Tonight's episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow was chock full of Easter eggs, winks and nods to the past, and all the rest.
Of course, most of them were so overt, and such an integral part of the story, that they hardly count as Easter eggs.
Nevertheless, we'll take a cruise through the episode and see what we see.
So...what did we catch? What did we miss?
Read on, and comment below!
THE BIG ONES
Okay, so here's a thing: this week's episode featured a lot of frequently-mentioned, or big and obvious, Easter eggs.
A quick rundown:
They mentioned DC Comics cities Star City, Central City, Hub City, and Ivy Town, at least.
They also reminded us of the existence of Arrow's Quentin Lance (Sara's father), The Flash's Lisa Snart/Golden Glider (Leonard's sister), and a few other notables.
Ray's first fiancee, Anna Loring, is a nod to Jean Loring. On Arrow, she was an attorney who worked for Oliver Queen's mother, but in the comics, Jean Loring was Ray Palmer's wife for years prior to her going crazy and killing another superhero's wife in the Identity Crisis series.
DISAPPEARING FROM HISTORY
I'm not sure who "Kelex Druza" is, or if mabe I misheard his name, but the man executed by the Time Masters at the start of the episode is wiped from existence by the death of his younger self -- and the visual effects used to represent his disintegration from the timeline are the same ones used in last year's finale for The Flash, when Eddie Thawne committed suicide in order to kill his descendant Eobard (The Reverse-Flash).
"COME WITH ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE"
“Come with me if you want to live” is a famous quote from the time-travel movie The Terminator.
Funny enough, prior to Ray Palmer using it in today's DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Booster Gold once made a similar remark during his time-travel adventures written by Legends executive producer Geoff Johns.
I can't help but look at this red vest/jean jacket thing and think Rory was going for a real Marty McFly thing in his younger years.
TWO EASTER EGGS IN ONE SHOT
Many fans have noticed that when there's an establishing shot with a caption, the cities roll through and you'll sometimes get Easter eggs. Metropolis and Gotham City have both "appeared" in Legends of Tomorrow this way, and this time around we get kind of a clever twofer.
When I was trying to get a screen grab of the moment where the Starling City Police Department is apparently numbered as "1952" -- a "52" reference, which are pretty common on the CWverse shows -- I noticed that the last city before Starling (which in itself is kind of a trip down memory lane since the city changed in 2015 from Starling City to Star City) is Seattle.
That's funny, of course, becuase Star City is often understood to be a stand-in for Seattle -- so much so that some Green Arrow writers have relocated him to Seattle altogether.
SOME ARROW BITS
"If he ever lost me..." young Sara says of her father, worry in her voice.
Little does she know that he'll lose her -- at least twice -- and get her back, each time getting more traumatic...
...and then there's the date of December 19, 2014, when Ray is attacked in his lab. The show was on hiatus at that point, so Lord only knows exactly what he was up to that day...but we can say that it makes sense he was working on the suit in the Palmer Technologies office.
Fruit Brute is one of the "monster" cereals, like Count Chocula, Frankenberry, etc.
And the fact that Rip has a collection of vintage cereals makes total sense; in the Booster Gold comics, we were once told that Rip has a fridge full of vintage Coca Cola from the original recipe.
We've talked about Ma Hunkel's Red Tornado helmet, seen in Rip's time lab, before...
...but tonight's episode gives you the best look yet at the helmet (as well as a second, mysterious helmet).
RIP HUNTER'S MOTHER
It's interesting that at no point here do we discover the name of Rip Hunter's mother...
...becuase that's true in the comics, too.
In the comics, we know who Rip's father is (more on that later), but his mom is only ever referred to as his mother, never by name, so as not to lock his father (Booster Gold) into a future relationship.
Rip Hunter's father in the comics is Michael Jon Carter, better known as Booster Gold.
So it seems likely that when he arrives with the name "Michael," that's a nod to his comic book parentage.