LOT – Season II – Ep. 15 “The Fellowship of the Spear”: A Review

Posted: 03/23/2017 in Uncategorized

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LOT upped its game with “Fellowship of the Spear”. Tight performances, a little less humor and cool visuals set the stage for the remaining two episodes. The introduction of yet another literary figure, one whose importance can’t be understated, particularly with the tip of the hat in the title, worked unquestionably well. No missteps with this run. Now – on to my review.

Mick Rory/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) got a great push with this episode. The notion of his place with the Legends has been a subject of debate, both within the ranks of the team and within Rory’s mind. His character’s evolution from simple pyromaniac thug to a conflicted, yet decent individual has occurred gradually, taking the viewer along for the ride. The team at this point if not divided is at the very least diminished as Nate (Nick Zano) grieves at his grandfather’s, Henry Heywood/Commander Steel’s (Matthew MacCaull) loss while Amaya/Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) struggles with the revelation of the horror her future holds for her family.

The group work together quite deftly at stealing the last remaining part of the spear of destiny from Thawne (Matt Letscher) by travelling to the Vanishing Point. The struggle within Rory begins to push upward. Sara (Caity Lotz) sees it but with all they have going on, simply encourages him to move forward in his friend’s memory. Thawne’s proclaiming “It can’t be… they’re too dumb to have gotten here…” plays well along with his fury at being outwitted afterward. The return and reassembling of the spear however is where the plot takes off strategically and stratospherically. In a scene recalling the Peter Jackson’s incredible “Fellowship of the Ring”, Rory attempts to destroy the spear, resulting in its quickly restoring itself and producing some ancient writing. Nate is consulted due to his historical knowledge and determines the source by which the spear may be destroyed. The notion of its destruction causes fragmentation within the team as both Rory and Amaya, for selfish reasons, believe good can be brought about using the reality writing object. Exceptionally cool is the knowledge that the event which powered the spear is inviolable and cannot be changed in any manner per Rip (Arthur Darvill).

The alternative solution lies at the Battle of Somme in France via the writings of a young soldier, J.R.R. Tolkien (Jack Turner). Nate discovers the legendary author had written a paper on the subject of Sir Gawain and his travelling with the blood of Christ, the one thing that can destroy the spear. The battle sequences were well done, including the scenes of the suffering wounded. Rory’s meeting with Snart in which he freely offers up the team’s plan to destroy the spear is at the heart of the crumbling ‘fellowship’ of the Legends. All arguments made by Snart (Wentworth Miller) are valid. Both Rory and the viewer recognize them as such. The team’s reaction to his unwitting reveal to their enemy, despite Rory’s understandable explanation of his believing Snart to be a manifestation of his subconscious sense of loss and guilt, moves affairs in a negative direction.

The addition of Snart to the Legion of Doom was promised and finally proffered with this run. His intelligence and smarm are undiminished. This version of him never having met the Legends is the man who bested the Fastest Man Alive on numerous occasions. Once his heroic inclination is removed, he is a true force of evil. His reaching out to Rory as both friend and non-judgemental partner leads to an inevitable set back for the legends. Rip’s brokering a cease fire with both sides, German and English, worked very well with his essentially presenting the inspirational “courage of men” speech given by Tolkien’s returned King in  Jackson’s “Return of the King”. The idea of the Legends inspiring cultural and historical events is one of the cooler aspects of this series, honestly. In both the George Lucas and Tolkien episodes, so many shout outs are given to the source materials, that sci-fi and fantasy fans cannot help but smile.

The Fellowship aspect however is what sold the episode. Generally the team are on the same page. Seeing two members strongly disagree pushes forth the concept that while matters are more stable under Sara’s leadership, there is still great trouble lying within. The end sequence sets the stage for an epic follow through next week. LOT is easily on track to presenting a fairly stellar season finale, maintaining the assurance that it is now simply outstanding and well worth your time.

Crass funny line of the night goes to Purcell’s Rory who explains he has been using part of the spear “to scratch of awkward places” and glibly replying to the rankled Stein (Victor Garber) that “I didn’t say it was my back” when the professor balks at his misuse.

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