Legends of Tomorrow – S5 Ep10 – The Great British Fake Off Review

After the devastating loss of Behrad the Legends are in a race against time to find the last piece of the Loom of Fate. Charlie briefs the team that she gave the Loom piece to Enchantress to hide in a place that won’t be easy to find. Zari is angered by the lack of progress and challenges Constantine a.k.a Magic Man to find a way of locating the loom piece as soon as possible.

Constantine decides to cast a spell that will harness all of their energy to draw the loom piece out. Just as the piece is in arms length Sara faints and the circle of energy is broken. Constantine and Zari lunge for the piece and are transported back in time when Constantine’s place was a boarding house. Constantine and Zari check-in while they plan their next move. The chemistry that has been bubbling under the surface comes to the fore as insults. Someone finally criticised and pointed out that Constantine ony has one outfit and in my view an outfit in serious need of a deep clean!! However it isn’t long before they have a plan.

Meanwhile back on the Waverider Sara is still unconsious and it appears that she is suffering the unknown consequences of surviving Atropos attack. While Sara is out of action Captain Ava has to take charge and try to find Constantine and Zari. The team have assembled and it appears that Astra has sent all of the encores in Constantine’s direction. However before they can get a fix the locator crashes because it cannot track Encores travelling through time. This means a trip to hell is on the cards.

Constantine and Zari have tracked the energy to the Doctor room who checked-in behind them. Zari is meant to use her influencer skills to keep the doctor busy while Constantine searches his room. However it doesn’t go to plan and Zari heads to the doctor’s room only to find it empty with no sign of Constantine. She turns to leave and discovers that the path is blocked by the Doctor who advances with a knife. Constantine to the rescue who kills the doctor but the doctor is infact Jack the RIpper and an Encore. Zari and Constantine knock out the doctor and are just in time to see all the other guests check-in and what an infamous bunch they are – King Henry VIII, Black Ceaesar, Brutus and Bonnie and Clyde. The clock chimes 8pm for dinner but what are Constantine and Zari going to do? Of course Constantine has a plan to join the encores for dinner while Zari stays in their room.

Constantine takes Jack the Rippers identity and it isn’t long before all the Encores realise that they have been promised their freedom if they can get the ring so effectively they are in competition with one another. It looks as though Constantine is going to hell as he may be about to reach a sticky end. However Constantine’s end is averted by a glamorous Zari posing as Cleopatra. Zari or perhaps Cleo manages to buy them some time in the form of a temporary truce. All of the Encores scatter to go an look for the ring.

On the Waverider Ava has arranged for Gary to teleport herself, Gary and Mick to hell to challenge Astra and to find out where the Encores have gone. Astra pleads her innocence until she discovers that all of her soul coins are gone and only one person could have taken them – the coin maker. Ava and Astra head to the coin makers and it looks as though Ava may be getting through when two Astra’s men grab Ava and take her back to the club. Astra heads to confront the coin maker alone. It turns out the coin maker is Charlie’s elder sister – Lachesis. Lachesis ingroduces Astra to Atropos and makes the offer if Astra helps them to become the third fate and their sister. Astra accepts and leaves with Constantine’s soul coin. Astra rushes back to the club and tells the team to leave. Ava somehow persuades Astra to go with them and fight against Charlie’s sisters.

Constantine and Zari are stll searching for the ring when Constantine realises that Enchantress would have made it that those who seek the ring will not be able to find it. So what else do you do when you aren’t looking you go for a drink. The temporary truce is in a fragile state as Bonnie and Clyde are sneakily picking off the competition. Zari starts opening up to Constantine about her life and the things she has heard and ignored about herself but Behrad’s loss will never be something she can overcome because he died protecting her. Bonnie and Clyde find the real Jack and all of the Encores go in hunt for Constantine. Constantine tells Zari to go and it looks like he is about to be tortured when Zari returns and manages to harness the totems power in time to save them both and send the Encores back to hell.Constantine’s cocky bravado drops away as he checks on Zari and they are about to have another moment when Conatantine spots the loom piece. Just at that moment the team burst in and are reunited and what’s clear is that Constantine and Zari make a formidable team. Back on the Waverider Constantine comes face to face with Astra.

