TV Club: Character and pacing issues plague a more playful Legends Of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow had a very rocky first season, but the most underwhelming aspects of the series—Vandal Savage, Hawkgirl and Hawkman, the Time Masters—were done away with in the finale to give the series a fresh start moving forward. Freed from their mission to stop Vandal Savage and no longer hunted by the Time Masters, Rip Hunter and his teammates are now the only force policing the timeline, spending their days tracking aberrations in history like ray gun-wielding assassins in the court of Louis XIII. It’s a less restrictive concept for the show than the first season’s goal to stop an immortal dictator from creating a dystopian future, and while this episode shows that the writers are giving themselves more freedom to play around and have fun with the time travel conceit, it still suffers from the characterization and pacing problems that plagued earlier …

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