Thursday, November 9, 2017

Legends of Tomorrow - Return of the Mack

There's a moment when it's revealed that Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) has kept a stake on-hand for years just on the off-chance that he runs into a a vampire that is nearly perfect. Sadly, the rest of the episode isn't nearly as entertaining. It's hard not to look at an episode like "Return of the Mack" and not see the series going two-steps backwards. Traveling to late 19th Century London to investigate an odd aberration which at first glance appears to be an a time-traveling vampire, the team encounters Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) on his own quest for a dangerous enemy known as Mallus. While initially choosing to work together, Hunter and the Legends part ways when Sara (Caity Lotz) refuses to allow a witch (Courtney Ford) to resurrect Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), under the Arrow logic of since it worked once let's do the same thing again... and again... and again, while Rip wants to allow the ceremony to take place in order to draw out his real prey.

The return of McDonough dampers my enthusiasm for the season. Nor am I interested in the Zari (Tala Ashe) who goes through the basic struggle with understanding why the Legends can't save loved ones in their past (the team does an awful job of explaining the show's logic, only to further frustrated the newbie). Nor am I at all that interested in the separation of Firestorm (as the combined character is little more of a special-effects afterthought at this point). That said, there are some memorable moments here including Mick's interest in vampires and Sara turning in Hunter to the Time Bureau earning the team a bit of freedom in attempting to fix the timeline they helped break.

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