Monday, May 20, 2019

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Nate and Zari Make Huge Sacrifices to Save Their Friends in 'Hey, World!'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 4.16 "Hey, World!"

While on a mission to find Ray, Constantine and Nora discover Neron's evil plan. Nate convinces the Legends to think outside the box and suggests a dangerous plan to unite magical creatures and people to save the world.

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 season finale of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow.

"Hey, World!" was written by Phil Klemmer & Keto Shimizu and directed by Kevin Mock

The third season of Legends of Tomorrow ended with the team coming together as a giant Beebo in order to defeat a demon. The fourth season concludes with the legends opening a magical creature theme park in order to combat the fear that a demon has stoked around the world. It's so crazy and ridiculous. But it's also the show just continuing to expand the boundaries of what's possible in this universe. Early on, it's explained that Neron is harnessing the fear of the people of Earth in order to be powerful enough to open a door to Hell. He is trying to bring all of the demons to this world as well in order to completely take it over. He will rule as their leader. And yet, all of this ends because he violates the deal that allowed him to take over Ray's body in the first place. Plus, the show explains that love can be just as powerful a force for conducting magic as fear is. That allows the show to tease the audience with Nate's apparent death and him reuniting with his father briefly without it actually lasting. Instead, the crowd in the stadium simply has to sing James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" to bring Nate back to life. That proves one of the thematic points of this season in that a musical moment can very much save the world. When Mona, Gary and Charlie are looking for hidden talents amongst the magical creatures, their singing abilities are part of what makes them so special. They have a desire to perform and be accepted by humans. Sure, the show that the Legends puts on isn't all that good. The crowd of spectators are largely rooting for the heroes to defeat these monsters instead of learning how to sympathize with these creatures and the struggles they have gone through. Fear dominates the proceedings once Tabitha enters the scene with Wickstable - the dragon that Nate and Zari have been caring for. That creature was always bound to be pivotal during this finale. And yes, it is a terrifying creature who breathes fire and causes lots of chaos. But it's also susceptible to dance parties that inadvertently knock Tabitha out in the process. That is just as rewarding and fun to see on the screen. The entire story doesn't pivot around how much damage and power the dragon can wield though. But it does ensure that things are more even as the legends head into the final showdown with Neron. And then, it becomes all about Nate making that ultimate sacrifice in order to save his friends and the world at large. It's devastating to Ray and Zari the most. Sara doesn't want to lose any more members of the team. She fears that's inevitable because the existence of HeyWorld rewrites the future so that Zari no longer comes from an apocalyptic future. That means she is erased from the timeline the moment she leaves the temporal zone. But she still makes that decision in order to reunite with Nate. It's incredibly short-lived too. This season committed to that coupling and made the audience immediately acceptive of it. And now, yet another girlfriend of Nate's has vanished from the team because of her destiny somewhere else in the timeline. It means Nate only has a brief feeling of missing something. That's tragic. The show still goes for that resounding rallying cry of the legends being united as they head to their future after emerging victorious against Neron. However, more will need to be done to mourn this significant loss. Plus, the show is already establishing the threat for next season with Astra releasing some of the most dangerous souls of the past back into the timeline on Earth. That should be very dangerous though probably a little less magical and demonic.