This week on Legends of Tomorrow —
We’re headed back to the future, baby. Luckily for the legends, this future is mildly less grim than the last time we were there — for now. The team tracks Vandal Savage to the year 2147, where they’re gonna have to make some difficult decisions in order to save, well, the world.
Prevention or Heroism?
In 2147, Savage is set to attend a meeting of the shareholders for Kasnia Conglomerate. His actions at this meeting will lead to the destruction of the world.
As the team heads out into this futuristic metropolis (where everyone wears matching grey wool outfits). Rip explains that 2147 is considered to be one of the highest points ever in the history of the world, and it will remain that way — for a good five years.
In five years’ time, a ruthless dictator named Per Degaton will come to power. He will release the Armageddon virus that will end up killing billions of people and ultimately lead to Savage’s rise to power.
Rip gains access to the meeting of shareholders by inserting contacts that allow him to pass through the retina scanner. Once he’s in, he hears the board of directors discussing the issues that exist outside of their compound. Namely — overpopulation.
Savage suggests that they use the technology they have in order to downsize the population. This technology? The Armageddon virus. His request is denied by Tor Degaton (Per’s father) and current ruler of the conglomerate, and it’s not the first time.
Once out of the meeting, Rip follows Savage, who runs into a 14-year-old Per Degaton. It appears that Savage has taken on the role of tutor for the future dictator.
When Tor Degaton dies his son, Per, will take control of the conglomerate and under the training of Vandal Savage, release the virus. Once he does this, he leaves the world vulnerable to a hostile takeover — which gives Savage the perfect opportunity to kill Per Degaton and destroy the world.
In order to stop all of these from happening — they have to kill Per Degaton themselves.
Of course, a team full of heroes isn’t too happy about the idea of murdering a 14-year-old. The team becomes divided. While Rip, Leonard, and Sara see the that it must be done; Ray, Stein, Jax, and Kendra and very much against it.
The settle instead on a kidnapping. If they can’t kill him, at least they can remove him from the timeline.
Robots and Revelations
Ray Palmer discovers something very interesting about his stay in the future. The law enforcement officers are autonomous versions of — the A.T.O.M. suit.
Disturbed by this realization that his creation once designed for good, now strikes fear into citizens, leads Ray to investigate exactly how this has happened.
He takes Stein and Jax along with him to a museum of the A.T.O.M. robots. While there, he meets the young female inventor of them. Careful not to reveal too much about himself, but knowing just a little bit too much about them, she becomes suspicious.
She reveals that the suit the robots wear has been in her family for generations. To prove her point, she shows Ray, Stein, and Jax a giant bust statute of a Dr. Palmer, the original creator. Also? Her great, great, great, great grandfather.
While Ray is understandably upset that he may have had a part to play in the future destruction of the world, he’s more upset that he apparently had a child he never knew about.
The only person he’d been sleeping with before he left in 2016 had ghosted him a week before he left. If he never left that child would have had a loving father.
While Ray is coming to terms with his future offspring, Kendra is remembering her past.
She has a flashback to one of her past lives with Carter, one in which they have a young son — Aldus. You may remember him from a while back, as an aging expert on Vandal Savage and well, his parents.
In the flashback, Kendra senses that Savage is near. She fears that they have to move again in order to escape him and protect Aldus. They assume new identities, Edith and Joseph Boardman. Kendra struggles with wondering if they should explain the truth to their son, since they keep having to move.
She asks Carter if they’re being selfish, for wanting to have a family. He insists that they are not, and that no matter what, Savage is not the only thing that is immortal — their love is too. They sit Aldus down and explain everything to him, starting from the beginning.
Later, when Ray finds Kendra to ask her what’s been going on, she explains that she feels as if she’s cheating on Carter with him. Upset, but not angry, Ray says he understands. She and Carter have fallen in love so many times that he knew what he was getting himself into.
Ray then explains that he may have a child back in 2016 that he never knew about. The couple is stuck at an awkward impasse with their revelations, unaware of how to move forward.
