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LEGENDS OF TOMORROW 6×01 “Ground Control…” Review

Matt reviews the first episode of DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW season 6 praising the veteran show for a particularly strong season opener.

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Legends of Tomorrow (Warner Bros. Television/The CW)

Legends of Tomorrow season 6 stars Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Matt Ryan, Olivia Swann, Jes Macallan, Adam Tsekhman, Shayan Sobhian, Lisseth Chavez and Raffi Barsoumian. New episodes air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Synopsis

In the season premiere, the Legends quickly discover that Sara is missing after a night of celebrating their beating the Fates. Trying to keep it together, the Legends are shocked to discover that she was taken by Aliens. Ava sends Mick and Behrad to follow a lead on who can possibly help them find Sara, while Constantine tries to work his magic. Meanwhile, Sara does all she can to try to escape, which includes releasing Aliens into the timeline, but is shocked to learn who one of her kidnappers turns out to be.

Review

The Legends are back on our screens!

After nearly one year without them they have finally returned to The CW’s schedule. Last we left the team they were in 1977 London and celebrating their recent victories against the fates and various enemies of the underworld.  Boozing it up with their soon to be departed team members, Sara gets beamed up in what was a out of nowhere finale twist while the rest of the team blissfully wanders off and that’s what we were left with back in June 2020.

I had forgotten how amazing the new opening of Legends of Tomorrow really is.  For the most part the Arrowverse openings are pretty lacklustre and while some of the latest ones have added shots of the cast and extended them slightly, the LoT really went all out with this mad vibes with variants to its opening tune and I for one love hearing it each week!

So season 6 picks the morning after their night of celebrations where Rory is surprisingly the only sober one out of all of them. The Legends of Hangovers now must put the pieces together and find the rest of the team scattered around 1977 London.  Luckily the episode does not lean too heavily on the hangover trope and the team is quickly reassembled, leaving just Nate who happens to be hanging out with a young David Bowie who thanks to his camera work was able to solve the mystery of what happened to Sara. After a brief amount of team breakdowns over this revelation, Ava takes the lead to bring her soon to be fiance home (Bowie’s video recording also had Sara confide in him of her proposal to Ava). The Legends have a new mission, to save their leader! 

Meanwhile in the deepest reaches of space, Sara has broken free of her cryogenic prison and is trying to find out where she is and who took her (not the first time she has been abducted yet this is not mentioned?).  She frees a utterly useless Sparticus and battles an Xenomorph knockoff. Soon after they manage to find the pilots of this ship and Sparticus is quickly eaten by the pilot thus removing his uselessness from the equation.

Now this is where things get weird…back on earth Constantine is searching for a book that might help and finds his housemate Gary has taken it without permission.  Weirdly when they go to his room they find a weird empty cocoon in his room but no sign of Gary.  Back in deep space Gary is revealed to be one of the two alien kidnappers! Now I had thought Gary had been messing with magic and had turned himself into an alien but nope! This is a legit retcon of the character who has always been an alien and is hunting for the best of the best on various planets and Sara matched the criteria.  He was just an alien who loved our planet and hid here the whole time.  Obviously this should have come up when he had his nipple removed by an evil unicorn or when he turned evil with the fairy godmother or any of the other big Gary moments in the series but at this stage the guy is just a walking plot device so let’s see where this goes long term. Anyways Gary agrees to help Sara to try and take control of the ship and get them both home.

Back on earth, a thoroughly baked Behrad finds a potential lead in a tabloid story of a little girl abducted by aliens and who can now communicate with them with her mind via an implant.  He and Rory set off to talk to her adult selt to try and locate Sara.  Hijinks ensue (I mean putting an antisocial Rory and a stoned Behrad is not the tightest of teams!) and eventually they manage to get Esperanza Cruz onboard the Waverider and along with Constantine and Ava they manage to reach out to Sara who has found herself in her cryogenic prison again. Ava says yes to the proposal and says they will find each other again.  Motivated by this Sara does a full on Kill Bill and punches her way out of the prison cell.  She faces off against the evil alien and accidently causes it along with the other cryogenic prisons to fly off the ship and into a wormhole.  Finally she is left with Gary stuck onboard a ship in the middle of space.

The Legends meanwhile are in the timestream and get bombarded with the alien and the cells as they fall all over time and space and Season 6 has been set up! Sara and Alien Gary are lost in space and the aliens are running around all of time. The next 14 episodes are going to be a hoot if the trailer is anything to go by!

Verdict

This has been a fantastic return for what I would class as the strongest ongoing CW Arrowverse series (Superman and Lois not yet included as its in its first season) with the other shows having waivering levels of quality over the years with darker, political and somewhat nonsensical stories, the Legends maintains it’s everything goes rules and delves deep into it’s comic madness!  Season 6 looks to keep this trend going and get crazier week after week!

While we have new team mates and arguably lesser known DC characters. I am interested enough in the new batch to see where this can go.  Retconning Gary as an alien does make sense for his rather cartoonish nature of the past, I felt that was a bit too far fetched for what is already an insane constantly twisting/turning show. Also while I know this would not be on the cards, knowing this season is alien focused I do wish they would tap into some of the wider DC Alien roster (Arrowverse Lobo anyone?).

Coming up next week…


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