Friday, 15 April 2016

Legends of Tomorrow - Review (The CW)

The CW is definitely carving out a niche for itself with its newest DC Comic’s adaptation Legends of Tomorrow. The series was created and developed by Greg Berlanti et al who are also behind the CW’s biggest hits Arrow and The Flash.

Legends of Tomorrow is in fact a spin-off of both shows and features some of the most popular secondary characters from both of their respective parent series, including Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm / The Flash (Victor Garber), Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm / The Flash (Franz Drameh), Ray Palmer / Atom / Arrow (Brandon Routh), Sara Lance / White Canary / Arrow (Caity Lotz), Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl / The Flash (Ciara Renee), Carter Hall / Hawkman / The Flash (Falk Hentschel), Mick Rory / Heat Wave / The Flash (Dominic Purcell) and Leonard Snart / Captain Cold / The Flash (Wentworth Miller),

The large ensemble are brought together by time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) travels back in time to the present day where he brings together a team of heroes and villains in an attempt to prevent Vandal Savage from destroying the world and time itself. Rip Hunter is supposed to be from East London despite sounding nothing like people from East London, trust me I would know.

If you are a fan of Arrow and The Flash you will probably be a fan of Legends of Tomorrow, the show doesn’t deviate from its respective aren’t shows which does mean it can be a bit formulaic and predictable in terms of its storytelling and twist and turns but ultimately, the show is enjoyable and fun and maintains the high stakes and wit of its parent series.  On the other hand, the show does run the risk of falling into the trap of not allocating enough time and focus on its characters who arguably don’t receive enough attention from their parent shows. Furthermore, action and special effects can simply be a curtain for a lack of drama which is a trap the show could also easily fall into.

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