Josh recaps Season 2 Episode 9 of Legends of Tomorrow, titled Raiders of the Lost Art, where the Legends find themselves face to face with George Lucas! Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
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- Her thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 9: Raiders of the Lost Art
On this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 started up again with the return of Rip Hunter. Only, Rip Hunter did not quite remember who he was. He thinks he is a director, in the 1970s, creating a movie about Rip Hunter, believing his history is a story he has thought up. He also has a prop maker who has a pretty familiar name–George Lucas.
This episode we also learn how Rip lost his memory, although the details of why aren’t made apparent for us yet. On the Waverider, we see the ship in chaos, and Rip trying to save the crew — taking us back to the Season 2 premiere. Rip takes a battered part of a stick, and then decides to touch the ship’s core. Apparently doing this locked away Rip’s memories from himself, and landed him in the 1970s with an American accent.
The Legends show up, baffled at what happened to Rip, and try to convince him to remember who he is. But there is another problem. Malcolm Merlyn and Damien Darhk have shown up and caused some panic. Apparently these two are looking for the Spear of Destiny, which we learn is the stick that Rip had been carrying.
Unfortunately, the Legends have to retreat after a battle with Darhk and Merlyn though. Sara comes up with a plan, where Stein would pose as a psychiatrist, and at the police station, and between him, Sara and Mick, they try to get a disbelieving Rip out of there. After a close call with Darhk and Merlyn, the Legends make their getaway to the Waverider.
Back on the ship, Gideon explains that Rip has a completely new identity now. When Sara and the others ask Rip where it is, he has no idea what he is talking about. But after some deliberating, they figure out that Rip gave what he thought was a prop to George Lucas.
Ripples start going through time too, which have some major effects on Ray Palmer and Nate. George Lucas hasn’t made Star Wars or Indiana Jones yet, and because of this apparently Ray Palmer has no ATOM suit anymore as his history has changed, not being inspired by George Lucas’ creation of Star Wars anymore. Nate never gets his powers for the same reason, except for him, it’s Indiana Jones and being an Historian/becoming Steele.
Meanwhile on the Waverider, Professor Stein is trying to help out a troubled Rory. Rory has been having visions of his dead friend, Snart, and asks Stein to help him get it out of his head. Stein seems to think it is all psychological, but Rory seems to think there is more to it. After some checking with Gideon, Stein helps Rory determine it is just a psychological matter.
In the next confrontation, the Legends then wind up in a trash compactor to retrieve the Spear of Destiny, which George Lucashas thrown out. Very reminiscent of Star Wars, the compactor begins to close, and the team has to figure out how to prevent the compactor from crushing them. Ray and Nate then plead with George Lucas, telling him to declare he will become a film maker, because if that happens, he should be able to make his suit in the future/past, and Nate will become Steele. George Lucas does so, and the suit appears in Ray’s pocket, and Steele regains his powers. Unfortunately, Eobard Thawne then shows up to provide reinforcements for the other two bad guys.
The Legends look to be in pretty big trouble, but Rip, on the Waverider, tries to figure out who he really is. Unable to recall his memories, he does the next best thing–fakes being Rip Hunter. He confronts Merlyn and Damien Darhk, but unfortunately he is unable to figure out how to fire Rip’s pistol. So he calls in the reinforcements–he has the Waverider open fire on the “Legion of Doom”. But Reverse Flash snatches Rip, taking him captive.
The episode ends with Rip unfortunately captured, but the team is reassured by Gideon that they should have a good time as that is what Rip would want if he were there. So the team decides to sit down for a George Lucas movie marathon. Meanwhile, Rip, who has no idea who he really is, is at the mercy of Merlyn, who is about to torture him.
His Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 9: Raiders of the Lost Art
This episode was funny, in a cheesy sort of way. I was wondering the entire episode of George Lucas gave his blessing on making this episode. I guess the episode is sort of an homage to him and his movies, but other than that, the episode was a fairly flat one for me.
The idea the Legends’ history can be changed, to the point it affects their current “present” doesn’t really make sense, as their entire “present” would be completely be re-written. If Ray doesn’t become the ATOM or the tech genius he is, he has no reason to be recruited by Rip in the first place, and this whole timeline wouldn’t exist. But the writers decided to go with the theory that it is possible to change someone’s past–them realize its changed, but yet they still remain in the same place, which really doesn’t make sense to me at all. It seems to be merely a way for the writers to tell their story, despite it making zero logical sense.
I am sure a lot of people would just say that I am over thinking it, and should just calm down and enjoy the show, but my scientific mind doesn’t let me just let things go. I am also not really invested in any of these characters either. The one that I am has been abducted again, so I have to wait until he is recovered–and then has is brain repaired.
Her Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 9: Raiders of the Lost Art