrow - Sara/Mickmalicat on October 1st, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
I agree with almost everything. I think I wanted to love the first season a bit more than I did but that is mostly because it started so strong and then lost some steam in the middle. The Kendra/Ray thing dragged things down SO MUCH and it almost made me dislike Ray a bit who I actually loved a lot :/
Sara is of course great <3
Mick was definitely the biggest surprise for me. Of all the characters introduced on Flarrow,he had the least screentime and therefore I cared about him least. However,he did got some of the best lines ("You're welcome,Norway") AND had such a great development,now he's my Nr.1 character!
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 1st, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
The Kendra/Ray thing dragged things down SO MUCH and it almost made me dislike Ray a bit who I actually loved a lot :/

I was never that fond of Ray, but the way he treated Kendra, or rather their relationship, made me dislike him quite a bit. I don't know, I just don't feel like them getting together was at all organic and just done for the purpose of Kendra having to try to move forward, but realizing that she cannot without Carter. I just found all of that unnecessary and definitely brought the show down.

Edited at 2016-10-01 11:04 pm (UTC)
DJ Jazzy D: reflective mooddavesmusictank on October 1st, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
Totally agree as well - Rip Hunter is great flawed character acted with aplomb by Arthur.