by Nick Corbin
The fun and fast-paced pilot episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is sure to please fans of the CW’s other comic shows Arrow and The Flash as well as anyone else interested in superheroes, science fiction and time travel. Supported by impressive visual effects, intense fight choreography, and thrilling cinematography, the heroes of Legends deliver some powerful and humorous performances as they hunt down the evil immortal Vandal Savage. Overall, the pilot’s introduction of these characters has laid down the foundation for what should be an entertaining ride for the audience.
The leader of the ragtag “Legends” is Rip Hunter, portrayed by Doctor Who alum Arthur Darvill, who gives an inspiring, comical, and gut-wrenching performance.
Then there is the gallant Ray Palmer, better known as the classic superhero the Atom, played by former Superman actor Brandon Routh. His witty and optimistic portrayal of Palmer continues what made him so likable on Arrow.
Another recurring hero from Arrow on the team is the stunning fan-favorite Caity Lotz as Sara Lance, who is urged by her sister the Black Canary to “be in the light” as the White Canary. Lotz proves what makes her character a favorite when she gleefully takes on vicious men and jumps at the opportunity to “get freaky” in a 1970’s bar.
Popular among comic fans, Hawkman (the strapping Falk Hentschel, who was a HYDRA soldier on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Hawkgirl (the lovely Ciara Renée) are still finding their wings together as star-crossed lovers and warriors. Hawkman is very much the tough fighter known among comic readers, and Hawkgirl seems to be on her way to become his equal.
Another pair are physicist Martin Stein (Victor Garber from the Oscar winning Argo), the convincingly intelligent and wise conscious of Firestorm, and the physical half Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (the youthfully energetic Franz Drameh). Like Hawkman and Hawkgirl, they are also struggling to coordinate with themselves.
The final pair are the opportunistic, but sympathetic Flash rogues Captain Cold (Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who clearly enjoys chewing the scenery) and his partner in crime Heat Wave (Prison Break co-star Dominic Purcell).
The pilot did an excellent job introducing and bringing these lesser known characters together, as well as introducing themes of destiny, especially in the face of being told that their lives don’t really matter in the grand scheme of time — but it is the White Canary who convinces them it’s an opportunity to change the future and become legends. The next episode of this series will continue what should be an exciting journey.