LOT- Season II – Ep. 16 – “Doomworld”: A Review

Posted: 04/02/2017 in Uncategorized

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Well. Wow. LOT simply annihilated this run from opening to conclusion. Aptly titled “Doomworld”, the very opening is given from the villains’ perspective via Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) narrating. This season has gotten far more right than wrong,easily eclipsing its first season. The notion of reality overwritten by the Legion of Doom played terrifically well, offering that even when one gets everything they want, happiness can still remain elusive…except in two cases. This run was just so damn good.

Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash is formidable.He is the ultimate nemesis in Flash and he proves even more so in Legends. What establishes his cred  this season are the episodes in which his scientific brilliance are presented. He referred to himself as a scientist first and foremost. This was ably illustrated in “Moonshot” and to an amazing degree in this latest run. We are presented with the fate of the Legends in segments and this works very well. Sara (Caity Lotz) and Amaya/Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) are now Damian Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) hunts women. They aid him in eliminating Star City’s remaining heroes. Watching the duo hunt down a superhero variant of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett-Rickards) was like watching lions hunting a gazelle.Their brutally taking her down was as efficient as it was easy. Some might have expected a stronger outing for Ms. Smoak but I think this was the point. Heroes are falling, on the run and in no shape to engage. Seeing Sara executing DD’s orders brought a new level of grim to the series. Seeing Darhk’s trophy wall is meant to imbue the  stark reality the LOD have crafted.

We meet Thawne, now running his own scientific operation, with a direct line to the president and happy as hell. His Time Wraith is kept in an unbreakable cage where he views it’s impotent rage with glee. He truly has everything he wished for and is content. Exhibiting the nature of his allies’ natural unhappiness is Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) who rankles at not having his due time with the spear of destiny. We learn that Thawne craftily destroyed the “Calabros”/word of God and has memorised the instruction for using the spear, giving him absolute power and domain over everything. His comment to MM however is apt, “you have your hand back, your wife and yours son…” The same applies to Darhk who might as well be King of Star City. They want it all and rankle against Thawne who mocks them for not having an eidetic memory or super speed.

Equally happy is Leonard Snart/Cold (Wentworth Miller) who has his own kingship. He and Rory (Dominic Purcell) rob a bank and attempt to get away. When the police recognise Snart as part of the LOD elite, they stand down. This sets the stage for Rory’s unrest. He sacrificed his friendships for a life of crime and base simplicity with his partner Snart. Seeing the game as fixed, the viewer is aware that  the fracturing of his alliance with Cold is imminent.

The notion of Rory as the sole hope of his friends no longer plays for laughs as this conflicted character is placed in an unwinnable position as even if he restores his friends to their former state, how will they ever trust him? Thawne’s plan of keeping the geniuses of the Legends in diminished positions stands to backfire. Merlyn and Darhk speak for the viewer as well as themselves telling the speedster he would be better served to have eliminated such enemies. The second portion of the team’s salvation lies in Nate Heywood/Steel(Nick Zano) who despite being reduced to a conspiracy minded dude, living with his mom, still retains his skill to see what others do not. He feels that the present reality is wrong and susses out “time scars”. His bringing his findings to the world’s smartest scientist, Thawne, goes how we expect it to. Rory’s intercession on his behalf leads them to Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) who is now a maintenance man whose own skill pushes past the “time scars” to present a restoration of order and some funny moments as both he and Nate punch Rory in the face. “I deserved that” is an understatement on the Rory’s part.

The plan to reunite the team and attempt to stop their enemies yielded some pretty cool moments,including an epic game of “keep away” and unexpected alliance in the quest to obtain the spear. Thawne’s planning however is superb, and malevolent, particularly towards Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jax (Franz Drameh) whom he sets up in such adversarial roles that an undermining of a potential victory occurs. The depth of this version of Snart’s villainy is explored with brutal results and loss incurred.

The comedic moments featuring a deeply demoralized Rip now spending his time working on mastering superior cake decorating were funny. His taking from Rory’s playbook re: the addition of “rum” was duly funny. Gideon (Amy Pemberton) is again both voice of reason and inspiration. The final end sequence moment again illustrates Thawne’s brilliance and exactly what obstacle Rip has to overcome. This was a stellar episode. If the show runners can maintain this level of story telling and action  for the season ender, LOT season II will assuredly remain simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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