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Time master Rip Hunter travels back from the future to the 21st century to assemble a team of heroes and villains. He wants them to help him destroy the immortal dictator Vandal Savage, who took over the world and killed his family in the time where Rip came from. However, the team members don't easily work together and the group is hunted by the Time Masters, who believe they are destroying the time line.

Yes, I know, it's almost time for season 2 of this show and I'm just now writing a review about season 1! It wasn't until Arrow season 4 ended last spring and I was looking for another 'actiony' show to watch, that I decided upon Legends of Tomorrow. The trailer made it look like a lot of fun and of course there were the familiar faces from Arrow, such as Sara and Ray. And I definitely wasn't dissapointed, I really liked this new 'branch' of the Arrowverse and ripped through it in just a few weeks!

First of all, this show is just plain fun! It's less dark than Arrow and there's quite a lot of humor. Many of the characters have great chemistry together, leading to a lot of laughable moments: from the bumbling of Ray to the dry wit of Snart and the British humor of Rip, I sniggered quite a lot watching this series. Let's also not forget Gideon, the 'voice' of the spaceship Waverider, who has a bit of a mind of her own. Then there's the time travel aspect, leading to a great variety of episodes, taking place in for example the '70s and the Wild West. The combination of time travel with the superheroes made for a really fresh and unique show, in my opinion.

I already mentioned the characters and what a great group of them this show has! I found myself quickly coming to love all of them, and I really couldn't say which one is my favourite! I already loved Ray Palmer in Arrow, so I was really happy to see him getting a bigger role in Legends and coming into his own, so to say (Just, give the poor guy a break when it comes to his love life!). The same goes for Sara, who's character development in this series I really liked. She also had interesting relatiionships with many of the other characters, such as Rip, Martin and Snart. It was really nice to have an older superhero character like Dr. Martin Stein, through whom we could see another perspective of the adventures and mission. Last, but not least, I though Arthur Darvill was great as Rip Hunter. It was fun to have a British character in a superhero show and fun to see Arthur play another time travelling adventurer after playing Rory on Doctor Who!

After all this gushing, a little bit of critisism. I didn't really like the main villain; Vandal Savage. I thought he was kind-of a cardboard cutout villain and therefore, not terribly interesting. In a way, this critisism applied to the whole storyline of defeating Savage, which I found rather 'meh'. So, while this show has a great premise, world building and group of characters, the storytelling could definitely grow. I hope to see more interesting and unique storylines in the next season. Luckily, I don't have to wait very long for that!

Date: 2016-10-03 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lantairvlea.livejournal.com
My main complaint was each episode seemed like a rehash of the same plot: travel to stop Savage, screw up royally, rinse and repeat. The character interactions kept us watching, but there is debate as to whether it stays on our "to watch" roster this season as we have limited time for TV, slow internet (downloads and streaming are out), and can only record one show at a time. Maybe they'll do better in their second season!

Date: 2016-10-03 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdienl.livejournal.com
Yes, I do agree with you on that. I liked the side plots and character interactions much better than the -basically - bumbling attempts to stop Savage. The focus seems to be quite different in the second season, so I really hope the story gets on par with the amazing characters!

Date: 2016-10-05 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msantimacassar.livejournal.com
I'm glad you enjoyed this! I did for the most part too though Vandal Savage was ridiculous and the writing wasn't the best. I wish Kendra had gotten a better storyline rather than the silliness we got. Unexpectedly, I loved Snart and Mick too! I was so glad we got to see more of Sara! I shipped her soo much with Snart! I was not the biggest fan of Ray but I came to like him more through this series. And of course it was so nice to see Arthur Darvill on my screen again! <3

I really hope that season two improves the writing and brings in a decent villain!

Date: 2016-10-05 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdienl.livejournal.com
Ugh yes, Kendra.... I could see how her storyline would end from a mile of, but I did enjoy the episode with her and Ray in the 1950's, that was clever and well-played.

Can't wait for season 2, though I might not watch it immediately, still watching three period drama shows at the moment I want to finish first.

Date: 2016-10-05 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-maedhros.livejournal.com
Glad you're enjoying this, though sorry that the villain left much to be desired. I grinned madly when I saw Arthur Darville in one of the TV ads, excellent casting there.:)

Date: 2016-10-05 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdienl.livejournal.com
Definitely, I think he really delivered!

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