The action moves to the Soviet Union in the Thursday, Feb. 11 episode of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “White Knights.” Snart succeeds where Ray fails in one mission, but by the end of it, the team is split up, and they may end up being responsible for a whole lot of destruction if they don’t fix it.
The troubles begin for the “Legends of Tomorrow” team on what should have been an easy retrieval mission – in the Pentagon in 1986. Snart and Ray pose as janitors, Snart steals a keycard and passes it to Sara and Kendra, and the two women sneak into the records room while Rory arm-wrestles to distract the men watching the cameras. However, Firestorm’s role is to divert the power long enough for them to exit and avoid being searched on their way out, but that doesn’t go according to plan. Sara and Kendra are stopped and have to fight their way out – which leads to Kendra going full hawk goddess warrior and clawing at a guy’s face. In the end, not only is there a woman with wings, but Firestorm flying around as well, and it’s hard not to see Rip as that exasperated teacher every time they return from a mission, many things went wrong and there’s enough blame to go around.
They did manage to get the file they need, which is what sends them to the Soviet Union, where they run into a problem before they even land in the form of Chronos. In order to lose him, Rip forces a crash landing after flying into Soviet airspace so that the missiles fired at them would lock onto Chronos instead. Once on the ground, thanks to ingestible translators, they’ll be able to understand and speak Russian, which Ray and Snart are going to need in order to get close to the scientist, Valentina, working on Savage’s latest project. (Ray wants to believe in the possibility that she has no idea who she’s working for, while Snart’s on board with just killing her. Three guesses who ends up being right.) However, while Snart is supposed to serve as Ray’s wingman, Ray strikes out and Snart instead smoothly steps in (with a few “cold” quips), and by the time he leaves her at her apartment, he doesn’t have any information about the project, but he does have her keycard for Luskavic Labs.
Meanwhile, after Gideon detects a temporal anomaly, Rip goes to investigate, with Rory happy enough to come along if it means the chance to use his gun. Once he tracks the signal, Rip is surprised to find his Time Master mentor, Druce, not Chronos hiding out, and Druce offers him a deal: end his crusade and come back, and he’ll be acquitted of all charges. And his team? They’ll be returned to their timelines unharmed. The council will work to fix the damage they’ve caused. Rory, of course, being a criminal, eavesdropped, and he lets Rip know that he’s an idiot if he thinks for one second that anything Druce said was true. He’s planning to kill him, and he wants the team there as well.
But it’s something Rip is considering, he admits, especially after what happened to Carter and his dishonesty with the team upon first recruiting them. However, when he goes back to meet Druce, it’s just like Rory said; his mentor is planning to have Chronos kill him. It’s a good thing Rip didn’t go alone, but in the fight, a blast forces Firestorm to separate and Jax is injured enough to basically be stuck on ship rest for the rest of the episode.
That latest venture into the field leads to Jax and Stein rehashing an old argument: Stein taking Jax on this trip without his permission, without a thought for the life he left behind in 2016, namely, his mother, who will think he just up and left if something happens to him. As Stein admits to Ray after, he knows he was being cruel when he told Jax that the future of the world is at stake, of the lives that could be lost, but he can’t go through what he did when he lost Ronnie again.
Away from the main action of the episode, Rip enlists Sara to train Kendra and help her control the warrior inside her, and her attempt to reach out leads to Kendra rehashing “I was a barista two months ago.” But to control the monster inside her, she has to train, Sara tells her, and so they do – until, soon after Kendra’s hawk side comes out, Sara’s bloodlust takes control. As Rip later admits to Kendra, he was hoping that the training would be mutually beneficial, that Kendra would help Sara with her human side. It then becomes Kendra who’s going to Sara and forcing her to train … and that’s what they do for the rest of the episode, when they could have really been of use in the field. (Or maybe they too would’ve gotten caught. Who knows?)
Stein sees breaking into Luskavic Labs as just his kind of mission, and he does make it past the guards with his credentials to inspect the facility, but once he does, he realizes what Savage has Valentina doing: trying to build a Soviet Firestorm. He refuses to leave without the thermal core they have because it’s key to building others like himself, but he needs Ray to take the core offline before he can safely remove it. As half of Firestorm, he’s safe near it, but the radiation released inside the chamber will kill anyone else. Ray being Ray, when he sees Valentina in the facility heading for the chamber, sends Snart to intercept her, but then she turns on Snart. She knows exactly what Savage is up to, and unless Ray turns the core back on, she’ll shoot Snart. Ray turns it back online, but that doesn’t stop Stein from grabbing the core anyway, this time with Jax the “distracting” voice in his head, albeit via comms.
But then comes the big problem. Though Rory shows up to try to aid in their escape, he, Stein and Ray are taken, with Snart having no choice but to retreat with the core because they can’t let Savage have it. It doesn’t matter in Valentine’s eyes; she has something better: Stein. And with the rest of the team trying to figure out a way to get the others back from the impenetrable gulag they’re being held in – next week, “Legends of Tomorrow”: “Prison Break” – Stein is warned that his friends’ health depends on him.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 4 “White Knights”?