Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Legends of Tomorrow - I, Ava

The latest episode gets its title from the storyline of Gary (Adam Tsekhman) showing up looking for his missing boss and traveling with Sara (Caity Lotz) and Ray (Brandon Routh) to a forbidden time period where they learn something quite unexpected about Ava (Jes Macallan). Discovering the locked time period includes hundreds of Ava clones, Ava (who follows the group) turns out to be just as baffled by events as the Legends. With clones, actors hired to play Ava's parents, and single year that doesn't seem to make much sense blacklisted to all time travelers (did people the very next year simply forget?), there's plenty of craziness going on. While I don't doubt there is (at least some) reasoning for all this, the episode raises several questions about why Ava was plucked out the this time period, given fake memories and a fake family, and just why she is needed at the Time Bureau.

"I, Ava" features two subplots that tie back into the season's fascination with totems. The shorter of the two involves Zari (Tala Ashe) struggling to get Mick (Dominic Purcell) to train with his totem, and the other features the death (again) of Kuasa (Tracy Ifeachor) who chooses the heroic path after turning over Nate (Nick Zano) to the Darhks in order to retrieve her grandmother's totem. The former is used mainly for laughs and to continue to integrate Zari with other members of the crew. The death of Kuasa in the other storyine appears to have reawoken the unsettled struggle within Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) as to her role in hisory and spurred on a rash time trip of her own.

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