Josh recaps Season 2 Episode 11 of Legends of Tomorrow, titled Turncoat, where the Legends meet General Washington! Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
- His thoughts on Turncoat, Episode 211 of Legends of Tomorrow
- Her thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 11: Turncoat
On this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, the now sinister Rip has gone back to the Revolutionary War, and assassinated General Washington before he can lead his troops across the Chesapeake Bay. Rip seems to understand that this won’t be permanent, but is using as an evil calling card to get the Legends to come after him in that time period.
While drifting in the Time Vortex, the team is debating their next move. We see that Amaya and Nate seem to be having a little chemistry as they discuss how time doesn’t feel right when in the Time Vortex, as there is no indication to the day of the week. (Seems like for them, there would not be a day of the week, unless they are trying to remain on their “present day” time schedule).
But the ship is soon rocked by a temporal quake, and Gideon is able to determine that General Washington was assassinated. As Rip expects, the team prepares to head to 1776, and save General Washington.
In 1776, Sarah determines that they should head to a party that Washington is at, and escort the General to safety. Sara finds Washington in the nick of time, and escorts him out of the party while Ray, Nate and Amaya deal with some of the heavily armed Redcoats.
Unfortunately, Rip already had a plan set. He has an EMP-like device, which makes Ray be stuck small, Mick’s flame gun break, and the Waverider shut down. We also see that it prevents Jax and Stein from turning into Firestorm.
Rip then confronts Sara, Mick and Washington, and shoots Sara, leaving her to die as the Redcoats take Mick and Washington. Stein and Jax hurry Sara back to the ship, and have to figure out what to do to save her given the power is out, and Gideon is offline. They figure they can try to use Firestorm to get the power going, but turns out their power is not working due to the EMP. Sara, meanwhile, put Jax in charge, so he designates Stein to try to save Sara while he tries to get the power back on. He has Amaya and Nate track down Mick and Washington. Jax emphasizes that they have to save Rip no matter the cost.
Amaya and Nate try to track down Washington, but the two are ambushed by a few men, and Nate winds up falling down a cliff into a river. Amaya uses her power to evoke a seal, and jumps in after him. She pulls him out of the water, and he seems to be suffering from hypothermia. So what is Amaya’s solution? Get them both naked to share body heat of course!
In the morning, Nate seems better. So much so that he would rather have some snuggle time with Amaya rather than work on saving Washington or Mick. So they “get it on” before they get back to their mission.
Meanwhile, back on the Waverider, Ray is trying to get the power back on by going through the ventilation system. While looking around, he winds up making a friend—a rat. It chases Ray through the air vents, and Ray manages to get away.
Meanwhile, Stein is able to stabilize Sara for the time being, it seems. But there is another problem. Rip has made his way back to the Waverider, and is trying to break into the ship. He manages to get the door open, so Jax has to figure out how to deal with him. Jax manages to take out the Redcoats with Rip, but Rip is still searching for Jax. After some cat and mouse games, Rip ends up knocking Stein out, and threatening to kill Sara if Jax doesn’t tell him where the Spear of Destiny fragment is. Jax tries to avoid telling Rip, but does eventually to save Sara. Unfortunately, Rip, being the now super-villain that he is, kills Sara anyway.
Luckily, Ray is able to get the power back on to the ship, and Stein gets to work to see if Sara can be saved. Gideon says she still has brain activity, so things are looking up.
Jax not knowing this though, has chased down Rip and has a gun pointed on Rip. Rip seems to not really care and talks about the fruitlessness of their trying to fix history. Just as Jax seems like he is going to do the deed, Sara comes up and talks him down. Rip manages to escape with the Spear fragment.
Meanwhile, Mick and Washington are not on the best of terms, as Mick wants to play dirty and attempt an escape but Washington is on his “high horse” saying he can negotiate with the British. Mick finally is able to talk to Mick about being “American” which doesn’t have the greatest of definitions behind it, but it certainly gets the job done.
