Legends of Tomorrow Delivers its Best Action Scene Ever...and a Musical Moment

There are a couple of nice bits of retouching of Astra’s history as a former regent of Hell in this episode. The first is her extensive understanding of music business contracts, which she uses to get Maude and crew out from under their manager. The second is when she recognizes Maude’s boyfriend: Ross Bottoni, a real piece of garbage mobster who ends up in Hell, tortured under Astra’s administrative eye. When the gang realizes that Maude’s trapped in an abusive relationship with Ross (confirmed by Gideon, who shares with the team Maude’s brief future), Astra talks her into leaving, and Gideon takes the stage in Maude’s place.

Meanwhile, the other team is almost out of money because Gary is such a generous tipper (again, Legends goes out of its way to be the most pro-labor show on television). So they find an integrated speakeasy that’s running out of hooch, and decide to run liquor from their limitless supply in the House of Mystery and take a cut to fund their trip to NYC. This causes a problem for bartender Eddie, who had previously sourced his liquor locally, from crapbag mobster…Ross Bottoni, who beats the hell out of Eddie for diversifying his supply chain.

To fix this problem, Zari decides to throw a party at the House of Mystery to raise money so Eddie can buy himself a real bar, and her big draw will be infamous mobster sisters (according to the papers), the Bullet Blondes. And hot on their heels: robot J. Edgar Hoover. God, I love writing about this show.

The stories come together in what might be my favorite action sequence this show has ever done. We cut back and forth between Gideon singing; Gary and Nate having a deep, introspective character moment while beating the hell out of a couple of FBI agents; and Ava and Sara using their big song and dance number to capture robot Hoover. The fight choreography in the Gary/Nate part of the scene has a TON of character which makes the whole sequence really entertaining. Gary has Nate pegged as running away from serious relationships, while Nate pegged Gary as someone who…wants to be pegged, if we’re being completely honest. It’s great and fast, and Gary celebrating landing a punch had me laughing hard. 

At the same time, Amy Pemberton can really sing, and the Ava/Sara fight/dance third of the sequence was really inventively blocked and shot. And the whole thing was edited exceptionally well. It was just crisp and fun and the perfect amount of whimsical and meaningful at the same time. 

Narrowing the field of vision to how the team interacts with a couple of nobodies (in the grander historical scheme of the show) helped personalize the stakes in a way that focusing on regular characters couldn’t. It let the Legends fix some glaring problems with the world without breaking the premise of the show, and it also saw a stellar action sequence folded in.

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