“Legends of Tomorrow” travels to the height of Savage’s power in 2166 in the Thursday, April 28 episode, “Leviathan,” because they simply have no other choice. Besides, what could go wrong? Everything. Everything could and does go wrong because of course it does. And at this point, no one – on the team or watching the show – should be surprised.
The moment they hit 2166 London airspace, the Waverider is right in the middle of battle. It’s time to stop Savage, save Rips family and the world and… then do something else for the remaining episodes in the first season of “Legends of Tomorrow”? The fact that there are three more episodes after this one is enough of a clue that this isn’t going to be the end of Savage and that they’re going to hit a few snags along the way. And they do.
The first move is for Rip, “Killer,” “Klepto” and “Pyro” to sneak into one of Savage’s pep rallies, where Snart catches the attention of the woman at the immortal’s side. Soon enough, they’re fighting her, Savage and his army, and Kendra recognizes the bracelet around the woman’s wrist as hers from way back when, meaning she wants Sara to get it for her. Yes, in the middle of a fight. But they have to retreat when they’re outnumbered, which means returning to the ship and regrouping.
Because Rip apparently thinks being trained by the League of Assassins means being trained in all kinds of weaponry including a bracelet, he tells Sara to get Kendra ready to use it against Savage, while he, Ray, Jax and Stein head out in hopes of getting information on Savage from the resistance fighters still remaining. In the little downtime they have at the camp before another site is attacked, Jax and Stein’s focus on feeding the hungry indicate that their care for the refugees will come back at some point, and Rip reveals to Ray that he tried traveling back in time to save his family before only to watch them be killed over and over by Savage and his forces because “time wants to happen.” To him, it means the universe itself doesn’t want him to save his family.
As for Kendra’s progress with a weapon to use against Savage, thanks to a flashback to Carter teaching her to use his mace back in 1941, in the event that he dies first, she realizes she can use Rory’s heat gun to melt the bracelet onto it. And hey, Rory’s just happy to burn something. But first, they need to get that bracelet, and that’s where everyone’s favorite thieves come in handy, kidnapping the woman, who just so happens to know Snart – and all of them, as she reveals once they have her in a cell on the ship. Cassandra is Savage’s daughter – and he’s coming for her, with a mega-robot, Leviathan, which is also what attacked the camp. What they thought were impact craters are actually footprints. And since the innocent refugees nearby have nowhere to go, Stein brings them onto the ship. Unfortunately, the Waverider is basically a Frisbee for the robot, which is exactly how he treats it, tossing it aside. The damage that results cannot be fixed in the little time they have before it catches up to them (and keeps Stein out of the fight, thanks to shrapnel in his side that necessitates Gideon administering a mild sedative and keeping him in the med bay).
As his daughter, Cassandra knows details of his defenses, but how are they going to get her to give them up? Snart is on it, and no, he’s not going to torture her like her father has prepared her for. Instead, he tells her the truth that Savage never did. Savage had told her that Per Degaton unleashed the Armageddon virus, which killed her mother, and he was the only one willing to stand up to him and put the world back together after. Savage is the bad guy, he tells her (and he has video proof, from that trip to Kasnia), and he knows she knows it deep down.
Rip is feeling as down as the ship is, giving Ray the chance to offer a bit of a pep talk: he believes in choices, not fate. They can choose to fight, and hey, Kendra even has a weapon now and Snart has a new bestie to get them inside. It’s a good enough speech to get Rip back on board with going up against Savage, though he still believes in fate – in this case, that it was fate that compelled him to bring this team together to change the future.
Predictably, Savage sees right through Cassandra’s lie that she escaped and lost the bracelet then, but while the team battles his troops, Kendra goes at him with Carter’s mace – and thanks to the bracelet, it works. The only problem? A last minute surprise: Carter is one of Savage’s men, and Savage has brainwashed him, locked away his mind and he’s the only one who can unlock it. Because of that – and perhaps partly because of what Rory mentions earlier, that despite thousands of years of reincarnation, she hasn’t killed anyone and entering into the “Olympics of Murder” isn’t the best way to start – she can’t kill Savage.
Instead, they bring both Carter and Savage back to the ship. (And with Savage out of the picture, his troops are still a threat, so the resistance gains a powerful ally in Cassandra, who knows their tactics and weaknesses.) Sure, putting Savage in that cell is a great idea. Nothing is going to go wrong there. (Everything. Everything is going to go wrong. Haven’t they learned?) As for Rip’s family, Savage ominously tells him, “Time will tell, Captain. Time will tell” if there’s hope for them.
As for the Leviathan robot, that’s where a moment that has been coming since Ray shrunk down in size comes in. He siphons the power from an auxiliary time drive to reverse the polarity of the dwarf star matrix so he can grow in size to match the robot. Both take hits, both go down at times, but it’s with Jax acting as the cheerleader in Ray’s ear that he’s able to deliver the fatal blow and rip off its head. Ray 1, giant robot 0.
Finally, traveling through time doesn’t make “we need to talk” sound any less like the beginning of a breakup when Ray finds Kendra when it’s all said and done. Like Sara told her earlier, it’s hard to get over a 4000-year-long relationship.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 13 “Leviathan”?