The series was spun off from "Arrow" and "The Flash." The outline reads,
After his family was murdered by an immortal named Vandal Savage, time master Rip Hunter recruits a team of heroes and villains from present day in an attempt to prevent Savage from destroying the future. But Rip has additional issues, as he's now wanted by the Time Masters, an organization he was once sworn to serve, who is now out to catch him for his own time transgressions while trying to save his family. The Time Masters is a group dedicated to protect and manipulate the timeline as they see fit.
To add to that, Savage and Hawkgirl and Hawkman are intertwined through time, and though Savage is immortal, he can be killed by only one item in the universe, and it must be wielded by one of the Hawk people. Of course, they've been at this for thousands of years, so it's obvious the Hawk people suck at killing immortal enemies.
The cast includes
Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter,
Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm,
Franz Drameh as Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm,
(Firestorm is the embodiement of two people)
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom,
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / White Canary,
Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl,
Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Hawkman,
Amy Pemberton as the voice of Gideon: The AI of the Waverider. Rip's ship.
Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory / Heat Wave,
Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold.
Casper Crump plays Vandal Savage.
To be honest, the premise of the show did not draw me right away. I never heard of this franchise and to be honest, we've seen too many time traveling shows. Right?
The first few episodes demonstrated how the group came together, begrudgingly. And once together, they spend a healthy amount of time not trusting each other. At all.
And of course Rip Hunter has his own agenda, chasing Vandal Savage and the way he pulled these "heroes" together was to show them what would happen to Earth if they did not help him stop Savage. What a lousy sales pitch.. either be the most famous heroes ever, or die trying, since individually, you will never amount to much. Seriously Rip???
As the season progressed, something happened along the way, and that was with each episode, one small but positive event kept happening to pull the team together here and there. It was not a blatant, quick change, like some cheaper stories pull off, but over the period of time (no pun intended), things changed with the dynamic of the group.
A bit past halfway into the season, all of a sudden, they were acting and fighting as a team.
The down side to this was that as a team, they were all starting to feel manipulated by Rip for his own ends.
Overall, there is one big bad guy with the occasional one-off episode that does not have Savage in our faces but rather, the time bounty hunters that are coming after Rip. Though to be honest, the actor they got to portray Savage is rather magnificent in his portrayal, with his brilliant white teeth, deep rich beard and long flowing black hair. He's the perfect bad guy.
Now this is a team that bounces back and forth in time. And as we have all seen in most any time traveling movies or shows, you should not ever muck with events or people in time. Or at least, in the past.
Yet time and time again, the smartest guy in the bunch, Prof. Stein, continually has these sympathetic and emotional reactions to events in the different times and does things you would think the smartest guy in the bunch would know better.
Each of our characters has moments like this, so they're seriously f*ing with the time stream they're bouncing around in. It's like the classic stupid head smack! Hello! Butterfly Effect???
Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell seem a bit over the top in their roles, but like the show, they grow on you, and start to become the best part of the dark, comedic angle of the team. In other words, you start pulling for them.
As the season progresses, you find yourself rooting and pulling for them. You find yourself getting caught up in the moment. And for me, that's a bit rare with most television shows.
But in the end...
Oh wait... I am not giving up any spoilers.
Once you get past the first few episodes of "Legends of Tomorrow," I think you might enjoy the show. And yes, it has been renewed for a second season on The CW, and I am looking forward to it.
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