REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow, S4E5 – Tagumo Attacks!!!

Legends of Tomorrow gave fans a rather lighthearted episode for Thanksgiving, though “Tagumo Attacks!!!” did have some darker undertones that may resurface later. The hour opened with the appearance of a Cthulhu-like creature, the eponymous Tagumo, attacking a film set in 1951 Tokyo. This meant Sara (Caity Lotz) and her most of crew had to go take care of yet another magical fugitive while Ray (Brandon Routh) set out to find Nora (Courtney Ford) and save Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) with her magic. And as for Nate (Nick Zano) and Ava (Jes Macallan)? They faced perhaps the most horrifying challenge of all: dinner with his family.

The main plot of “Tagumo Attacks!!!” made references to the tragedy of Hiroshima through the character of Shiro, whose story reflected how many writers can turn pain into art, but the focus was on preventing another large-scale attack rather than reflecting on a previous one. As usual, the Legends of Tomorrow were mistaken in their original assumption about the magical fugitive in question. It turned out not to be the huge octopus, but rather a book belonging to the Celtic goddess Brigid which bonds to an artist’s soul and brings their visions to life. When Shiro blamed himself for creating the monster, Sara’s comforting words helped Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) see the team leader in a whole new light and broke the tension between them a little bit.

But Sara wasn’t the only one who had problems with Charlie, as Zari (Tala Ashe) was once again shown to be surprisingly hostile towards the rebel

When they said lunch was at 1 and it’s already 5.

shapeshifter. Thankfully this was offset first by her pitch-perfect impersonation of a 1950s Hollywood executive while ‘touring’ the Japanese film set, and later by her ability to assuage Mick’s (Dominic Purcell) insecurities about writing. Since the mystical book needed a new artist to bond with, Zari convinced Mick to overcome his writer’s block and provide the happy ending that would keep Tagumo from devouring Tokyo. When he finally stepped up to the plate, he brought his three-breasted queen to life so she could take down the Tagumo before engaging Mick in a passionate lovemaking session that no one needed to witness. As a final touch, he gave Shiro the idea for Godzilla on his way out, which was funny but unnecessary.

Funny but unnecessary accurately describes much of “Tagumo Attacks!!!” which served as a palette cleanser for Legends of Tomorrow, presumably before things really start to go down with demons and dark magic. This was especially true of the Nate and Ava interlude, which was very cute but not particularly filling.  After scoring a Thanksgiving dinner invitation to a family made up of people who weren’t paid to be there, Ava was more than ready to enjoy herself… until she found out dinner would take six hours to cook. Things only got worse when Nate was called away to handle a Time Bureau emergency, seeing as all the creatures who had been locked in a temporary containment facility made their way out and wreaked havoc on the office. This was bad news for Gary (the always delightful Adam Tsekhman), who had invited Mona (newcomer Ramona Young) for a bit of Thanksgiving takeout only for both of them to be stuck with a room full of hangry monsters.

Ava tried distracting the family with her awkward charm, but Hank quickly realized the truth and dragged her to the Bureau in time to see the mess being handled just fine. Mona wound up being an expert in what magical creatures eat – which is either a delightful coincidence or the groundwork for yet another betrayal – and Hank was impressed enough to raise the Time Bureau’s budget and give Nate a few compliments. Again, there wasn’t much substance aside from Mona being a thus far adorable addition to the cast – although the ending did hint that Hank was about to use the magical creatures for some nefarious scheme.

Like a married couple… Oh, that’s right.

The meat of the episode came from the reunion of Ray and Nora, and the implications her rescue of Constantine had on her future. Ray found her at her Renaissance Fair gig, where he defended her honor by breaking a pervert’s phone and got a few slaps on the chest for his effort. But despite her shock, Nora quickly agreed to return to the Waverider in order to help Constantine regardless of the latter’s warnings that using her magic would be dangerous for her recovery from the Darhk Side. Nora’s own fears about wasting the second chance her father died to give her were palpable, and sweet chemistry between her and Ray came through very nicely in the moments that he comforted her without expecting anything else. In the end, he came up with a technical solution that allowed Nora do draw energy from a livewire rather than lifeforce from a human being, and Constantine was saved without negative side effects.

Ray expected Nora to take off at this point and gave her the means to escape again, but she was so moved by his faith in her that she instead chose to do the right thing and turn herself in to the Time Bureau. She and Ray had a bittersweet farewell, but considering that she’s been upped to series regular this season I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets herself a deal similar to Charlie’s sooner rather than later and returns to help the Legends with their magical quests.

Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays at 9/8c on the CW.