On this episode of Legends of Tomorrow, the team learns Destiny is not in their own hands. Episode 15, the penultimate episode, titled Destiny, has much of the team imprisoned, with their only hope for rescue in Sara and Captain Cold, who have managed to remain free. Josh provides the recap for this episode, then check out both Josh’s and Violet’s thoughts on the episode after the recap!
- His thoughts on Destiny, Episode 115 of Legends of Tomorrow
- Her thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 Episode 15: Destiny
Future Jax Meets Past Stein in 2016
Legends of Tomorrow picks up actually right where the series began–with Rip Hunter recruiting the team in 2016, 5 months ago for the team. Rip shows them the future, and how he chose his team, blah, blah, blah. Rip leaves, and the potential team discusses how to move forward. Jax tells Stein he is not going, and Stein follows him, trying to convince Jax to join the team. Jax walks away pretty confident he will still be saying no. Then from another area, we see Jax walk up, and tell Stein that the team is in trouble–this is the Jax from the future, that Stein sent back to the past–that is a bit confusing.
So future Jax and past Stein work to get Jax back to the future (does that sound familiar at all?). Stein questions Jax about the future, but Jax says they need to get the time machine back up and running.
Stein from the past and Jax from the future say goodbye to each other, and they seem to have a deeper respect for each other. Jax gets into the jump ship, to head back to the future.
Legends Learn Their Destiny is Not Their Own
Back with the rest of the team, most are in lockup. They all discuss their fate, and Rory is likely to end up being re-used for the Chronos job. Then some of the Time Masters’ guards come in, and grab Rory and Kendra. Kendra puts up a fight with the guards, but a guard shoots her, knocking her unconscious.
Rip, meanwhile, is taken to Time Master Druce, the Time Masters’ leader. They have a chat, and Time Master Druce demands to know where the two remaining teammates are. He says he would spare the rest of the team if Rip cooperates. Time Master Druce then reveals that he has seen farther in the future than 2167, and tells Rip that Vandal is required in the timeline to unite the world against another threat — an alien threat, which will show up in 2175, and take over the world if Savage is not allowed to lead the world. Rip finds this unbelievable–that Vandal is the world’s only hope.
Time Master Druce takes Rip to the Oculus, which allows the Time Masters to shape time. Time Master Druce tells Rip that he has been using the Oculus to manipulate Rip and the team on their missions in order to assist Vandal Savage. Rip is allowed to look into the Oculus, and it is revealed that one can see all of time from the Oculus. Rip then gets angry–because it looks as though the Oculus shows that there is no free will. Time Master Druce says the only free will that exists is inside the Vanishing Point. Then Time Master Druce drops an even bigger bomb — the Time Masters ordered the killing of Rip’s family. Rip is obviously devastated.
Rip is taken back to his cell, where Stein and Ray Palmer still reside. Rip tells the two the “truth,” and explains the Oculus, and how they have been following the Time Masters’ “script.” Ray Palmer doesn’t believe it, but Rip says he should because he has seen Ray Palmer’s death.
Ray Palmer remains optimistic, but Rip and Stein seem to have given up hope.
Rory, meanwhile, had been taken to a restraining chair, to be remade into Chronos. He is put in what seems to be excruciating pain. The torturer continues to torture Rory, and wipes Rory’s memories. Rory is then freed, and given back his Chronos armor, presumably turned back into the Time Masters’ slave. He is ordered to find Sara and Snart.
Snart and Sara Come Up With a Plan
Back on the Waverider, Snart and Sarah come out of a hidden compartment. Snart wants to bail on the team, but Sara refuses to leave the team behind. Snart gets uppity with his cold-gun, but Sara remains firm. Their standoff is interrupted by a telephone ringing. Sarah answers it, and on the other end is Gideon–the ship’s computer. Gideon provides Sara with some information: where the team is being held.
Sara and Snart work their way through the Vanishing Point. On their way through, they have applied some sort of device to various ships in the Vanishing Point. Back at the ship, Gideon notifies Sara and Snart that the time drive is online. They time jump.
Time Master Druce learns of the time-jump, and orders his ships to hunt them down. Turns out the devices on the ships took over their computers, preventing them from time-jumping after the Waverider. Time Master Druce revisits his prisoners, and orders the death of Rip, Ray and Stein. But the soldier tells Time Master Druce that the Waverider jumped–to the present. The Waverider then attacks the Vanishing Point, and Snart is able to take down Time Master Druce.
Chronos is Not on the Time Masters’ Side
But Chronos shows up. Snart tries to reason with Chronos/Rory, and it looks like there was no need. Rory seems to have resisted the brainwashing. He executes his torturer. Rip, Rory, Palmer, Stein, Sara and Snart make it back to the Waverider. The team works to escape, but the Time Masters are using a tractor beam to hold them in place. Ray has a plan–use Chronos’ gear to convince the tractor beam to disengage. The plan works, and they make their getaway.
