Last week, fans of the Arrowverse’s resident time travelers was introduced to the terrifying Mallus, a ancient demonic villain who has possessed the body of several individuals and been hunted by Rip Hunter centuries. The Legends are also dealing with the Time Bureau’s betrayal of Rip Hunter and the return of the villainous Damien Darhk.
Things are getting really, really bad. While the world is well aware of Victor Garber’s impending exit from the show due to his big return to Broadway in the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly!, which opens at the Shubert Theatre in Midtown Manhattan in early 2018, Jax, Ray, and Professor Stein have yet to figure out how to separate Firestorm within the confines of the narrative. Tonight, that story takes an unexpected turn with a “Freaky Friday” situation.
This week, we see the ACTUAL Helen of Troy (?) stumble upon the movie set of the film based on her life. The cast and crew are visibly stunned by her beauty and grace and the director immediately ‘hires’ her to play the role on film. Meanwhile, Ray is doing yet another experiment with Jax and and Professor Stein which results in them doing a good old mind-swap.
Jax is Stein. Stein is Jax. “Oh, Pancakes.” – Ray Palmer.
Not enough can be said about the performance of Franz Drameh as he depicts the Professor. His dialect and his mannerisms are perfect. This has to come along with the fact that they have spent over 3 years together playing superheroes with a psychic connection. While all this is going on, The Legends realize that the actual Helen of Troy has stumbled onto a movie set. Historically, Helen was a woman whose affect on men was so strong that they literally killed each other for her. This is translating by having studio heads, directors and stagehands punching and shooting at each other for the affection of Helen.
Nate Heywood urges the team to try and grab Helen before all of Hollywood is destroyed. The team attend a party in which Cecil B. Demille himself tells Ray he is made for the movies and Professor Stein (still in Jax’s body) is crushing on Hedy Lamarr, his boyhood crush, extra hard. She expresses her disappointment in the fact that due to Helen’s sudden appearance, she will not be getting any work in Hollywood.
The men on the team are stuck by the beauty of Helen as Sara and Zari try and convince her to come with them. She claims the Gods have answered her prayer and brought her here. Damien Darhk is here and he has brought Kuasa (The Water Witch) with him as well. Turns out Kuasa is a totem wearer from Amaya’s own tribe and Amaya is disgusted that he is using her totem to help Darhk.
A fight breaks out as Ray is talking with Helen herself and Damien Darhk urges Sara to return to 2017 before he kills her entire team, one-by-one, saving her for last. Not enough is said about Neal McDonough’s terrifying portrayal of Darhk. He is menacing and calculating and downright cold in his diction and speech patterns. He has been a joy to watch ever since his debut in the admittedly problematic fourth season of Arrow and his crossover to Legends of Tomorrow has continued Laurel Lance’s legacy as Sara’s hatred stems from him murdering her sister during the events of that season.
Sara brings the ultimatum to the team and they have differing views on what to do. Sara tells them ALL the men to stay on the ship while the ladies handle Helen of Troy. Jax and Professor Stein are going and forth about Stein’s crush on Hedy Lamarr and reveals that his Hall Pass is Hedy herself, with his wife’s being Jean Claude Van Damme. Jax (still in Stein’s body) reminds him that Hedy isn’t dead here.
Helen begs the team to not take her back to her time period because while Hollywood is flawed, at least men aren’t killing themselves for her… Until the shooting starts literally 30 seconds later.
SARA DOES HER BEST OLD TIMEY ACCENT AND I AM HERE FOR IT.
The team get Helen on the Waverider and they realize that the tech within the ship are disappearing. Due to the fact that Hedy Lamarr herself, who was not just an actress but also an inventor, invented the patents for the tech that gave birth to very technology within their time-ship. Professor Stein (Jax) takes off to get her back on track and maybe use his Hall Pass..??
And he works! He convinces her to come with her to start her path towards greatness.
Until they are, of course, caught by Damien Dahrk.
Damien Dahrk wants to kill them. The Team is on their way to save them but first, Jax (Stein) has to use the bathroom. Hedy doesn’t understand when Stein (Jax) tries to explain the entire Firestorm matrix to them, asking if he is a homosexual after he says “In a way, Jefferson and I are married). Hilarious.
Sara challenges Dahrk to a duel, using the fact that Oliver Queen will kill him in the future to egg him on. Meanwhile, Amaya battles Kuasa and Mick, Ray, and Nate battle Mallus who is still within the body of the woman running around with Darhk. Hedy Lamarr begs Firestorm to merge (I guess she did understand the explanation) and save the day. She explains the fact that them merging under their current condition could create a quantum entanglement and work perfectly.
Dahrk reveals this woman possessed by Mallus is his daughter?? And her name is Nora. Yet another unforseen plot twist in the amazing era of unexpected twists in this show.
PROFESSOR STEIN IS THE FIRESTEIN! This twitter user puts it best.
Kuasa reveals that she is Amaya’s granddaughter, Amari’s sister, during a fight between the two and that she can’t kill her without killing herself. Then, suddenly, Helen of Troy stabs her! Sara is in pretty bad shape after her fight with Damien Dahrk and Ray feels it is his fault that Amaya did not know that Kuasa was her granddaughter.
This show’s strength continues to be its chemistry among its cast and characters.
Zari DROPS HELEN OF TROY OFF AT THEMYSCIRA AS THE HINTS TO THE BIGGER DC UNIVERSE CONTINUE!
WHERE IS CONSTANTINE?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Legends of Tomorrow airs on The CW Tuesdays at 9/8c.
When the Legends track down an anachronism in 1930s Hollywood, they discover it’s none other than a time-displaced Helen of Troy and she’s just started a war between two film studios. As the Legends try to fix history and return Helen (guest star Bar Paly) to the Bronze Age, things get complicated when they are blindsided by the appearance of a former enemy. Sara (Caity Lotz) contemplates an offer she is made, which would make the Legends leave the anachronisms be. Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) and Jax (Franz Drameh) find themselves in an unusual predicament.