Director: John F. Showalter
Writers: Beth Shwartz & Grainne Godfree
Release Date: March 31, 2016
Every once in a while, people perform far beyond what they are normally capable of achieving. You've seen, it, I've seen and everyone's seen it. For me, the clearest memory of that occurring is the one time I managed to block my three-inch taller than me friend from scoring a basket. But in reality, it could be anything. There could come a day, in this very site, when you actually read a good review. Anyways, the reason I'm mentioning this is because I don't really want to spoil this episode for you. It's great. Far beyond what LOT is usually capable. Just watch it, and once you're done with that come back here. Because, boy have I got a review for you guys.
Our episode begins at a funeral as Bruce Wayne narrates... sorry that's not right. April Fools. That's Batman V. Superman.
Our episode actually begins, as the crew of the Waverider is attacked by Chronos, who infiltrates their ship and kidnaps Captain Cold. Why does he do that? Why because Chronos is secretly, Heawave, of course! But more on that later. Rip can't go back to 1958 and Kendra, Ray and Sarah Lance are stuck in the past. Two years later, everyone's life has drastically changed. Sarah, tired of the suburban life, moved into Nanda Parbat; while Ray and Kendra lead a normal life as a family.
As it turns out, their normal life is not to be as Rip fixes the ship and heads back to 1960. Once Rip has found Ray and Sarah, they begin to make plans to bring the crew back together. Their first stop? Nanda Parbat. Rip Hunter and the rest sneak into R'as Al Ghul's hideout in order to rescue Sarah. Ms. Lance, however, has been fully naturalized, and she quickly sounds the alarm and captures the rest of the team. The way this is done is fantastic, with Sarah keeping Firestorm apart and stealing Ray Palmer's suit. Who can save them now? Well they themselves can, as Rip invokes the sacred law of trial by combat. Thus, it finally happens Sarah Lance vs. Hawkgirl, fight of the century. Unfortunately, this trial by combat doesn't involve any shirt removals, so that's a straight 0.5 off my final score purely for not adhering to continuity.
Anyways, more on this later as we visit our good friend Snart. Captain Cold has just learned who Chronos is and why he does what he does. He understands now that Chronos is his friend and he knows that he must escape before Chronos hurts any of his team members. To do this Cold pulls of that ultimate Aquaman move... He cuts his own hand off. This means that as Chronos heads to interrupt the fight between Sarah and Hawkgirl, Cold steps in to help. What follows is one of the greatest action scenes on the show as a whole, as Sarah regains her senses and the entire team takes Chronos down.
Once the fight is over the team leaves Nanda Parbat unscathed and is forced to make two tough choices. The first, to redeem Mick Rory and the second, to stop Vandal savage at the time point at which he is the most powerful... the future.
Bits's and Piece's:
What can I say that I haven't already? This episode was great in pretty much every way and completely restored my faith in the show. This episode cured my flu and got me a job. This episode helped me seduce three women at once and taught me how to speak Mandarin. This episode rates...