On Season 2 Episode 16 of Legends of Tomorrow, titled Doomworld, the Legion of Doom has succeeded in using the Spear of Destiny to rewrite history. Check out Josh’s recap on this episode, where the Legends have to figure out how to recover the Spear and fix reality! Following the recap, we also provide our thoughts on the episode.
- His thoughts on Doomworld, Episode 216 of Legends of Tomorrow
- Her thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 16: Doomworld
The episode, Doomworld, begins with Eobard Thawne, and seeing the wonderful world he has created for himself. He has made himself lead scientist in the world, and has managed to contain his nemesis, Black Flash. Additionally, Thawne has managed to have all heroes eliminated — save those of the Legends of Tomorrow who Thawne seems to have kept around just for the sake of irony, or so he says when Malcolm Merlyn asks why they are still around. The Legends have a problem though — they have had their minds re-programmed, and they do not know who they are — or were.
Jax and Stein are brainwashed, working for Thawne to create some project, with Jax basically bullying Stein to hurry it up.
The first time we see Amaya and Sarah, they have captured a masked vigilante in Star City, who turns out to be Felicity Smoak, in a much darker outfit than we are accustomed to seeing her in. The two bring her to Damien Darhk, and then they kill her at his command.
As for Malcolm Merlyn, he is very distrusting of Thawne, despite how everything is coming up roses for him as well. He wants to have control of the Spear of Destiny for himself, it would seem.
Meanwhile, Snart and Mick, who both still have their memories intact (Snart being a younger incarnation of the Snart who became part of the Legends, so still is fully villain-ized) are enjoying a fun heist, and they work on making their escape. Apparently Snart and Mick have a deal with the cops to not be arrested though, so Mick doesn’t seem to get the same thrill on a heist as he once did.
Another previous Legend seems to be a little more in the loop than the rest of the team, but doesn’t quite realize it. Nate has a conspiracy theory that the world is not as it should be, and tries to appeal to Thawne to help fix it. Of course Thawne refuses, and shows Nate the door via Snart and Rory. Snart is about to take down Nate, but Rory, being unhappy with his “paradise,” helps Nate get away.
The two head to visit Ray, and he apparently is a janitor in this reality. He still seems to have the genius quality though, and has been working on a device that he isn’t quite sure what does. Mick decides to be impulsive as usual, and uses the un-tested gun on Nate. It turns out to be able to restore Nate’s memories of the previous reality. Ray is then hit with the gun, which unfortunately winds up getting Rory punched twice — one from Nate and one from Ray, who now remember what he did in the last episode.
The next plan is to try to get more of the team freed. But Sara and Amaya show up to take down the group, till under Thawne’s and Darhk’s control. The newly forming Legends team manages to get Sara with the gun, but Amaya flees the scene.
The team works on coming up with a plan, which begins with Sara infiltrating Darhk’s base, pretending to still be under the control of the memories of this reality.
Sara tries her hand at infiltrating Darhk, but Darhk seems to be on to her, and antagonizes her with tragedies from the “real” reality. Darhk seems to also have his mojo back in this reality, and uses it on Sara, but Sara is able to free Amaya from the memories of this reality, and the two blow that popsicle stand. Sara is also able to free Jax, who she finds outside of STAR Labs.
Jax then talks to the team about the project he was working on, but he admits he doesn’t know much, other than thinking it is some sort of power generator. The team thinks that Thawne is trying to come up with a hot enough source to destroy the spear. Meanwhile, the team worries about another problem — if they manage to get the Spear of Destiny, how will they be able to use it? Mick apparently remembers enough of the incantation to be able to identify it when Nate goes over a few with him. Now that the team has some semblance of a plan, Sara tells Amaya that since they didn’t follow Amaya’s plan before to use the Spear to stop the Legion of Doom, that Amaya should be the one to use it to fix reality this time.
Another part of the plan is that Mick is told to stay behind, as Sara doesn’t trust him yet given what he did previously. Mick isn’t happy about this, it would seem, and heads back to Snart, who gets Darhk and Merlyn on his side, and they hatch a plan to steal the Spear of Destiny while Eobard is busy with the Legends.
As for Stein, he is still working on the device, under the constant threat of Thawne. The machine gets fired up, and as it is warming up, Jax comes in to talk to Stein. Stein managed to trip the silent alarm before Jax is able to get him with the memory-fixing gun.
The three different factions then meet up, and eventually a fight over the Spear breaks out, with the Spear changing hands several times — eventually winding up in Mick’s hands. Snart and Amaya then try to appeal to Mick, and Mick makes his choice, giving the spear to Amaya.
Things look like they are going well, with Amaya beginning the incantation to fix reality, but Snart hits her with the cold gun–and shatters her into pieces before she can finish.
Unfortunately, Thawne is able to retrieve the spear again, and successfully throws it into the machine that Stein had been making. It looks like hope could be lost as the Legends flee Thawne. They are clearly frustrated, but there is one more episode, so perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel?
Well, there is some hope we see by the end of the episode, no matter how literally small of a chance it is — apparently the Waverider has been miniaturized, and sits on a desk in STAR Labs. Gideon has been working on a way to fix things, but so far, Rip has just been doing arts and crafts on the ship, as he sits in his very tiny prison. But maybe next episode, Gideon manages to save the day…
His Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 16: Doomworld
Unfortunately I have not enjoyed Legends of Tomorrow that much this season, but this was one of the better episodes. I think it worked because it was able to abandon the history of our world, and not seem cheesy and illogical with how it changes the past. This new reality is not constrained by that, so it works a lot better.
It seems like the show really likes to figure out a way to hamstring Rip Hunter though. He was essentially absent the entire episode, as he has been much of the season. I am curious to see what Arthur Darvill’s plan is for Season 3, given his lack of appearance in Season 2. He is one of the reasons why I still watch the show, as he is one of the most appealing aspects of it.
It looks like how next episode will work, is that Gideon will manage to get the ship back online. I think what could be interesting is if Rip goes back in time, and manages to assist the team in retaining the Spear, so that reality can be fixed. It could be Back to the Future 2-esce, with Rip and maybe more of the Legends overlapping their own timeline in an effort to correct what they couldn’t before.
But who knows if this is the route the finale will take. I am curious to see what happens, though. Rip Hunter has to have a big finale — he’s been missing most of the season!
Her Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 17: Doomworld
This was a pretty fun episode of Legends of Tomorrow. I like alternate realities, so it was interesting to see how the Legion of Doom and the Legends ended up as a result of the Legion’s rewriting of reality. I guess you can’t read too much into it how the actual re-writing works, and why it ended up being what Eobard Thawne wanted, rather than what anyone else wanted. From watching the end of the last episode, all 5 of them were touching the Spear of Destiny, so one might think that this new reality would be a combination of the five’s desires. But as I’ve said before, with this show you just kinda have to go with it, and not question things too much. At least they tried to come up with a halfway plausible explanation as to why the Legends are still in existence in this reality, while pretty much all of the rest of the superheroes have been taken out. One question I do have to ask though – what is with the CW and their terrible wigs?? I’m looking at you, Nate! (And Oliver Queen.)
My only complaint is that we didn’t get to enjoy the alternate reality for very long before the Legends started figuring things out and trying to get things back to normal. Oh, and after watching Prison Break recently to prepare for its return, Captain Cold’s over the top persona bothers me even more.
In any case, I was a bit surprised to see that the Legends did not end up saving the day by the end of the episode, and not only that, but one of their members has fallen. Looks like it’s up to Rip to save the day! Even though he’s miniature right now… but I’m excited to see what happens in the season finale!