Warning: this review contains spoilers. You can find my review of the previous episode of Legends of Tomorrow here
“Left Behind” was Legends of Tomorrow‘s best episode, focusing on character while utilizing more of the potential of time travel and even fixing some of the earlier episodes’ flaws.
The decision to leave Sara, Ray, and Kendra behind for two years was a great one. It represents the kind of time travel risks that this adventure forces our heroes to face. We’ve seen an apocalyptic future and many instances of the past, including threats of disrupting the timestream. Legends of Tomorrow continued exploring the consequences of time travel in “Left Behind”, and featured some strong character development on top of it.
One of Legends of Tomorrow‘s weaknesses was the half-baked romantic subplot between Ray and Kendra. “Left Behind” did that plotline a great service by flashing forward two years to a time when they’re already a happy domesticated couple about to be married. Is it a shortcut? Admittedly, yes. It would have been nice to see their relationship develop over two years. But this was the next best thing. By skipping over the awkwardness and shoehorned nature of the romance, suddenly the relationship is ten times more believable. It became something we could invest in, and the conflict this week, between Ray wanting to stay behind and Kendra yearning for adventure, worked well because of it.
Another major weakness in Legends so far has been Chronos. He’s been a non-entity, masked and without any personality, for many episodes. So the reveal that Chronos was Mick Rory all along was perfect. It retroactively made Chronos matter, and definitely made sure that we’re invested in his future. Plus, it gave Captain Cold even more excellent emotional material to play with, and Wentworth Miller was more than up to the task.
The main storyline of rescuing Sara from Nanda Parbat was also interesting and enjoyable. Speaking of fixing flaws, this plotline gave relevance to a seemingly useless subplot between Sara and Kendra from a few episodes ago. And not only did it feature a nice guest appearance by Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul and a cameo of a young Talia (which was awesome), but it ended with a spectacular battle that saw the Legends team up and fight alongside each other for the first time since the second episode. There’s just an inherent delight in seeing so many superheroes onscreen together, combining their unique powers in an exciting fight sequence. And yes, Legends keeps pulling time travel symptoms out of thin air, but if they lead to strong material, I’m down for that.
It’s sad that the show’s main antagonist was not missed whatsoever in the show’s strongest episode, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that “Left Behind” was Legends of Tomorrow in top form.
Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
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