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23 February 2016 @ 01:00 pm
Legends Of Tomorrow  
Legends Of Tomorrow 1.01 - 1.05

I started watching this show because of Sara Lance, since out of all the characters she was the one I was most invested with. I also wanted more of her after the shit Arrow placed her through (a.k.a. killing her off at the start of the third season only to be resurrected in the fourth, which obviously was done so she could be on Legends of Tomorrow, but this rant has been repeated many times before by others ad nauseum). And I have to say, despite the way her character was treated on Arrow, I do like how Legends of Tomorrow has been handling her character progression and development so far, which has mostly been furthering the personal exploration that the other show probably wouldn't have done. Sara is an integral part of the team, and is treated as such. Her problems and issues are addressed, which mostly pertain to the aftermath and downside of her resurrection, focusing on the bloodlust and having her become her own person outside of that.

That's basically the core of the show, really. Yes, there is time travel and stopping some maniacally ridiculous immortal fuckboy who wants world domination because a girl he liked once upon a time rejected him and he fucks everyone over in the process of his emotional outrage, blah blah blah. But essentially the reason why Rip Hunter recruited these people was because of their unique talents and capabilities, and individually they have their own troubles and issues, strengths and weaknesses, which ultimately work better when they combine as a team. Of course things wouldn't be interesting if there weren't a few setbacks; some of them don't really get along, some have different agendas than others, and missions don't always go as planned and/or get botched because of something going awry or what was mentioned above. At the end of the day, though, it's about them figuring themselves out as people along with finding ways of working together as a team. And I love the whole "awkward misfits working together" trope.

Aside from Sara of course, I like the majority of the main ensemble themselves. The only character I'm indifferent towards is Ray, because while he has good intentions his naivety and Golden Boy thing doesn't really mesh well with the rest of the group, imho. But with everyone else, I'm intrigued by their stories, and the friendships they are making with each other, even if it's just emphasizing with each other at this point in the show.

And what I like about the characters in combination with the time travel aspect is how differently they all react to the situation of changing the events of the future. True, their main mission is to stop this main baddie from dominating the world, but they also go back to specific points in time that could alter their own futures if they aren't careful. Some of them actually try to change the course of their personal timelines from things that have happened, some of them try to prevent things they know will happen, but end up getting disappointed when nothing changes or they were the cause of what happened regardless. And I have a feeling that the latter is what is happening with Rip Hunter in his quest of avenging his wife and son's death, because he is inadvertently creating a timeline where he goes back into different eras to stop Vandal Savage from doing what needs to be done but is creating a personal conflict so that Savage can kill them. Or, perhaps sometime in the future in this new timeline that is being created, maybe Savage might try to recruit Rip's son as his apprentice to kill Rip and his team. I wouldn't be surprised if that would be the case, especially if Savage does wind up dead by the end of the season, we'll have a new antagonist for the next. But this is just my speculation, I have no idea what happens and I'm curious to see how it all gets resolved by the end of the first season.

As a sidenote, I like that we're able to see that Caity Lotz doing her own stunts, which I knew she did before but she mostly wore a mask during fighting sequences on Arrow. Here, we're able to actually see that it's her. Also Arthur Darvill is fantastic as Rip Hunter, as is Wentworth Miller as Leonard, who is the most fun character.

So yeah, so far I'm liking the show. I'm interested to see where it goes from here.
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Chelsea: NG → Castsictransits on February 24th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm really loving LoT so far! Sara is definitely one of my favorites, along with Leonard Snart.
Renée: Arrow. Sara Lance.rogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2016 05:05 am (UTC)
Sara is basically my main bae. ♥ She was essentially my favorite on Arrow and I love that she's getting more development on this show.

Leonard is a delight, I love that drawl he does. I like his dynamic he has with his partner, but I also like that he gets along quite well with Sara too. Though honestly I love all the dynamics Sara has with the other characters.
Julie: RID ★ devour lightragnarok_08 on February 24th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)
And I love the whole "awkward misfits working together" trope.

I love that too <33
verdande_mi: pic#122309054verdande_mi on February 24th, 2016 08:31 am (UTC)
I love having Sara back on my screen and it's lovely to see more of her. Second favourite, Leonard! I love ensembles and having so many wonderful dynamics when different people "team up".
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2016 05:45 pm (UTC)
I was miffed when they killed her off, like so many others were, so I was instantly relieved when they officially brought her back for real. Granted I wish it was under better circumstances because Sara doesn't need more shit being placed upon her, but so far I've been liking how they're handling the aftermath of her resurrection and what the Lazarus Pit did to her instead of just sweeping it underneath a rug. Plus, I like that we're not only seeing her dealing and coping with what happened, but also connecting with others who might be able to help along the way. I love seeing her scenes with Kendra, and her talking with Leonard and Rip respectively.

I love ensembles and having so many wonderful dynamics when different people "team up".

Yeah, it's definitely one of my favorite tropes. Having a group of dysfunctional people attempting to work together as a team, of building trust with each other.
squint13: SG-1 Samsquint13 on February 24th, 2016 10:47 am (UTC)
I haven't seen this yet, but it's very high on my next-to-watch list. xD It sounds really good, I have to say. And I do like Sara. Also, Leonard. And then there's Arthur Darvill; it'll be great seeing him in something else (I think the only thing I've seen him in is DW. Well, Broadchurch, but I never managed to see all of it (late-ish timeslot, colliding shows, the channel not working, etc xD) so it barely counts).

I'll probably check it out on Sunday or Monday; I don't have much else to watch then and the more I hear about this, the more I wanna watch it. ^^

Edited at 2016-02-24 10:47 am (UTC)
Renée: DW. Rory Williams.rogueslayer452 on February 24th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
I was pleasantly surprised that Arthur Darvill was going to be part of the cast, since I loved him as Rory in Doctor Who. And now he's graduated to becoming his own version of a Time Lord himself, lol! His Rip Hunter is absolutely wonderful and I like the dynamic he has with all the characters.

Overall, Legends of Tomorrow is entertaining and interesting so far. I like the direction it's taking and I can only hope it continues to impress me as the season goes on. I definitely recommend checking it out when you get the chance to.
americana exotica: Peggyinterchanges on February 24th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
I like that you called Vandal Savage a fuckboy, because that's basically what he is. Which may be my problem with the writing on LOT, I don't find the villain very compelling, he's much too mustache-twirly. I love Sara, Leonard, and Rip, though, and am mostly watching for the characters rather than plot at this point.
Renée: Arrow. Sara Lance.rogueslayer452 on February 25th, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, he's basically a cartoonish villain that I just can't take seriously. Every time he appears he makes some really ridiculous "mwahaha! world domination!" speech and I'm just like, dude, you got rejected and are throwing the biggest temper tantrum ever. Stahp.

The other characters are basically what I'm here for, to be honest. I love seeing the antics they get up to, along with them working as a team and just seeing their individual stories.
americana exotica: Carolinterchanges on February 25th, 2016 05:01 am (UTC)
And wasn't that basically what's his face's motivation on Arrow too? (Slade! Now I remember his name, lol) The girl I loved chose you over me and now she's dead so it's obviously your fault so now I must kill you. Which is slightly less pathetic than Savage but not much.