Air Date: March 3, 2016
The Legends are hiding out in deep space when they’re attacked by Time Pirates. During the attack, Sara and Cold are stuck on the wrong side of they’re bulkhead doors and likely to freeze to death.
Flashbacks keep happening in the things I watch, but maybe that’s just a normal thing for any TV show and I haven’t really noticed until now. Anyway, the reason they don’t really work here is because I don’t think anyone cares enough about Rip Hunter to really know more about his origins than we already do. I mean, it’s every other character that’s been set up outside of this show that make this whole premise interesting. Rip’s more the guy who’s just there along for the ride. Also, he’s really one-note, all he cares about (and basically all he ever talks about) is how much he wants to save his family. He hasn’t deserved the amount of screen-time he eats up every episode, let alone deserving flashbacks so we can learn even more about someone with hardly a personality…
Ray Palmer shines light on every scene he’s in, but his relationship with Hawkgirl is so lacking of any chemistry I don’t think I’ve seen a relationship this forced outside of a B-movie. Part of me wonders if the writers just wanted these characters to have something to do so they threw them into a romance.
Outside of those things, I enjoyed everything else. I like the moments between Captain Cold and Heatwave as their partnership starts falling apart. I like Sara’s and Cold’s conversation when they think they’re dying, and the action, once it finally gets to it, is pretty exciting and great. Plus a space battle that surpasses most Star Trek dogfights.
+7.5: Despite a few cruddy moments, still a pretty entertaining episode
-0.5: Ray and Kendra’s “romantic moments” just makes me cringe
-1: Rip doesn’t deserve the part he’s given in this show