PODCAST! – Pilots, Premieres, and First Looks and Around the Water Cooler: DC Television Universe Series, Episode 4, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” – Season One, the DCTU Panel’s Review and Recap (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Moderated by: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who:  “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” is a superhero/action-adventure drama centered on events and characters inspired by the DC Comic Universe, which currently airs on the CW, fall to spring Thursdays at 8:00 PM.

What: “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” a series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Phil Klemmer, based on characters from DC Comics. This series is considered a spin-off from Arrow and is part of the so-called “Arrowverse.”

When: Season One aired on the CW from January 21, 2016, to May 19, 2016.  Season Two premiered on October 13, 2016, and is currently airing but will not be discussed until a later “DCTU Series” episode.

Where: The action is set in various locations throughout the DC Television Universe/Arrowverse and throughout time, as the heroes in this show travel through time and space in an attempt to stop villains who aim to alter significant events in past, present, and future.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!  It should be noted that CPU! Chief Couch Potato Kylie previously picked up this show during the 2015 Fall Preview, noting:

True it’s yet another comic book property in an entertainment complex completely inundated and saturated with them – super heroes are what’s cool nowadays.  True, the premise involves digging through the annals of the DC Comic Book Universe to put forth some of the company’s less omnipresent characters (The Atom, Firestorm, Hawkgirl, to name a few).  Yet: it also has Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, and freaking Rory Pond – Arthur Darvill himself!…DC is behind in the comic book race against Marvel, and the company knows it…[it’s a] must watch.  It’s fate or something.

How – as in How Was It?

The pilot/premiere rating scale:

***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING.  HOLY SMOKES!

**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing.  I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.

*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens.  There are things I like, and things I don’t.  We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.

** – I will give it three episodes.  Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together.  No matter how unlikely.

* – Pass on this one, guys.  It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow = 2.8, by average of the podcast panel.

SYNOPSIS

When Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) murders Time Master Rip Hunter’s (Darvill) family, he goes rogue. Intending to stop Savage, Rip recruits a team consisting of Ray Palmer / The Atom (Brandon Routh); Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz); Martin Stein (Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together become the hero Firestorm; Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee); Carter Hall / Hawkman (Falk Hentschel); Leonard Snart / Captain Cold (Miller); and Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) to stop him. These so-called “legends” discover that the Time Masters are backing Savage in his domination of the world in 2166 in order to facilitate a successful repulsion of a Thanagarian invasion.

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

This is the fourth episode in CPU!’s DCTU series.  Our first episode covered the first two seasons of Arrow, our second episode covered Arrow’s third and fourth seasons, and our third episode covered the first two seasons of The Flash. Listen to each episode here:

DCTU Series, Episode 1, “Arrow,” Seasons One and Two

DCTU Series, Episode 2, “Arrow,” Seasons Three and Four

DCTU Series, Episode 3, “The Flash,” Seasons One and Two

As discussed previously, since the Arrowverse/DC Television Universe is so closely interrelated, what with all of the spin-offs and character crossovers, it seemed like a universe ripe for the podcasting here at CPU!, especially since so many of our most frequent panelists are comic book/superhero franchise fans.  After all, it’s safe to assume that we would have started covering Arrow or The Flash individually, but since it was expected that the same panelists would keep coming back to discuss these shows, and since the shows themselves share an expanding universe that used to cross networks, though not so anymore, your friendly neighborhood Chief Couch Potato figured, “Why not make it a series?”

Thus, our DC Television Universe Series (or DCTU Series) was born, and all of our DCTU panelists should be familiar voices, though we experienced a roster change on this panel since our last episode.  CPU! Panelist Jen departed this panel (though she remains on other panels, including Gotham, Marvel Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals)Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer, however, return to continue this series and are now joined by frequent CPU! regular (and formerly exclusive Marvel fan-girl) Kristen for this fourth episode of our DCTU series, in which we cover season one of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

As a teaser for this particular episode, unlike for Arrow and The Flash, I think it’s fair to say that the DCTU panelists generally felt incredibly lukewarm to LoT.  As gushing as the panelists have traditionally been about The Flash, and as complimentary as they typically have been about Arrow, the feelings toward this Arrowverse entry are almost entirely opposite – or, at least, far worse than for its predecessors in this universe. Much of the episode discussion linked below revolves around possible suggestions for improvement, dedicated by the panelists to the show’s producers.  Of course, these suggestions are not taking into account the current season; the CW is airing new episodes presently, and LoT is close to its mid-season hiatus.  CPU! will evaluate LoT’s second season success in future episodes.

In the meantime, this particular CPU! episode was recorded in November 2016, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Our next episode will kick off another CPU! series!  This new series – Full/er House – will be moderated by Kristen and will begin with a Look Back at popular nineties sitcom Full House followed by the first episode of CPU!’s ongoing coverage of the Full House Netflix reboot Fuller House. If you are a fan of all things Tanner (ino), you won’t want to miss it!  Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is tenuously recommended to fans of comic books, particularly (and probably only) from the DC universe, and of the individual comic franchises being represented, including Firestorm, the Atom, and the Flash, given the presence of Captain Cold and Heat Wave; to fans of Doctor Who who are looking for some sort of comic book equivalent of their beloved long-running science fiction show, provided that they are not angered by rip-offs; or to fans of the other Arrowverse shows.  The panelists universally felt that if they hadn’t already been watching other Arrowverse shows and/or hadn’t already been involved in CPU!’s DCTU series panel, they would have stopped watching LoT sooner or altogether.  In fact, most if not all panelists were hesitant to recommend this show to most people, unless the people in question were already watching Arrow and The Flash and wanted to spend more time with characters like Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Dr. Martin Stein, Sara Lance, and/or Ray Palmer/The Atom, as all of those characters were first explored on one or both of the other two shows.  All in all, the panel was generally lukewarm toward this series, with most panelists awarding it 2.5 stars on the patented CPU! ratings scale (though panelist Spencer gave it 3 and moderator Kylie gave it 3.5 stars).

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is currently airing its second season; the mid-season finale of Season Two will be airing tomorrow night, December 8, 2016. The show will return from its mid-season hiatus on January 24. 2017.  CPU!’s next DCTU episode, which will focus on the first season of Supergirlwill publish after the New Year.  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the blog, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes in the DCTU podcast series as well as of new episodes for all of our podcast panels!  And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  Thank you!🙂

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One comment

  1. kyliekeelee · December 8

    Reblogged this on Reel Musings.

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