Tuesday, April 28, 2020

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Constantine and Zari Face Off Against Numerous Encores in 'The Great British Fake Off'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 5.09 "The Great British Fake Off"

With Sara recuperating from her latest battle, Charlie starts to notice something might not be right with her. Still searching for the Loom, Constantine and Zari find themselves trapped in a 1910 boarding house with a slew of out-of-time Encores. Ava, Gary and Rory take a trip while Nate and Charlie hold down the Waverider.

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.

"The Great British Fake Off" was written by Jackie Canino and directed by David Geddes

The Legends battling new Encores each week has transitioned to a quest to assemble the pieces of the Loom of Fate. That has been a significant change to the formula of the season. The last few episodes have had different priorities than dealing with the villains coming back from Hell. It all extended from the deal Constantine and Astra made. She was more than willing to let him die so he could be tortured in Hell already. He promised her a chance at a new fate. One where her mother wasn't cruelly taken away from her. That is all the motivation she needs right now. She is determined to make that outcome a reality. Lachesis and Atropos are offering her all the power that comes from being the third Fate. To them, that is a tempting offer because it would allow her to wield power across the cosmos. That is what they have been fighting to get back for centuries now. Charlie took that away from them. Bringing the pieces of the Loom back together may only ensure that humanity plunges into chaos once more. These aren't two people who should be in charge of the fates of others. They believe they are entitled to that right. It was savagely taken away from them. Charlie believes humanity deserved a different fate. People had the right to choose their own destinies. Astra may have a different outlook on life. However, it's mostly just fun to see her brought further into the fold this season. Olivia Swann has been a series regular this year. And yet, she has mostly been confined to one space. She did present as the antagonist responsible for the central premise whom Constantine wanted to redeem no matter what. He was given the opportunity to take her out. He just wasn't willing to do so because he has long regretted the actions he took that condemned her to Hell in the first place. He wants to believe she still deserves a better life. Astra is fighting to achieve that. That leads her back to Earth. It is surprisingly easy too. It may be too easy considering Constantine has long struggled to make that a reality to ease his guilty conscience. Gary is the one who casts the spell. Fates seem to align so that Ava makes that offer to Astra so that she is in control of her life once more. It doesn't matter how well a person treated you in the past. As soon as their true colors are exposed, there is no turning back hoping that things will be different or better. Astra looks to Lachesis as a maternal figure who saved her in Hell. She offered her a direction and purpose. Now, Astra has that sense of agency herself. She may no longer be in control of the overall premise this season. But she is now integrated with the Legends which is bound to create plenty of complications in the future. Plus, the show allows several Encores to come clashing together in explosive fashion. Sure, it means the story can't dwell on any one individual in this mess. But it increases that tension for Constantine and Zari as they pursue the third piece of the Loom. It's a tricky piece of magic though. They can only find the ring once they stop looking for it. That is insanely difficult because they are placing so much of their hopes and dreams on assembling this powerful artifact. Zari refuses to believe that Behrad is dead for good. She can bring him back to life. That loss may allow her to come into her own as a superhero. However, she saves Constantine's life long before she uses the air totem. She is clever and creative in that way. She takes inspiration from the alternate version of herself. It's a noble goal even though she isn't immediately attracted to Nate in the same way. Instead, she may be forging that kind of romantic and tense dynamic with Constantine. That is unexpected. But again, it bounces off the idea that the Legends rely on each other for support no matter what. They endure these insane situations filled with life or death stakes. It doesn't always go well. They are actively trying to fix things and improve life for all involved. That just can't take precedence over their personal emotions and how well they are individually coping with each twist and turn. It's just as important to see Zari mourning her brother instead of solely believing that he will come back to her.