Welcome back, Legends fans! It’s been awhile! Hopefully you’ve had enough time to recover from last week’s “Invasion” before we hit the ground running tonight because, man alive, there is a ton to talk about.
With the Dominators out of the way, the Legion of Doom has rocketed to the forefront of the team’s agenda—and not a moment too soon because we’ve finally got some answers about their plans. Turns out Thawne has been recruiting people to go on a quest for the Spear of Destiny—a mythological artifact with all sorts of terrifying powers.
Comics fans might recognize the name as a little #DCTV Secret—the Spear of Destiny has been an artifact within the DC Universe since the mid-‘70s. It’s played a part in everything from old WWII-centered war stories to events like FINAL CRISIS. Talk about foreboding, right? The long and the short of it is that the Spear of Destiny is not something you really want a maniacal speedster like Thawne to get his hands on, but you probably could have guessed that by now.
And to make things even worse? Thawne and Darhk aren’t acting as a duo anymore; they’ve added another member to the mix. Malcolm Merlyn, longtime throne in the side of Oliver Queen, has stepped up to fill another niche in the roster. Yikes.
But Merlyn and the Spear were barely the tip of the iceberg in terms of tonight’s revelations. Those “amulets” Thawne’s been after? They’re not really amulets, but parts of a map that will lead him to the spear. The Legends had been doing a pretty good job of holding one of them, but that all changed tonight when Sara sacrificed their piece for Stein’s safety...and man, that’s a whole other can of worms, huh?
I talked about my concerns coming out of “Invasion” for Stein and Sara’s relationship in the video I made for the DC Fans Channel, considering Stein’s decision to keep Lily secret was pretty much in direct conflict with every piece of advice he’d ever given Sara about not killing Darhk. But that whole interaction went much better than I expected—not only did Sara learn about Lily, but she also forgave Stein for his pretty blatant hypocrisy over the whole situation.
I think it’s pretty safe to say Sara really solidified herself as a great captain and an even better leader, and while I totally respect the fact that Sara decided to be the much bigger person in this scenario, I can’t help but feel that Stein is getting off the hook a little too easy. I guess it’s a good thing for him that I’m not the captain.
But wait, there’s even more. That’s right, not even a heart-to-heart discussion about a secret time aberration daughter could take the “biggest bombshell” title from this episode.
That one belongs definitively to the reveal that Mick Rory has started hallucinating Leonard Snart on the Waverider.
That’s right. The moment I’ve been so waiting for (and totally dreading) is finally here.
Is Mick losing his mind? Is Lenny somehow manipulating the timestream to appear to him like this? Is there something else entirely going on? I don’t know. I honestly don’t even know where to start wagering guesses on this one and I’m absolutely terrified about what this could mean.
I’ll level with you guys: Mick Rory’s my favorite character in all of #DCTV right now, and as much as it’d be easy to say it’s because he’s hilarious (and he is hilarious), I think it’s really because he’s the one character who wears every aspect of himself on his sleeve. He’s completely honest about how much he feels like he doesn’t belong on the crew and isn’t qualified to be a hero, and I think there’s something really special (and charmingly incongruous) about that. He’s not a guy who’s looking for redemption. He’s comfortable with who he is, and while at first glance he looks like a dude who’s all gruff bravado and tough guy posturing, he’s never been anything but honest.
...Most of the time. Kind of. At least, as “honest” as a liar and a thief can be.
You know what I mean.
Mick Rory is exactly what it says on the tin, through and through, and I love that about him.
But now, for the first time maybe ever? That honesty is being challenged. Mick’s changing. He’s being forced to make a choice between who he believes he is and who he could become and… Man, I don’t know you guys. I don’t know how this is going to play out. This Lenny—hallucination or otherwise—seems to be pretty set on Mick committing full-stop to locking himself in as the “villain,” but his friendship with Amaya is in direct conflict with that.
So, where does that leave him?
...And, maybe more importantly, where does he want that to leave him?
At the end of the day, are his loyalties with his best-friend-slash-former-partner? Or has he, as much as he’d be totally loath to admit it, grown and changed for the better just a little bit?
We’re gonna have to wait until January to find out.