Review: Legends of Tomorrow, “Star City 2046”

Progressive/nerd/parent review

Okay, that was really cool.
Okay, that was really cool.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, Episode 6 “Star City 2046” (spoilers)

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 1/3 – The show has two named, recurring characters. The image above is literally the only moment when they share the screen, during the only scene with them in the same place, over the whole episode.

Shukla Score: 3/3 – Jax’s crush on Kendra is sweet and providing a subplot focused on the show’s two main characters that are portrayed by people of color.

Russo Score: 3/3 – Same score for same reason as last week.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😻/5 – The show has improved a lot since the pilot. The collegial dynamic developing between Martin and Jefferson is infinitely preferable to the adversarial dynamic they had for the first four episodes. The whole team is getting along more in general, which is good because the conflicts between them have so far been the least entertaining parts of the show. Come to think of it, the outbreaks of cordiality and intimacy have been some of the most entertaining parts of the show. So this is a big improvement. This episode definitely felt like the ensemble at the best we have so far seen them, with the exception of…

Low points: …Mick Rory, aka Heat Wave. WTF, Mick? The preview for next week’s episode (see below) makes it look like Rory’s attitude problem might be more of a plot arc than a character trait and that would be a good thing. It is unthinkable that anybody would prefer being left in a dystopian hell hole when they could get a ride on a time machine from the future. I know we need conflict for drama, but this seemed more-than-usually contrived.

Highlights: Gee, I don’t know, how about Diggle Jr. as Green Arrow  and Oliver Queen as the dystopian lovechild of the Winter Soldier and Frank Miller that grew up to become Old Man Arrow? That shit was awesome. Plus with all the different good guys and bad guys that have been establishing on Green Arrow and The Flash, there is a lot of potential for Legends to keep presenting various interesting versions of folks in sundry futures.

Dad edits: Mick’s fight with the gang leader isn’t too bad, but is also easy to skip. I haven’t made up my mind about that one yet. Some folks might want to skip the swords/fists/arrows fights with younger kids, but I didn’t really see anything any worse than some of the cartoons (or stuff on The Flash) that my kid is fine with, so we will watch all that. Plus those fights are really cool. My son will go wild when he sees two Green Arrows fighting Deathstroke! (Especially since we don’t watch Arrow together, so appearances on Legends and The Flash are all he gets.)

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

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