If you missed the pilot for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this week you can still catch it now. Bringing together nine characters from the CW’s Arrow and The Flash, plus the new time traveler Rip Hunter, the CW has provided a venue for a very comic book concept–the weekly team-up. And other than the Arrow and The Flash themselves, this new series has pulled together probably the best of the secondary characters from those shows.
Doctor Who’s other last companion Arthur Darville leads up this new team. It’s as if we get to see Darville portray the Doctor himself, at least an American view of the British series. The Comic Con crowd audience is provided plenty of familiar encounters and situations that reflect classic tropes and scenes. Seattle’s Space Needle aka Star City is the launch point for this new team composed of Brandon Routh’s Atom, Caity Lotz’s ex-Black Canary now the White Canary, the one-two punch of Victor Garber and Franz Drameh as Firestorm, Falk Hentschel as Hawkman and Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl. And bad guys Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) play the good side with Arrow and The Flash’s Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) as the series villain.
After about 20 minutes of world building, recruiting and meeting all the players, the show kicks in when the team finds itself in 1975. Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and White Canary end up in a bar where Canary goes on her own punching spree. It’s a great play to see the bad guys team-up with a good guy against… anyone else.
Check out the pilot now at the CW’s website here, but watch it soon because it likely won’t be around forever.
A timeship with a Firefly-esque interior, an older man meeting his younger parents in a different timeline… it’s the stuff that should appeal to genre fans once the cast members begin to gel and chemistry between characters can be established. The pilot showcases some promise for the series. Look for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Thursday’s at 7 p.m. Central on the CW.