Tuesday, May 5, 2020

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Sara Adjusts to a New Reality While a Saboteur Strikes the Waverider in 'Ship Broken'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 5.10 "Ship Broken"

Everyone is eager to use the Loom of Fate, but the team must decide who they want to bring back first leaving Charlie to make a tough choice. Sara struggles to understand what has happened to her and with the help of Constantine and Ava, they try to figure out how to help her. Meanwhile, Rory has a guest on the ship that he is trying to impress.

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.

"Ship Broken" was written by James Eagan & Mark Bruner and directed by Andi Armaganian

The Legends have assembled all three pieces of the Loom of Fate. As such, they could theoretically bring back all the people who have been taken from their lives. Promises were made to Zari and Astra. And now, Charlie is trying to deliver what they have come to expect. Of course, it's not surprising that it doesn't work right away. It still feels a little too early in the season for this powerful artifact to be used to its full potential. There still had to be some complication that delayed such progress. It now seems as if Charlie needs her sisters in order to operate it properly. Sure, that doesn't quite explain how Lachesis was playing on indoctrinating Astra into becoming the third Fate. But that may just be a mystery for the future. It may prove that the three Fates who ruled over the world don't have to be only individuals who can harness this power. Or it may all fail because Charlie decides to bring back Behrad first. His soul may be more complicated because of all the time travel he experienced during his life. Astra presents an argument that her mother would be an easier resurrection. That may be true. However, none of the Legends trust Astra. Ava brought her onto the Waverider for a reason. She could have control over her life if she escaped Hell with them. She could fight for what she actually wanted instead of being a pawn in someone else's power play. Lachesis and Atropos are still threats. However, they don't factor into this episode's story at all. Instead, it's a different figure from Hell that causes all of the drama on the ship. The stakes are established early on. Whenever Sara touches someone, she receives glimpses of their impending deaths. She instinctively knows that something lethal is about to happen on the ship. Something is awry. It's an ongoing mystery. The answer is absolutely ridiculous and very enjoyable. Now, it was never seen when Gary picked up a dog from Hell. However, that's exactly what he did. He gets distracted by the cuteness of the animal. He needs the emotional support. He wants to care for the creature and give him all the love he has. That can be an interesting way for him to channel his emotions. In the end though, he only welcomes more chaos and dysfunction onto the ship. This dog is actually a hell hound. It convinces people to kill others. Sara refuses to believe that she could kill her friends. And yet, she doesn't know what's going on with her. She has gone blind after her encounter with Atropos and subsequent coma. She has the power of foresight now. She is still a kickass fighter too. One sense may be gone but the rest are working just as well as ever before. She was trained to navigate the world while blind when she learned how to be an assassin. That explanation makes sense. This is a journey for her. She could easily come across as crazy. She is afraid to tell her friends what she is now seeing. She wants to convince them that her insane story about the dog is actually the truth. It's easy when there is video evidence. However, they still jump to conclusions about Astra being guilty because she wants to use the Loom of Fate for her own purposes. She doesn't care what happens to Behrad. She is on the ship because it suits her interests for the moment. She closes herself off in that way. Zari extends a hand of friendship. They call each other out on the ways in which they use others to get what they want. Zari is still finding herself while Astra has been conditioned a certain way for so long. She doesn't know if she can ever break those patterns. She helps Sara and Constantine defeat the hell hound. The Loom is retrieved. The future is still uncertain though. The captain of the Waverider has to adjust to her new reality. Things aren't the same as they used to be. That is the overall feeling throughout the ship. And yet, the formula of the show itself is still familiar. That is comforting. But it also makes this a more episodic story wherein the characters potentially discover important things about themselves which will only cause more personal drama down the road.