Last week, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premiered on The CW, and because it’s DC, and The CW, we were looking forward to this show. I finally got around to watching it, and now I’ll make a quick post.
Spoiler-free! This is just a review, no recap or anything. I’ll do my best to keep it short.
First of all, it’s important to say that these are not unknown characters – all of them (except Rip Hunter) have appeared in previous episodes of either The Flash or Arrow; so there is no real character introduction necessary to kick this show off. I think that was a huge plus for this pilot, because there was no time wasted on presenting us with no less than 8 new characters. That would probably have killed this episode. But it didn’t, and that’s good.
So this was a very plot-centric pilot episode. There is only a short introduction done for Rip Hunter, showing where he comes from and why he does what he does. After that, the story starts with him picking the characters up.
The writers did a good job with that. It might have been a bit fast, and they all decide whether or not they wanted to join the team or not a bit too fast at times, which seemed irrational and illogical – but it’s a TV show, and they’re (anti-)heroes, so that’s just the way they are. I enjoyed the writing of this episode, especially because they manage to make all 9 (!) characters relevant, which is an achievement in itself.
The acting is good, too. Hawkgirl and Hawkman might need to work a bit on their acting – or that’s just the way the characters are supposed to be. It just felt like they were under-acting (is that even a thing?) at times. But I think they’ll work that out pretty fast, once they’ve had more time to get used to their characters. Everyone else was doing a great job.
The effects are well-done, too, and the fight sequences are great. Especially White Canary’s. There is not too much cheesiness or super unbelievable sci-fi stuff, which is nice.
I also like the premise of this show. It’s kinda complicated, because time travel is always complicated, and there’s a lot of characters to focus on – a lot of enjoyable characters, if they’re done correctly. For now, they are. And I like “kinda complicated”. And time travel. Time travel is always good. Time travel and (anti-)heroes? Awesome!
Now, the rating: Exceeded Expectations. I wasn’t really sure what to expect of this show, and I was sceptical about the amount of characters – but it was all very well done, and I’m impressed. I am looking forward to the rest of the season!