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TV Review: DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow 2.3 “Shogun”
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Legends Of Tomorrow
Season 2 Episode 3: “Shogun”
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen
Written by Phil Klemmer & Grainne Godfree
Starring Arthur Darvill, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Sarah Schechter
The CW
Air Date: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, they ran into The Justice Society of America in 1942. And by “ran into” I mean “got captured by.” Nate Haywood (Nick Zano) was giddy because he met his grandfather, Commander Steel (Matthew MacCaull), and tried to prove the familial connection through his dog-tags, and personal stories. We saw two of our favorite presently dead villains in the past, Eobard Thawne and Damian Darhk (Matt Letscher and Neal McDonough), in cahoots with each other and the Nazis, for nukes and a super serum. Sarah (Caity Lotz) tried to kill Darhk to prevent Laurel’s death, and Thawne ended up killing Rex Tyler (Patrick J. Adams), spurring Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) to blame Mick (Dominic Purcell).

Spoilers below.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 2.3 “Shogun” review: Ray injects Nate with Nazi super serum to save his life. That works out, as Vixen is running wild knocking out Legends until Nate turns to steel and KO’s her. She believes one of the Legends (namely Mick) was the time traveler who killed Rex Tyler, but we know that was Reverse Flash, Eobard Thawne. Sara convinces her that they are allies, and just when she mentions how professional they are, Ray and Nate have a training accident, that sends them into the space time continuum and to 17th century feudal Japan.

Ray immediately gets excited about meeting samurai, but they are of course less than thrilled, and take him to the Shogun. Nate, meanwhile, is found by a beautiful Japanese woman and her rural family. Turns out, she is the promised bride of the Shogun. He tries to step in and be their hero… after all, he can turn his body to steel, but unfortunately he doesn’t know how to turn it on. The rescue mission is not going well for the rest of the Legends. Vixen and Heat Wave are hilarious in their constant bickering over real life ninjas versus movie ninjas.

As Mick, Sara, and Vixen head to Japan for a rescue, Professor Stein and Jefferson (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh) find Rip Hunter’s secret room on the Wave Rider. Jefferson’s response: “If I learned one thing from LOST, it’s that you don’t go around opening secret hatches.” They uncover a message from Barry Allen (2056) that is so super secret, they aren’t supposed to know. Back in Japan, the gang find Ray but the Shogun has procured the Atom suit. They find Nate, but he convinces them to stay and defend the village from the now Atom-powered Shogun.

There is some really good character development here, as Ray must learn to be a hero without the suit, while Nate has to figure out how to channel his powers. In the end, the Legends battle the samurai of the evil Shogun in a fairly epic battle sequence. There is also a pretty neat easter egg concerning who the Japanese family really are in the DCEU. All in all, this was another awesome episode, full of fun scenes, quotable dialogue, and pop culture references for the geeks out there. Who doesn’t like Mick Rory spouting hidden Star Wars lines, and Nate discussing his sensei, Yoda?

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns next Thursday night at 8:00pm ET on the CW.

The CW’s synopsis”

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Shogun (Ep# 203)
SECRETS AND NEW FOUND POWERS — Nate (Nick Zano) is shocked to learn that he has powers but then accidentally lands himself and Ray (Brandon Routh) in Feudal Japan. After Sara (Caity Lotz) convinces their stowaway Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), AKA Vixen, that Rory (Dominic Purcell) is not a murderer, they all agree to find Nate and help him master his powers in order to defend the Japanese village from the Shogun and his army of samurai warriors. Meanwhile, Jax (Franz Drameh) and Stein (Victor Garber) stay back to help fix the ship and find a secret compartment but decide not to tell the rest of the team what they learn. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Phil Klemmer & Grainne Godfree (#203). Original airdate 10/27/2016.

Videos

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow | Shogun Scene | The CW


DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is new Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW, and available next day on The CW App!

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