Tuesday, February 4, 2020

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Constantine Grapples With the Morality of Possible Redemption in 'Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 5.02 "Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me"

When a new blip lands the Legends in 1947 Los Angeles, it puts them on the trail of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel who seems to take pleasure in fraternizing with Hollywood Elite. Sara, Ray and Constantine devise a plan to capture him while Ava and Rory sit on the sidelines for the time being. They soon realize that they need to worry less about Bugsy and more about his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Nate accompanies Behrad to his dad's birthday, where he meets Behrad's sister, Zari, who seems familiar to him.

In 2019, the television industry aired 532 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides 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.

"Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me" was written by Ray Utarnachitt and directed by David Geddes

The writing and cast of this show elevate every single zany and outrageous thing that happens. That has been clear for a long time now. But the balance has always remained just right. Plus, it's powerful to watch as the storytelling deals with some weighty subjects as well. Here, Constantine and Ray struggle over ideas of morality. Constantine is given an opportunity to stop Astra from releasing the villainous encores and causing further disruption to the timeline. He chooses not to take it though. He still wants to hold onto the hope that she can be redeemed. He may be doing so for selfish reasons. That's how he has always perceived the deal that plagued Astra's soul in the first place. It's a story that was often told from his perspective. And now, she has become a major character in her own right who embraces the power that fosters respect in Hell. She doesn't actually have to go to Earth in order to sow chaos. She can cause plenty from Hell and wait for Constantine to storm back to the club to confront her about it. Sure, this season makes the trips to Hell and back seem much easier and more casual. However, they are still significant. Constantine has no problem killing Bugsy Siegel after Jeannie was caught as collateral damage for choosing to remain corrupt with power in order to escape from his influence. That can be such an intoxicating idea. It's better to embrace that power and control because it is so much better than the alternative of going back to a life where anything could happen. It's an understandable choice. It never offers the idea of possible redemption. Constantine gives Jeannie that choice. The other mobsters do not. No warning is enough to save her in the end. Constantine kills Bugsy down in Hell as a result. He doesn't kill Astra because he still holds out hope that she can be redeemed. It may make life more difficult for the Legends for a little while. However, Ray understands the choice that Constantine made because it's the same reason why he never gave up on Nora. All of this exists simultaneously to Ava causing a distraction in Bugsy's club by singing Bell Biv Davoe's "That Girl Is Poison." It's a fantastic number in her head. It's great that the audience gets to witness that with the full support of a band and backup singers. But it also highlights a huge internal crisis within her. She is spiraling because of a dramatic change to her life. It may be simpler for her to just be a member of the Legends instead of running the Time Bureau. It consolidates the core players and their value to one another. Plus, there are still plenty of reasons for various members of the team to break away for their own personal relationships. For Ava though, it's a celebration where it takes her a moment to truly feel valuable. When she does, it's absolutely terrific and empowering to watch. Meanwhile, Nate and Behrah travel to 2040 to meet Behrad's family. It may just be a convenient way for Nate to get an answer to who his mysterious woman is. But it also provides yet another example for how marvelous Tala Ashe is as a performer. Original Zari was terrific. It was heartbreaking when she was erased from the timeline in order to fix things with the magical creatures. And now, new Zari is immediately fun to watch. It's a dramatically different character. This isn't the first time the show has had one performer come back as a new iteration or being altogether. Charlie has been missing for the majority of this season so far but Maisie Richardson-Sellers is expected to return at some point. Right now, it's just fun to watch as new Zari presents as a fame-obsessed social media influencer but is actually quite adept at reading people and getting to the truth of how they operate. The episode ends with her walking onto the Waverider. That will certainly accelerate this plot. It brings her right back into the action even though Behrad still controls the air totem. She promptly freaks out by the technology on the Waverider. It's not understated either. Bugsy Siegel is confused as well by this technology. With new Zari though, it's a beat that the hour can safely conclude on while teasing that much more fun and drama will occur shortly.