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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season

Score: 88%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Warner Brothers Home
                  Entertainment

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/3
Running Time: 715 Mins.
Genre: Action/Sci-Fi/TV Series
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Features:

  • 2016 Comic-Con Panel
  • Allied: The Invasion! Complex
  • Unaired Scenes
  • Gag Reel

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season brings back the crew of the Waverider as they face a new combined threat composed of several Arrowverse villains. To make matters worse, the newly formed Legion of Doom will turn one of the Legends against the rest of the team and into a formidable enemy.

When we last left the crew, they had defeated Vandal Savage once and for all and the duo of Hawkgirl and Hawkman exited stage right, since the threat of their immortal stalker was behind them. Just when the pair leave the rest of the group, a member of the Justice Society of America appears and warns the crew of an impending threat.

Fast-forward to the start of Season Two and we meet historian Nate Heywood (Nick Zano, The Final Destination, What I Like About You), who has noticed inconsistencies in history that lead him to believe the Legends are not only in danger, but scattered across history. With the help of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell, Arrow), they locate the Waverider and find it empty except for a hibernating Mick (Dominic Purcell, Prison Break). Once revived, Mick explains that the Waverider was under attack and Captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill, Doctor Who, Broadchurch) scattered the crew throughout history in order to protect them. So, the first mission of the new season is to gather the rest of the Legends. When they realize that the only person they can't track down is Rip himself, their second task is to find the Time Master and get back to fixing aberrations in history.

Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Newly-appointed acting captain, Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz, Mad Men), Ray Palmer/Atom (Brandon Routh, Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Chuck), Mick, Nate and the duo that become Firestorm, Martin Stein (Victor Garber, Titanic, Argo) and Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh, Edge of Tomorrow, Attack the Block), get detoured in their hunt for Rip and clash heads with a WWII government-funded supergroup, the aforementioned Justice Society.

The encounter goes awry when one of the JSA members is killed and another makes her way onto the Waverider to hunt down the one responsible. Completing this season's Waverider crew is Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers, The Originals, Of Kings and Prophets), the Vixen of the 1940's era and grandmother to Mari McCabe, a character seen and referenced in the rest of the Arrowverse. With her magical amulet, Amaya has the ability to channel animal characteristics and gives Vixen a wide variety of powers.

The Legends soon learn that the person responsible for the JSA member's death is none other than Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher, The Flash, Her, Eli Stone). How Thawne has escaped his existence from being erased after the events of The Flash: Season One and what exactly he intends to do are all parts of the season's mysteries, but we do quickly learn that he decides to recruit some of the Arrowverse's biggest villains in order to accomplish those goals. For one, he recruits Damien Darhk (Neil McDonough, Arrow, Desperate Housewives) decades before his encounter with Oliver, and consequently before he has a chance to kill Sara's sister, a fact that Sara keeps in mind throughout the season. Thawne's other recruit is Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman, Arrow, Torchwood, Zero Dark Thirty) who has found his life to have gone a bit downhill since being relieved of his title as the head of the League of Assassins.

While the overall threat of the Legion of Doom is constant from the get-go, there are some amusing adventures the Legends have during this season's events, and the somewhat absurd nature of many of these missions only help to highlight the lighthearted nature of the series. The team will face zombies during the American Civil War, they will visit Camelot, and even confront Al Capone in 1920's Chicago. One of my favorite episodes though is when the hunt for Rip takes the crew to Los Angeles in 1967 where they run into a young film student named George Lucas. Because of the initial encounter, Lucas decides to give up on filmmaking. With Indiana Jones and Star Wars having never been made, Nate and Ray's inspirations that got them into archaeology and science leave their specific skill sets drying up right before everyone's eyes.

Besides George Lucas (Matt Angel) and Al Capone (Isaac Keoghan), other notable figures the Legends will encounter include J.R.R. Tolkien (Jack Turner), George Washington (Randall Batinkoff) and the crew surrounding the Apollo 13 mission. In an odd twist, they actually have to help make sure that the mission goes wrong in order to protect the timeline. There are also a few notable guest stars this season. Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator, Millennium) is JLA member Obsidian and Jeff Fahey (Lost, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, The Lawnmower Man) plays Jonah Hex's nemesis, Quentin Turnbull, when the crew return to the Wild West.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season also features the last part in the crossover event "Invasion!" This four-part show spilled across all of the Arrowverse series starting with the very end of a Supergirl episode, and includes both The Flash and Arrow. In this crossover event, aliens have invaded Earth and it will take all of the heroes' strengths to fight them back and keep them from invading again. Unfortunately, because of the nature of crossovers, this episode shouldn't be watched without seeing the other parts since you will be left quite in the dark. On the flipside, like most Arrowverse crossover events, there is very little consequence to the rest of the season from this one episode. By the end of it, Supergirl gets a way to contact the main Arrowverse group and a bit of Dominator tech becomes important by the end of one of the other series. We also learn that Martin appears to have created his own time aberration during one of the previous episodes, and exactly how he handles this particular development becomes a conflict that he and the rest of the Legends will have to deal with.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season comes with an amusing panel featuring the cast and crew from the 2016 San Diego International Comic-Con, as well as a featurette about the Invasion! crossover event. With this being the first of the 2016-2017 season's Arrowverse shows to be released so far, it's hard to tell if this particular Invasion!-centric special feature is unique to Legends or if all four shows will contain the same featurette, but hopefully each one will have a different aspect covered to reward fans who will pick up all four shows on DVD or Blu-ray. Regardless, this featurette gave some interesting insight about making a large crossover story, as well as how the different cast members got together and worked as a team.

Where Season One was all about establishing the Legends as a team and having them hunt down one particular enemy throughout time, Season Two feels much more fleshed out. There are some new characters being added, but they soon feel like a part of the team, and the combined threat of the Legion of Doom quickly shapes the story of the season. Sure there is still time-hopping cat-and-mouse games like there were with the hunt for Vandal Savage, but the overall story feels a lot stronger. While it's hard to recommend starting DC's Legends of Tomorrow at Season Two, it feels like any reservations that viewers might have had coming out of the first season should be addressed in this one, making the first season a worthwhile watch in order to see where the characters end up by the end of this season.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray. The opinions I share are my own.



-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

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