Sunday, April 26, 2020

Legends Of Tomorrow Season 5, Episode 9: Zari, Not Zari

Huzzah! After a five week absence, Legends Of Tomorrow is finally back!

Back in March, The CW put both Legends and The Flash on temporary hiatus due to the viral apocalypse that's currently sweeping the world. I gotta admit I don't understand their thinking here. The entire country's on a forced lockdown. People are stuck inside their homes with nothing to do but... talk to their families (shudder!). The nation NEEDS the distraction these shows can provide!

Besides, you'd think airing new episodes during a lockdown would be a no-brainer for the network. After all, the whole nation's at home— it's not like everyone's gonna be at a ball game or sitting in a bar while Legends airs. They've literally got a captive audience right now. Seems like new episodes would score the biggest ratings the series has ever had!

Maybe it has something to do with Sweeps Week, I dunno. Anyway, on with the intro!

We got another great episode this week, as Legends continues to knock it out of the park. So far this year's episodes have been much, much better than those of the dreadful Season 4. Lets hope they keep up the quality.

There was a LOT going on in this week's episode— so much so it's hard to remember it all. The main plotline was the appearance of Charlie's sister Atropos, one of the Three Fates of Greek myth (along with the reveal that a previously established character is the third of the god-like sisters). 

Atropos turned out to be an awesome adversary— one who's definitely gonna give the team a run for their money. I gotta say I've been enjoying this Loom Of Fate storyline immensely— probably because they haven't dragged it out too far (yet!) and are moving it along at a brisk pace. Other Arrowverse shows could learn a thing or twelve from this (I'm lookin' at you, The Flash, what with your interminable Mirrorverse storyline that refuses to wrap up!).

This week we also get the welcome (but all too brief) return of the original version of Zari. I liked her character quite a bit, so I was genuinely upset when she was seemingly wiped out of existence at the end of last season.

And I was less than happy with her replacement, Zari 2.0. She was shallow, vapid and annoying, and even though I understand that was the writers' intent, it didn't make her any less aggravating. I have to admit though that Zari 2.0's slowly starting to grow on me, as her character continues to develop.

I'm wondering if the reveal that the original Zari still exists in some form could be setting up her possible return? Time will tell, I guess. 

I also enjoyed this week's Heat Wave subplot, as he attempted to win over his snarling teenaged daughter. As one of the two longest-serving characters on the show, he's probably undergone the most change and growth. I'm happy the producers continue to try new things with his character, rather than simply write him off the show (cough Atom cough).

This week's episode also contains a very strange sort of-crossover with Supernatural, of all shows. It's very bizarre, goes absolutely nowhere and there's no reason for it to be here. The less said about it the better.

I don't want to get into spoilers in the intro, but this episode also gave us the shocking and unexpected death of a main character— that comes just one episode after Atom and Nora Darhk were needlessly and senselessly written out of the show. Jesus, Legends writer! What did we ever do to you? You guys really know how to hurt your audience, don't you?

Speaking of Atom, this is the first episode we've gotten since his untimely departure. As I've said over and over all season, Atom was the heart and soul of the show, and I think it was a HUGE mistake to get rid of him. I was honestly worried how the series would fare without his wide-eyed optimism, and if I'd even continue to watch it without him.

Welp, so far, so good. Surprisingly this was one of the best episodes of the season— even without the presence of Atom. Let's hope the writers can keep up the good work.


The Plot:
We begin in 1977 London, three days after the events of Season 4's Dancing Queen. Charlie's just left her band The Smell and joined the Legends. The Smell's going on without her, playing at a club called The Hole. A strangely dressed woman enters the club and begins annihilating the patrons, obviously looking for someone. 

She approaches The Smell and effortlessly kills Gilly and Ian. Declan, the third member of the band, tries to run but stumbles. The woman interrogates Declan, saying she's looking for Clotho. Declan somehow realizes she means Charlie, and says she left the band. The woman says Clotho can't outrun her fate (heh) and begins glowing. Declan sees her true form and screams as he's incinerated from inside.