So the season is hotting up in more ways than one. The team now have all the pieces of the loom.WIll they be able to save Behrad and bring back Astra’s mother? How will they defeat Charlie’s sisters? What fate awaits Astra who has seemingly turned on her mentor or is this just a way of getting the loom for them? Will Zari and Constantine finally get it together? Will Sara recover and what power does she now possess?

Legends of Tomorrow – S5 Ep9 – Zari, Not Zari Review

So after what feels like the longest of dry spells the Legends are back with a belter of an episode. The episode flash backs to London 1977 and four days after Charlie has joined the team. A killing spree at Charlie’s music venue hits the headlines.The team try to comfort Charlie but Charlie knows this is the work of her sister Atropos who is hot on her trail. Charlie told the team that in her former life she weaved the threads of life, while her one sister controlled how long people lived her other sister, Atropos killed – just killed everyone and enjoyed it.

Atropos discovered at the venue that Clotho is now known as Charlie. Atropos reports back to their other sister who is Astra’s confidant and coin maker and who knows exactly where Charlie is. All they would need to do is track John Constantine and he would lead them directly to the next piece of the loom and Charlie.

Back on the Waverider Zari has sleep walked into Nate’s bed and Zari is being haunted by the other Zari. Zari confides in Behrad who suggests that undertake a totem quest to find out what’s going on. Zari comes face to face with the other Zari and they have a chat which brings Zari 2.0 up to speed. Mick is trying and failing in his attempts to get to know his daughter and Ava offers to help by ensuring Mick is there for all the key moments. In the end a simple sorry appears to be the answer.

Meanwhile Constantine regardless of Charlie’s apprehension goes in search of the next piece of the loom. This search takes Constantine to British Columbia where Supernatural happens to be filiming. It isn’t long before Sara and Charlie realise where he has gone and follow in pursuit. However Atropos isn’t far behind and within no time she has caught up with them after destroying the jump ship. Constantine uses his magic to hold her back so Charlie and Sara can make their escape. All appears well as Constantine rejoins them much to Charlie’s surprise. However all isn’t as it appears as Atropos has left Constantine injured and has assumed his form so Charlie will lead her to the next piece of the loom. Charlie finds the next ring and it is at this moment that Atropos shows herself and pins Charlie against the tree. Sara steps forward and is repelled backwards when Atropos shows her true form. No ones survives this revelation so Charlie knows Sara is lost.

However Charlie is about to be attacked when Sara steps into save the day. Somehow Sara has survived but how and why has this happened? Ava and Nate have arrived after Gideon confirmed that comms with the jump ship had been lost. They found a bloody but alive Constantine. They go in search of Sara and Charlie but Atropos has found her way aboard the Waverider and is looking for the first piece of the loom. Behrad informs the team and tries to get Zari to wake up and get away but its too late Atropos is there. She takes the ring and in Behrad’s attempt to stop her minus his totem which is with Zari she pulls the thread of his life from his body and cuts his life short just as Charlie and Sara arrive. A devestating moment as Zari 2.0 had just assured the other Zari that the family were safe and well. A fight for their lives follows as the waverider takes off. Atropos cannot believe Sara is alive and they fight. It looks like Sara has met her fate again when she orders the doors to open and they are both pulled towards the door. Atropos is holding onto Sara’s leg. Charlie arrives just in time and Charlie cuts off her sister’s hand – thereby keeping the two pieces of the loom and saving Sara.

After all of this Zari wakes to find Behrad is gone with Nate and Ava having to break the news. Zari resolves that she with Constantine will find all of the loom so Behrad can be saved.

