Having gotten rid of their worst enemy, their most charismatic teammate, and the world’s most awkward love triangle, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season Two finds the team in need of new members and a new goal. Fortunately, both are in the offering.
Season One ended with the dramatic appearance of Rex Tyler aka Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), who already knew Mick Rory aka Heat Wave well enough to travel back in time on his say so. The Comic-Con 2016 panel on Saturday, July 23, brought the news that other JSA members will be showing up, including Obsidian, Stargirl, and Dr. Mid-Nite, none of whom have been cast yet.
The team will also be facing new enemies, many of whom will be familiar to viewers of Flash and Arrow. Collected together in the Legion of Doom (wonder which of them picked that name? Or will Arrow‘s Cisco get to name them?). Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) have figured out a way to work together to bring (one assumes) doom to the universe.
A new enemy–better a new group of enemies is a welcome change. Vandal Savage never quite carried the role of super-menace very well, not even when he wanted to completely destroy the timeline and start over. Despite cutscenes from the future and Rip’s desire to save his family, “the future” remained an abstract quantity and Vandal’s overdone mania kept him from seeming a compelling villain. How did someone who spent so much time grinnin maniacally ever manage to organize anything? And yes, by the end, the Time Masters turned out to be villains too, but they showed up too late to pull their weight during the season as a whole.
Legends of Tomorrow season two, in contrast, will have an ensemble of villains to draw from. No single character will have to bear the weight of carrying the show’s purpose. More, these are a compelling crew. Malcolm Merlyn and Captain Cold have charisma to spare, and Damian Darhk projects “doom” very convincingly. It is a little strange having Captain Cold show up as an enemy: Watching his arc in Season One was a large part of Legends draw, particularly as he interacted with various team members. It seems a pity to erase all that work. Still, it is going to add weight to the opposition: The Legends are going to be fighting a version of their dead friend.
The Comic-Con sizzle reel gives tantalizing glimpses of the show’s development:
So who else will be watching when the show returns for season two on Thursday, October 13, at 8/7c on The CW.
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