Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Legends of Tomorrow - The Ex-Factor

Legends of Tomorrow follows up a horror episode with a goofy story featuring the team battling an alien assassin to win the future's most popular singing competition. Returning to her own time, the episode takes advantage of Zari's (Tala Ashe) celebrity who tricks the unstoppable alien with a fleet of invading warships behind him that the only way to win the planet is to win the competition, a competition run by her ex-boyfriend (Ryan Bell) who is more or less a walking s'more. "The Ex-Factor" has some fun lampooning reality-TV competitions, which are really game shows, while stealing bits from various current shows to create "Da Throne."

The episode also works as a background for Zari and Constantine (Matt Ryan) to figure out the state of their relationship. Despite the pair finding some common ground by the end, the show still hasn't convinced me this pairing could go the distance. Halfway across the universe, a drugged Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) discovers clones of her fiancé-to-be. Sara's story continues to tread water while the main storyline struggles with finding ways to work the various characters in from week to week. This week that means Rory (Dominic Purcell) being more mopey than usual (although the gets the biggest laugh with his hard stomping around the ship).

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