LOT – Season II – Ep. 17- “Aruba”: A Review

Posted: 04/06/2017 in Uncategorized

LOT delivered their season 2 finale with a flourish. There was an intimation of loss and of “doing that which must not be done” and the series hit every mark. The season ended the only way it could and the journey with superior effects and battle sequences brokered the assurance that the third season renewal of this show is warranted. Now, on to my review

We open with the team reeling from their sound defeat at the hands of Thawne (Matt Letscher). The aptly titled episode references Rory’s (Dominic Purcell) frequent protest that they’d be better served to go to Aruba and drink their cares away. After Amaya’s (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) murder at Snart’s (Wentworth Miller) hands, the revelation of the heightened stakes and the chance that most of the team might not live through their final attempt to restore time and defeat the Legion.

This episode was pretty wild as the inviolable becomes violated as the team performs a ‘chronal’ no no via revisiting the moment in 1916 in Somme to obtain the Spear of Destiny before the Legion does. What makes this action even more of a paradox is that they can potentially meet themselves, or earlier variants thereof, which is a further step towards breaking time. The notion that their present incarnations are aberrations furthers the notion that their “correction” will be their respective ends.

With such mind bending notions on time travel, a degree of levity must be, and is, maintained. The effects of the group meeting their doppelgangers, as they inevitably do since things rarely go their way at the onset, was ably rendered. The “Saras” (Caity Lotz) worked both as an audio and visual effect with the two silencing dual Rorys (Dominic Purcell) in tandem. Present Nate’s (Nick Zano) counsel to Past Nate on professing his feelings for Amaya has he had experienced her loss played very well.

On the topic of visuals, the miniaturized Waverider aspect made for an exceedingly cool visual including Rory’s King Kong moment with it as he mock’s the ‘wee’ Englishman inside. The group working together obtain Ray’s (Brandon Routh) suit and the absence of the thus far brilliant Thawne assured that the Legends were far from home free. The appearance of the present team at Somme is quickly undermined by Thawne’s brilliance, including his visiting his wrath on Ray in a powerfully violent moment. Thawne/Reverse Flash is just too good. The remaining Legion members might as well be window dressing as while all are good villains in their own rights, Thawne is superior. His “reinforcement” army was pretty effin surreal and generally awesome. His “you want the job done right …” comment so often used in such fare simply killed with his battle sequence against the Legends’ entire team. The underused Firestorm effect as always worked effectively as  a key visual as Jax (Franz Drameh) and the Atom engage Damian Darhk (Neal McDonough) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). As is the case with Team Captain Sara Lance, the notion that these two don’t need super powers to be dangerous was clearly depicted.

Ultimately the episode was a passing of the torch from Captain to Captain. Rip Hunter through Arthur Darvill’s performance, demonstrates the keen understanding of his place with the team, namely how much better they work together under Sara. Sara’s fear of using the spear leads to a great “last temptation” moment in which she earns herself some peace. The end game play between her and Thawne was superior.

The time quake and storm segments seemed “sound and fury signifying nothing”* until the end sequence reveal which, as with last season, brings up another cliff hanger. The episode ended the only way that it could have. Amaya’s decision, bolstered by her reception by fans, played well, giving fans some degree of a happy ending. The cost of the Legends’ actions send off the series to what stands to be a great launching point for season III. LOT is simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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