Monday, April 1, 2019

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Mona Fights to Protect the Kaupe From Hank's Nefarious Plan in 'Lucha De Apuestas'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 4.09 "Lucha De Apuestas"

When the Legends hear that Mona has let a fugitive go, they must head to 1961 Mexico City to clean up her mess. Mona tries to convince the Legends and the Bureau that the people responsible for releasing the fugitive were some mysterious Men in Black and not her. With no evidence to back up her theory, the Legends must decide if they should trust her and go against the Bureau. Nate and Zari go on a recon mission to find out what Hank might be hiding from everyone.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow.

"Lucha De Apuestas" was written by Keto Shimizu & Tyron B. Carter and directed by Andrew Kasch

It's so great to have this absolutely ludicrous show back on the air. After a brief hiatus, the show returns just as confident and insane as ever before. The season left off with Mona being attacked after the Kaupe was released from its holding cell at the Time Bureau. Hank's nefarious agenda was testing it for some reason. This hour exposes that a little bit. At first, it presents as if Mona is the crazy one talking about mysterious Men in Black who have somehow compromised the Bureau. She is the only one fighting for the truth. And yet, she has a supporter in Zari who is quickly able to do the necessary research to prove that the security feed was altered to make it seem as if Mona was responsible for the escape of a magical creature. But only Zari and Nate see that actual evidence. Everyone else just has to trust their word. They are taking action by keeping a close watch over Hank to see what he is currently up to. He promises to be transparent with Nate at some point in the future. He just isn't forthcoming with answers right now even though he is confronted by his son about what really happened. Meanwhile, all of this only creates a huge strain on Sara and Ava's relationship. They have been so good as a couple for a long time. And now, it seems as if one action is all it takes to break them apart for good. That is absolutely devastating. It's still marvelous to watch the show handle these huge emotional moments with all of the silliness happening elsewhere. This is an hour that imagines a kaupe dressing up as a luchador after all. And yet, Ava refuses to believe that her organization could be compromised without her knowing about it. She also doesn't want to do anything that could jeopardize the funding she receives from Hank. She understands that she reports to him and requires him for further support. As such, she is more than willing to allow him to do testing on the subjects. Her priority remains on protecting the timeline. That is in jeopardy for a moment here. And yet, the Legends appear to be the only ones interested in keeping that safe and secure. They do so in their trademark way as well by delving into lunacy. It's fantastic to watch as the Time Bureau agents are quickly labeled as government representatives trying to censor the art of wrestling. That presents a case where the luchadors can actually team up and be seen as a unifying force of good. That ensures that history is preserved even though the kaupe will no longer be a part of this environment. It will be removed shortly because it is a magical creature. They are the threats that must be dealt with this season. But it's also fascinating to see the show reckon with the idea of them being banished to hell as acceptable while it being monstrous to conduct experiments on them at the Bureau. Sara wants to have the moral high ground because she believes she knows best. She just isn't able to communicate effectively with Ava at the moment. They have a hot and elaborate tango together. But this presents as the end of their relationship. That's so tragic. All of this also presents as an intricate origin story for Mona becoming a kaupe as well. She believes she can't live happily ever after with the creature because they come from two different worlds. She has such love and appreciation for it. She is the only person who does. She will kill the person responsible for its death. That just means she becomes the creature herself with no one at all suspicious about what she is now capable of doing.