The midterm elections in the U.S. brought about several victories and some great, and much needed, things to smile about. However, most days the news still offers more bad than good in the world. It’s tough at times to keep it all at bay and from completely weighing you down. Thankfully, for those of us that love TV and often turn to it for a great escape, there’s shows like DC’s Legends of Tomorrow out there. The CW series is a continual beacon of light, hope and laughs that seem to be needed now more than ever.
If you’re anything like us here at The TV Junkies, then you love nothing more than settling in on the couch at night, turning off all the outside noise and awful news of the day, and spending an hour or two with fictional characters. Right now, hands down, there is no other hour of TV currently airing that gives me more joy, satisfaction, inspiration and hope than the wonderful group on Legends of Tomorrow. Led by Captain Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), the Legends are a gang of misfits that have come together to travel through time to stop an apocalypse and fight demons.
While Season 4 of Legends just got underway a few weeks ago, there’s still plenty of time to catch up. The previous three seasons are on Netflix, and many fans of the show will even tell you to throw caution to the wind and just jump right in and join the crew on the Waverider! The absolute joy that comes from watching this show is 100 per cent worth it, but if you still need some convincing, check out the reasons below why Legends of Tomorrow is the bright spot we all sorely need right now.
Captain Sara Lance
The leader of this ragtag group of wonderful weirdos is Captain Sara Lance. Seeing such a powerful, tough, badass woman in charge is extremely satisfying, and I could go on and on why I love Sara so much. The great part about her though is that while she may have all the best moves and can fight anyone or any thing that may come along, she’s also completely relatable. Caity Lotz brings a real warmth and heart to Sara that makes her feel extremely human, fallible, and relatable to viewers. You will find yourself rooting so hard for this captain, and just like her crew, wanting to do anything to make her proud and see her come out on top. As far as leaders go, there’s few out there better than Captain Lance.
Ladies to the front
The great thing about Legends of Tomorrow is that when it comes to amazing, complex, interesting and smart female characters, the show doesn’t stop at Sara Lance. Legends always puts women at the front of stories, right on the front lines of battle and in positions of power. For instance, there’s Zari (Tala Ashe), a Muslim computer hacker from the future who felt like a bit of an outsider when she joined the team in Season 3, but who has slowly come around and lately been the emotional core for a lot of the stories this season. Maisie Richardson-Sellers’ Amaya, who can channel the abilities of the animal kingdom thanks to a magical totem, admittedly seemed questionable for a Season 4 return, but now the Legends’ writers are poised to give us Richardson-Sellers in a whole new light. The series also made moves to make both Jes Macallan and Courtney Ford regulars for Season 4 meaning we’ll for sure be learning more about both Time Bureau Director Ava Sharpe and Nora Darhk, the maybe not so evil daughter of Arrowverse villain Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
A truly great ensemble
While I could go on and on about the ladies of Legends of Tomorrow, the guys are pretty fantastic as well and never have any issue with the strong ladies on their team. The guys run the gamut from the adorkable Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) to super tough guy Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), but they have all found a place on the Waverider and will do anything to protect each other. Legends boasts one of the truly great ensemble casts out there, and I love nothing more than when they all get together in one scene. The mix that the Legends’ writers have going on with these characters is such a thing of beauty. They have that magical quality where any two characters can be paired up together and you know it’s going to be a great time. The writers have proved that even more as of late by building the wonderfully platonic relationship between Ray and Zari, as well as the start of one with Nate (Nick Zano) and Ava. While some of the Legends’ plots are pretty crazy to follow at times, these characters will have you invested and caring what happens so much that you won’t need to worry about every little detail happening with the magic. Totems schmotems, people!
A fun, fresh premise
With the injection of magic and demons in Season 4, the series has opened the door wide open to what can be covered from week to week. Now instead of crossing paths with historical figures, the Legends find themselves traveling through time to stop creatures such as evil unicorns, a fairy godmother looking to do no good and the possible threat of a leprechaun. Four seasons in and the show feels fresh and exciting in all the right ways. Legends is taking creatures we’re used to seeing as lovely, kind, magical entities, such as a unicorn, and is flipping everything on its head to where the unicorn’s rainbow glitter goo spraying from its horn is actually a really bad thing. In the process, the show delivers some amazingly fun stories to viewers.
Real Issues Tackled with Care
While there are demonic unicorns that are impaling people running around, Legends of Tomorrow is an expert on mixing in and addressing serious issues happening in the world at the same time. Often when watching this show, you’ll be surprised to find that those tears you had from laughing so hard have actually went and turned into real tears after one of the team has an emotional moment. The writing and these actors are great at giving 100 percent to both the ridiculousness, but also the emotional moments and you find yourself quickly drawn in and caring about each and every single one of them. As with many genre shows, the magical demons they fight each week also prove to be great allegories and metaphors for things going on in our everyday lives.
“People always fear what they don’t understand and that fear turns them into monsters. But we can’t let it turn us into monsters too. We have to be better than them.” – Zari
No one deserves love more than Sara Lance. No one. The journey she’s been on from Arrow to get to where she is now, captain of the Waverider, has not been easy and the girl has been through hell! That’s just one of the many reasons I so adore her relationship with Ava. From the moment Ava was introduced in Season 3, someone whose personality is very different from Sara’s in many ways, their story played out perfectly. They hated each other, came to respect one another and then eventually fell in love. There was just the right amount of angst and the slow burn was perfection. Now in Season 4, viewers are getting to see Ava and Sara in a relationship and working out all the issues that that entails, especially when you lead a secret government agency and captain a time-traveling ship. However, the writers continue to get everything about this relationship just right and the two women talk and work things out like real adults. It’s so refreshing to see a couple on TV act the way that Sara and Ava do. Major props as well to Lotz and Macallan, who have chemistry for days and always play the relationship with the love and respect it deserves.
A priority on diversity and representation
When so many shows out there lack on screen diversity and representaiton for LGBTQ characters, Legends of Tomorrow continues to lead the way and forge ahead. The cast includes people of color and different religious backgrounds, in addition to four prominent LGBTQ characters in Season 4. Some shows settle or think that having one LGBTQ character is enough, but on Legends they just seem to keep adding more and more to the mix. With the addition of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), Legends is now portraying a bisexual male character, something not often seen on screen. Despite the magical demons and time travel, Legends continues to more accurately represent the real world than most other shows on TV.
Ridiculous in all the right ways
We’ve already discussed the demonic unicorn and its hurtful glitter goo, but that’s really just par for the course on any given week with Legends of Tomorrow. If you try to explain episodes to people who don’t watch the show, they’ll more likely than not look at you as if you’ve lost your mind. But all that crazy and ridiculousness, that’s what makes it so great. In the context of the show, everything makes sense and the weird is wonderful. Instead of shying away and trying to be more traditional, the Legends writers seemed to have realized the eclectic mix of characters they have at their disposal and instead have decided to lean into the weird. That means viewers never know what an episode may hold in store from week to week, but it’s usually a delightful surprise. It’s a great reminder to us all to keep an open mind, go with what’s working no matter how absurd it may sound, and when in doubt, always praise Beebo!
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW in the U.S. and on Space Channel in Canada.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.