Tonight will be the midseason finale of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, pitting the time-traveling superteam against Al Capone, leader of...the Legion of Doom?!
Yeah, all four principal members of the Legion of Doom -- announced back at Comic Con but not yet fully revealed on Legends of Tomorrow -- will be appearing onscreen for the first time together tonight.
Here's the synopsis:
When a new Time Aberration is discovered by the Legends, they find themselves headed to 1927 Chicago. The Legends quickly realize that they have been set up by Eobard Thawne (guest star Matt Letscher), Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and the newest member of the Legion of Doom, Malcolm Merlyn (guest start John Barrowman).
While everyone is trying to help fix what they think is the mission, Jax (Franz Drameh) encourages a reluctant Stein (Victor Garber) to share his secret with the other Legends. Stein is taken captive and Sara (Caity Lotz) must make the tough choice of either stopping the Legion of Doom or saving Stein. Meanwhile, Rory (Dominic Purcell) gets an unexpected visitor and is not sure how to handle it.
Ralph Hemecker, who has directed a number of episodes of The Flash is no comics newbie: the Legends of Tomorrow director, who will tackle a script from Sarah Nicole Jones and Ray Utarnachitt, has been doing this stuff since Witchblade in 2000.
So with the show seemingly in good hands and a strong base set up so far this season, what else can you hope for? Well, we're greedy, so we've always got some ideas. Read on to find out what we're hoping for tonight, and comment below if there's anything you really want to see that we didn't think of!
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DC's Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The midseason finale, titled "The Chicago Way," debuts tonight.
HOT AND COLD
Of course, the biggest thing to be on the lookout for is the relationship between Mick Rory and his former partner, Leonard Snart. So far, we have no idea whether he will be last season's mostly-good Snart who somehow survived the time blast, the bad-guy Snart of the past with a bone to pick, or somewhere in between.
All last season, Heat Wave and Captain Cold had an unpredictable dynamic, as the two held their friendship close, but always seemed to be on separate missions and usually at cross purposes. It's looking like that dynamic will be back...but what an alive-and-well Captain Cold will mean for Heat Wave, who has been a major player so far in the season, remains to be seen.
We almost certainly won't actually see the JSA, but it would be nice if we could start to get a sense for why Vixen was brought into the season and whether she will be able to change what seems to be a sad destiny for the country's first superhero team.
So far, we've only really seen them once, and then a second episode where Obsidian explained that they all somehow died. We know that they were targeted by the Dominators...but that's about it. Why were they the very first group attacked by Thawne and company this season? There has to be a reason for the time and place of it.
A LITTLE LEVITY
There wasn't a lot of time for comedy last week, when Invasion! took over the line and the team spent almost all of the Legends of Tomorrow episode battling aliens.
This week, it's going to be super high stakes, at least one or two of the characters are going to be very emotionally raw...and we're hoping that they have at least a few moments to stop, breathe, and balance the heart, the humor, and the story.
So far this season, the comedic elements of Legends have been landing much better than they did last season. It would be a shame to go out of 2016 with a couple of really dire-serious episodes.
Martin Stein just discovered he had a daughter, and while we got to meet her a little bit last week, there wasn't much in the way of solid information about Lily Stein as a character.
It would be nice if we got to know a little bit more about the life that Stein can't remember -- especially because if he's going to allow it to emotionally compromise him to the point where he doesn't want to undo the change, he really should prepare himself to go into a conversation with her at some point.
This one's a little out there -- and probably not realistic -- but it would certainly be nice if we could find out what Sara's reaction will be when she learns that her sister has seemingly turned up alive and well in Star City.
It would be a difficult -- but not impossible -- task to imagine somebody finding a way to reach out to Sara about it, but if tonight's Legends is anywhere near as bleak as last night's Arrow for the most part, a moment of joy and hope at the end could (again, like Arrow) really help the year to go out on an up note.