Review: Legends of Tomorrow, “White Knights”

Progressive/nerd/parent review

This is definitely not the Leonard Snart from any Flash comics that I ever read. Just sayin!

Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, Episode 4 “White Knights” (spoilers)

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – Yay! In a big shift from last week, Sara and Kendra had a lot of screen time together this episode, and they weren’t talking about men!

Shukla Score: 1/3 – Two series regulars are people of color, but they didn’t have a scene together where they spoke to each other this episode. Also the relationship between Dr. Stein and Jax seems… …problematic to me. (Is it just me?)

Russo Score: 3/3 – Since I have now decided that being identified as bisexual 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 be a substantial and significant part of the show, without her being a caricature.

Kittehs: 😺😺/5 – I have to be honest that this review is late because the first time I tried to watch the episode, I fell asleep. The second time I watched, it seemed better. The episodes are too busy, though. Too many subplots each week.

Low points: The name of the episode is “White Knights” and the titular scene seems to be the heated, prolonged bout of whitesplaining in the hall way by Dr. Stein. They either need to overtly address race in the Martin/Jax relationship, or they need to remove the adversarial aspect of that duo. I would honestly prefer the former, because that would be kind of daring and worth putting on TV. I suspect neither will happen.

Highlights: I am definitely enjoying the Snart/Palmer relationship more and more, although it would be nice if Ray were idealistic without also being a bit of a buffoon. The character of Ray Palmer has a serious, grim backstory (he’s from Star City! What do you expect?!) that just doesn’t fit with the doughy-eyed gee-whizardy of how the show uses his big brown eyes. Wait sorry, highlights… …Carter Hall is still dead! I am still enjoying that character’s absence from the show, a lot. Oh and the Sara Lance / Kendra Saunders warrior woman buddy relationship thing is great.

Dad edits: I think this episode was pretty fine, other than the old white man getting angry and talking down to the young black man. That’s one thing my kid doesn’t need to see on TV.

Legends of Tomorrow airs on The CW on Thursdays at 8/7c

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