A packed episode which has set up the remainder of the season. Atropos is a god and has shown herself a worthy opponent. How will they beat Charlie’s sisters when they are immortal and have significant powers? The team have lost Behrad which was wholly unexpected and which is a shame as I was just warming to the character. Zari is inexperienced in using the family totem and Charlie is mortal which Atropos has discovered. The odds seems stacked against them but Sara survived seeing Atropos in her true form – why and how? Does this mean she has some sort of superpower and what is it and how can they use this to their advantage? They still have the two loom pieces and Charlie knows the location of the others. Can they turn the odds in their favour? The loom is already starting to affect the team as each are starting to have their own agenda – Zari want to use the loom to save Behrad while Constantine wants to save Astra. How long will it be before the differing agendas bring the team to conflict. Time will tell but their fate seems to be sealed. Lets hope the team can spin their strengths to their advantage On a personal note I’m so glad this series is back – can all use some escapism right now.

Legends of Tomorrow – S5 Ep8 – Romeo V Juliet: Dawn of Justness Review

Following Ray and Norah’s wedding the newly weds have been settling into married life. However Damien’s words have been playing on Ray’s mind and Ray announces to Norah that he wants to be there for her so he thinks that they should leave the Waverider. With the decision made they head off to begin the day and encounter the others waiting for the bathroom that is being hogged by Zari. Ray and Norah break the news and all that matters now is how they tell Nate?

Ray and Nate have been through a lot together and the realisation that Ray is going to leave has just hit home. However while Ray finds a way to break the news the team are off to find the first piece of the Loom of Fate.

Charlie confirms that a trip to 1594 London is on the cards. Cue William Shakespeare who has the loom piece which is disguised as a ring. Shakespeare is going through a writer’s block and is stumped on how to end his newest play Romeo and Juliet. Meanwhile back on the Waverider Mona is back for Norah’s post wedding book club and an invitation to Zari follows. It isn’t long before Norah is having her delayed bachelorette party.

Constantine, Ray, Mick, Nate, Behrad and Charlie meanwhile have recovered the ring that Shakespeare had sold to fund the play. It seems that Ray’s last mission has gone without a hitch. Well that is until they decide to stay for Ray’s bachelor party. The drink flows and they start to talk about the loom. What they don’t know is that the coin maker has been working on Astra and they are spying on them to find out what the team are looking for. Constantine senses the presence and casts a spell to repel the being. He realises too late that it appears to be Astra. Constantine has interupted one of the local’s pints and a fight follows. Shakepeare observes the team in full superhero mode and the girls notice the title has changed and Romeo and Juiet is gone.

Mona tries to convince Mick to contact his daughter but he is afraid. Mona is the only one who can get through. Remains to be seen if Mick makes contact.

The team return to the Waverider and Sara brings them to task They are forced to return to London and to convince Shakepeare to put on the play with the correct ending. Shakespeare is found to be drowning his sorrows as the funds to put on the play have been cancelled following the disappearance of the ring. The team have to put the play on in order to save literary history. Howver while Ray is convincing Shakepeare Nate overhears Ray say he is leaving the team and is devastated by the apparent betrayal. Nate tells Ray to leave while they sort out this Shakespearean mess. It’s only when Nate is delivering the balcony scene with Constantine that he realises his mistake. Zari takes Nate’s place as Juliet and with Constantine as Romeo deliver a brilliant balcony scene and literary history is saved because the only tale of woe should be that of Juliet and her Romeo. Except this time they had competition as Ray and Nate said their goodbyes.

A number of questions for the rest of the season remain – what is the coin makers interest in the loom? Is she going to turn out to be one of Charlie’s sisters? Will the Romeo and Juliet scene signal romance for Constantine and Zari? How will the team function without Ray’s quirky ways? Still sad that Ray and Norah are gone with the team losing two members of its family. This episode landed while a lot of the world is facing its greatest challenge but what this episode has shown and the world in general is that we are all on a journey. We all start and finish but its the journey that matters and we all have our part to play in this part of our journey. Take care and we can all have an escape to the Waverider to look forward to.

Legends of Tomorrow – S5 Ep7 – Mr Parker’s cul de sac Review

Following Constantine’s brush with death Ray is inspired to seize the day and propose to Norah. Cue the preparations of a fancy dinner with Gary’s assistance at Chez Constantine. Norah arrives for dinner with her latest charge, Pippa. Gary who as enthusiastic as always seems to disappear.

