Legends of Tomorrow: Episode 2, when the wibbly-wobbly stuff hits the fan

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After assembling in last week's pilot, DC's Legends of Tomorrow joined forces in "Pilot, Part 2" to defeat their vandalously savage villain, seventies style!

When this week's Legends of Tomorrow, "Pilot, Part 2," kicks off, we find ourselves in Norway, circa 1975 as a nuclear arms deal is going down, helmed by the man of the milennium Vandal Savage. He counts among his glitzy clientele The Green Arrow's arch nemesis Damien Darhk. But as far as time travel goes, Savage barely knew what hit him. Click here if you still don't know who DC's Legends of Tomorrow are in the CW's new spinoff series. Between a major character death and some action scenes, this episode of Legends of Tomorrow left much to be desired. Change DC to Marvel and Avengers to Legends and you basically have the spectacle we witnessed last night. If all the attention spent on special effects and marvel-looking explosions was given to the slightest character interest or good writing, last night's Pilot, Part 2 wouldn't have been half bad. But at this rate we can't see Legends getting optioned for a second season, except that last week's pilot episode scored The CW's best Thursday night rating in 3 years. And, hey, if everyone's doing it...

So what about those characers? Last night we delved into the backstory behind Martin Stein and how he became such a pseudo-intellectual pedant. Well, travel back to the seventies, and it turns out he was always a pseudo-intellectual pedant with a penchant for using outdated drug slang (even for the seventies - doobie, anyone?) But the technical-sounding science babble can't really be blamed on the characters themselves so much as a writers' room without the time or inclination to do their homework, instead substituting sense for phrases like "timey wimey wibbly-wobbly stuff," that look superciliously down on the audience. While our Legends take a time-travelling dip to the past to find a missing part of Palmer's shrinking suite absconded by Savage, Stein himself unadvisedly plays with his timeline and nearly get's himself into divorce proceedings in the present. And if showcreators thought two weeks was enough to develop characters from scratch and make us feel bad when they get killed off, just rewatch that scene when Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, tries to kill Savage with Kendra's blade and gets it himself. So a perpetually self-resurrecting Egyptian demigod dies for a few weeks? Who cares? Of course, this boat'll keep on floating as long as fans turn on, tune in and drop out. Did you like this week's episode of Legends of Tomrrow? Does it really matter?

Source: The CW