Despite their escape, the team is full of melancholy, given the revelation of the Oculus, and they think their actions are controlled at every turn. So the team decides that their best option is to try to destroy the Oculus.
Rory and Ray have a conversation. Ray asks Rory about how he resisted the Time Masters’ mind control. He tells Ray that he focused on his caring for the team. Rory also tells Ray that the Time Masters could be wrong about his future death.
Snart and Sara chat, discussing Rip’s plan. They discuss the Oculus, and how they feel responsible for things they both did and didn’t do in their life. Snart seems to lay some romance on Sarah, but Sara seems to rebuff his advance.
Stein Has a Plan to Make Their Own Destiny
Stein and Rip talk, and Stein seems to be dying still from his disconnection from Jax. Stein seems to think they have a shot with their plan to take down the Oculus though. Stein briefs the group on what the Oculus is, and how they need to make a very “big” explosion to take it down. The team suits up, and heads in to take down the Oculus.
Time Master Druce seems ready for them, with soldiers at the ready, remarking that they are “right on time.” Time Master Druce orders their death, but there is a surprise. A ship fires on the Time Masters’ soldiers. Jax has made a grand entrance, and he and Stein join up to make FIRESTORM. The team moves in to carry out their mission.
Someone Has to Stay Behind
Ray gets to work, opening up the Oculus’ insides, to see how to destroy it. The rest of the team takes on the reinforcements. Ray begins taking off his ATOM suit, and Rip tells him to cut it out, as this is how Rip has seen Ray’s death. Ray seems content with it, as he needs to complete his mission. Then he comes to a realization: he needs to remain in contact with the machine in order to prevent the fail-safe from tripping, meaning he will not be able to avoid the explosion that destroys it.
Rory is not content with this though, and knocks Ray out. He takes over Ray’s spot, and tells the rest of the team to leave. Rip tells the rest of the team they need to retreat, but Snart runs towards Rory. Snart then knocks out Rory, to take HIS place. Sara shows up, and Snart gets that kiss he was hoping for. Sara grabs Rory, and the team makes for their escape.
Time Master Druce shows up, and tells Snart to release the switch. Snart refuses, saying, “There are no strings on me.” The Oculus explodes, and the Waverider makes its escape as the Vanishing Point explodes.
On the Waverider, the team remembers Snart, and Rory seems pretty broken up over it. Rip asks Gideon about the timeline, but says that there is no timeline data without the Oculus. Rip asks about the news feeds in 2166. It looks like Savage has succeeded in killing Hunter’s wife and son.
Ray and Rory have another conversation, and Rory is still pretty broken up, and angry. Ray tries to channel Rory’s rage into taking on a new mission–taking down Savage.
Vandal Savage Heads to 2166 with Kendra
Vandal, meanwhile, has made his way onto a time ship given to him. He speaks with Kendra, who is in restraints. Apparently Carter is on the ship as well.
In 2166, Savage heads out of his ship to kill Rip’s family. Kendra pleads with Savage not to do, it but Savage heads out anyway. He finds Rip’s family, and kills Rip’s wife. We then see Savage shoot Jonas. Back in his ship, another Time Master tells Savage of the news–the Oculus is no longer able to help Savage. Savage doesn’t seem too concerned–he seems content with his time ship, which will allow him to change the world.
His Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 Episode 15: Destiny
Her Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 Episode 15: Destiny
So in this episode, the team finds out that the Time Masters have been controlling them the entire time with the Oculus. In essence, the Time Masters have been playing God. This revelation kind of helps to explain something that Rip has said: that time wants to happen. I guess it wasn’t exactly “time” that wanted certain things to happen, but the Time Masters. However, now that the Oculus has been destroyed, the Legends can no longer be controlled by the Time Masters. Maybe now we’ll start to see some bigger changes being made as a result of their actions.
As it stands now, it seems like a lot of the things that have happened are things that have always happened. Take this episode, for example, when Jax goes back in time to 5 months ago when Rip had just attempted to recruit the team. This seems like something that always happened, and that the present Stein had already experienced this, but had to hide it. It’s how he knew that he was supposed to send Jax back in the jump ship. And apparently, it’s how he knew that he was supposed to drug Jax to ensure that he came with them. It’s one of those timey-wimey things that time travel movies and shows like to employ. But then how do you know if you’re actually changing anything by your time traveling, or if you’re just making the timeline complete? I’m hoping that the absence of the Oculus will come into play on this subject.
In the meantime, the team is a couple of teammates down, with the death of Snart, and since Vandal Savage has Kendra. Hopefully it all leads into an exciting season finale!