Violet recaps the Season 1 finale of Legends of Tomorrow, titled Legendary, where the team attempts to stop Vandal Savage once and for all! Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
- His thoughts on Legendary, Episode 116 of Legends of Tomorrow
- Her thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 Episode 16: Legendary
Recap of Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 Episode 16: Legendary
After the events of the previous episode, Rip Hunter returns the team members to Star City 2016, and says it will be as if they never left – though he has brought them back to May instead of January 2016. They protest, but it turns out that Rip is just a hologram, and he flies away with the Waverider.
Sara’s first stop is the Arrow Cave, where she finds her father. Everyone else is out dealing with Damien Darhk. Lance breaks the bad news to her about Laurel’s death.
Over in Central City, Rory has teamed up with a new guy for a robbery. But he isn’t satisfied with him, so he blasts him with his heat gun. When he gets in the getaway car, it turns out the masked man driving is Ray. They go to a parking garage and talk. Ray apologizes about Snart, saying it was him who was supposed to die. However, Ray thinks that Snart wanted them to be partners, and that he knew that the two of them would keep an eye out for each other.
Meanwhile, while playing trivia, Professor Stein’s wife is suspicious about why he’s a history buff all of a sudden. He realizes he is unsettled by some work he left unfinished.
The next day, Stein, Jax, Rory, Ray, and Sara all meet up at the site where the Waverider had landed. They all want to figure out how to get the Waverider back.
In the Waverider, Rip Hunter receives a transmission from Star City 2016. The Waverider lands, and the team members celebrate as Rip comes out and angrily greets them. They tell him he’s not ditching them again, and that they want to finish the mission. Rip agrees to take them with him.
In 1944, in Saint-Lo, France, Kendra runs from gunfire and meets with an army soldier. She recognizes the symbol on the soldier’s helmet. She writes a note and sticks it in the guy’s helmet. Just then, Vandal Savage comes throwing knives, one of which kills the soldier. Savage catches Kendra, and puts her in a sleeper hold until she passes out.
When the team members get inside the Waverider, Sara holds Rip at knifepoint, accusing him of taking them back 5 months later because he knew Laurel was going to die. She demands that he take her back so she can save her sister. He says he can’t, and when she starts to become hysterical, he uses a device that flashes and knocks her out.
The rest of the team joins Rip in his office. Suddenly, a helmet falls on the floor. It’s the helmet that Kendra put the note in. The note gives them her time and location, which Rip tells Gideon to plot a course for.
Kendra comes to inside Savage’s ship, and finds herself tied up across from Carter, who is also tied up. Savage takes a sample of Carter’s blood, and tells Kendra that the 3 meteors contain technology that when activated by their blood, he’ll be able to erase time itself and travel them back to 1700 B.C. He takes a blood sample from Kendra as well, despite her protests. He says that this time he will be a god.
Rip pays a visit to Sara, who begs him to take her back so she can save Laurel. However, Rip explains that when he recruited the team, they altered the timeline. If they go back, then Sara, Laurel, and Lance will all die at the hands of Damien Darhk. Sara breaks down, but Rip comforts her, telling her she’s one of the strongest people he’s ever met.
The Waverider arrives at Saint-Lo, France in 1944. Gideon has located Vandal Savage, who is taunting some Nazis driving down the street. The team jumps in and starts fighting, while FIRESTORM locates Kendra and Carter and saves them. As FIRESTORM, Carter, and Kendra fly away, Kendra is shot down. Rip tells the team to fall back, and says they will rescue Kendra in due course.
The Waverider takes off with Carter, leaving Kendra behind. They question Carter to find out where Kendra and Savage might be. He tells them what he overheard about the meteors and about Savage taking their blood. They view surveillance footage and see that Savage got one of the meteors in France.
Professor Stein agrees to merge with Jax so they can try transmutation, which Jax accidentally did to a Nazi’s gun earlier. However, the attempt fails. Stein suddenly gets an epiphany about what Savage plans to do: detonate each of the meteors in a different time period. Stein remembers that Savage had a meteor in 1958 (as seen in Episode 8). According to his calculations, the next time the Earth will be in the needed alignment will be 1975 and 2021. Because Savage is immortal, he can be in 3 places at once.
In Harmony Falls in 1958, two Vandal Savages meet up with each other. Kendra is with one of them, who reports to the other Vandal Savage what he knows and gives him a vial of blood.
The team makes a plan. Since Savage will be exposing radiation from the meteorites, it should make him mortal. So they will split into teams of 2 to go to each time period: one in 1958, one in 1975, and one in 2021.
Savage brings the meteor he obtained from 1944 to St. Roch in 2021, along with Kendra. Rip and Carter have taken this time period. Rip reminds him that all 3 teams have to act simultaneously. Meanwhile, Rory and Ray have gone to 1958, and Jax, Stein, and Sara have gone to 1975 (where we saw them in Episode 2). In each of the time periods, Savage empties the vial of blood on the meteorites. The teams then jump into action.