Like Tutor, Like Son
After the team decides to kidnap Per Degaton, they nominate Leonard (their resident super thief) to get the job done, with Sara and Rip’s help. They kidnap the boy and bring him back to the Waverider, where Gideon begins to monitor his dreams to see if the kidnapping had any effect on him at all.
Despite their best efforts, the kidnapping did nothing to impact the future timeline. No matter where they drop him, he will still rise to power and kill billions of innocent people. With this revelation, Rip decides they need to go back to plan A — kill him.
Meanwhile, with Savage’s help, Tor Degaton discovers who kidnapped his son and sets out to get him back, no matter the cost.
As Rip prepares to kill Per Degaton, something prevents him. Instead, he cuts his anesthetic and steals the jump ship, taking the boy with him. When the team gets word of this, they try to track him but Rip has shut off his transponder, making sure no one can find him — or stop him.
Rip brings Per Degaton to a secluded lake, where he has planned to kill him. He holds a gun up, but Per Degaton tells him he’s weak and that he won’t kill him. Savage has trained him to see whether or not someone is a killer, and Rip is not.
Rip lowers the gun and tells him that he is right, he is not a killer — but that doesn’t make him weak. It means he has good in him, and for the sake of the future of the world, he hopes Per Degaton has a shred of goodness in him too.
Back on the ship, Kendra has a flash that Savage is coming. The Waverider comes under attack, so everyone suits up to fight them off. They can handle the fighters, but not the robots, as their technology is too advanced.
Ray and Kendra go to the control center to sabotage them. While there, Ray is stopped from destroying the robots by his great, great, great, great granddaughter. In order to convince her of the severity of the situation, Ray reveals himself to her.
There’s just one teensy-weensy problem with that reveal — Ray Palmer is not the inventor of the robot army, Sydney Palmer is. Who is Sydney Palmer you ask? Why it’s Ray’s brother, apparently. Sydney must have gone to work for Felicity at Palmer Tech when Ray left and eventually had children which led to this.
Despite everything, they still need the youngest Palmer to help. And because she has Palmer blood, she does the right thing and dismantles the robot army.
Back at the battle ground, Savage has managed to grab Sara and hold her hostage. He demands a trade, Sara’s life for Rip’s. However, Rip has another solution. He offers another trade, Per Degaton for Sara. Tor Degaton accepts despite Savage’s protests and they leave unharmed.
Back on the Waverider, Rip checks the timeline to see if anything has changed. In fact, it has — just not for the better. You see, Per Degaton is angrier than ever. With the instruction of Savage, Per Degaton kills his father in his sleep, leaving Savage temporarily in charge.
With Savage in charge, it means the Armageddon virus isn’t going to be released in five years, but in just a matter of days.
After it is revealed that Ray did not, in fact, have a child in 2016 — Kendra decides they need to talk. Despite her feelings for Carter, she claims that this life is different. She never met Ray in any of her past lives. She asks him not to give up on them, because while Carter may be her past, Ray is her future.
It seems I may be forgetting something? No wait, someone. Mick Rory is still trapped in the ship’s prisoner holding cell.
Throughout the episode, Mick receives many visitors. First, Rip goes down to apologize to him for trying to get him to go against his true nature — which ultimately led to Leonard abandoning him.
However, one his most important visitors was Sara. She attempted to convince not only Mick, but Leonard too, to have a chat and work things out. She explains to Mick that when she and Leonard almost froze to death, all he felt was guilt for leaving Mick.
Despite this, Mick maintains that the only thing he wants to do with Leonard is kill him. Finally, in the end of the episode Leonard pays his old friend a visit. He proposes that he opens the door to the prison and they fight it out until one of them dies.
Mick agrees and they fight. Just as Mick is about to finish Leonard off, something stops him. He says that he doesn’t know what he wants anymore — they’re all going to die anyway.
There’s one problem with that fact that Mick (as Kronos) failed to bring in the legends and their rogue timemaster leader, now there is a bounty on all of their heads, including Mick’s.
They’re called The Hunters, and they’re not going to stop until every last one of them is dead.
Watch the next episode of Legends of Tomorrow on Thursday at 8pm on The CW!