Review: Legends of Tomorrow (Season 2, Episode 1)

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This new season offers a fresh start, with a completely different story, packed with many new characters and much more humour.

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The Season 2 premiere of Legends of Tomorrow is finally here in the UK! Season 1’s dramatic finale left us with a hint of what would happen next, with the appearance of Rex Tyler, aka Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), warning The Legends of impending danger, after the defeat of main villain Vandal Savage. His appearance created rumours of just how the Justice Society of America would be involved in this season.

The episode starts by directly introducing a new character, Dr Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), a historian who seems to know a lot about our Legends. He seems a normal man, but, as comic fans can guess by his name, he most likely has a superhero mantle to pick up yet. We will have to wait to find out. He meets with the hero of CW show Arrow‘s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), in the discovery that the Legends are in trouble. With the help of Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), they find the other missing teammates which were stranded through time.

Mick, who was found in stasis on the Time Ship, recounts the story of how they were all separated. Traveling from 17th century France to New York in 1942, the Legends encountered Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough); the nemesis of Arrow‘s previous season. It prompted Captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), to scatter the team through time, saving their lives by putting his own at risk.

Most of the team is finally reunited. Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) is found being chased by a dinosaur 70 million years ago; Jax (Franz Drameh) and Professor Stein (Victor Garber) about to be executed in medieval England; and Sara (Caity Lotz) sentenced to hanging in the 17th Century, accused of being a witch. However, there are no clues as to the whereabouts of Captain Hunter. Who knows if or when the remaining Legends will find him, but for the time being, Dr. Nate joins the team in his place.

Two DC villains introduced in Legends of Tomorrow‘s sister shows appear in league in the episode; Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), from The Flash, in league with Damien Darhk. Their appearance hints at the formation of the Legion of Doom, if they are joined by two other characters, though there is no mention of the Legion in the first episode.

This new season offers a fresh start, with a completely different story, packed with many new characters and much more humour. Viewers that were not entirely satisfied by the first season of Legends of Tomorrow should give the show a second chance. It promises an action-packed season, with a new approach that will help to hook you up. And if you are a DC Superhero fan, just wait to see a last-minute surprise in the premiere.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs on Thursday nights, 8pm on FOX UK.

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