Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, Episode 3 “Blood Ties” (significant spoilers)
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 1/3 – Two series regulars are women, but they did not even speak to each other this episode. Boo.
Shukla Score: 1/3 – Two serious regulars are people of color, but they also did not speak to each other this episode. Again, boo.
Russo Score: 3/3 – Since I have now decided that being identified as LGBTQ at some point in the season (pilot, part 1) counts towards the first point, this episode aced the rest of the test by having Sara Lance be a substantial and significant part of the show, without her being a caricature.
Kittens: 😺😺😺/5 – This episode had some problems, but it was mostly fun and featured a lot of character and relationship development (although almost entirely for and among the male characters).
Low points: I have a fundamental personal rule about TV shows and movies: I don’t watch anything where gore and/or stupidity and/or lying are the driving forces of the plot, or even overly noticeable side bits. This episode relied heavily on stupidity and lying. For one thing, old man Hunter has been lying to folks since the show started. This week, he was also really stupid (in a flashback). FYI, the father of a murdered son, however good a man, would not hesitate to kill a man if it would prevent (undo?) his son’s death. Kill the murderer after the crime? Maybe not. Kill the murderer in the past to make sure he never commits the crime? Not a problem! Hand me a knife. So the flashback to Rip’s attempted hit on Savage, along with the present-day-except-1975-but-you-know-what-I-mean melodrama about it, were the low points of this episode.
Highlights: Hawkman stayed dead! Yay! I was so worried they would just bring him back via some magical amultet or whatever. Also, two nights in a row of fun psychological stuff in the Arrowverse! Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) had a great subplot, Ray and Martin had some good time together, and the whole team finally became, well, a team. Really though, Snart’s trip to his own past was touching. I could’ve watched a whole episode with Snart talking to himself as a boy. Very cool.
Dad edits: So yeah, we are not going to watch this one. I am beginning to wonder if this is going to be a show like The Flash – most weeks are fine to watch with the kiddo – or if this is more of an Arrow type show with very few episodes being okay to watch together. The first fight scene in the bank was a bit harsh, but the bloodletting/fighting/stabbing bonanza in the episode’s third act was way over the line. The bummer is that my kid really fucking loves Firestorm and I would like us to be able to watch a show together that features the fiery fellow.
Legends of Tomorrow airs on The CW on Thursdays at 8/7c