DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season Finale “The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly” Review
This season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been the most exciting one yet. The most unconventional team of heroes have defied time and time again what originally made them fall to the background of the shows they were introduced from. If any of the DC/CW shows ever felt more like a superhero show, it is this one. They remind us what it means to rise to the occasion without following some formula or working within a set of rules. The only question now with tonight’s season finale is what it will take to fight off an enemy who also makes breaking the rules seem like child’s play.
The season finale thrusts us straight into the first encounter with Mallus. While the CGI for Legends tends to be okay at best, this was one of the stronger quality moments. I will say that the scene was a bit anti-climatic since the loss of said person to Mallus in that encounter didn’t hit as hard as you thought it might. They used the one person who we didn’t connect with all too much this season in contrast to the rest of the Legends.
Regrouping in the Wild West was exciting when there aren’t many places we could have the opportunity to visit twice. Considering this period of time is home to Jonah Hex as well, it makes sense that someone more notable they could run to as allies. The reason for running to this place was smart, though even better was the danger that we could still expect to follow them. The form this took was executed very well when making the statement that everything mattered this season. It makes a big difference that the Legend’s travels have impact beyond what happened during that week. Jonah’s interactions with the team now was a step up from before. Back then this was all surprising and maybe flooring for him, but he jumps back into their world barely phased and as comfortable as the rest about the ensuing chaos.
Now Sara leaving Ray in charge of watching Damien Darhk was something I couldn’t rap my head around. You leave Darhk with the one person who is naive enough, despite being a genius, to watch over someone who he would easily help for the sake of saving Nora? Its like she was just asking for him to do his own thing. Nonetheless you can never fault Ray or Darhk for having their hearts in the right place. How they managed to shake up the situation was pretty cool. They made the idea of winning less tragic than it was before, even if the showdown with Mallus would intensify from their interference. Amaya’s determination to find a way to use the totems to destroy Mallus was further exploration that we needed of the totem’s lore. The truth to how they defeat Mallus was interesting for the technique, though odd for the execution. A bit on the nose about the idea of combining the powers of the totems. However, that didn’t mean you wouldn’t want to see what they could unleash when everyone is on the same page about their use.
I would say that it is who comes to the Legend’s aid for this final showdown that grabbed my attention most. Familiar faces that were very much welcomed at a time like this. It was pretty crazy to see how a change in direction for some of them could make such a difference in who they are now. This leading into the next stage of the fight was all the entertainment you could need when this team found balance between being the scalpel and the chainsaw. The beauty in this finale was what the Legends unleashed upon Mallus when it was all or nothing. There was one thing you couldn’t ignore in the title of this episode and it was “The Cuddly”. What on Earth could be cuddly about the end of the world? The reveal blew me away because this is the showrunners truly embracing how ridiculous this show can get. Honestly this season has been at its best when we are able to sit back and expect the unexpected. The rules were thrown out the window and they said “This is how the Legends get the job done, deal with it”. Twice this episode also delivered stunning quality for the CGI. It was worth everything that was imply okay for memorable moments like this.
As a villain, Mallus was everything you could have wanted and more. You ask for a villain that required what the Legends unleashed upon him, and he was the real deal. Sure, some of the other big bads made some imposing moves to shake up the team, but this guy was not someone you confront on your own.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season Finale “The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly” was all the excitement in being an outcast in the Arrowverse. Nothing was off limits and everything was permitted this hour. The reunions were touching, farewells heartbreaking, and returns all the hype setting up the next season. Season 3 of Legends in its entirety proved that The CW shows can be better if they embrace what it means to live in a comic book world.