DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Freakshow” Review

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Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It’s been said many times before, but I love how thoroughly DC’s Legends of Tomorrow embraces its own silliness. On paper, the idea of an entire episode geared towards the Legends crossing paths with legendary showman P.T. Barnum (Titanic’s Billy Zane) sounds pretty straightforward and pedestrian. But this episode really leaned into the premise and the sheer dysfunction that defines the team. You can’t not be entertained by the results.

Really, the entire point of this episode was that the Legends are so failure-prone that they can take a simple “in and out” job and botch it till it becomes a massive, timestream-mangling catastrophe. As much as Rip’s oddly frosty behavior towards his old team seemed strange in the premiere, you really can’t help but sympathize with characters like Agent Sharpe. Why is Rip putting so much faith in a team that arguably cause more problems than they solve? Sharpe is quickly developing into a fun antagonist for the Legends as a whole and Sara in particular. She’s a jerk, but you can’t blame her for demanding more efficiency and accountability than the Legends seem capable of providing. The brawl between Sharpe and Sara proved to be one of many highlights in this episode. Am I wrong for sensing a bit of sexual tension there on top of everything else?

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