On the Waverider, Zari 2.0 wakes to find she's in bed with Steel. When she asks what the hell, Gideon pipes up and says she sleepwalked into Steel's quarters. Steel's happy to see her, but Zari 2.0's unnerved by the situation and rushes out.

Constantine finds Charlie and says they need to get busy and find the next piece of the Loom Of Fate. Gideon interrupts and tells Charlie she has bad news— her former bandmates were slaughtered right after she left (odd that she's just now finding out about it forty three years later, but whatever). Charlie's shaken by this, and White Canary tells her they'll find the Encore who did it and make them pay. Charlie says it was no Encore, but her sister Atropos— another of the Three Fates.

Constantine says they need to recover the Loom now more than ever, but a visibly upset Charlie tells him to piss off and leaves. Canary tells Constantine to find out everything he can about the god-like Atropos, so they don't rush in blindly when they attack. He agrees, and Canary heads for the Bridge. As soon as she's gone, he casts a location spell and discovers there's a piece of the Loom near Vancouver, British Columbia (wow, what a coincidence!). He takes the Jumpship and heads for Canada.

Cut to Hell, where Atropos visits the shop of the Coin Maker, who turns out to be her sister Lachesis— the third of the Three Fates. GASP! Atropos says she's looking for Clotho, who's going by the name of Charlie these days. Lachesis says Constantine is currently traveling with a companion named Charlie. She gives her Constantine's coin, and says she can use it to track him.

Canary discovers Constantine took the Jumpship, and scolds Gideon for not alerting her. Gideon says Zari 2.0 hacked her system and put her on "snooze." Charlie agrees to help Canary look for Constantine, and they use a Time Courier to open a portal to Vancouver.

Meanwhile, Sharpe finds Heat Wave in the Mess Hall with a headless teddy bear. He says he tried to give it to his daughter Lita, but she tore it up and threw it back at him. He says the only solution is to erase Lita by going back in time and preventing his past self from impregnating Ali.

Sharpe wisely says that's a horrible idea, and suggests an alternate plan— using time travel to insert Heat Wave into key moments in Lita's life. Is that really any better?

Canary and Charlie trudge through a wooded area of Vancouver looking for Constantine. They stumble across a sign stating that the Supernatural TV show is filming in the area, in what has to be the weirdest crossover ever. 

Charlie explains how she used to weave the fate of every person on Earth, while her sister Lachesis would measure the length of each life and Atropos would kill everyone when they reached the end of their allotted days. She warns Canary that Astropos enjoyed ending every single life.

Back on the Waverider, Zari 2.0 hallucinates a cat prowling the halls (referencing the time when the original Zari was transformed into a feline). She tells Behrad she's seeing things, and he invites her to play videogames with her to relax. She easily beats him, and says she's never played a videogame before and feels like she's being haunted by someone who's controlling her. She clutches Behrad's arm, which somehow causes her to fire a blast of wind across the room.

Back in the woods, Constantine comes across a seemingly abandoned 1967 Chevy Impala. He opens the trunk for some reason, and finds a desiccated corpse inside. Just then Canary and Charlie walk up. Canary sees the "corpse" and says it and the car are props from the Supernatural show. Canary's angry that Constantine went off on his own, and he justifies his actions by saying they need to find the Loom pieces before Atropos does.

As Constantine and Canary bicker, Charlie hears the voice of Atropos in her head, saying she's coming for her. Just then there's an explosion in the distance, and they realize it's the Jumpship exploding. Charlie says Atropos destroyed the ship, stranding them there. Canary collects weapons from the car trunk, and they head out to find Atropos. Charlie hears her sister's voice in her head again, and sneaks away from the others.

On the ship, Behrad tells Zari 2.0 she's not being haunted. He explains that when the Legends saved Heyworld, they altered the timeline and Zari turned into Zari 2.0. He says she must be experiencing "echoes" of the original Zari, which is why she has hacker knowledge and can use the Air Totem.

Cut to Central City in 2004. Ali returns from the hospital with the newborn Lita, and finds Heat Wave and Sharpe in her house. When she asks what the hell's going on, Heat Wave says he brought a crib (from Victorian England!) for his daughter. Ali then asks if he busted out of prison, and Sharpe explains that she's his parole officer and arranged a special visit. She then takes a photo of the "happy family."

