Legends of Tomorrow – Last Refuge

by Alan Rapp on April 25, 2016

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Legends of Tomorrow – Last Refuge
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Legends of Tomorrow - Last Refuge

When various members of the team are targeted by the Time Lords‘ assassin the Pilgrim (Faye Kingslee), Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) leads his motley crew through time to protect their younger versions before the assassin can wipe them out of existence. When her plan is foiled (thanks to a convenient plot device that allows the assassin only to target each member a single time in their timelines), the Pilgrim decides to use the team’s loved ones as hostages to force a confrontation. Of course it helps that the crew know exactly where in time and space the assassin plans to attack (based on some hazily-defined probability equations made by the ship’s computer in another convenient plot device).

“Last Refuge” offers a limited look into the past of Rip Hunter and his younger self raised in the time-displaced orphanage. Given that his younger self has much in common with Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Mick (Dominic Purcell) helps explain his choice of the villains for his team. That said, “Last Refuge” offers a host of problems. After explaining why the Time Masters wouldn’t target his younger self (as undoing a Time Lord’s past would do far too much damage to the timeline) why does Rip offer up his younger self to the Pilgrim as bait? And, just as perplexing, why does the Pilgrim accept? Jax‘s (Franz Drameh) scenes with his father also continue the show’s inconsistent view of changing the past. And, doesn’t the defenseless younger version of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) manage to stay alive an awfully long time after his future version is shown already dying of an attack by the Pilgrim (which the team shows up in record time to stop)?

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