Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-Ray I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.
They’re not heroes, they’re Legends…or at least they’re on their way during Season 2 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Season 1 of the superhero team definitely had its creative freshman season struggles, but seemed to find its voice in the back-half of the episodes. Season 2 took the momentum and ran with it embracing the sci-fi ridiculous of the show to become a refreshing palette cleanser from the darkness of its in-universe sister shows The Flash and Arrow.
The show’s creative team also made some wise roster changes dropping the tediously bad adaptations of Hawkgirl and Hawkman from the team and adding Nate Heywood (aka Citizen Steel) and Justice Society of America member Amaya Jiwe (aka Vixen). Both characters added to the show, especially Nate who provided both emotional and humorous moments. Also upgraded was the show’s Big Bad from the mediocre Vandal Savage to the Arrow-verse version of the Legion of Doom consisting of fan favorites Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), and Damien Darkh (Neal McDonough).
Season 2 also continued to have fun with the time travel concept adding episodes that had the Legends meeting George Lucas and J.R.R. Tolkien while they were being inspired to create their legendary respective franchises Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
This season also saw a clever power shift aboard the Waverider with the short-lived death of Captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) leaving Sarah Lance (Caity Lotz) leading the team. When Rip does finally return (spoiler!), he’s not who he once was and becomes a dangerous adversary played wonderfully by Darvill. The episodes also include the extremely fun Legends four-part crossover with Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl that sees a massive threat through time and space from the fearsome alien race The Dominators.
The season is fast-paced, light-hearted and full of big sci-fi adventure, while not taking itself too seriously. The charm of the actors and the creative team’s move to a more playfully tone made huge strides towards making DC’s Legends of Tomorrow an underrated fan favorite of the Arrow-verse.
The special features, on the other hand, are a bit of a letdown. Included are DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 2016 Comic-Con Panel which is fine if you weren’t there and really love panels, but there’s nothing that great here. Allied: The Invasion Complex (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) is a much entertaining look into creation of the Invasion crossover featuring the cast and creative team.
There’s a handful of deleted scenes per disc, most of which are forgettable extensions of already existing scenes, but here is one particular scene that made watching them worthwhile involving Jackson and another team member hiding from an alternate timeline’s evil Firestorm. The visual effects on Firestorm are not complete and the results are all too brief comic gold.
Aside from the always welcome Digital version of all seventeen episodes redeemable from your favorite online retailer like VUDU or Flixster Video, The Gag Reel is the final extra feature and it’s also quite funny again this season. Like last year, it features a cheesy 80’s style sitcom opening of all the characters and some funny outtakes of them messing up on set.
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While the season is a huge improvement and definitely worth a watch for its infectious sci-fi adventure and humor, this blu-ray set has very little of interest in its empty cupboard of special features.