We're then treated to a montage as Heat Wave uses time travel to insert himself into the major events of Lita's life. Sharpe's there as well, documenting everything with a Polaroid camera.

Back in the woods, Charlie encounters Atropos. She accuses Charlie of destroying the human race by giving them free will. Her berating causes Charlie to revert to a child. Atropos demands Charlie lead her to the Loom fragment. Just then Canary appears and attacks Atropos. She easily pins Canary, but Constantine casts a wind spell that blows Astropos back. Canary grabs Kid Charlie and they run off.

Once they're clear, Charlie reverts to adult form and says Constantine's now dead, as no human could survive a battle with her sister. Canary assures her that Constantine will be OK, as he always finds a way out. Just then he shows up and Charlie hugs him. Constantine gives her an odd look.

Right on cue, we cut to the real Constantine, who's lying near death on the forest floor.

On the Waverider, Zari 2.0 says the original version of her sounded like a much cooler person, and worries that Behrad and Steel liked her better. Behrad suggests she go into the Air Totem and chat with their ancestors to get her head straight. When she asks how she can possibly do that, of course he says "drugs."

Back in Central City, Heat Wave goes to Ali's house and presents Lita with a scrapbook of all the times they shared. Lita says it doesn't mean anything, as he still bailed on her the minute those big events were over. She slams the door and tells him to get lost.

Sharpe says she's sorry that her idea didn't work, and suggest Heat Wave simply apologize to Lita. He thinks about it for a few seconds, then returns to Lita's house.

In the forest, Canary, Charlie and "Constantine" stumble across a spooky swamp. Charlie says the Loom piece is hidden inside a twisted, gnarled tree in the center of the bog, and goes after it. Suddenly the zombified remains of the Supernatural film crew rise up and begin attacking.

Canary and Charlie fight off the zombies while "Constantine" watches. Charlie manages to get to the tree, reaches inside and pulls out the Loom piece, which is disguised as yet another ring (?). "Constantine" then reverts back to Atropos and throws her bone daggers at Charlie, pinning her against the tree. When she sees Charlie's bleeding, she realizes she's now mortal and calls her pathetic.

Just then Canary attacks Atropos. It's a short fight though, as the Fate begins glowing and blasts Canary across the swamp, seemingly killing her. Atropos then tells Charlie all she has to do is apologize and she'll restore her. Charlie says no way, as she enjoys being a Legend. Atropos says so be it, and takes the ring.

Sharpe returns to the Waverider, where Gideon reports that the Jumpship crew isn't responding. She and Steel leave the ship to search for them.

Meanwhile, Behrad gives Zari 2.0 some Lyoga root, so she can enter the Totem. As the drug takes effect, she finds herself in some gauzy realm where she encounters the original Zari. She says she's been chilling inside the Air Totem since the timeline was changed, and asks how things are in the real world. Zari 2.0 says Behrad's living on the Waverider and their parents are alive.

Zari, who was in love with Steel, asks how he's doing. Zari 2.0 says he's fine, but she isn't attracted to him as it would be weird to hook up with her brother's best friend (?). She fears Zari is disappointed in her. Zari says on the contrary, as she's happy that Zari 2.0 gets to be with her family.

Back in the forest, Charlie's still pinned to a tree. One of the zombies comes for her, and at the last second Canary miraculously comes back and kills it. Charlie says Atropos is headed for the Waverider to collect the other piece of the Loom.

Sure enough, Atropos makes her way onto the ship. Behrad sees her, hides and calls Sharpe. She tells him to wake Zari 2.0 and get out of there. Sharpe and Steel then find the real Constantine. He seems dead, but then suddenly wakes up, saying he used the forest plants to heal himself (?). That doesn't make any sense, but let's just move on.

