Hey there, Legends fans! Welcome back! We have a ton to get into this week so I'm just going to cut right to the chase. Honestly, I think this was my favorite episode of the season so far, and I'm not just saying that because I like vampire stories...though that certainly didn't hurt.
Okay, but seriously, let's unpack what we learned:
- Mallus is some sort of noncorporeal entity(?) who is able to possess people like some sort of spooky time-traveling demon.
- Mallus is responsible for some of the more extreme anachronisms—the "outliers" as Rip called them, which makes me wonder if he or she had a hand in Caesar showing up in Aruba way back at the start of this season?
- Rip's been working for FIVE YEARS to chase down Mallus and the Time Bureau is pretty much sick of it—which, honestly, who can really blame them?
- Damien Darhk is back!
That last one is a pretty big deal, so let's tackle it first.
If, somehow, this is your first season with the Legends (and if you don’t watch Arrow), then the name Damien Darhk might not have a ton of significance for you, but he's been a thorn in their side for a couple of years now. He's responsible (as you probably guessed) for the death of Sara's sister. He was also one of the Legion of Doom members last season. People just cannot seem to stop resurrecting this dude...but, honestly? Next to Captain Cold he's probably one of my favorite #DCTV villains, so I can't say I really mind all that much.
Darhk’s back from the dead, care of Mallus this time around, and, we can assume, off to be a part of whatever plan is in motion. All in all, not great news for the team.
The fact that Mallus has some very cult-like followers is pretty concerning, too. I get the distinct impression this isn't the last we've seen of Lady Eleanor or her ilk—especially given how interested she seemed to be in Zari's totem. I can't claim to have a great guess as to just what's going on with the totems this season, or why they seem to be so interconnected and important, but they're clearly one of the keys to solving this thing.
Completely hypothetically speaking here, if Amaya's totem represents earth (y'know, in the "Mother Nature" way, rather than like, dirt and rocks), Zari's totem represents wind, and Kuasa's totem is clearly water-based...then that leaves, what? A fire totem we haven't seen yet?
That’s assuming that's what's going on. As you know, I'm just as in the dark with my theories here as everyone else. Which—speaking of theories—it looks like my "Mallus is Lily's baby" guess is wrong? But I don't think I'm entirely ready to give up poking that particular hornet's nest.
Did anyone else notice that Lily's baby is named Ronnie? Which, sure, that's a perfectly understandable American baby name, but for the Stein family there's some history there. Here's an off-the-wall #DCTV Secret for you: Way back in the first season of The Flash, there was a different incarnation of Firestorm, without Jax. It was made up of Dr. Stein and a guy named Ronnie Raymond, who died at the start of Season 2 sacrificing himself to close a rift between different Earths that had opened up in Central City.
I'm not saying Lily's baby has anything to do with Ronnie Raymond. Even I can't jump through enough comic book logic hoops to make that make sense. But it is a little odd that she named him that all on her own, right? Out of however many millions of potential baby names there are in the world?
And we still don't know who the father is! What I mean to say here is that there's something weird going on with Lily and I don't know how and I don't know why, but I think whatever it turns out to be is going to have some pretty big implications on both the Legends and the timeline at large.
...Or maybe Ronnie Stein is just a normal baby and I've fallen too deep down my conspiracy theory rabbit hole.
In the meantime, things aren't looking great for Rip now that he's been ousted from his own time travel bureaucracy and the Legends are finally flying free. But for how long? If Rip's right about Mallus, then there's a lot more to be done than just correcting anachronisms.
But hey, on the bright side, at least we know what kind of music Damien Dahrk keeps on his smartwatch now, so that has to count for something.