Monday, December 10, 2018

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Constantine and Charlie Struggle Putting the Timeline Back Together in 'Legends of To-Meow-Meow'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 4.08 "Legends of To-Meow-Meow"

After Constantine breaks the cardinal Legend rule, you can't change the past, he teams with Charlie and Zari to deal with the ramifications without telling the rest of the Legends. Even though Zari encourages them to just fix the problem, Constantine and Charlie are determined to find another way, but only continue to make things worse.

In 2018, it has become very difficult to keep up with every television show out there. It's even more difficult to provide adequate coverage on this site about the episodes that air every week. Not every show can get full coverage because of my busy and hectic viewing schedule. As such, some reviews will now be condensed to give only some summary thoughts. But it also affords a space for me to jot down my thoughts on the various episodes. And so, here are my thoughts on this week's episode of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow.

"Legends of To-Meow-Meow" was written by James Eagan & Ray Utarnachitt and directed by Ben Bray

There are so many insane and zany details that occur throughout this hour. The show produces a number of alternate reality sequences that just allow the cast to have even more fun than normal. It's all a play on the stories that have already occurred this season as well. It's trying to prove that each mission is consequential to the overall journey. Constantine and Charlie can't just hope to fix one wrong decision in order to put the timeline back together in a way that will be functional in the long run. Of course, the show does sacrifice some characters in order to produce these insane and zany details as well. Does it make sense that so many members of the Legends will turn into monster hunters if they were to suffer the loss of their teammates? The show has featured the tragic death of a core member of the team previously. They managed to move on with their lives without losing their morals. As such, it seems unlikely that the Legends would become killers against magical creatures because they no longer associate any sense of humanity to them. As such, it sacrifices some of the long-running characters in order to better flesh out the journeys for the newcomers. Constantine and Charlie take the focus throughout this hour because they are the ones constantly making these changes. They do so in the hopes of making their lives better. Constantine wants to ensure that Desmond is never sent to Hell while Charlie wants her powers back. However, their absence from the team proves that the Legends may be doomed when facing off with these magical fugitives. Constantine was the one who warned them about how dangerous these new threats could be. Meanwhile, Charlie showed them that there is hope for humanity within them. She may be a shapeshifter but she doesn't mean anyone harm. She's not working with some looming threat that wishes to destroy the universe. Of course, Constantine is trying to save everyone by ensuring that his relationship with Desmond can never be compromised when facing off with the demon Neron. He has to accept that this relationship is just suppose to happen in the timeline. There is no erasing it. It is simply that important. That makes it such a powerful visual when their kiss is the action that resets the entire timeline. That includes all of the personal tragedies for Constantine and Charlie. Their lives are the only ones impacted in a major way because of this. The rest of the Legends still have their personal loves and the satisfaction of doing this job well. Constantine and Charlie feel robbed. And yet, they also have a greater respect for what the Legends do and the need to protect the timeline in order to avoid the consequences. It's a great lesson by the end of the hour. It just means that the audience has to be willing to go along with the wild tonal shifts that go with the Custodians of Chronology, the Sirens of Space Time and the Puppets of Tomorrow. All of those concepts are so delightful and weird. But again, they are mostly done to ensure that the actors and production team are having the most fun as possible without thinking about any ongoing consequences for the characters. That gives them a false sense of freedom even if it doesn't make complete sense. Moreover, the hour still ends with one perilous tease because Desmond has returned to Earth. He may not be the man who loves Constantine though. He may be possessed and manipulating Hank into doing his bidding with the magical creatures that are being kept at the Time Bureau. Plus, Mona is still probably bleeding out in a parking garage too.