In 2021, Carter gets shot, which angers Kendra, who breaks free. In 1975, Jax and Stein form FIRESTORM, while Sara fights Savage with her baton. In 1958, Rory and Ray fight Savage and his guys.
In 2021, it looks like Rip falls off the side of the building to his death — but it turns out the Waverider has caught him, and he stands atop it, smugly smiling as it ascends. The three continue to fight. Kendra stabs Savage in the chest, while Rory kills 1958 Savage with his heat gun, and Sara kills 1975 Savage with her baton.
In 2021, Rip twists the knife as Savage dies, though he taunts Rip about his family. Rip slams Savage into the electrical transformer, killing him.
In 1958, Ray uses his ATOM suit to shrink the meteorite, which has a tiny, uneventful explosion. In 1975, FIRESTORM transmutates the meteorite into water. They all meet up with the others in 2021. The last meteorite is about to explode. Jax tries to transmutate it, but fails. Ray tries to shrink it, but apparently is out of power. Sara asks what happens if only one of the meteorites goes off. Rip replies that time will remain intact, the world, not so much.
Rip takes it upon himself to sneak off to the Waverider and beam the meteorite into the Waverider, his intention to fly it into the sun. The team says their goodbyes, and Rip says it’s been an honor to serve as their Captain. Rip flies toward the sun. He hears a voice call his name, and a younger voice say “Daddy?” He turns around to see his wife and son standing on the ship, and hugs them both.
As the Waverider goes into the sun, Rip awakens to realize it was just a dream. Gideon tells Rip that she’s not ready to die. He says he’s not either. Rip asks Gideon if the solar ray is still functional. Gideon replies that it’s operating at an efficiency rate of 12,000%. He tells Gideon to transfer all available power to the time drive, get ready to eject the meteor, and pray that they have enough power for one last jump.
The scene then flashes to 20 minutes ago when the team is wondering what to do about the meteorite in 2021. They notice that Rip is gone, and so is the meteorite. Rip flies in with the Waverider, lands it, and when the team comes on board he tells them that he dropped the meteorite into the sun, then time jumped away. Rip says that with the Time Masters gone, he intends to protect the timeline, along with any of them who would like to join him.
Rip returns the team members to 2016. Sara visits Laurel’s grave with her father, and says that she didn’t want to go with Rip the first time, but Laurel convinced her, and now she’s going to do it for Laurel. Meanwhile, Stein tells his wife, Clarissa, that he has decided to decline the new “sabbatical” he’s been offered, though she tries to encourage him to do it. Jax comes in. It turns out that he has been talking to Clarissa, and this is an intervention to convince him to go. They end up convincing him.
Meanwhile, Rip takes Rory to Central City in 2013, so that he can meet up with Snart in a bar. Rory tells Snart that he’s the best guy he ever knew, and that Snart may not think of himself as a hero, but he’s a hero to Rory. Rip and Ray meet Rory outside, and Rip says that he can always bring Rory back to this particular time and place.
Later, Rip meets up with the team members who have chosen to come with him. He is surprised to see that everyone has shown up. However, Carter and Kendra break the news that they’re not coming with him, that they want to start fresh, now that Savage is gone. They say their goodbyes, and the two of them fly away. The rest of the team begins to walk away, but suddenly another Waverider makes a crash landing right next to them. A man walks up and asks if this is May 2016. They confirm that it is. He replies that they’re exactly where they said they’d be, and tells them not to get on their Waverider, because if they do, they’re all dead. The man claims that it was Mr. Rory who sent him. Rip asks the man who he is, and he says his name is Rex Tyler, and that he is a member of the Justice Society of America. The team members all exchange confused glances.
Her Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 Episode 16: Legendary
I have to admit that I assumed Arrow would use Legends of Tomorrow and its time traveling capabilities as a way to bring back Laurel, but it seems that is not the case. Instead, they made up some lame excuse about why they couldn’t do it. It kind of reminds me of Doctor Who (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it) when they made up a lame excuse as to why they couldn’t go back and save Rory and Amy. I wonder if Arthur Darvill thought of that as he delivered his lines as to Sara… But I digress. It’s just one of the hazards of time travel shows, where you can make up arbitrary rules as you go along. This show seems to do that a lot.
Is Vandal Savage really gone for good, or will he pop up again later? Same goes for Snart. I’m sure they can figure out some loophole where either of them could come back. I’m also thinking that Carter and Kendra won’t be gone for long either.
Overall, I mostly enjoyed this episode and this season as a whole, but I think there’s much to be improved upon. It can get a little too cheesy at times, and should set up some more solid ground rules about time travel. The end of this episode was quite intriguing though. Who is this guy, and why did Mr. Rory send him? What is the Justice Society of America? I’m looking forward to seeing what Season 2 brings, and I’m glad to (hopefully) be rid of Vandal Savage!
His Thoughts on Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 Episode 16: Legendary