Back on the Waverider Gideon has detected the presence of an Encore in 1874 Salvation. Astra has brought back Damien Darhk who has taken the 2018 Gary who was on Beebo parts collection duty following the team’s success two years before. Gary is tied to the train tracks by Damien and it seems that Gary is about to run of steam when Ava and Sara arrive to save the day. Gary tells them that Damien is back and he has taken his time device. Gary is soon sent back to 2018 while Ava and Sara go to Constantine’s to kill Damien hopefully before Norah finds out that he is back. They arrive but its too late and Norah is already trying to keep her dad happy. The lies follow and Ray is put in charge of watching Pippa while Norah gets to spend one more evening with her dad.

Meanwhile Constantine is still after the Loom of Fate and Nate suggests that a trip to the South Pole would lead to a part of the loom. Constantine is all geared up to go when he realises that Charlie had used her shape shifting powers to deceive him and to send him on a false errand.

Mick is his usual happy self and is infuriated by a very active troll who has taken exception to his novels. Zari is tasked to help Mick wth the troll so the rest of the team can deal with the Encore.

Damien is extremely happy with the thought of Norah’s darhkness and black magic reaching new heights. Norah’s lies spiral and within minutes Sara and Ava are her hench women and Constantine (much to his look of horror) is now Norah’s dark arts boy friend.

Ray, feeling sad after being asked to leave by Norah so she can manage her dad is bonding with Pippa over his favourite childhood programme of Mr Parker’s cul de sac. It is at this moment that Nate and Behrad reveal that they felt he was rushing things.

Zari and Mick have tracked down the troll and in a twist none of us saw coming Mick comes face to face with his daughter. The daughter he never knew he had with Ali. Definitley Mick’s daughter as the looks of attitude definitely show they are related. Mick can’t cope with the revelation and wipes their minds and leaves.

Ray returns to Constantine’s in time for Ava to find the ring in the cake and for Damien to realise that they were trying to poison him with a potion that would remove his powers, However Norah comes to her senses and reveals her new life and current role as child helper and fairy god mother. Damien is horrified and threatens to kill the team. Charlie, Behrad and Nate turn up just in time with Pippa who decides to wish them all on to Mr Parker’s cul de sac. Their stint on the programme forces Damien, Norah and Ray to talk properly about their future hopes. Charlie and Constantine are thrown together and after watching puppet Sara and Ava make up following the revelation that Wild Dog had offered Sara a job in Star City. Constantine and Charlie reach a deal that they will find the loom of fate to stop Charlie’s sister getting the loom, save Astra and then destroy it as the loom has powers too great for one person. Gary gets over his train phobia and Nate becomes everyones sunshine in Mr Parker’s cul de sac.

Damien finally comes to his senses and with all the drama Pippa releases Norah. Damien finally does the decent thing and accepts that Norah wants a different life with Ray. Ray and Norah decide to get married that very evening, The wedding goes with a swing with the full team in attendance. The team turned out in their finest refinery – except for Constantine who sported his trade mark trench coat. Damien gives Ray his blessing and suggests well warns Ray that he better be there for Norah and support her new calling, Ray suddenly realises that to have the stable life Norah needs he will need to leave the Waverider. Norah is overjoyed that she got to share her wedding with her dad who she thought she had lost forever.

Sara and Damien share a moment as Damien is about to sneak out of the party. Damien knows Sara can’t forgive him because he can’t forgive himself. Damien also admits that he made a deal with Astra for his return from hell and he expects an eternity of torture in hell because he didn’t fulfil the Encore contract. Damien sacrifices himself and uses the hell sword to return to hell despite the fate that is awaiting him. Norah is in the darhk over his fate but he is not concerned because he has seen and got what he wanted – Norah happy and settled with Ray and has the friendship of the legends.

What a great episode. Having Damien back was a real treat and seeing Norah and Damien reconnect was just magic. Mr Parker’s cul de sac appeared to be a sightly odd programme but it was the catalyst for the happy ever after for Ray and Norah. The sad implication though being the impending Ray and Norah departure which will be a great loss for the team. I loved Norah’s dress and Chez Constantine turned out to be the perfect wedding venue. Although Constanine could have changed his coat and it remains to be seen how long he is able to quit smoking for. Mick being in total denial over his daughter was also really refreshing and fun to watch. I expect Mick will have met his match. Looking forwad to fate taking a hand and the loom being a step closer as the series progresses.

