Vandal Savage is trying to sell a nuclear warhead at an auction full of terrorists in 1975. The Legends have to go undercover to infiltrate but discover 1975s Damien Darhk is there too. After things get serious, a part of Ray’s suit has fallen off and used to detrimentally change the future. The team has to track down a young Martin Stein in order to help them find it.
This show is about a team of failures who essentially just keep screwing up until they don’t anymore. So, what works best in this episode, outside of the friggin’ awesome action, is the humor, which is pretty good throughout and sets a president for things to come. If the show really was what Rip Hunter told the group at the beginning and they really are legends in the future, then sure, make it a drama that covers a slew of great heroes like the Justice League or something like that. But since they’re the exact opposite of that, the concept for this show just screams “Comedy” and the comedy is what makes this episode shine.
But what this show should not be is more dramatic than it is comedic. Things begin dragging about halfway through the episode when it becomes more about Carter trying to make Kendra remember her past through moments that, though these parts aren’t too bad (though I’m not a huge fan of Clara Renee’s acting as Kendra…) but they also don’t really do anything to compliment what’s good about this show. It feels like it belongs in other places of Arrowverse really, or at least shouldn’t take more than one scene before we’re back to the screwball comedy and awesome action.
I feel the same way about the Dr. Stein versus his past self scenes. Though these start out humorous they quickly get more serious as it becomes more and more obvious that future Stein is not who he says he is to his younger self. This feels more like something to stir up drama than something to create real dramatic moments on what should be a comedy show anyway.
+10: The action and comedy shows just how good this show can be
-1: Too much drama in the second half that doesn’t quite belong