Behrad tries to wake Zari 2.0, but she's still zoning out inside the Totem. Atropos enters and asks where the Loom fragment is. Before he can answer, she spots it. Behrad tries to stop her, but Atropos threatens to kill Zari 2.0 unless he gets out of the way. Realizing he's out of his league, he steps aside and she grabs the ring out of its protective case. She puts the ring on and revels in the power that washes over her, much like a certain purple-skinned alien in another franchise.

Suddenly Behrad attacks her with the Hell Sword, but Atropos easily disarms him. She then stares intently at him and, sensing he's from an alternate timeline, says, "You don't belong here." She reaches into his chest and pulls out a glowing strand, representing his lifeline. She cuts the strand and Behrad instantly collapses and dies.

Canary and the others arrive just in time to see his demise. Canary tells Sharpe to get the ship in the air so Atropos can't escape. She then grabs the Hell Sword and chases after her, confronting her in the Cargo Bay. Atropos is surprised to see Canary's still alive, and wonders how she survived seeing her true form (as does the audience).

The two then battle it out. Canary stabs Atropos with the Hell Sword, but she shrugs it off, saying she can't be killed. Canary grabs onto something as she orders Gideon to open the Bay doors. The air's sucked out of the Bay, pulling Atropos with it. Unfortunately she grabs Canary by the foot at the last second and hangs on. She brandishes one of her bone daggers and raises it, intending to kill Canary again.

Suddenly Charlie rushes in, grabs the Hell Sword and cuts off Atropos' hand. She's sucked out of the ship, but seemingly teleports away. Her hand disappears as well, but oddly enough leaves the two rings behind (?).

Inside the Air Totem, the two Zaris hug. Zari tells Zari 2.0 to come back soon, and bring Behrad with her next time. Zari 2.0 wakes, and sees a solemn Steel and Sharpe standing in front of her. She sees Behrad's body and rushes to it. She's inconsolable as she grieves over his body for hours.

Cut to the Med Bay, where Constantine's recovering. Zari 2.0 enters and accuses him of getting them into this mess that killed her brother. She asks if the Loom can bring back Behrad. Constantine says yes, once they find the last piece. A very determined Zari 2.0 tells him she's not letting him out of her sight until he brings her brother back to life.

• First off, an update. In my review of the previous episode, Romeo V. Juliet: Dawn Of Justness, I made a prediction, saying:

The Coin Maker is totally another of the three Fates, isn't she? I'd bet your money on it! She has to be, right? Otherwise why would she be so interested in the Loom, and instantly start manipulating Astra into seeking it?

In Greek mythology, the three Fates were Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. We already know that Charlie is Clotho. So if the Coin Master really is a Fate, which of the other two is she?

Obviously she's Lachesis The Allotter. According to legend, Lachesis was sometimes called the apportioner, and decided how much life each person was allowed. That sounds a LOT like what the Coin Maker does, what with her little watch-work coins that determine the lifespan of the people they represent. Stay tuned to see if I'm right.

Well, we stayed tuned and for once I was spot on, one hundred percent absolutely right! Not only is the Coin Maker a Fate, but she really is Lachesis! Yay for me!

Before I sprain my arm patting myself on the back, it wasn't that hard to figure out. The Coin Maker appeared around the same time the whole Loom business started, and shortly before Charlie revealed she was a Fate. Since Charlie was one of three, it made sense that the other two would eventually show up. There honestly wasn't a very long list of suspects, so... I guessed Coin Maker!

• Atropos arrives in 1977 London, looking for her sister Clotho, aka Charlie. She walks into a punk rock club, and within two seconds slaughters all the patrons. So what was the point of that? Presumably she wants to know Charlie's whereabouts, but how's anyone gonna supply that info if they're dead?

• Atropos enters the club and kills Ian, Gilly and Declan, the remaining members of The Smell. We've seen these three before, back in Dancing Queen. It appears they got all the same actors back for this episode. Cool!

• As of this episode, the images of Atom and Nora Darhk (or I guess she's Nora Palmer now) have been discreetly removed from the wacky opening credits. I wonder if they'll remove Behrad from next week's?

• Zari 2.0 wakes in Steel's bed, having sleepwalked there. When she seems appalled by this, he reminds her that they were a couple in the original timeline. She says, "Don't start with the 'dream girl' crap!"

