Legends of Tomorrow | Episode 2.17 | “Aruba”
Episode Plot Roundup:
- The Legends are in a bind, stuck in an alternate reality that the Legion of Doom created. The team of heroes decides to head back to 1916 in order to retrieve the spear of destiny where it was originally lost. But by doing so, they risk bumping into past versions of themselves, breaking Rip Hunter’s biggest rule about time travel, and ruining the timeline more than it’s already been ruined.
- They make a plan to split into groups to find the blood of Christ and the spear, making sure to keep each other informed about when they see themselves in the past. As soon as they get there, Ray is killed by Damien Dahrk in an attempt to get the blood of Christ. Later, several members of the Legends bite the dust as they go against the Legion, but none of the deaths stick.
- Of course, they don’t manage to avoid each other for long and once the past Legends come into contact with the present Legends, time quakes and time storms begin to happen. Having taken down most of the Legion, they’re left with only Eobard Thawne, who has gone back across time to recruit several versions of himself to take down the team. The showdown is a bit underwhelming, but as all the destruction is happening around them, Sara takes control of the spear and this allows for Black Flash to finally catch up with Thawne, killing him.
- Time rewrites itself back to the reality we know and the Legends decide to go to Aruba. Amaya decides to stay with the Waverider, while Rip decides it’s his time to leave the ship. However, since the Legends met up with themselves, they broke the timeline and ended up in 2017 Los Angeles, where dinosaurs and futuristic skyscrapers exist at the same time.
Episode Commentary: The episode had a lot of unexplained plot holes in their use of time travel logic. And I know time travel on its own is enough to give anyone a headache, but there were some things in “Aruba” that were too hard to overlook. For example, the Legion of Doom, by creating a new reality, destroyed most of their nemeses like Green Arrow and The Flash, but decided to keep the Legends around. The Legends’ plan to go back to 1916 might make sense, but they’re in a new reality and so that version of 1916 shouldn’t have existed. Since they didn’t know they were Legends in the new timeline, technically speaking, there would have been no reason for them to have been in 1916 to begin with.
But despite some of the plot’s flaws (and let’s face it, this show has never paid them any attention), “Aruba” was a fairly good season finale. It kept the fun factor, managed to have deaths without actually killing anyone permanently, was action-packed, and ended on a mostly happy note. Rip’s exit felt natural, even though it was strange that he didn’t bid Gideon or the rest of the crew goodbye. Sara’s closure regarding Laurel’s death was good, but felt incomplete and served the plot too much. The Legends coming face to face with each other was entertaining and one of the things I’m happiest about is that Amaya decided to stay on the Waverider.
That’s a wrap on season two of Legends of Tomorrow!