The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brother for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have always said how much I love the Arrowverse, or whatever its going to be called now that Arrow is gone. Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, all great shows. But there is own that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that is Legends of Tomorrow. Legends is the ultimate “fun” show. What started off as a superhero ensemble (which it was fantastic at) slowly morphed its’s way into a situation comedy. Sure all the superhero tropes are there. Villain of the week, big bad that lasts the season, the fact they are superheroes on a time machine. Yes all of those elements hold true. However the Legends deal with all of this stuff on a humor note, that is just downright funny and fun at the same time.
Season 5 finds the Legends without Zari (for a while anyway) after the ripple they caused in Season 4. She has now been replaced in the timeline by her brother Behrad with no one the wiser. Gary is now working as John Constantine’s apprentice, and in the beginning Ava is now leading the team, as Legends starts after the events of the Crisis Crossover. This season we have a big bad, who then becomes another big bad. It was actually very fun the way they set it up. If you recall at the end of the Fourth season Astra resurrected a group of evil figures from history from hell in an attempt to destroy Constantine, whom she blames the death of her mother on. The Legends must travel through time to battle Bugsy Siegel, Marie Antoinette, Genghis Khan and more. As the Legends hop through time battling these villains Constantine, who has been cursed with lung cancer from Astra makes a deal to get the “Loom of Fate” to bring Astra’s mother back to life.
This turn of events sets up the main storyline of the season. It is revealed that Charlie is actually Clotho, one of the Sister of Fate and separated the loom and went into hiding so the world could have free will. This leads the Legends to be forced to stop the Sisters from getting it back and taking over the world. Along the way they must travel back to the 80’s to fight a serial killer on prom night. Battle it out in drinking games at a frat house to stop Dionysus. Stop Shakespeare from making Romeo and Juliet a superhero story, battle a zombie apocalypse and much more. Oh and because of the fact Mic has sex with his old high school sweetheart in the past we get to meet his brand new daughter in the present. As fun as all this is there is one sad piece to share.
Season 5 is the final season for Ray Parker, who Brandon Routh has done an amazing job playing for not only all 5 Legends Seasons, but from his beginning on Arrow as well. Ray marries Nora Dark, with the blessings from her father and the two leave the show to begin their life together. It’s hilarious and sad at the same time watching Ray and Nate say their good byes and plan their final mission together. Brandon Routh does go out with a bang however, as during the Crisis crossover he gets to play Superman, bringing back to life the performance he gave back in 2006 in Superman Returns. Once again he turns in a solid performance. He also gives a great comic performance as only he can in the 6th episode, Mr. Parkers Cul-De-Sac, which is a takeoff of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Brondon Routh leaving will be a blow for the show, but I have faith the Legends can keep the fun going. The cliffhanger ending of Season 5 sets up a lot of great possibilities. And did I mention the final battle takes place to “Thong Song” yes, that song. You have to just watch it.
The Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic. Nothing really needs to be said about the quality of Warner Brothers releases. They look and sound amazing from top to bottom, and Legends is no exception. In fact I prefer to watch these on Blu-ray as not only is this a binge worthy show, but it also benefits from the quality of these releases. The video makes the comic book story come to life, and who doesn’t want the Tong Song blaring from your speaker. Plus not only do you get special features, you get the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover on one disc. Now I didn’t mention crisis as much in this review as Legends first episode is the conclusion, and the storyline takes place after the events have already happened. But to recap let’s talk about crisis.
Crisis features all of the heroes from all the shows, this year join together to Stop the Anti Monitor from destroying all the earths. This was the most well done crossover event ever, and that’s saying a lot. I would rank this higher than any superhero film in terms of depth and story. Following a set up from the very first episode of the Flash (We see the newspaper saying he will die in Crisis) and culminating from the end of last year’s Elseworlds crossover we are witness to an event that will never happen again. In fact the creators themselves even said they would have to scale back the yearly crossovers as they could not see how to top this. We witness our earths heroes team with the Monitor to try and defeat the Anti Monitor who is going through all the multiverse’s destroying everything in his path in his goal to destroy all of humanity. Arrow, Team Flash, Batwoman, The Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lighting, and Supergirl all come together to travel through the different earths to stop him. Brandon Routh plays the iconic Superman from the movies (Earth 96)we see Burt Ward aka Robin, Kevin Conroy as Earth 99 Batman, and countless others. We even get the DC Streaming shows acknowledged like Titans, Doom Patrol, and Swamp Thing. This was an action packed monumental crossover the likes of which have never been done before. And it all works. It also brings about the death of Oliver Queen putting an end to the Arrow show that started it all.
Once again Legends stands head and shoulders above all other Superhero shows. Action packed and hilarious. Its still my favorite of all the Arrowverse shows and this season was an absolute blast. Pick this one up right away.
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars!