Thanks to the lovely souls at The CW and DC Entertainment, the Court of Nerds and I were able to check out the first two episodes from the upcoming "Legends of Tomorrow" series.
The show starring, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz, among many others, will debut on The CW 8 p.m. Jan. 21.
My first takeaway: This show is capitalizing on what people have generally loved about the Flash and Arrow with a little more focus toward the 19- to 35-year-old male. There are jokes about drugs and sex, but the aforementioned drugs and sex aren't enough to make the kiddies turn away - We only see a bong when it's used in a manner other than smoking.
The first two episodes are fun, action-packed, and prove to have this whole mega-team-up-fight-scene-thing down to a 'T.' When I first read that Mark Pedowitz -- The CW's president -- likened "Legends of Tomorrow" to a love baby between Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy, I laughed and vomited at the same time.
But dammit, he's spot on: This show is so much lighter than Arrow, and its tone is much more comparable to that of the Flash's. Arthur Darvill's Rip Hunter character is a snarky British time master who dabbles in sarcasm and vagueness as he hunts down the immortal villain Vandal Savage.
Among the consensus of the Court of Nerds, his character was the least likable among the bunch, but I'm not prepared to write him off; There were moments in Episode Two where you start to see the character take shape and be more than a mouthpiece.
One of the biggest unknowns about this series was how much it would connect to, tie-in, or include the Flash and Arrow. Well, it didn't take long for that question to be answered as Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen character appears within the first five minutes of the first episode, acting as a sounding board to Ray Palmer.
Episode Two heavily revolves around the past, present, and future relationship of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Can't dig too deep into that one due to spoilers, but I think it will be enjoyed across the board. The second episode is when you really start to see characters settle in to their roles, and who they will typically stick close to.
I'm speaking for myself here, but Dominic Purcell absolutely kills it in his role of Mick Rory: From his one-liners to his simple interaction with the other members, Heat Wave is the unsung star of the first two episodes. Hell, anything DC with Purcell and Wentworth Miller? Sign me up.
My one beef with the show, and this may be just due to it being the first two episodes, is the stereotypical character development of Jefferson "Jax" Jackson/Firestorm. His character does absolutely nothing for me when he is given the chance to speak, and there's the fact it sticks to the "young black teen taken under the wing of an old successful white guy" trope. I hope Franz Drameh is given an opportunity to broaden his character outside of what was seen in the first two episodes - Lord knows he has the talent.
Outside of that, I think The CW and DC has another successful television show on its hands thanks to Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim. The cast and characters are great and the action is fantastic, I'm looking forward to seeing how these heroes are further developed. So far, the show has a great balance between humor, seriousness, and action.
Be sure to check it out 8 p.m. Jan. 21 on The CW.