Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Legends of Tomorrow, “Left Behind”

Progressive/nerd/parent review (spoilers)

They keep having these two fight. What's the deal?
They keep having these two fight each other. What’s the deal?

Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, Episode 9 “Left Behind

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – Early on Kendra and Sara are playing the game of Life (I see what you did there, writers!) and that scene scored three points.

Shukla Score: 1.5/3 – Only two people of color on the show and they did speak to each other once or twice, but only as part of a larger group. They had no scenes alone together. So almost two points, but not quite.

Russo Score: 3/3 – Sara Lance – representing the B in LGBTQ – was a pivotal character this week, as usual.

Kittehs: 😺😺/5 – Fun episode, good action, fine story. Nothing off putting, nothing especially engaging. I was on the fence about two or three kittehs – until I realized the most exciting moment of the episode was when Rip Hunter told them they’re going to the future next week. If the teaser for the next episode is the best hook, then it is two kittehs at best for this hour.

Low points: Ray and Kendra’s relationship. I’m not a shipper, generally. If anything I am kind of an anti-shipper. At any rate, this romance doesn’t make sense to me; they started it to soon in the series and without any anchoring in specific events. Ray just asked her out one day, then he almost died and they kissed, and now the characters had two years together than none of us saw. The extra, unseen time doesn’t solve the problem of their relationship being superficial, but rather it exacerbates that problem. Meh. Only other low point: WTF is with Ras al’Ghul being such a stand up guy? You know he would be wanting to get the tech and secrets of all these people in order to fight his nemesis, Grandaddy Darhk or whoever. And letting Sara go because she is “too conflicted” to be in the League? Seriously? That was all just too easy.

Highlights: So there IS a Talia al’Ghul in the Arrowverse! Excellent news! I hope she shows up more over the course of this and/or other CW shows. At the very least it was great fan service. Ray’s “uuhhh I can’t believe I’m back here” comment in Nanda Parbat was also fan service, and very funny too. I also like that Mick, Ray, Sara, and Kendra are now “out of sync” with the rest of the team, meaning that they have experienced more time since they left 2016 (Mick especially). This could be an interesting plot point later. More importantly, it is an opportunity to make Mick’s character not extremely annoying. As Chronos he is already less irritating and more interesting than he was as mere Mick Rory/Heatwave.

Dad edits: Well, I don’t know that there are any particular dad edits this week. I suppose the team’s decision to try to redeem Mick Rory could be for interesting conversation with an older kid – but only if it doesn’t backfire. Oh, also – definitely, with my kid, would need to discuss that limb regeneration is a pretend thing. I don’t want any hands getting cut off as part of a Nerf battle.

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

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