'Legends of Tomorrow:' What you need to know in advance of Thursday's premiere

Well, the time has finally come for the world premiere of DC's Legends of Tomorrow 9 p.m. Thursday. The Court of Nerds has been pumping out Legends of Tomorrow previews and what not, and this is our chance to round everything up to make sure you know what you need to know about this wild time-hopping adventure featuring seven "main" characters. 

Here is a quick crash course: Check out our Ciara Renee interview with Hawkgirl from Legends of Tomorrow and Flash. 

Our Official 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' preview from first two episodes. 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.

All right, after those shameless plugs, let's get to it: 

DC's Legends of Tomorrow focusing on seven characters who aren't exactly known to the extent their CW counterparts Arrow and Flash are. 

The Legends 

Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm:

Garber's Stein has appeared on The Flash several times and should be a recognizable face to most. Stein and his new partner Franz Drameh as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson / Firestorm are still adjusting to each other. Stein is an older dude/nuclear physicist, and Jax is a young jock. 

Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom: Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / White Canary:

Both of these characters have been heavily featured on Arrow in main roles, and probably serve as the two most recognizable faces outside of Wentworth Miller. Atom is an ally of Flash and Arrow, and well, Sara is the former lover of Oliver Queen. Atom has his special suit which allows him to zoom around and shrink himself while Lance is a vigilante ninja badass who was a member of the League of Assassins. 

Oh, yeah, Routh was Superman in the 2006 film, "Superman Returns."

Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter:

Oh, Rip. Rip is a timemaster with a British accent. He leads the team through time and bitches when they break the rules. He is also he architect of the group. 

Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory / Heat Wave: Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold:

These two. From Flash to Prison Break, just keep these guys together. Heat Wave steals every scene he's in throughout the first two episodes with his unpredictable edginess and simple one-liners. Wentworth Miller, is fantastic, and these two just mesh so perfectly. 

Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders / Chay-Ara / Hawkgirl Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Khufu / Hawkman

Two Egyptian warriors/lovers who reincarnate through time. They were brought into the fold during the Flash/Arrow crossover last year. Their arch nemesis, Vandal Savage, is the group's (at least, first) target.  

So, is it good?

Through two episodes, yes!

The show is fun, different and plays off of what make The Flash and Arrow series so successful. 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.

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. 

I asked some of the Court to give me a brief breakdown with their favorite and least favorite aspects of the show, and a hope for the future. 

Grant's breakdown: 

FAVE: God help me, I loved Mick Rory. The breakout character of the show, he had all the best lines, and Purcell just commits SO HARD to the character that it's hypnotizing. Also, I facking loved how the Hawks were portrayed, from Kendra's hesitant acceptance to Carter's frustrated masculinity.

Least: I'm just not feeling Rip right now. Maybe he'll grow on me, but something about his character just isn't connecting with me.

Hope: I hope this show can sustain its frenetic pace - shit just keeps happening, and it all is just falling beautifully into place. Also, I'm super-pumped for Jonah Hex, and whoever else they feel like slipping in!


FAVE: Special FX bonanza. Nothing looked cheap, nothing made me think "that was cool...for tv". Oh and Mick Rory. Moar Mick.

LEAST: Lack of characterization for Jefferson, White Canary feels like a 1 note character. Want more depth!

HOPE: Scale down the spectacle, examine the characters and their motivations. Except with Cold and Heat. Keep them EXACTLY as they are.

Will we see the Flash and Arrow?

 I'm sure we will. It only takes about five minutes to see Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen in the first episode. This is the aspect that scares me most about this show. Yes, we all love Grant Gustin and Amell, but Legends of Tomorrow already has SOOO much going on. There are so many characters, that some of the main characters feel a little flat and one-dimensional in the first two episodes. Bring Flash and Arrow in for moments, but keep them as plot-builders and not a plot-crutch.

I know nothing about these characters, why should I watch this show?

Because it's fun television and the show does a great job of bringing viewers up to speed on its several characters.

The mega fight scenes are great. The comedy isn't forced and is actually funny. The characters are interesting annddd

time travel!

Think of all the eras and possibilities these characters have. Time traveling superheroes and villains, that's all that needs to be said.

Don't forget to catch the series premiere 9 p.m. Thursday on the CW.