Plans. Heroes and villains alike have plans; and more often than not, nothing ever goes according to them. But can heroics be boiled down to a matter of who’s the better planner?
The entirety of the first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is wrapped up in stopping Vandal Savage. Rip Hunter, flawed leader of our hodgepodge of heroes and anit-heroes, is a plan-making machine. Week-to-week is trial and error to see if THIS TIME will be the one plan that works. Of course, it isn’t until the season finale that the good guys finally prevail. Yet, if we’re being objective, Savage and the Time Lords had a much better plan of action for saving the world.
Sure their plan involved killing millions in order to save humanity, but once the grand scheme was revealed, it was hard to deny the logic in their cold calculations. And when their plan of Savage ruling the world in order to stop an alien invasion fell apart, Savage adjusted his mindset (and objective) quickly enough to mobilize a new plan. For as terrible a human he is, Vandal Savage is devout in his preparations.
So how is it that the well-prepared Savage is finally defeated by a team that bumbles its way to a lucky break? It suggests that luck supersedes planning any day of the week, but if that were really true, then where’s the story in that?
Savage did have an “unfair advantage” because he was manipulating the future, but he was in a league of his own all season. Even when he was captured, there was never a moment when you felt like he didn’t have the upper hand. For him to finally come to an end the way he did felt like the writers had gotten just as sick of this season as I had. Wrap it up, get rid of Savage, and let’s start over for Season 2. If you’ve watched Legends from the beginning, there’s no way the heroes should have come out on top. Their poor planning and even worse execution forced them to rely on luck to get the job done.
While the season finale did completely box up the Savage story line, it also meant the end of the line for Kendra and Carter. According to Deadline, Ciara Renee has left DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim even said, â€œWe went through the team, made a list of all the characters and started to think of stories for them. When we got to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, we had trouble coming up with stories.”
I beg your pardon for the digression, but it was painfully clear that the team behind Legends never had a clue what to do with Hawkgirl. How they managed to take one of the strongest (mentally) female characters in the DC universe and turned her into a mousey sidekick is beyond me. Shayera Hol, specifically the version from the Justice League animated series, is my absolute favorite version of Hawkgirl. As such, I understand that my disappointment in Kendra is biased, but there was still plenty of good material for Legends producers and writers to work with.
The introduction of Rex Tyler and the Justice Society of America at the very end is, however, quite promising for Season 2. Back in 2013, The CW confirmed it was developing an Hourman series. With no recent updates on this series, is it safe to guess that instead we’ll see more of
Mike Ross Patrick J. Adams as this DC Hero in the next season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow?
Where Legends throws planning to the wind, Arrow has gotten quite good at ruining plans. Despite being able to put a stop to city crushing plans, it’s too bad their timing hasn’t gotten any better. Here we are on the precipice of “us vs. them” as Oliver and Darhk prepare to square off one more time for the fate of Star City, and possibly, the whole world.
Would that mean that no one is better at counter-planning that Team Arrow? When Damien Darhk promises to launch nukes, they don’t try to “stop Darhk.” They’re better served by stopping the nukes from reaching their targets. It’s a minor adjustment, but it makes a world of difference. When compared to Legends, Arrow spent a season climbing a ladder to reach the top while Legends tried everything but the obvious path to the top.
With Tevat Noah destroyed and Ruve dead, Darhk and Oliver are on track for one last head-to-head showdown. After a balanced back and forth all season, this impending fight seems well-earned. Since everyone’s plans have been scuttled, it will be interesting to see how the Arrow season four finale plays out.
If Legends clumsily (if not accidentally) found its way to the top, and Arrow climbed the ladder one rung at a time, The Flash was already at the top and their goal was to keep any villains from reaching them. When it comes to planning, no one does it better than Team Flash. They’re running with a coordinated front from CCPD, each other, and the rest of the DC heroscape. After some struggles at the beginning of this season, they have come together as a well-oiled machine and it shows.
To be fair, the plan for the majority of this season has been to “stop Zoom.” While not wildly different from Legends, The Flash just seems to execute their plan much better. Through some quick thinking, Cisco and Harrison came up with a way to stop all of the people from Earth-2 at once. Everyone, including Zoom, Harrison, and Jesse. They worked together, built the necessary parts, and executed their plan perfectly. Unfortunately, like any good villain, Zoom found a way out, abandoning all of the metahumans he’d brought to this earth with him. But that’s what makes this Barry/Jay relationship work so well on screen. It’s almost like they’re playing the “anything you can do, I can do better” game better than I could have imagined.
After the huge blow that Zoom has dealt Barry, the Season 2 finale is going to require Barry to dig deep and make sure he’s in the right head-space to take on Zoom for, hopefully, the last time. That alone will require a great team effort to keep Barry in check. But that’s the beauty of The Flash — Barry has a full complement at his disposal. With each tragedy, Team Flash gets stronger; which results in better, more precise planning.
Will Barry finally be able to end Zoom’s reign of terror? Find out in The Flash season two finale, Tuesday, May 24th, at 8/7 on The CW.
Is there even going to be a Star City after Oliver and Darhk face off? The Arrow season four finale airs Wednesday, May 25th, at 8/7c on The CW.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
Interview: Henri Esteve on Grown-ish Season 3
An interview with Henri Esteve, who plays Javi on Freeform’s Grown-ish. He talks about his season three experience.
For All Mankind Season 2: Talking with Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Jodi Balfour, and Sonya Walger [Exclusive]
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the hooks of For All Mankind is that it’s very much a story about the women of NASA. In Season 2, we explore the journeys of the women in the program, either through their own service or through their family affiliations. Four of those…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Season Finale [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale episodes.] How’s everyone after that finale? I will freely admit I got a little misty in episode eight as John told Sara why he loved her, and later that he wanted her despite what he might forfeit, and then at the end when he…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness [Exclusive]
Hands down, one of the best surprises of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness is that the serial killer this season has been front and center alongside the cast as a fully-formed character. We’ve watched Libby Hatch devolve from a prim, mild-mannered nurse to a woman in a rage hell-bent on…
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Relationship Recap: John and Sara
[Warning: Spoilers for “Belly of the Beast” and “Memento Mori”] If you’ve read me for a while (thank you!), you know two things — I lean way, way in on the characters I adore and I loathe love geometry arcs. So, I’m torn about where we are and where we…
Louriza Tronco Talks The Order Season 2 [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Season 2.] The Order’s second season is dark yet delightful entertainment on many levels, and one of its biggest sources of joy and snark is the sassy Gabrielle Dupres. Last season, she was assertive and deadly and fairly annoyed with the world. This season, she’s been…
Previewing Netflix’s Virgin River
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] Full disclosure: I have a Netflix account for my Mom, but I’m not a regular viewer. If I get a heads up on something, I’ll go look for it, but I don’t have a wander across its offerings, which, as I understand it, is how most…
Final Thoughts From the Killjoys Team [Exclusive]
This is the day of the week I’d normally hit you up with a Killjoys preview, but now that we’ve put the series to bed and released Team Awesome Force into the wild, I have one more treat for you–some final thoughts excerpted from my conversations with the Killjoys folks….
Michelle Lovretta Talks Wrapping Up Killjoys [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the series finale.] To quote Miss Jackson, “That’s the end?” Yes, friends, it is. And like I promised you, everything would be, was, and is alright. I went to the Killjoys source, series creator Michelle Lovretta, who wrote the last episode, to break down that delicious finale….
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…