Wait, did I miss an episode or something? When did Steel ever tell her about original Zari, and how they accidentally altered the past?

Either the writers forgot they never established this, or Steel and Zari 2.0 discussed it between episodes while we weren't watching.

• Um... why do the Legends have the mask of Katana from the execrable Suicide Squad movie in their Library (seen there on the shelf behind Charlie)? Please don't tell me that mess is part of the Arrowverse!

• After learning that Atropos killed her old band mates, Charlie refuses to help Constantine find the other pieces of the Loom. He says fine, then casts a location spell that literally points to where the next piece is hidden. 

Wait, what? If he's been able to do that all along, then why the hell did he need Charlie to help him find the pieces in the first place?

• Constantine's location spell indicates the next Loom piece is in Vancouver. Wow, what are the odds of that? The exact same place where all the Arrowverse shows are filmed!

• Atropos visits her sister Lachesis, aka the Coin Maker. She says she's having trouble finding Clotho, as she's now going by the "vulgar, mortal" name of Charlie. Lachesis says Charlie's currently teamed up with a group of time travelers. Oddly enough, Atropos seems surprised by this and says, "A time traveler. That's how Clotho has eluded me."

At first I couldn't understand why Atropos was so stunned by the idea of time travel. After all, she first shows up in 1977, then spends the rest of the episode in the present day. She's clearly able to travel through time herself!

But the second time I watched the episode a thought occurred— what if she isn't a time traveler, and has been searching for Charlie for the past FORTY THREE YEARS? Atropos' immortal, right? Four decades would be nothing to her. The more I think about it, the more I'm certain that's what's happening here.

• Constantine lands the Jumpship in the forest and begins looking for the Loom fragment. I'd honestly forgotten that they built a full-sized ship prop for the show! It looks pretty cool— too bad they don't haul it out of storage more often.

• As Canary and Charlie traipse around in the woods, they come across a sign stating Supernatural's filming in the area. A bit later they discover the Winchester brothers' iconic car abandoned in the middle of the forest. And after that, the zombified remains of the shooting crew.

What the hell? Was there a point to any of these elements that I'm missing? The entire thing was completely superfluous, and could have easily been cut from the episode without altering the plot one bit. 

As I said in the plot summary, this has to be the most bizarre crossover ever! Heck, you can't even properly call it a crossover, as the characters from the two shows never actually meet. Instead the Legends just see props from the Supernatural show. I really don't get it.

By the way, that sign that Canary finds nailed to a tree? I wouldn't be surprised if that's an official notice the Supernatural crew posts whenever they go on location! It looks too real and official to have been mocked up by the Legends prop department.

Given the fact that so many of The CW's shows are filmed in Vancouver, it's a wonder the various film crews aren't constantly stepping on each other as they shoot in various locations. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if the Legends crew actually did stumble onto the Supernatural shoot, and decided to just leave it in as a plot element. I can't think of any other reason to include it!

• While watching this episode, it occurred to me that a lot of the Legends seem to have substance abuse problem! Heat Wave's rarely seen without a beer in his hand. Behrad's into pot and psychotropic drugs. And Charlie spends a good part of this episode sucking on a flask. Get these people some help, STAT!

• Atropos finds the Jumpship and destroys it. Canary immediately tries to contact the Waverider, but there's no response. She says, "Dammit, with the Jumpship gone the comms are down."

Is that really a thing? I'm pretty sure the team's contacted the Waverider before without the Jumpship being anywhere around. That's the whole point of the comms, right? To be in constant touch with Gideon on the ship?

• On the Waverider, Zari 2.0 begins experiencing flashes of the original Zari's life. She even hallucinates a cat wandering the corridors, from the time Zari was turned into a feline back in Season 4's Legends Of To-Meow-Meow.

Amazingly it looks like they took the trouble to bring back the same cat— or at least a reasonable facsimile. 

Eh, what am I saying, all cats look alike anyway. Yeah, I said it! Come at me, cat lovers!

• After seeing the cat, Zari 2.0 finds Behrad and says, "I think I may be losing it, and not like when I saw Tupac's hologram at the 2044 Grammys."

