Tuesday, April 21, 2020

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Zari Goes on a Spiritual Journey While Charlie Battles Her Sister in 'Zari, Not Zari'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 5.08 "Zari, Not Zari"

Sara, Constantine and Charlie find themselves in British Columbia searching for another piece of the Loom, but they run into a problem they couldn't have foreseen. Zari has been having trouble feeling live herself, so she goes on a meditative journey at the suggestion of Behrad. Ava volunteers to try and help Rory with a personal problem.

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.

"Zari, Not Zari" was written by Morgan Faust & Tyron Carter and directed by Kevin Mock

Original Zari exists alongside her ancestors within the air totem now. It's a fun conceit for the two versions of the characters to interact. They believe that the other has the better life. New Zari views this temporal echo as this badass superhero who saved the world twice. Meanwhile, Original Zari is happy to know that her family is still alive and thriving. All of that changes in this hour though. New Zari comes to this understanding that her life is solid even though she feels as if she is being invaded by another presence. It can all exist peacefully and in a way that further enriches her life. She was given the opportunity for something better. And now, she may have the same skills that made her such a valuable member of the Legends in the past. But she will have to deal with tragedy all over again. Behrad is killed here. That is absolutely devastating for her. She was willing to sacrifice her future just so he had the opportunity to live. She fought to avoid a dystopia in the future. She succeeded in that endeavor. Her friends helped ensure that happened. They have memories with Behrad now. He is a valuable member of the team. But he is the one taken away. He defends his sister. He does his best to help her find answers for what's going on now that she knows what he actually does. Her life has already been shaped by time travel. She is learning to embrace a new side of herself on these adventures with the Legends. And now, she becomes personally invested in the search for the Loom of Fate. Sure, it means that there are so many diverging interests when it comes to this magical object. All that power should not be trusted to one individual. Charlie broke it and scattered it across the multiverse to allow humans to have free will over their existence. Her sisters view that as a destructive action that has allowed humanity to descend into chaos. They can make that argument. To them, Charlie is weak because she lost her status as an immortal god. She was imprisoned and made to feel like a fugitive unworthy of living freely. However, she has found a new team that has embraced her. Sure, she enjoys being left alone with her feelings most of the time. She works alongside the Legends mostly because it's convenient. She has the freedom to do whatever she wants. However, she is being hunted once more. She needs friends who will uplift her. Sara does her best to be there for her. In fact, she may be more powerful than she knows because she can survive a blast from Charlie's sister, Atropos. That is significant and probably hints at some twist coming with her at some point. Right now though, the show is simply increasing the stakes and severity of this mission. Ray and Nora have just left the Legends. And now, Behrad is killed. Their numbers are dwindling. It may only be Sara, Constantine and Charlie out in the worlds of Vancouver searching for the next piece of the Loom. There are more members of the team. However, Ava and Rory are off in a more light-hearted subplot about Rory struggling to connect with his daughter across her childhood. That breaks up some of the tension. It is in keeping with the strained family relationships the show has explored so well across the years. It's a bit more distracting though because it doesn't have an immediate sense of urgency. Atropos is literally introduced as killing anyone who stands in her way. She earns that recognition here. She does so even when the show is trying to pay homage to Supernatural. That is completely unnecessary and doesn't exactly add much to the proceedings. It just makes it clear that Sara has passions outside of being the captain of the Waverider. This hour sets the stage for the true dynamic conflict of the season. Astra may have set things into motion with releasing the Encores from Hell. However, the search for the Loom and stopping Charlie's sisters from controlling fate has immediately proven to be the more pressing concern. It's a task that only the Legends are capable of handling if they can actually rally together as a cohesive unit. That has always been a problem but that chaos has also led to so many delightful fixes to the timeline in ways that enrich the story and surprise the audience.