Legends of Tomorrow – S5 Ep6 – Mortal Khanbat Review

So at the end of the last episode we saw Astra attempt to end Constantine’s life by bringing forward the onset of lung cancer. The episode starts with Constantine being taken to the Waverider where the diagnosis is confirmed – stage 4 with a matter of hours remaining.

To keep the team busy Ava suggests that they track their latest encore which takes them to Hong Kong (1997). Hong Kong is about to be handed back from Britain to China. Ava, Charlie, Behrad and Nate have a Triad tea room staked out. They are looking for the encore/ gangster who is trying to take over the Triad’s operations. Enter gangster with thirteenth century armour who is quickly identified as Genghis Khan. A terrific gun fight follows but Khan gets away. In the midst of the flying bullets it becomes clear that Behrad and Charlie have a connection and have been avoiding each other since her return.

Back on the Waverider Constantine is determined to leave. Illness won’t stop this Brit from finding out what happened. Constantine knows that the onset of this illness has magic at its core. Constantine returns home but with Gary and Ray by his side.They try all sorts of magical cures until Constantine resolves to enter purgatory to find who did this to him. Constantine comes face to face with Astra who he discovers owns the chip to his soul and is the cause of his failing health. Constantine gets angry and tells Ray and Gary to leave.

In Hong Kong it becomes clear that Khan’s real target is Prince Charles who is there to hand Hong Kong back to the chinese. Khan has other ideas and decides to put together a modern fleet of warfare to gain a new empire. Charlie discovers this but is almost killed when the past she has been evading starts to call her name.

Constantine has resigned himsef to his last day and apologies to his friends. Ray makes a traditional roast for a last supper and the trio toast what they think will be their last. Ray admits he wants to marry Norah and the fact the Gary wants to be their ‘flower boy’ is only slightly odd. Constantine announces his intentions in his last will and admits that the toast he drank was in fact poison and he collapses.

In Hong Kong it looks as though Khan will succeed when he gets the prince. However Charlie has taken the Prince’s place. It looks as though Charlie has reached the end of the road when Khan orders her death. Behrad steps forward as the hero and blocks the bullets using the totem. Khan is thwarted and the timeline saved. Charlie admits that she left because she hid the loom of fate across the multiverse and following the recent crisis all of the pieces are now in one plain. This is leading Charlie’s sisters to her and they will kill her if they find her. The legends resolve to stick together and protect Charlie from the sister’s that she has been evading for thousands of years.

Constantine is facing his final sixty seconds when he talks to Astra about her mother and signs the song that Natalie had sang to Constantine then Astra. Constantine says he can change it all and Astra finally shows some heart and love for her mother. Astra spins the dial and restores Constantine’s health so he can keep the promise of bringing back her mother. That being said his life/ chip is still in Astra’s hands and she could end his life whenever she sees fit. Constantine awakens much to Ray and Gary’s surprise with a new lease of life and a promise to keep and a loom to find.

This episode has set the scene for the rest of the series. I really thought Constantine had had his chips and there would be no saving him. He has nine lives and the luck of the devil. Although he knew how to strike a chord with Astra – with her weakness being her mother. Astra may have been in hell but she clearly loves her mother and would do anything – even save Constantine if it meant she could get her back. I really hope Constantine keeps his promise but despite the good intentions he doesn’t have a good track record. I loved how Ray and Gary stayed despite all of Constantine’s protests and how they bonded. I thought the story line was handled superbly and translated to screen like the legends writers only can. Although Gary being Norah and Ray’s ‘flower boy’ is definitely one step too far. I really liked seeing some soul and depth to Behrad. Up to now Behrad has been a bit of a mystery and Zari 2.0 is still finding her feet. So the loom of fate could if restored dictate someone’s future. Can the team find it and stop Charlie’s evil sisters from regaining control over its powers? Its clear that the loom is bound to divide the team somehow as they will each want the loom for different reasons but I guess only time will tell if the team are fated to succeed.