I really enjoyed a lot of the first season of Legends of Tomorrow. It wasn’t perfect, but the DC television universe is becoming large enough that there needed to be an ensemble series to showcase all of the lower tier characters. While they had some mis-steps in the first seasons, I had hoped that they’d pick the best parts to focus on and drop the worst because the show had a lot of potential.
So here come my look at the second season, which ran a bizarre 17 episodes, something I really don’t understand.
Following the defeat of Vandal Savage and the corrupt Time Masters, the Legends get scattered through time and it’s up to Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian, to bring them back together. Because this time, it’s even more dangerous, as three villains join forces to change the nature of reality forever. Can the Legends of Tomorrow save not only space and time, but reality?
To be honest, the biggest problem I had with the season is that they turned the Legends into time cops. They went from trying to save the time stream from Vandal Savage’s machinations to just heading off minor aberrations here and there. And the addition of villains from the rest of DC’s shows didn’t help. We’ve already seen their stories. We don’t need more of Malcolm Merlyn. We don’t need more of Damien Darhk or Reverse-Flash. Now I don’t mind the characters, but this is not their story. Plus, the whole Spear of Destiny thing came completely out of left field. It was just a McGuffin and I hate McGuffin-based stories. Besides, both Darhk and Merlyn acted completely stupidly, trusting Reverse-Flash when they should have known he would screw them over in the end.
Now I am very happy that the Hawks are gone because I really hated them in the first season, and both Amaya and Nate were good additions to the crew. I didn’t like the fact that they had to throw in yet another shipboard romance, which is really unnecessary, just like Sara announcing time and time again that she likes girls. We get it, you’re gay. So what? It’s just as bad as what happens over on Supergirl. We don’t care about who you sleep with. Stop making a point of it.
I get that this series is a lot lighter than Arrow, and lately Flash, but if you’re going to have a light-hearted show, don’t make the stakes the future of reality. Bring in some original villains that have a bit of a silly streak and have fun with it. Or take it more seriously and have a heavier story. You really can’t do both. Pick one or the other and we’ll see what happens next year.