The following Blu-ray set was provided to my by Warner Brother for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Shows change over the years, they evolve, add new characters, change direction at times, but they never change into a different subgenre. Flash added new characters but it was still a standard superhero show. Rosanne dropped Rosanne but it was still a sitcom. Heck Dallas changed every season story and plot wise but it was still a formula drama. Well DC’s Legends of Tomorrow changed completely. A few characters like Firestorm, Hawkgirl, and Captain Cold all departed throughout the years. Steel, Ava, and Constantine came right in at various times to take their places, but that was not the change. The change slowly happened towards the very end of season 2 and became fully prominent for season 4. Legends of Tomorrow, while still a superhero show at heart transformed into a situation comedy. A sitcom with heroes to be exact. Sure we still had the villain of the week, with the main bag guy storyline over the course of the season but season four was played entirely for laughs. Killer unicorns, Evil Fairy Godmothers, Magical World Land, it was a laugh a minute, and I could not have loved it more.
Season 4 takes place after the events of the teams battle with Mallus in season 3. The battle had large ramifications that unleashed different magical powered fugitives throughout time. Luckily John Constantine has joined the team not only to help them but to help stop the main big bad this season, a demon named Neron who not only wants to take over hell but has a score to settle with Constantine. With Rip out the picture the Time Bureau is under a new director, Hank Heywood (Thomas F Wilson of Back to the Future fame) who happens to be Nates estranged father. And let me say he is incredible in the role. He added such a layer of charm and comedy that he stole the entire season with his portrayal of Hank. His scenes with Nate are pure gold.
The Legends are all over the place this year. And as magic and fun are on tap each episode is a blast. Highlights of this season seem them traveling to Woodstock to battle a killer Unicorn, attending the Salem Witch Trials to battle a Fairy Godmother, facing down a Kaupe (Hawaiian demon shown as a hairy beast like caveman) who not only escapes a few episodes after capture, but goes on to be a Lucha Librea Wrestling champion. Naturally the Legends have to help the former champion to battle the Kaupe in the arena for the title. We also get to travel back to 1856 to hunt down a killer which is a puppet of Martin Stein. Throw in Richard Nixon, missing nipples, a giant octopus in the spirit of the old Godzilla films, and Ernest Hemingway helping them battle a Minotaur and you have a fabulous season
Sadly the Legends did not take part in the annual Arrowverse Crossover this year, but there absence is explained. Warner Brothers has released this set on Blu-ray, and DVD. The audio and video are gorgeous. These CW shows looks fantastic, and the Blu-ray transfers just highlight how amazing they look. They really are comic books come to life. You even get a good amount of special features along with all the episodes.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling
Post Production Theater
The 16 One-Hour Episodes are:
The Virgin Gary
Wet Hot American Bummer
Tender is the Nate
Hell No, Dolly
Legends of To-Meow-Meow
Lucha de Apuestas
Séance & Sensibility
The Eggplant, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Terms of Service
Top to bottom this is not only my favorite of the DC shows, but my favorite show on television today. Its got a great cast, with great characters, fantastic stories and effects, and it’s a laugh riot as well. This is the pinnacle of superhero entertainment in my opinion. Pick this set up now!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!