Remember that Zari 2.0's actually from the year 2044. Jesus Christ, will people still be talking about Tupac twenty four years from now? I guess it's possible. People still obsess over Elvis, and he died in 1977!

• Ali's surprised when she comes home from the hospital and finds Heat Wave and Sharpe in her house. Heat Wave sees the baby, and Ali says, "Mick, meet your daughter." He bends down, takes a look at the newborn infant and says, "Lita."

Keep in mind that even though Heat Wave's seen Lita before, from Ali's perspective this is the first time he's ever seen her daughter. Oddly enough she doesn't say something like, "How the hell did you know that's what I named her?"

Writing 101: Any time you have a surly, antisocial character, just thrust a newborn baby into their arms for guaranteed yuks!

• I enjoyed the montage of Heat Wave "editing" himself into Lita's past. In 2007 he reads her one of his Rebecca Silver novels (Heatwaves, appropriately enough) as a bedtime story.

In 2009, Lita loses a tooth and finds a huge wad of cash under her pillow, courtesy of the "Tooth Fairy."

In 2011 he practices soccer with her, and she wins a trophy.

In 2012 they go trick or treating. Heat Wave dresses in his old costume, while Lita's hilariously decked out as a mini Captain Cold!

In 2013, he uses his flame gun to fire up her science project volcano (setting off the house's smoke alarm in the process).

Finally in 2018 Heat Wave poses with Lita and her prom date. Unfortunately he scares the poor guy so badly he wets himself and runs away.

• After the montage, Heat Wave puts all the photos in an album and presents it to Lita. She throws it back at him, hissing that he still bailed on her the second the major events of her life were over.

Jesus Christ, Lita! What the hell do you want from your dad?

When she first met Heat Wave, she said she hated his guts because he was absent the whole time she was growing up. I'll give her that one, even though technically he didn't even know he had a daughter until 2020.

But now that he does know, he's going to extreme lengths to make up for his absence— to the point of using time travel to be there during the important moments of her life. Amazingly this STILL isn't enough for her.

In my mind this makes Lita a bigger jerk than Heat Wave ever was! He's legitimately trying his best here. I think she needs to give her Old Man a break!

• Several times during this episode it's mentioned that Charlie is now mortal. Hmm. Was that ever established before now? I know Constantine cast a spell that froze her in the form of Vixen (even though she eventually regained her shapeshifting powers), but I didn't realize it made her human as well. I thought she was still an immortal supernatural being with morphing abilities. 

Why would the spell allow her to keep the shapeshifting powers but not her immortality?

• I really liked Atropos in this episode. She's a formidable villain, has an awesome look and an actual personality. Too bad she'll probably be killed off at the end of the season.

• Charlie senses Atropos and confronts her in the woods. They then have the following conversation:

Atropos: "Hello, Clotho. Look at you, alone, after destroying our family."
Charlie: "Look, I didn't do it to hurt you, all right?"
Atropos: "We took care of you, and you took everything we had."
Charlie: "People deserve to be free."
Atropos: "And what have they done with this freedom you gave them?"
Charlie: "They got women the vote. They invented punk rock."
Atropos: "Introduced mass genocide, nuclear bombs, pollution, systematic incarceration. 
Charlie: "No, I didn't..."
Atropos: "And after all you did to help them, how did they thank you? By locking you in prison."

I love this exchange, as it's very well written and Atropos actually makes a convincing argument. That said, I'm pretty sure humans were asshole long before Charlie destroyed the Loom! It's not like ancient civilizations were any better than ours!

 Atropos' constant berating causes Charlie to morph into her child form. Curiously, her clothes shrink to fit her as well. I never really thought about it before, but that means Charlie's always naked! Her outfits are actually part of her body!

Also, when Clotho reverts to child form, she looks like a young version of Vixen. I guess that makes sense, since Clotho/Charlie is stuck in the form of Amaya Jiwe.

• Canary attacks Atropos, but gets her ass handed to her by the god. Canary tells Constantine she needs help, so he scavenges the forest floor to find hemlock, a toadstool and blood, then ingests it all and casts a wind spell.

