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In other words, the finale of the most Whovian season of Legends to date is reminiscent of a handful of episodes from the “NuWho” age. Possibly its as basic as the truth that the programs share a category; possibly its often intentional and sometimes simply me forging connections where none exist. And for the most part, those resemblances are all terrific.
This is a time travel reveal with wacky origins and a monster/mystery-of-the- week format; similarities to and echoes of the Who-universe arent precisely in short supply. In “The Fungus Amongus,” the Whovian strands in the Legends DNA assert themselves most assiduously– for better and for even worse.
Thats not to say that this isnt every inch a Legends finale. Theres an in some way happy period in which everybody waits for nearly specific death! Its got all the active ingredients for a traditional Legends finale: a danger looms with the fate of the entire planet/timeline at stake, it all comes down to a fight with an especially unreasonable twist, someone states bye-bye (2 someones, in this case), and we end on a cliffhanger that sets up the new season.
I wasnt looking for the nanogenes when I pulled up that clip for this evaluation. I just wished to drop a link. And its not as though Doctor Who owns the concept of wonderful lovely firefly-looking floaties, nor is this the only time weve seen quite magic floaties in this show.
At the same time, “The Fungus Amongus” likewise checks numerous (blue police) boxes on the list of Doctor Who classics. An effective alien entity/guardian with an unforeseen kindly streak saves all of humanity since … love, despite the fact that human beings are dreadful, check. Needing to outmaneuver a nefarious villain by doing things that seems dumb (well call that “pressing the fantastic big threatening button”), check. Charming aliens that cause frightening deaths, check. And obviously, “just this when, everybody lives.”
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As much as I enjoy an excellent “everybody lives” storyline, its not constantly a successful approach. And heres where the not-so-great Who similarity comes into play: These grandly pleased endings only resonate when they dont take place all the time. I d like to understand the reason for Johns last-minute resurrection, a bizarre development that somehow handled to tip the inexplicably yet certainly comprehensible Fountain stuff back over the line of incomprehensibility. Matt Ryan and Ashe are both fantastic because scene, however it seems like somebody insinuated a scene when the writers room wasnt looking due to the fact that they didnt want Johnny C to pass away. Maybe itll enhance on rewatch, however on first watching, it knocked the entire episode down a letter grade. (Also, grades do not matter.).
Still, the most interesting Doctor Who contrast emerges after the turning Waverider appears in the sky to blow up the variation of the Waverider the Legends are flying. Are we headed for an Exile in the world season, with an unusable TARDIS and a lot of familar resources now removed? I hope so– after this season, the Space Girl, her wifey, and their time-idiots might utilize a little distance from the rest of the galaxy.
Credited writers Keto Shimizu and James Eagan dont handle the exact same feat, however offered how little weve seen of Mick and Kayla, they come surprisingly close. Had the season devoted more time to that pairing, Kaylas gradual thawing may have more impact, however as it stands, the handling of Micks exit is even more hurried than it should be. His advancement as a father is a marvelous arc, and as an end of that story, “The Fungus Amongus” is almost best. However insufficient work entered into the Mick/Kayla relationship to make their love connection compelling.
With one exception, quite much whatever else is excellent. Spooners story with her mom continues to be great– hope we see more of that dynamic next season. Zari is furious, and Tala Ashe should have all the credit in the world for making this Zaris sorrow assert itself so in a different way from Flannel Zaris grief.
However wait, theres more:.
My life prior to you was a best fabrication, and after that you came into my world and whatever simply became a whirlwind. You brought chaos into my neat, predictable presence, and you quite much brought me to life. So I vow to you to live this life together. Co-captains permanently, baby. I enjoy you so, so, much, Sara Lance.
Nate strolls Ray down the aisle, because this program cherishes the bonds of friendship and the unbelievable intimacy that can be formed in between two time-bros who simply happen to love each other very much. The season that surrounds the wedding is pur turmoil, however for a few minutes, Legends stops Legendsing, puts the train abomination aside, and showers its heroes and its audience in light, love, and heat.
That theyre all (less Sara) most likely to die in short order? That just makes it an appropriate Arrowverse wedding.
I will constantly be your champion, your enthusiast. I will constantly be your family, and I will listen to you even when the words are hard to hear, and I will let you in every when Im afraid. And I will support you. I will battle for you. And above all, Ava Sharpe, I will like you..
*– Dont come for me about this, I am a diehard Whovian but that does not avoid me from acknowledging that its a program that loves its cheese a little too much in some cases. **– The team is also grouped in a circle around Ava and Sara like a fairy ring of mushrooms, or like the cap of a mushroom surrounding the stem of a mushroom. Mushrooms!
This goofy-ass program earns its huge psychological beats since although it rarely takes itself seriously, it always takes the characters seriously. When Ray and Nora got impromptu-on-a-tight-schedule married, the ticking clock aspect was a lot less apocalyptic, but that event, too, was connected to death (John believing he will die and encouraging Ray to “carpe his diem.”).
The turmoil queen composed her pledges extremely thoroughly, weighing each word and promise. (” I will always be your household” implies a lot more than typical when its being said to a female still dealing with the awareness that the childhood she keeps in mind is a fiction.) Director Sharpe, she of the lots of binders, wings hers, and she does so with Garys assistance. She asks Rays little flower boy to walk her down the aisle.
Its beautiful. Its sincere. Its one-hundred percent earned. And its the thing that conserves the world– not just the love in between Ava and Sara, but the love that this group of weirdos has for each other. “We are all linked,” stoned Sara suggests (one of the very best line readings in the history of this or any program, ever), and similar to when they became Beebo, that connection changes everything. Their real superpower is the good friends they made along the way– actually **.
When they needed a researcher, honestly angered on Ray Palmers behalf that they didnt call upon him. Yeah yeah pre-villain Bishop, and it was fun to see Raffi Barsoumian play with a various dynamic/hairstyle, however RAY PALMER.
Mentioning Ray Palmer – Ava, you ought to called well as anyone that you can definitely pull off a dream wedding event in hours since all of us viewed you and the rest of the Legends do that for Ray and Nora.
Charming sendoff scenes for both John Constantine and Mick Rory.
I definitely do not desire the BBC to poach Keto Shimizu and make her the brand-new Doctor Who showrunner, however … I also absolutely desire that.
Sara being immediately all set to chop Behrads arm off? Thats our co-captain.
Legends has an extraordinary propensity for making things that may otherwise come off as saccharine in some way both genuine and absurd at once. Season three ends with the Legends signing up with together to end up being a being of pure light and love, and thats cheesy as hell, but the being of pure light and love likewise shouts “BEEBO WANT CUDDLES” while kicking the shit out of a time-demon.
That propensity plays no little function in the shows innovative success, but “The Fungus Amongus” acts as a great pointer that when it selects to play things straight (heh, or not), its capable of reaching similarly high heights. Which brings us back to the little flower boy.
Does Nate use his very valuable superpower in this episode? Simply her arm!
Episode title ranking: 1. Stressed Western. 2. Bored On Board Onboard. 3. This Is Gus. 4. There Will Be Brood. 5. The Fungus Amongus. 6. Meat: The Legends. 7. Ground Control To Sara Lance. 8. Back To The Finale: Pt. ii. 9. Bishops Gambit 10. Bay Of Squids. 11. Silence Of The Sonograms. 12. The Satanists Apprentice. 13. The Ex-Factor. 14. The Final Frame 15. Bad Blood.
One last note: This is my last season (in the meantime, a minimum of) as your dependable Legends recapper. A change in my work scenario means I need to step back from TELEVISION Club duties. Thank you so much for reading and commenting throughout the years; it has actually been an absolute enjoyment. I will still be tweeting intensely about Legends (and other things), so please come state hi and tell me everything about which Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song any provided episode must be when the show comes back in October. And Ill for sure read next seasons recaps, so search for me in the comments, attempting to get you all out of the greys. Till then, just presume Im hanging out in the totem with Flannel Zari.
Episode MVP: It would be insane to provide this to anyone but the wifeys, but Lisseth Chavez is when again exceptional here.
Its got all the components for a classic Legends finale: a threat looms with the fate of the whole planet/timeline at stake, it all comes down to a battle with a particularly ridiculous twist, somebody says goodbye (two someones, in this case), and we end on a cliffhanger that sets up the new season. In brief, the ending of the most Whovian season of Legends to date is reminiscent of a handful of episodes from the “NuWho” period. Season 3 ends with the Legends signing up with together to become a being of pure light and love, and thats tacky as hell, however the being of pure light and love likewise shrieks “BEEBO WANT CUDDLES” while kicking the shit out of a time-demon. The season that surrounds the wedding is pur turmoil, but for a few minutes, Legends stops Legendsing, puts the train abomination aside, and showers its heroes and its audience in heat, love, and light.
And its the thing that saves the world– not simply the love between Ava and Sara, but the love that this group of weirdos has for each other.
Line-reading of the week season: “We are all linked!”.
Why the fuck not?: “Hello! Im alive! Im … Im … passing away.” Forehead thunk.