This week of Legends of Tomorrow —
Being stuck in space and time can make anyone go a little stir-crazy, right? Well, that’s certainly no exception for our legends. Since the previous damage to the ship, Rip has been stuck trying to figure out where to look for Savage next — without Gideon’s help.
You see, when you become a rogue timemaster and launch a personal vendetta mission to save your family from being killed in the future, your former time friends aren’t so keen on helping you out with the necessary software update that Gideon requires to find our Big Bad.
So, when Rip receives a request for a critical rescue of another timeship belonging to one Eve Baxter, he jumps on the opportunity to not only save a fellow timemaster, but to access the ship’s computer to update Gideon’s software.
No Time(masters) For Love
A common theme threaded throughout the episode was Rip’s relationship to the Timemaster Council, which we know he’s estranged from. The episode opens with an old holographic message (think the future of visual voicemail) of his son and wife telling him they miss him and hope he comes home soon.
In order to reiterate some of his past — we traveled back in time. But not with a spaceship — with a flashback!
In the flashback, a younger looking Rip hunter is under attack. He and his partner Miranda, his future wife, fight back. She manages to get them to safety — and then the simulation is over. Looks like we’ve flash-backed to a little Timemaster Council Academy (of sorts). They are praised for their success, though they seem to be in a constant state of disagreement.
Guess that passion translates directly to the bedroom too, because the next shot we see of them they are caught making out by their superior, and sentenced to a disciplinary hearing. Relationships are strictly forbidden for timemasters.
They appear before a disciplinary board and plead their cases. It doesn’t bode well for either of them, and they are told to wait for their verdict. Rip is prepared to be discharged when his superior comes back and tells them that Miranda took sole responsibility for the affair, and resigned.
Later, when Rip finds Miranda, he is upset with her — claiming she is the better timemaster, anyway. He wants to resign also, but she encourages him to do this. He agrees and all is happily ever after?
Well, you know (and I know) it’s not for long…
Aye Aye, Captain!
When Rip, Jax, and Mick go off to the other timeship to help Captain Baxter and get the update for Gideon, they run into one teensy problem — SPACE PIRATES.
Oh yes, space pirates. It’s all been a trap. In walks Captain John Valor, who has commandeered this ship. Apparently, there’s a long standing rivalry between space pirates and timemasters (who knew?), and Captain Valor has heard of the infamous Rip Hunter before.
Rip attempts to explain the situation of the future and Savage, but Valor wants none of it. He wants The Waverider (Rip’s ship) and he’s going to take it.
Though Captain Baxter was not a part of the takeover, she has her own issues with Rip. She doesn’t approve of him breaking away from the timemasters and betraying the rules they were meant to abide by. She doesn’t want to be saved by a criminal.
Fire and Ice, Nothing Nice
Following the events of last week, Leonard and Mick are still on shaky ground. Mick is clearly done with playing superhero, and Leonard is starting to like it more and more.
When the opportunity comes for Mick to get away from his partner for a while and join Jax and Rip on the rescue mission, he takes it.
While he’s gone, Sara talks to Leonard about it. She understands why Mick is so upset, seeing as Leonard made him leave “Disneyland for Felons.”
When the ship comes under attack, it blasts a hole through the ship, and Leonard and Sara go to fix it. As Leonard patches it up temporarily with his ice blaster, an emergency shutdown protocol leaves the two trapped in the room together — freezing to death (literally).
Star Date – Wait, But Really?
While Rip is gone, Ray asks if he can look over the ship — with the help of Kendra. As one does, Ray has way too much fun play-acting captain. That is, until, the Waverider comes under attack. Ray is forced to take the ship over manually, and manages to get the main system of the other ship down. Unfortunately, in all of this, Leonard and Sara get trapped.
In order to save his teammates from freezing to death, Ray has to put on his A.T.O.M. suit and go out and fix the ship himself. Kendra talks him through it, with some incredibly awkward small talk that has Ray lamenting about it being a good thing she said no to that drink.
In the process of fixing the ship, Ray begins to lose oxygen. Kendra tries to talk him through it, tries to keep his focused, as his body starts shutting down. He manages to fix the ship, and just barely makes it inside before he passes out.
Kendra tries desperately to resuscitate him, and get him to stay with her. She tells him she can’t lose him too, and that she needs him. He finally breathes again (after maybe dying for a second in there).
Later, Ray tells Kendra that he heard what she said and that she doesn’t need him, and he’s glad that they’re friends. Then Kendra kisses him — so much for that.
Space Ranger Stein
While everyone else is busy doing their own thing, Stein is enamored with the fact that not only can they jump from place to place and time to time, but that they can also explore deep space. This comes as an utter delight to a man who once dreamed of becoming a space ranger. Shocking, I know.
Since nothing seems to be going as planned, Stein decides to take it upon himself to save the day. He somehow finds his way to the other ship, beats up a pirate, and steals his weapon (and hat).
He finds the team, and tells them he has a plan. They find Valor and his men and Rip shoots at them. They get into a fight, with Rip losing, when suddenly Stein tells him it’s time to initiate the plan.
The team each grasps something tightly before the doors of the ship are released open and Valor and his men are sucked out into space. They shut the doors, saving themselves just in time.
Baxter thanks Rip, and apologizes. She believes he’s still a true timemaster. She hands him what he needs to locate Savage.
It’s Getting (Too) Hot in Here
It’s no secret by now that Mick Rory runs hot. After getting into an argument with Rip, Mick decides he’s done helping the team and asks to speak to Valor to make a deal. Mick tells Valor that he can get him the Waverider, so long as he returns him (and Leonard) to Central City 2016, the day they decided to join the legends. He agrees.
When the team hears word that Mick is okay and on his way back, they don’t consider the fact that he has brought an army of space pirates with him. Mick tells Leonard it’s time to go home. Leonard responds that it’s time to choose — the team, or him — and he chooses the team.
Sara and Kendra fight off the pirates while Leonard goes in search of Mick, who has headed towards the time drive. It’s Sara who finds Mick first though, and she stops him.
The two fight, and Mick gains the upper hand. Leonard blasts Mick just before he has the chance to kill Sara. Later, once the team is safely back on the Waverider, and Mick is knocked out — the team discusses what to do with him.
Leonard doesn’t want to leave him back in present day Central City. Their families are all there, and Mick is a vindictive man. Leonard tells everyone that he will take care of it.
He drags an unconscious Mick out somewhere in the middle of nowhere. When Mick wakes up he sees Leonard with his gun pointed at him and tells him he doesn’t have the guts, and that only one of them is walking out of there alive.
Then Leonard shoots his blaster. Dun, dun, dun.
So that device that tells us where Savage is? It’s in Harmony Falls, Oregon. 1958.
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