With DC’s Legends of Tomorrow within a week of airing on TV, the question may be occurring to some: who are you most looking forward to seeing on the show?
For over 6 months a nearly 4 minute long trailer has been available… I’ve avoided watching it for as long as I could, knowing that some events in the shows Arrow and The Flash would be leading up to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and fearing the trailer might accidentally spoil something for me. So consider whether or not you really want to watch any of the clips below. (This article continues after the youtube clips from the CW.)
Meet Ray Palmer:
Meet Sara Lance:
Meet Leonard Snart (Captain Cold):
Meet Mick Rory (Heatwave):
Meet Kendra Saunders (Hawkgirl):
Meet Carter Hall (Hawkman):
I have hopes that people who have not been watching Arrow and The Flash will find DC’s Legends of Tomorrow easily accessible… but Ray Palmer and Sara Lance are characters who have spent a fair amount of time on the screen over on Arrow.
Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer) is only credited with 19 episodes, but his character has left a definite mark on Starling/Star City, the Oliver and Felicity characters, and the origin story for the Atom can be found within past episodes of Arrow.
Caity Lotz (Sara Lance) is credited with 30 episodes of Arrow, and this season has had a fantastic arc for her character, coming from a place where most viewers thought there was no way she would be returning to the story line from. At the moment, I do not believe she exists as the Hero we will be seeing in this show, which means DC’s Legends of Tomorrow *might* contain her origin story.
Victor Garber (1 half of the firestorm character) is listed on IMDB as having been in just 8 episodes, but that feels like a low count I wish I could double check. Firestorm’s origin story, like the Atom’s in Arrow, plays out slowly as a subplot in episodes of The Flash. While I do not want to spoil anything about the character, Firestorm has had some interesting events in “his” own life around episode 4 of the second season of The Flash… and again, these are events that feel like they “hold meaning” for his character as he enters DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Wentworth Miller‘s Captain Cold is a villain, and as such may not seem like a logical choice for this team of heroes, but if you’ve seen his evolution during his appearances on The Flash (again IMDB says just 8 episodes, which in this case *might* be accurate, but they’ve been so dynamic and his character has grown so much as a person during his appearances the count feels low) you are, in truth, not so surprised. The Captain Cold we saw in the 4th episode of Season 1 of The Flash comes across as a very different character than the one Barry saw in the 9th episode of Season 2.
Dominic Purcell (Heatwave) who has only been in 4 episodes of The Flash is likewise a villain, and while his origin story is found in the 4th episode of season 1, so little growth occurs with his character during his few appearances that he may, in truth, have the most opportunities to surprise viewers during DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Ciara Renée (Hawkgirl) is credited at IMDB with 4 episodes of The Flash with all of her meaningful screen time being in the second season. She is another character whose origin story has been tucked into episodes, mostly being revealed slowly as part of a subplot until she was needed as Hawkgirl, and Falk Hentschel arrived on the scene as Carter Hall aka Hawkman to help her discover who she has always been. (Hawkgirl and Hawkman participate in the crossover event with Arrow, giving her a 5th appearance, and him a second.)
Viewers who have not watched Arrow and The Flash previously, or are looking for a refresher on character backgrounds, might want to tune into this CW special:
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THEIR TIME IS NOW (Jan 19, 9:00-9:30pm ET/PT) is an in-depth look at the origin stories of the heroes and villains of the highly-anticipated new series, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, premiering Thursday, January 21, 2016 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). Featuring show clips and interviews from LEGENDS, ARROW, and THE FLASH executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer, and Wendy Mericle, THEIR TIME IS NOW introduces viewers to the immortal madman Vandal Savage, the time master Rip Hunter, and the motley band of heroes and rogues he assembles to try to save the future of humanity: Hawkman, Hawkgirl, White Canary, The Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave.
This is a site where we write articles when we have meaningful things to say, or share. When we want to bring shows to people’s attention, have podcasts we are releasing, but this is not a site dedicated to making sure an article is posted hourly or daily.
With that in mind, I found it hard to not flood the site with articles today, which felt ironic given we do not guarantee to write even 1 article every day.
While Sundays are not famous for being the best night on Television, it looks like tonight is going to be a very good night for a lot of viewers.
The second season of The Librarians, on TNT, is starting. While John and I have not yet recorded a podcast about the first season, we do have one about the movies that led up to the show, and this is another example of a show doing a nice job of taking a character from the movies, and world where viewers had come to understand the logic and how that world operated, and from those things a fun and entertaining show was created.
Also on Sunday night’s is Madam Secretary, a show I do not write about often, but do watch by appointment every Sunday Night. There are several reasons for this, one of which is they way they blend stories that are “ripped from the headlines” with things that have not happened, and yet once they toss out the possibility, you realize how they could, and there is something enjoyable about seeing a working government (and yes, this show strives to show a WORKING government) strive to tackle the problem. This CBS show avoids talk of specific political parties, instead it has scenes where two people who really ought to be working together but come from different divisions of government make statements along the lines of, “this isn’t your time to shine,” or you aren’t on “my time” and later discover why our government functions so much better whenever everyone in those positions is working towards the single minded goal of the best America possible. (An idealistic view, no doubt, and yet one that perhaps we need to see if we are not to become to cynical to both survive, and find a way through, gridlock.)
Finally a show I have not yet taken an opportunity to write about, in part because I am still forming an opinion on it. Quantico on ABC. If you watched the ABC show The Nine several years ago, Quantico has a similar format to the episodes — flashing back to FBI training 9 months ago in Quantico, while currently trying to solve the question of who is responsible for a present day terrorist attack, using 1 clue — a tip that the person responsible for the attack was a member of that class of trainees at Quantico. Their trainer Liam O’Connor, played by Josh Hopkins, is working the case in New York, and is convinced it is Alex Parrish (played compellingly by Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra), in part because she was found, unconscious, within the blast radius (ie where someone who had just set of the device might have been.)
Why am I wavering in how I feel about the show? It is pretty solid entertainment, but most weeks it feels like we get the back story, or a reason to mistrust, yet another member of the trainee class. A bit expected to be honest. We are getting a lot of 9 months ago drama, which I am enjoying, but little in the way of compelling information today, few people being introduced as truly believable or viable terrorists, for me. I keep watching thinking I missing something, that they are giving me a set of characters I like, especially Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin) the one FBI agent that Alex Parrish is sure from the moment she knows she has been framed that she can trust. Part of me does not want one of Alex’s fellow trainees to have been the terrorist, and another part of me is begging the writers to have been playing fair with us as viewers.
In addition, I am particularly enjoying Yasmine Al Massri‘s portrayal of twins who are taking turns as 1 recruit, trying to prove that 2 people could go undercover as 1 person and share the responsibilities and role of an FBI agent. She has had some particularly good scenes with Aunjanue Ellis as the head of FBI training, Miranda Shaw.
Sunday has suddenly become an evening where my DVR and I are very busy… and very happy.