REVIEW: Legends Of Tomorrow, S2E12 – Camelot/3000

Legends of Tomorrow starts the hour with a horrific bang, as the currently evil Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) murders Dr. Mid-Nite in the year 3000 to obtain his fragment of the Spear of Destiny. Turns out that he previously met with the Justice Society of America and convinced them to hide alongside the fragments in different times and places, and now he’s tracking them down and taking them by force.

When the Legends discover Dr. Mid-Nite’s horrifically butchered body alongside Rip’s name written in blood – seriously, I was not expecting such a gory start – it understandably sets Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) on edge. She questions Sara’s (Caity Lotz) leadership and wonders if the assassin is emotionally compromised, which is both a legitimate question and an ironic accusation.

Nate tells Ray that legend feels as real as history.

The episode lives up to its title, however, and the team immediately sets off for 506 A.D. to find the next available fragment of the Spear. And thus we are introduced to the most delightful part of any Legends of Tomorrow episode: Ray’s (Brandon Routh) latest obsession. While Nate (Nick Zano) is the resident history buff, no one can take away the title of Arthurian Lore Fanatic from Ray. If the world of Camelot they entered had any basis in reality, Nate would’ve won the episode-long argument about historical accuracy. But alas, the Spear of Destiny had done its work and Ray’s Renaissance Fair vision of medieval England became reality for a short while. Their somewhat contentious bromance was shown in its best light this week, adding a much-needed strand of humor to the proceedings.

Sara ignites Guinevere’s lust… for battle.

Other fun highlights of the episode included Ray fanboying over Sir Galahad and King Arthur battling the Black Knight, though it’s even better when he turns out to be Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) with a more sinister plot in mind. For me, though, it’s not a true Legends of Tomorrow episode without a lesson in feminism from Sara Lance. Therefore, Sara giving Queen Guinevere pep talks to reignite her passion for leadership has to take the cake. Not to mention that a little sexual tension never hurt anyone. Back on the Waverider, meanwhile, Mick (Dominic Purcell) and Stein (Victor Garber) make quite a comedic duo. The two of them spent their time trying to work the mind control device Stein stole off Dr. Mid-Nite’s corpse – gasp! – which was mostly ineffective but still enjoyable to watch. Plus, we learned that Mick may be the most strong-willed of all our heroes, and that’s something to write home about.

The jig of Camelot is essentially up when Merlin is revealed to be none other than Star Girl, another member of the JSA tasked with hiding a piece of the Spear. This leads to Amaya clashing with yet another team member, as she doesn’t trust Star Girl to keep the Spear safe. That lack of trust has to be put to the side when Damien and Rip show up with a newly brainwashed Arthur in tow, demanding the return of the fragment. The tension and tragedy was effectively mined in this moment, and it was easy to feel the pain of Camelot’s citizens and especially of Guinevere – despite how little we knew of them beforehand.

Amaya goes through every stage of grief.

Each of the many plots in last night’s Legends of Tomorrow worked to varying degrees, but it was perhaps Amaya’s grief that held the episode together. And it didn’t hurt that she managed to pull the Sword from the Stone and rip the Spear fragment from its top. Sara’s “That was badass,” probably spoke for the entire viewing audience in that scene. That her distress caused her to go against trusted friends on two different occasions was perhaps the most realistic part of an otherwise fantasy-filled hour of television. Thankfully Star Girl understands Amaya’s heart, and thus the team avoids making a new enemy out of an old friend.

Ray’s storyline was also full of sweetness, but it felt like less an exploration of who he is – though I believe he would get caught up in the fantasy of Camelot – and more a device for the Legends to come together and save him. Damien, on the other hand, doesn’t “do rescues.” Which is surely going to cause trouble for the Legion of Doom now that Sara has Rip in her possession again, and the Legends have their own mind wiper courtesy of Mick Rory.

Overall, Legends of Tomorrow delivered an episode with a few too many moving parts but with just enough heart. For example, there’s even a thread about justice in the form of murder versus mercy, exemplified by Jax’s (Franz Drameh) angry yet sincere speech to Rip at the end. Singular scenes such as that one are powerful on their own, but the hour as a whole doesn’t feel particularly cohesive. But that’s not to say it wasn’t fun to watch, and the fact that we got to see Ray duel Damien with a medieval sword that doubled as a lightsaber makes everything worth it.