Warning: this review contains spoilers. You can find my review of the previous episode of Legends of Tomorrow here.
This episode was all about a prison break. Featuring the actors from Prison Break. Saying things like “This isn’t my first prison break.” (Wink!) In all seriousness though, it was a strong showing for Legends of Tomorrow, featuring a streamlined plot with all of the characters focused on the same goal.
Whether it’s the effects-heavy opening battle of “Pilot, Part 2” or the Pentagon break-in last week, Legends of Tomorrow is at its best when the team is working together. And though “Fail-Safe” still had them splintered into subgroups, they were all working toward the same goal of breaking into—and out of—a soviet prison to rescue Martin Stein, Ray Palmer, and Mick Rory.
One of the best parts of the episode was the pairing of Ray and Rory. Ray’s upbeat optimism and strong moral compass contrasted very nicely with Rory’s hardened and selfish nature. Ray’s naivety was both funny and endearing, though it got him in a lot of trouble, much to Rory’s confusion and displeasure. And it was very admirable for Ray to take a beating on Rory’s behalf, an act that caused Rory to finally reciprocate and save Ray’s life. Honour among thieves.
Speaking of which, the episode dealt with a lot of murky morality as well, which I really appreciated. One could understand Rip’s decision to have Sarah assassinate Martin Stein in a worst-case scenario, but it was neither heroic nor honourable, something Captain Cold of all people had to remind Sarah of. Having Sarah, the reformed assassin, wrestling with a decision that would have been easy for her a few years ago, was good use of her character. Having Captain Cold, the criminal with no moral compass, act as her conscience? Even better. He may be a criminal, but as a Rogue, he has a code of honour, just like Heatwave.
Okay, so can Hawkgirl join the team properly now? Nope! I get why Rip didn’t allow her to go out and basically give Savage what he wanted, but from a narrative standpoint, enough is enough. Hawkgirl must join the action.
Also, Chronos. Oh, Chronos. You’re not even a character. You don’t have a face, you hardly have lines, and even the characters barely know your name. You’re just a plot device. Need Jax injured? Chronos! Need the ship damaged? Chronos! Need our heroes stranded in 2046 Star City with Connor Hawke and an old, goateed, one-armed Oliver Queen? Chronos!
In other news, next week our heroes are stranded in 2046 Star City with Connor Hawke and an old, goateed, one-armed Oliver Queen. So there’s that awesomeness to look forward to!
Rating: 4/5 (Great)
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