Saturday, January 23, 2016

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - TV Review

   I have to admit, this show would have to really stink to keep me from liking it.

   That's because it's loaded with DC characters I really like.

   I would never, in a million years. have expected Rip Hunter to show up in a television series. Or Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Or the Atom. Yet here they are, part of a super-team known as Legends of Tomorrow.

   The series spins out of the ongoing Arrow and The Flash series on the CW, only this show is actually more ambitious. The premise is simple enough: Rip Hunter is out to stop the immortal villain Vandal Savage from conquering the Earth in 2166 - so he arrives in the present to recruit a team of heroes and villains to fight for the future.

   It's impressive that they've brought together a large cast of characters - in addition to the above, they have Firestorm, the White Canary, Captain Cold and Heat Wave.

   The story has the team traveling to 1975 as the first stop in their attempt to find and defeat Savage before he becomes unstoppable - so it promises to be something of a period piece, with almost all of history as their stomping ground.

   The story also works in the idea of Carter and Sheira - Hawkman and Hawkgirl - being at war with Vandal, who killed them in ancient Egypt - but the impact of a meteor caused them to be constantly resurrected (and always in love), just as it made Vandal an immortal.

   So there's a lot going on here - but the cast is terrific and the story moves along fast enough to allow us to overlook any plot holes.

   Best of all, it doesn't stink! Actually, of the three DC-based CW shows, this one is my favorite - so far.

Grade: A



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