The Legends of Tomorrow Know How to Distract NASA

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We’ve said it before and we’ll undoubtedly say it again, but the second season of Legends of Tomorrow is delivering more fun per minute than any other superhero show on television, and it’s not even close. Last night... oh my god, last night’s episode.

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Earlier this season, the Legends had disguised themselves as Nazis to find some important information but when then caught due to a moral inability to Heil Hitler, and then gave George Lucas part of the Spear of Destiny, which I feel compelled to remind you is the spear that pierced Jesus’ side when he was on the cross. Last night’s episode featured the Legends (and the Reverse-Flash) traveling to the moon via Apollo 13 to find another piece of the spear, hidden inside the pole of the iconic U.S. flag planted on the moon, which seems almost mundane in comparison.


That’s until NASA needs to check in with Apollo 13, and the Legends—who try to avoid altering history (to varying degrees of success) and realizing it might be trouble if NASA calls Apollo 13 and gets an unknown superhero and supervillain on the line—realize they need a distraction until team member Jax (Franz Drameh) can cause a communications malfunction. This is the distraction they go with:

The best part? It works. Completely.

If you haven’t been watching LoT recently, this scene may seem insane and/or stupid, but as a guy who has been delightfully surprised on several occasions by this season, I can only tell you it is the funniest thing ever. The buttoned-up Dr. Stein (Victor Garber), so panicked he breaks into “Day-O”—the fact that borderline evil killer Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) joins in—but also that both had also needlessly decided to use British accents and wear those glasses to infiltrate NASA—it literally made me cackle out loud.

If you find Arrow boring and/or The Flash is bumming you out, seriously—please, please, switch to Legends of Tomorrow. They may be shockingly bad at repairing the timeline, but they’re very, very good at being entertaining as hell.

Rob Bricken was the Editor of io9 from 2016-18, the creator of the poorly named but fan-favorite news site Topless Robot, and now writes nerd stuff for many places, because it's all he's good at.

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Lady Commentariat

So, as someone who’s never watched, do you have to slog through Season 1 for Season 2 to make any kind of sense or payoff?