What makes a television series special these days that is not on any of the premium channels, such HBO’s Game Of Thrones? Polished production? A believable starring role and a likable supporting cast? Perhaps an epic villain? Maybe a unique and imaginative universe? Seems most of the best series usually will attempt to deliver a home run in every department of what makes a fantastic series. Most rarely do. Occasionally, a series will come to regular TV and will bring something special to people’s homes across the globe.
I never saw this coming back in 2012 when the Arrow first premiered. By the time The Flash premiered in 2014, I was a believer. The CW network is the Mount Olympus of comic book inspired television. Netflix may be right there with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow just raised the CW network to the next level of home television entertainment.
Not since the blockbuster hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy, have I been immediately smitten by a unique universe. Mystery, time travel, imagination. DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow has it all in spades. I think one reason the pilot was so entertaining for me was that I already loved the cast before the opening scene. Usually when we watch a pilot for the first time, we are judging the cast and characters right off the bat. Do we, or don’t we, like the characters and cast is in the back of our mind as we are watching. With Legends Of Tomorrow, we already know and enjoy the characters. Very similar to Guardians Of The Galaxy, we have an unlikely team being assembled from some of the best characters from both The Flash and Arrow series.
Firestorm (Professor Martin Stein- Victor Garber/Jefferson “Jax” Jackson-Franz Drameh ), White Canary (Caity Lotz),Atom (Brandon Routh), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), and introducing the man behind it all, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill); all united as a time traveling band of heroes and anti-heroes on a mission to save the world from one of the coolest villains on the CW network, Mr. Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). All of the characters have all had extensive air time in both their respective series to give the viewer a very easy transition into this new series. I felt as if I knew each character’s origin before they spoke one word in the pilot.
The story takes focus when Rip Hunter decides to take it upon himself to travel back in time to 2016 and assemble a team to erase the future where Vandal Savage has all but destroyed the world. Why not the Justice League you ask? Well, that is half the fun of the show and the title itself. These aren’t legends of today, they are legends of “tomorrow.” These are a team of criminals and supporting cast sidekick heroes who have never truly been in the spotlight. After all, the Justice League members such as Green Arrow, The Flash, Batman, and the rest of the Watch Tower residents will always be at the top of the latter in most eyes in the DC universe. Which is why Rip Hunter has selected them. They are expendable in the grand scheme of the universe. Which is perfect for the series due to the excellent chemistry the cast has with each other, thanks to their history on Arrow and Flash.
Each character has a great chemistry with each other. Be it Captain Cold and Heat Wave bickering back and forth. Atom and his golden trait of being a true and noble hero that is the perfect balance with The White Canary and her troubled past to find her place in the world. Arthur Darvill’s performance as Rip Hunter really compliments the rest of the cast as well. He has more history with Savage than he is revealing in his first meeting with the team after a comedic sequence of pretty much straight forward kidnappings of our heroes as they begin their journey of what should be a fun season of back and forth time travel to stop Vandal Savage from world conquest.
I think what sold me on the pilot most of all, would be the production. Almost movie worthy. From space ships to apocalyptic futures, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow just might be the best looking series on the CW network. With Arrow and The Flash both going strong with zero signs of slowing down, I don’t see the “CW champ” giving up the belt to ABC’s Carter/Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., CBS’s Supergirl, or Netflix’s awesome line up of comic TV series anytime soon. There is a new sheriff in town on Thursday nights my friends, and its name is DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow.