As you surely know by now from my previous reviews, I am not all adept in the world of the Arrow-verse, and while the previous reviews were characters with which I was at least familiar (The Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl), I actually had no idea what to expect at all from Legends of Tomorrow.
There is a little catching up to do, so let me bring you up to speed from what I was able to glean from what we came across in this season. The shows stars Brandon Routh (interesting, he played Superman in Superman Returns 16 years ago) as Ray Palmer (aka Atom). He invented a suit that allows him to manipulate size (for those that love to scream rip-off, please note that Atom was first introduced in 1961, and Ant-Man didn’t appear until almost a year later). Caity Lotz plays Sara Lance (aka White Canary), who is mostly an incredibly strong martial artist (but that changes a bit in this season). It also has Tala Ash as Zari Tomaz, who has an amulet that allows her to blast and manipulate the wind. There are several other team members and an appearance by Matt Ryan as Constantine (for those that remember, Ryan played Constantine in a series of the same name that ran for a season in 2014-2015).
The team travels through time and fight crimes and prevent horrible happenings to protect the timeline. Generally, these are things that were not meant to happen that happened. As we begin in Season 5, we find the team has become celebrities. At the end of the previous season, they saved the world through song (seriously), and the world has turned them into A-list celebrities. Some hate this and struggle. Others let it go to their head. Naturally, a documentarian wants to follow in their adventures and film them doing their work, which is ultimately distracting from their mission.
Unlike other series, this one starts after the Crisis on Infinite Earths’ events rather than building up to it in the middle, so it is much more of a stand-alone series though those events did impact this timeline. In this season, the primary foe is a series of “encores,” which are evil people from the past that have been resurrected by an unknown force (later revealed by Constantine). The team must go back and stop them. This could include anybody from Rasputin trying to retake his throne to Bugsy Siegel getting back on top of the crime world. They have to fight these entities while figuring out where they came from and who is behind it.
Those fans of the Arrowverse will probably really enjoy this show, and one major reason for that is that it doesn’t take itself as seriously (in my opinion). While there are undoubtedly serious issues and topics, there is a lot of playfulness to the series. The cast and writers like to poke fun at themselves, their characters, and even the storylines at times. It’s a clever way to make fun of pop-culture without being a straight-up parody or comedy. It’s a lot of fun to watch.
As far as the image quality, this show is a little different from the other Arrowverse shows. It’s a blend between all of them (which makes sense because it does blend them in a way). The picture is sharp and has a very minuscule level of detail, like textures, make-up, and costumes. Definitely a step up from the original broadcast. The movement in the series is smooth and natural-looking, especially in the action and CGI moments when it counts. Colors are bright and gorgeous while the blacks are deep but not overly so that images are unable to be seen. Skin tones are natural-looking, and the detail on people (especially their faces) and crystal clear. You can even see their pores a lot of the time. The audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Italian 2.0 Dolby Digital (also English and Italian subtitles) with no noises or artifacts. The balance of sounds is great with dialogue, special effects, and music having a fair balance.
- Deleted Scenes
- DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Post Production Theater (featurette)
- Gag Reel
*Special Features are subject to change.
BLU-RAY BONUS DISC:
- All Five Epic Episodes of the DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
- Special Features:
- Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return
- Crisis Past and Present – Superman vs. Superman
- Characters in Crisis: Pariah
- Crisis Management
- Character in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, September 22nd!
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