|Season 2 was the first time the Legends participated in the annual crossover.|
I find it fascinating which sequels can pull off the “bigger and better” goal, and which ones fall flat while trying. Aliens, The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back are strong examples, with Terminator: Genisys and Independence Day: Resurgence proving that sometimes it doesn’t always work.
Whether it’s different for television series is an interesting matter of discussion. TV has more time to flesh out its story and its characters, and there’s room for more buildup to the season’s big ideas and climax(es). However, the second season can be the most difficult, largely because once you’ve had a successful first season, it can be hard to maintain the momentum and you risk falling into a bit of a “sophomore slump.” Thank god this has never applied to Legends of Tomorrow, in any of its seasons so far.
Every season has so far achieved the “bigger and better” goal, and none more than Season 2. The cast is on top of their game, the writing gets funnier and wittier with every passing episode, and the story is consistently inspired and clever.
It’s in this season that the show begins to find its niche, in a superhero show that isn’t afraid to have fun while being totally and completely wacky, finding new ground to cover with every passing episode. Granted, it’s still a season or two away from embracing its true weirdness, but Season 2 is Legends of Tomorrow’s first emergence into the realm of the absurd. As a dedicated fan since the show’s inception, it’s fascinating to chart it’s descent (or ascent?) into stranger and stranger topics.
|The most compelling villains the Legends have ever faced.|
Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), the man who made the Legends, is actually absent for the majority of the season. I remember seeing Darvill (along with Season 1 stars Casper Crump and Falk Hentschel) at Rhode Island Comic-Con in 2016, about halfway through the season, and being thrilled when Darvill confirmed that he would be back in subsequent episodes. Still, even though Rip isn’t one of the season’s primary characters, we begin to see how the Legends are adapting to life without him — and how they can stand as their own entity without the man who formed the team. Granted, when Rip returns, he adds his fair share of chaos back into the mix with a number of delicious twist, but one can tell that the show is acquainting audiences to Legends without Arthur Darvill.
|Still no shortage of style in sight.|
Showrunners: Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer and Greg Berlanti
Starring: Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Dominic Purcell, Victor Garber, Franz Drameh, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Amy Pemberton, Matt Letscher
Rated: TV-14 (violence, smoking, language)
Fun Fact: In the first season’s finale, Rex Tyler/Hourman of the Justice Society arrives to save the team from their impending deaths. The CW had originally planned to produce a spinoff TV series featuring Hourman, but the idea was scrapped, and the cliffhanger turned out to be largely unimportant in Legends Season 2.
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