When the two are about to be hanged for treason, Mick and Washington fight back. Luckily for them, Nate and Amaya show up, and help take down the British. Washington seems to have learned his lesson—fighting dirty will win the day. Mick and Washington share a drink before Washington goes back to his history making deeds.
The team reconvenes at the Waverider, and decide to have a Christmas dinner (oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this all went down on Christmas day). They discover a statue has been erected in Mick’s honor now, and that history has been put back on its correct path. The group exchange some presents as well—Ray gives Mick the rat he was dealing with earlier in the episode, and Nate gives Amaya some ruby slippers—they had a conversation about her seeing The Wizard Oz earlier in the episode. But Amaya tells Nate that they should keep their relationship “chill”, as she thought Nate would want to, as teammates shouldn’t fraternize. Sara then provides a rousing speech about how they are a family, and the Legion of Doom doesn’t stand a chance.
His Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 11: Turncoat
This was another pretty “meh” episode in my book, for Legends of Tomorrow. It has a few strange assumptions that it makes about history that sort of bothers me. One revolves around Washington, and his personality. We already know that Washington and his men used guerrilla tactics in order to defeat the British, but this episode insinuates that Washington would take issue with this sort of tactic, given his willingness to surrender, and try to negotiate peace with the British. The episode makes it seem like Mick is the reason that Washington chose to use guerilla tactics. But these are tactics Washington had already been using, he was just most well-known for the crossing of the Chesapeake.
I also feel like the episode is portraying Americans in a strange way. The episode made Americans seem opportunistic, and a bit underhanded. The episode tried to make it sound like a good thing, but it just felt a little strange to me.
Also, the whole Amaya and Nate thing was weird. Sure, fine, let’s have some romantic drama, but it was pretty silly how the two have literally the fate of the formation of the United States in their hand, but they decide that they should “get it on” rather than proceed with the mission.
I enjoyed Jax’s performance this episode, he did a really good job acting, during his cat and mouse with Rip (who did a great job being terrifying as he chased down Jax). The breakdown Jax has when Sara is threatened to be killed is also done really well. His transformation from wanting to save Rip at any cost to breaking down to wanting to kill him was a good journey to watch this episode.
But can we please have Rip return to the good guys? I would really like that. I don’t like him being a bad guy, despite Arthur Darvill doing a really good job as a bad guy.
But let’s see how this plays out. I did miss seeing the Legion of Doom. (Can 3 people really be called a legion?) But seeing those guys bounce off each other is entertaining.
Her Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2 Episode 11: Turncoat
Alright, I’ve had enough of evil Rip. Can we have good Rip back yet? Please? It was heart wrenching the way that Jax was trying to plead with Rip, reminding him, “It’s Sara,” trying to appeal to the good Rip – but to no avail. I was hoping that his pleading would somehow reach through and awaken the real Rip, but nope. Still evil. I don’t know what’s worse, having him play “Phil,” where he doesn’t remember that he’s Rip, but at least he’s not bad, or having Rip be evil. I think the latter. I’m too used to Arthur Darvill being a good guy. I can’t take him being bad. Even if he does do a good job at it.
Well, we all knew that this Nate/Amaya hookup was coming eventually. Which is really creepy, considering that Nate’s grandfather used to be in a relationship with Amaya… (Also, can someone please remind me why Nate is still around anyway? Didn’t his grandfather die before his father was born or something? Which would make Nate cease to exist? Or is he an aberration now? I can’t keep up with the time logic of this show sometimes!) But anyway, yeah they picked an odd time to consummate the relationship. Although I suppose there’s always danger around the Legends and the would never really be a “good” time. Amaya was able to adapt to the modern notion of keeping things “chill” pretty quickly though, which Nate seemed a bit dismayed by, but I’m guessing this chill-ness won’t last very long and they’ll soon admit their true feelings for each other.
I think the best parts of the episode were Jax getting a chance to be in charge, and Mick ending up getting a statue made in his image! Other than that, I wasn’t too entertained by this episode overall. The CGI while Ray was small wasn’t very good, which was disappointing, considering that it’s usually pretty good. Ah well. Let’s hope things get more interesting soon, and that Rip returns to being himself again.