Why does so much of his magic seem to involve eating gross stuff?

By the way, once he fuels up with the magic ingredients, he utters a spell in Latin. According to closed captioning, the spell is "Te vocare, veni in auxilium mihi." Sounds impressive, right? Eh, not so fast. 

If you can believe Google Translate, that phrase means "You call, come in to help me." Yeah, that doesn't make a lot of sense. I'm assuming the writers use Google or some other translation site to come up with the incantations, but have no idea what the results actually say. I have a feeling all of his spells consist of similar gibberish.

• Unbeknownst to Canary and Charlie, Atropos disguises herself as Constantine. A couple things here:

First of all, the fact that Atropos morphed into Constantine means Charlie's not the only one with shapeshifting powers— apparently ALL the Fates can do it!

Secondly, kudos to Matt Ryan for the way he plays Atropos posing as Constantine. It's subtle, but it's clear that he's not the real deal. Actors make a living portraying wildly different parts, but it's gotta be hard to play another version of the same character. Maybe he got some pointers from Tala Ashe.

• Speaking of Tala Ashe, she does double duty as well in this episode, playing both Zari and Zari 2.0! She does an amazing job as always, effortlessly giving the two characters completely different personalities and mannerisms. I had absolutely no problem believing I was looking at two separate people. Well done!

• So with Behrad's help, Zari 2.0 enters the Ancestral Realm located inside the Air Totem. A lot to unpack here. 

First of all, she finds the original Zari inside the Realm, where she's apparently been chilling since the timeline was changed. I don't know what the producers have planned, but this would be the perfect way to get the original version of Zari back on the show. All she has to do is switch places with Zari 2.0 and return to the real world.

I kind of hope that's not where this is going. I wasn't a fan of Zari 2.0 when she first appeared— mainly because I really like Zari and didn't want to lose her. But this new version's grown on me over the season, as she's gradually become less shallow and more of an actual person.

It's also possible they'll use the Ancestral Realm to restore Behrad. He mentioned he's visited it before, so maybe there's some sort of echo of him there that could be manifested in the real world. Hey, it's Legends Of Tomorrow, so nothing's off the table here.

Lastly, whoever decorated the Ancestral Realm was obviously influenced by the interior of Jeannie's bottle on I Dream Of Jeannie.

 Canary pulls a bunch of weapons from the trunk of the Supernatural car, and says they can use them to fight Atropos. So... apparently the Supernatural cast uses REAL weapons in their fight scenes, and not harmless prop ones. Yikes!

• So I guess Charlie hid the second Loom piece in the Swamp Of Eternal Stench from the movie Labyrinth

Why do movie and TV bogs always have strategically placed flames burning in them? There was a swamp a few miles from my house when I was a kid, and I never once saw pockets of open flame in it.

• Just a reminder to those who may have forgotten— a few episodes back, Charlie said she destroyed the Loom Of Fate and hid the pieces in various places around the Multiverse. Apparently this swamp used to be on another world, but ended up here on Earth Prime after the events of Crisis On Infinite Earths.

• As the Legends trudge through the swamp, the zombified corpses of the Supernatural film crew begin attacking them. Several things: 

First of all, I have to assume Atropos wiped out the crew while we weren't looking. Does that mean everyone she kills becomes a zombie, or did she reanimate these particular bodies so they'd get rid of Charlie and Canary? Why go to all that trouble? She knows where the Loom piece is at this point. Why not just wave her hand and disintegrate the two Legends? Is she trying to kill them with style?

Secondly, when one of the zombies comes at Charlie, Canary throws a shuriken at it. The weapon lodges in the corpse's chest and it falls over "dead." A few seconds later more attack, and Charlie eliminates one by hitting it in the stomach with a stick, while Canary takes one down by tossing a duffel bag at it (!). Hmm. Typically, movie and TV zombies require a head shot to destroy their brains and "kill" them. I guess these zombies aren't typical!

It's not until a good five minutes later, after Atropos leaves Charlie for dead, that Canary actually stabs a zombie in the head like she's supposed to.

