A genius with a 197 IQ may have coded his way into NASA. It’s certainly the first time that a team of Legends find their way into the aerospace and science organization. On tonight’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, the team intercepts the Apollo 13 mission. It’s so that they can retrieve the final piece of the Spear of Destiny.
When I first saw Commander Steel as a NASA flight director, it reminded me of Ed Harris’ character from the movie Apollo 13. Even the haircut looked similar. The part where he punched Rip confused me and amused me at the same time. It’s confusing because they’re both on the same side. It’s hilarious because the commander channeled his inner Indiana Jones. His line about Rip not having the right credentials brings back memories of that scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I applaud you, show.
Things then took an awkward turn when time is running out for the team to retrieve the spear fragment and get out. Professor Stein then belted out “Day–O (The Banana Boat Song)” as a distraction. He even got Mick to join in. Everyone at Mission Control was looking at the professor like he had gone bonkers. I have to commend him, however, for thinking of a suitable distraction.
Meanwhile, Ray crash-lands on the moon (now he knows how Matt Damon felt) along with Eobard Thawne. The latter had disguised himself as Jack Swigert, one of the astronauts. It was interesting to see the two work together after Eobard called a temporary truce. The evil speedster tried to get Ray over to the dark side, but the billionaire scientist did not fall for the Reverse Flash’s trap. Good for you, Dr. Palmer! Speaking of, I rolled my eyes in amusement as I watched him retrieve the Spear of Destiny fragment from the flag planted on the moon. The theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey was on point. Albeit a bit on the cheesy side.
I felt sorry for Rip Hunter as I watched this episode. He felt a bit out of place now that he’s not the one in charge. Though the man doesn’t seem to mind it, it still gnaws at him. I agreed with Sara when she told him that this feeling of being an outcast makes him a Legend. You may not be the captain anymore, Rip, but you make one hell of a Legend!
My heart also went out to Nate. He finally found his grandfather only to lose him again. The Waverider didn’t have enough power to get to the 38-degree angle (who died and made Eobard mindreader?) for re-entry. So Commander Steel went to the cargo bay and let himself get sucked out into space to lessen the air pressure on the ship. It seems that every show in the drama genre tends to lean toward the greater good concept. Way to hit us right in the feels, show!
In the end, the two other astronauts were saved, the Legends got every piece of the spear. Nate even got to meet a younger version of his father. I sincerely hope Nate’s pep talk to his Dad will work regarding bettering the relationship between father and son in the future. The historian has lost enough already, no need to pour salt on the wound.
Quick sidebar: Amaya asked Gideon to show her the future. She saw what would happen to her village and her granddaughter (the Vixen from the Arrow-verse). Wonder if there will be a family reunion for Amaya as well? I smell a cross-over!
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Team Legends infiltrate NASA to get the final piece of the Spear of Destiny in this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow.