Time Is Too Fluid For The Good Guys
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow follows a group of heroes who fight, talk and sing their way through troubles and television episodes, minus commercial interruptions. But as would be true in real life, these folks now find themselves being idolized for their exploits and achieving a pop-culture reward of being celebrities. They even let a documentary crew do filming on them. But since no good deed goes unpunished, a big baddie takes advantage of the situation to create trouble. Trouble that the Legends are now responsible for stopping — reanimated villainous people coming back to “life” not being in their contract. Which is what The Complete Fifth Season is going to have to take on. But first lets backtrack a bit if only to make sense for those who don’t have any idea what Legends is about. Since it’s the 5th season that is only fair.
There Are Many Legion Members
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow started out as being a stomping ground for existing characters of the DC Universe who had and were making their appearances on the CW network (which airs a lot of DC-related shows). Who it consisted of at that time isn’t as important as the concept behind it — creating a group of super-powered characters who could work together to fight the forces of evil (really bad super powered baddies obviously). Being in possession of a ship that can navigate not just space but time sure comes in handy at the best of times, but here it’s purpose is to aid the heroes in what was, is and continues to be the worst. Violence, mayhem, heartbreak and betrayals ensued. So this brings us to the cast of characters who now make up Legends and who get a few lines as to what they’re all about:
Sara Lance — the first Black Canary becomes the White Canary but you can take the girl out of one suit and put her in another, but you can’t take being an assassin and remove the muscle memory that that involves. Kinda the leader, sort of and certainly speaks her mind.
Ray Palmer — Billions gets you the equipment but brains makes the suit that shrinks to become the ATOM. If they were still using landlines it would be cool to see if he could ride the electrons from one handset to another like used to happen in the comics.
Charlie — try not to get confused, okay so this is a other worldly creature who takes on the identity of a shape shifter named Charlie (a human who is later released from being part of this not-asked for deal) or confusing.
Zara Tarazi — rogue time traveler and computer hacker and ties with powers beyond this reality, getting more confused because the whole time traveling business involves paradoxes and reality shifts so can we get some aspirin?
Ava Sharpe — 12th Generation Automation Clone, that name beats out King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man for ambiguousness
Nora Darhk — a “magical” girl who does something pretty unexpected with one of the Legends
Nate Haywood — Kind of human but works/worked with the Time Bureau and so is even more messed up about all this than we are
Mick Rory — Boy has he been around the Universe and isn’t a newbie and yes he’s human but has a heat gun and a gruff manner (anyone remember the actor from Prison Break?)
John Constantine — a genuine magician of the supernatural but not in the Dr. Strange easy good all the time way. This guy’s at least easy to understand because he actually seems to think in a linear fashion.
High Resolution and Surround Sound Enhances the Episodes
So definitely a large number in this ensemble. And what exactly are they up to in this season — saving the world, no make that saving everything as they take on such folks as Rasputin, Genghis Khan, Marie Antoinette and others. All with charm, grace, some hard kicks and a lot of special effects that, while not exactly Hollywood “A” movie CGI heavy cashed, manage to get the point across without embarrassment.
Video and audio quality is as good as expected, due to this box set being of Blu-ray high-definition 1080p with 5.1 digital surround sound. Bonus features include a Post Production Theater, unaired scenes and gag reel, along with the 5 episodes comporting the DC Crossover event known as Crisis on Infinite Earths (our personal best here is the appearance of Smallville’s Superman and Lois Lane, but there’s also Batwoman, Supergirl, The Flash, and Green Arrow). Everything fits inside a standard cardboard slipcase that is slim enough to fit on a shelf without taking up any real room. And for sure that digital code is included for watching on mobile/portable devices.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season retails for $29.98 (a far cry from the early days of Blu-ray box sets that were so high you felt like you had to take out a second mortgage to be able to afford them). There’s also a DVD set which comes in at $24.98. The Digital Copy is only for the Blu-ray, btw.