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An honesty roach sets the scene for some heartfelt moments as ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ continues into the second half of the season.
Season 4, Episode 10: The Getaway
Original air date: 08/04/19
Matthew Maala & Ubah Mohammed
Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Courtney Ford, Amy Louise Pemberton, Ramona Young, Nick Zano, Dominic Purcell & Matt Ryan
Adam Tsekhman, Tom Wilson, Christian Keyes & Paul Ganus
“The Getaway” doesn’t give us much in the way of plot advancement, and I am still somewhat baffled as to what the trajectory of this season is, but it serves to deal with some of the fallout from the previous episode “Luchas de Apuestas” and does some work in the later scenes to give an inkling as to the Big Bad of this season. Now, I have to be honest, I am not as fond of this season’s arc as I have been with previous Legends’ seasons. Season 1 had the villain of Vandall Savage, Season 2 had the Legion of Doom trying to alter reality so that they were the victors, while Season 3 had the quest for the six totems to keep the momentum going. The release of magical creatures needing to be swept up is, I find, a little less compelling. I also have found that Legends has become increasingly more camp, when I compare some of the scenes we see here with Snart’s sacrifice in Season 1, or Amaya’s murder in Season 2. I might attribute quite a lot of that to the show losing quite a few of my favourite characters in the process of quite a vast ensemble show. Indeed, Legends has to juggle quite a large main cast, which is no mean feat considering how many of them there are. Comparing it to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which has quite an extensive main cast too, at least Sabrina has the difference in casts between the adults and the children, as well as the further subdivision between the supernatural and the mortal aspects. That means that there can be greater division of storyline within the episodes, while often I find that some of the Legends are phased out with little to do in some episodes.
“The Getaway” has the team head back to 1973, where Richard Nixon (Paul Ganus) has been possessed by Mahat, an Egyptian god in the form of a roach, which prevents him from telling lies. This is a massive deal, as Nixon’s honesty will bring about much destruction. The team’s mission is to kidnap Nixon, rid him of Mahat, and take him to Orlando in time to make a particularly important speech.
While the team are here, Zari (Tala Ashe) and Nate (Nick Zano) are at the Time Bureau, pretending to assist Hank (Tom Wilson) with his quest to track down the team. While secretly thwarting Hank from within his own team, they also enlist the help of Gary (Adam Tzekhman) to hack Hank’s emails and discover where the missing magical creatures (like Konane in the previous episode) are being taken to.
The Time Bureau capture the Waverider, but the Legends escape thanks to Zari and Nate giving them the heads up. The team are therefore forced to take Nixon to Orlando by RV, with Hank in pursuit dressed as state police and setting up watches at gas stations and road blocks, etc. This storyline pushes Nate and Hank together, and it’s nice to see them spend some father-son time bonding. Needing to know details about his father so that they can hack his email, allows Nate to ask questions that he never had the opportunity to do. The audience are filled with a sense of dread that Nate’s deception can only end badly. The conclusion is unexpected, and – after Nate swallows Mahat and reveals all to his father – Hank lets the Legends go, promising that they will work on the same side from now on.
The other main sort of conflict through this episode is bubbling tension between Sara (Caity Lotz) and Mona (Ramona Young). Mona is still reeling after the discovery of her ability to transform into a Kaupe and killing a Time Bureau agent, while Sara is shaken up over her relationship troubles with Ava because of siding with Mona. This conflict results in Mona turning into a Kaupe and trashing a diner, while Sara is tasked with talking her down. It’s a touching moment, where Sara reveals that it’s alright to let out your feelings and not bottle them up, which is quite unlike Sara’s own approach to her emotions.
It is all too good to last, however. Through Hank’s hacked emails, Zari discovers that Hank is embezzling funds for a black ops operation where experiments are being conducted upon prisoners. Shaken that Hank had said that all he did was for Nate, Nate heads off to find his father. Unbeknownst to him, however, Hank is already trying to sever ties with Neron (Christian Keyes) – a demon whose face looks like a pumice stone when in its natural form, and otherwise looks like Constantine’s ex-lover Desmond. Neron does not respond well to this and attacks Hank, appearing to suck Hank’s soul from his body. Nora Dahrk (Courtney Ford) senses danger from her cell and breaks out to help, but arrives too late. Nate appears to find Nora over Hank’s dead body and Time Agents rush in before she can explain. Using her powers, Nora escapes, leaving the true culprit unknown.
It’s quite a sad ending to what is otherwise quite a light-hearted episode, and it’s such a shame after the development done in this episode to make Hank seem much more three-dimensional and nuanced than he has previously. It’s even more heartbreaking when this is probably the only time that Nate has realised this too and Nate has already suffered so much, especially with losing Amaya at the end of the previous season. The final scenes set up where the rest of the season is going, presumably towards heading off Neron while he tries to achieve whatever he is planning on achieving.
- This week’s victims of a large cast are Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Mick (Dominic Purcell). I’d say Ray (Brandon Routh), but I’m sort of over him as a character at this point. Charlie’s absence leads to amusing revelations as the Legends forget about leaving her behind twice. Mick is there in the RV, but doesn’t do much other than sit there. Moreover, Ava (Jes Macallan) doesn’t even feature in the episode while she maintains distance from Sara.
- Zari and Nate definitely seem to be coming closer together, something which only really crept up in the previous episode when they were forced together undercover. Hopefully that continues to develop and they become even closer after Nate’s loss, though he did show signs of shutting her out when she told him about his father’s black ops.
- I know that Charlie is part of the cast now, but I miss Amaya, and the sense of real stakes in this show. Quite a few members of the crew have died at this point, and I miss the sense of tangible timeline changes that actually affect the character’s lives.
- I hope that Ava and Sara make up soon. They’re good together, and relationship tension makes me anxious.
- Nora being escaped and on the run again has the potential to feel like a repeat. We’ve definitely been here before, so I hope they find a way to do it differently this time around, and hopefully it will bring out more of Ray’s character underneath his optimistic bluster.
See for the next episode, everyone, where it looks like the team are going to encounter Jane Austen?
Lucha de Apuestas
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