Everyone takes to being “Left Behind” differently, as seen in the Thursday, March 31 episode of “Legends of Tomorrow.” After an attack from Chronos splits the team up, stranding Sara, Kendra and Ray back in 1958 and sending the others through time, getting everyone back together is easier said than done.
Picking up where the last “Legends of Tomorrow” episode left off, Chronos leaves the Waverider in the jump ship – and takes Snart with him. He sabotaged the navigation system, and Rip, Jax and Stein are left to free-fall through time until Gideon is fully operational again.
Meanwhile, Ray may be so sure that the others will return for them, but his Eagle scout history is no match for Sara’s time with the League, and as she points out, they may not know where or when the others are, but they do know Savage is out there. They move to Hub City, but as time passes and Ray’s attempt to build a time beacon and contact the team fails, there’s only so many board games Sara can play before she realizes that apartment isn’t where she belongs and leaves. Two years pass, and Ray’s a professor and he and Kendra are celebrating their anniversary (and he’s ready to propose) when the beacon activates and the Waverider lands in front of them. Their picnic is forgotten, and Kendra is more than happy to be back in her jeans and leave their 1960 life behind. Ray, not so much, and he’s hurt that she doesn’t want the lucky water vase from their apartment. But there are more pressing matters at hand, like where Snart and Sara are.
Snart’s on the ship with Chronos, and for those who haven’t figured out why he was the one taken, well, once Chronos removes his helmet, there’s the answer. Chronos is Rory. Snart had just knocked him out, and by the time the Time Masters found him, he had nearly lost his mind. They trained him, and he was more than willing to hunt the team.
Sara returned to what she knew: the League of Assassins. After two years there, she’s had time to learn who she is and what she’s meant to do. While discussing their own lives in the past, Ray mentions to Kendra that returning to the mission feels like moving backward, and they realize where Sara is. The Shadow Record, which lists every member of the League, confirms she’s there, and off they got to Nanda Parbat. Having picked up on the Waverider’s trip, Rory sets course for there as well.
However, it’s not as easy as Rip thinks it will be. Sure, he gets inside and finds Sara, but rather than leave with him, she alerts the League to his presence, and when they find the others, takes Ray’s suit and orders her fellow League members to keep Jax and Stein separated. She then leaves them in a cell with the knowledge that Ra’s al Ghul has trespassers executed. While Kendra tries to use their time locked up to talk to Ray, admitting that she had lost her powers, memories of her past lives and herself in the past two years, Rip is more focused on Sara’s situation. It’s a time drift, he realizes. When a person spends too long in an alien timeline, they lose ties to their former selves and their identity. And thanks to his knowledge of League traditions, he proposes a trial by combat to Ra’s, who appoints Sara his champion. Rip appoints Kendra his. He hopes that since Sara taught Kendra to control her warrior side, Kendra can remind Sara of her humanity, and once Kendra hawks out, it’s a more even fight and she is able to remind her that she is the White Canary.
But there’s another problem: Chronos. Though Snart tries to get through to Rory, he leaves him behind on the ship, and in order to free himself from his cuffs, Snart freezes his hand and smashes it. He arrives on scene in time to reveal who Chronos really is to the team, and with that, it’s time to get back to the ship. First, there is the matter of Sara’s place in the League. Ra’s could tell that she had completed training before, and she explains that she thought she could find a home there, that it was where she belonged. However, he knows that her soul is conflicted by her ability to kill and her desire to show mercy, and he releases her from the League. Before she leaves, she tells him to make sure his daughter – the one yet to be born, Nyssa – is near Lian Yu in October 2008.
As for Rory, they have the opportunity to reform him, and Sara hopes that they can reach him for her sake. Snart thinks he’s a lost cause, but Rip’s not sure. Miracles can happen on the ship – like rebuilding a person’s hand. See, Rip took genetic samples from them all when they first boarded in the event that something like this happened. Also being rebuilt? Ray and Kendra’s relationship, which did take a couple of hits since reuniting with the team. Just because she wasn’t happy with their circumstances doesn’t mean she didn’t fall in love with him, she explains as she moves into his room with him. For the first time in centuries, she’s gotten to decide who she wants to fall in love with and be with.
As for the team’s mission, it’s time to leave 1960 and head to 2147, decades before Savage conquered the world. That time is fraught with more peril than he was willing to risk, he explains, but they have no choice but to stop him then or die trying.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 9 “Left Behind”?