Legends Of Tomorrow: Season II – Ep. 5″Compromised”: A Review

Posted: 11/14/2016 in Uncategorized

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The Legends in the 80s…The legendary Lance Henricksen as JSA member “Obsidian” brought so much great stuff ensuring that  “Compromised” delivered soundly. Ep 5 brought good character development, action and traction to the rise of this season’s enemy team, “The Legion of Doom”. LOT seems to be heading toward a renewal if they can keep this up. Now, on to my review.

We again open with Damian Darkh (Neal McDonough) brokering a deal which goes south and again allows for the ‘timely’ intercession of Thawne (Matt Letscher). Thawne offers Darhk a partnership, citing knowledge of Darhk’s  “Genesis” plan. Darhk declines and we are off for another run. The Miami Vice apparel worn by Darhk along with the music sets the 80s theme up quite nicely. Nate (Nick Zano) gains a fair bit of mvp cred with this run, both in his discovery of an aberration involving the INF treaty signing in 1987 between Reagan and Gorbachev and his later physical presence. Nate is presenting a better version of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) for the most part. He is glib, quirky  and gaining assurance with his abilities which were presented seamlessly throughout various battle sequences in this run. Ray’s finding himself is getting old fast. Were it not for the fantastic comedic moments with Mick/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell), I would posit that Mr. Palmer is heading toward the same beyond presently occupied by the mirthless and un-engaging Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill).

Upon discovering the source of the latest aberration, namely Darhk at the White House, Sara (Caity Lotz) demonstrates the episode title’s theme by compromising her team’s presence in her attempt to kill her sister’s murderer while on a tour at said establishment. A very public display including Firestorm flying about destroys any anonymity  for the team and causes one to question her ability to run it. Here, again Nate presents the voice of reason helping her to focus and return to their mission. The moments between the two work as she is a hardened warrior but while he is a historian, he is also a ‘legacy’ hero so his character is allowed necessary push when needed. His loosing his cool when Darhk’s people damage Mary Todd’s desk was just funny.

The whole gathering of artifacts and behind the scene slow burn conspiracy plotting of the nascent Legend of Doom plays well. The team of Rory and Ray allows for some hamminess as the former Atom tries to channel Snart, unsuccessfully. Even though Palmer gets an mvp moment, his character is direly lacking depth of purpose this season.

Lance Henricksen is gold. Playing retired JSA member Obsidian reminds us how good Henricksen still is. He doesn’t over sell it. Now in his seventies, he challenges Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) with explaining why she abandoned the JSA. We learn her reasons which play into Obsidian’s own backstory and exclusion from the JSA’s last mission. In this case, the politics at the time become those of another type of discrimination versus the political issue of trustworthiness initially posited. His recovery after battling Nate’s “Citizen Steel” is gamely capped with “I’m old, okay…” when Nate wonders if he has killed him. The potential for a return and further links with the JSA is rife with promise for the remaining season.

Ray’s friendship with Mick does more to develop Rory’s character, namely giving him an outlet to work through his friend’s ,Snart’s (Wentworth Miller), death. Rory is easily one of the best character’s this season presenting both a necessary grit and sarcasm to keep everyone in check.

Sara’s second meeting with Darhk allows her to show him mercy by sparing his life, but stands to lead to a great deal more trouble as she overshares in an effort to make him suffer. Her action in turn leads to Darhk’s accepting an earlier offer and the team getting closer to learning the identity of the “time traveler ” behind everything.

Another great run in what has thus far proven to be a superior season. If LOT can keep its momentum, it stands to establish its legacy of  being simply outstanding and well worth your time.

Line of the night goes to Purcell’s Mick after Ray crosses the cold gun beam with Rory’s heat weapon.

Mick: What did I say about crossing streams?
Ray: You said we don’t follow rules.
Mick: That’s the one rule! The one rule we follow!

Almost as good is:

Mick: That’s Snart’s jacket.
Ray: Yeah. I thought it’d help me get into character. I’m Colonel Cold.
Mick: The hell you are. You’re not gonna give yourself a promotion.

 

 

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