After a tough week what better way to escape than to watch S4 Ep 2 of Legends of Tomorrow. The team are drastically trying to find a way to track the magical creatures spread across time. Enter Constantine (Matt Ryan) as new team member. You have to love Constantine – whereas most people would fall into the existing team dynamic Constantine is right there setting out his demands for paid holidays and a firm ‘no silly costume policy’. We shall see how long that lasts.
The bonding between Constantine and Mick (Dominic Purcell) is great to watch and I’m sure this banter will keep us entertained for the rest of the season.
The team are soon travelling to witch country – Salem 1692 and have identified a particularly nasty creature in the form of a Fairy God Mother who is commanded and linked to Prudence. Prudence is a young girl whose mother Jane is accused of witchcraft. The Legends whilst protecting Prudence on the Waverider try to find a way of sending the Fairy God Mother to hell. The Fairy God Mother has a particularly nasty streak having already gone Hitchcock and setting The Birds/ crows on the locals. The fun really begins when Prudence is convinced that the Legends had no intention of helping her mother. Ray (Brandon Routh) and Mick become the two little pigs who go time travelling. I was relieved for Ray as we all know Mick’s love of bacon. I would have loved to have seen Mick’s reaction to being turned into a pig. When Constantine was silenced it was a sight to behold as I expect this will be the only time Constantine is quiet this season. His sarcasm throughout was for me fun to watch.
Back to Salem and Zari’s (Tala Ashe) attempt to save Jane has backfired and they are about to be burnt at the stake. Enter Sara (Caity Lotz) to save the day. Add some fantastic fight scenes (very impressive moves) until Sara is overpowered. Everything halts when Prudence and the Fairy God Mother are back. Zari manages to convince Prudence to follow her mother’s wishes and she releases her Fairy God Mother. It is clear Zari wanted to save Jane as she could not save her own mother which she is able to do despite the fact it changes history.
Meanwhile and fast forward to 2018 and Ava (Jes Macallan) is trying to secure funding to help fight the fantastical. Enter Hank – Nate’s (Nick Zano) dad and purse string holder from the Pentagon. Nate had already had an awkward dinner with Hank and trying to convince Hank to provide funds was the ultimate challenge. Luckily Ray’s transformation to human form after the defeat of the Fairy God Mother and Nate’s steel exterior saves the day and convinces Hank that magic is real.
Constantine tries to make a deal with the Fairy God Mother but his fate appears so much worse than her own that hell is the preferable alternative. She knows exactly who Constantine is and who is after him. Time will tell as to the form of this threat.
Overall, I really enjoyed this episode, although I may be dreaming of Disney hell for a little while. I guess my key questions going forward are – is Nate debating about leaving the team after Ava’s job offer? Will Zari’s guilt over not being able to save her mother eventually become her weakness? Who is after Constantine is probably going to be the question of the season.