• Canary attacks Atropos, who shows her true form and blasts her across the swamp. Miraculously, Canary somehow survives this fatal burst of godly energy.

So how's Canary still alive? Why was she able to withstand Atropos' power? Is it because she was one of the seven Paragons, who stood at the Dawn Of Time and rebooted the universe in Crisis On Infinite Earths? Is it because she's already been dead before, and was revived by the Lazarus Pit? Did the fact that she once wielded the Spear Of Destiny save her? Because she was a temporary Totem Bearer who helped form the giant Beebo? Or is it something more?

I'm sure we'll find out next week. There are also rumors that this encounter with Atropos is going to give Canary some sort of superpowers. Great! I look forward to seeing her not use them every week on this show!

• Last week when Charlie said she disguised the Loom pieces, I assumed each one would take the form of a different object. Instead all three parts look like gold rings. Meh.

• Atropos barges onto the Waverider and steals the Loom ring from its protective case. The ring begins to glow as she puts it on her finger, next to the one she already has.

Hmm... an evil, god-like being placing magic glowing rings on her fingers to make herself all powerful. I feel like I've seen that before, but I can't quite remember where.

• In a truly shocking and heart-wrenching scene, Atropos kills Behrad by yanking his lifeline from his chest and severing it. This is made all the more horrifying by the brutal and emotionless way in which she dispatches him.

Wait a minute though... earlier in the episode, Charlie said she used to weave the lifelines of everyone on Earth, Lachesis would determine their length and Atropos would kill those who reached the end of their strands.

Charlie destroyed the Loom Of Fate and hid the pieces though, meaning this is obviously no longer the case.

So what's Atropos pulling out of Behrad's chest then? It looks for all the world like a lifeline, but how can he have one if Charlie's no longer weaving 'em? Whoops!

Despite this hiccup, I hate to see Behrad go. From his first appearance, the writers somehow made him seem like he'd been a member of the team since the beginning. And actor Shayan Sobhian made Behrad instantly likable. 

This is Legends Of Tomorrow though, so I'm not too worried about Behrad's fate. I'm sure he'll end up back on the show sooner or later. Maybe Zari 2.0 will sacrifice herself to restore him, and then we'll get the original Zari back. They could even become the Arrowverse's version of the Wonder Twins (even though they're siblings several years apart)!

• Near the end of the episode, Canary battles Atropos in the Waverider's Cargo Hold. At one point it looks like Astropos reaches into her forearm and pulls out one of her bone daggers! Eww...

• When Zari 2.0 discovers Behrad's dead body, she marches into the Med Bay and hisses that she's gonna be right at Constantine's side until he fixes his mess and brings her brother back from the dead.

Dayum! Determined Zari 2.0 is one scary-ass woman! I'm impressed!

This Week's Best Lines (most of them go to Zari 2.0 this week):
(Zari 2.0's appalled when she wakes in Steel's bed.)
Zari 2.0: "I'm still trying to process how I spent the last five hours in... what is this, 200 thread count?"

Zari 2.0: "We didn't hook up."
Charlie: "It doesn't have to be a walk of shame if you enjoyed it. But, if you are walking at all, you didn't enjoy it enough."
Zari 2.0: "Gross, Charlie."

Lachesis: "Welcome back, sis."
Atropos: "Lachesis."
Lechesis: "You smell of that slowly dying world filled with apathy."

Zari 2.0: "Behrad, I don't know how to play video games! But it's like I'm being haunted by someone who does, someone who dresses like a teenage boy and makes me do awful things, like eat donuts and... cuddle with Nate."

Zari 2.0: "Okay, let's just get something straight. There is only one Zari Tarazi. I filed a trademark."
(Are they ever gonna explain why her family name changed from Tomaz to Tarazi?)
Zari 2.0: "It's weird to have to share the spotlight."
Behrad: "Says the older sister to the younger brother."
Zari 2.0: "Right. Sorry."

Zari 2.0: "Ooh, ooh. I feel high already. Is it too late to detox?"
Behrad: "That's the fun of drugs. You can't un-take them."

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