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Pilot, Part 2 

The team meet Vandal Savage, who senses the presence of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. A fight follows in which Ray loses a piece of his costume that threatens to change the future. Then the team plan to correct that.


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Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Garber ... Dr. Martin Stein
Brandon Routh ... Ray Palmer / The Atom
Arthur Darvill ... Captain Rip Hunter
Caity Lotz ... Sara Lance / White Canary
Franz Drameh ... Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm
Ciara Renée ... Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl
Falk Hentschel ... Carter Hall / Hawkman
Amy Louise Pemberton ... Gideon (voice) (as Amy Pemberton)
Dominic Purcell ... Mick Rory / Heat Wave
Wentworth Miller ... Leonard Snart / Captain Cold
Neal McDonough ... Damien Darhk
Casper Crump ... Vandal Savage
Graeme McComb ... Young Martin Stein
Nikolai Witschl ... Caleb
Greg Zach Greg Zach ... Bouncer


Tipped off to Vandal Savage's whereabouts, the team infiltrates a munitions deal with Professor Stein as their leader. Surrounded by some of the toughest criminals in the world, things quickly go from bad to worse when Savage realizes they don't belong there. A massive fight ensues and a piece of the Atom's suit falls off and into the wrong hands, which could potentially cause disastrous consequences in the future. Stein realizes the best way to retrieve the missing piece is to contact a brilliant man - his younger self. He, Sara and Jax head off in search of young Martin Stein, much to Rip's consternation. Meanwhile, Snart and Rory plan to steal a key element in defeating Savage but still unsure of his new teammates, Ray demands to come along on the mission.

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Brandon Routh revealed his favorite scene filmed was the mansion sequence, stating "I remember in the first episode, the whole sequence of filming with Dom [Purcell] and Wentworth [Miller], both outside and inside the mansion. That was a lot of fun as we're trying to sneak into the house and hiding behind a bush. Some of the comedic elements started to percolate there and the relationship between those characters. Then inside when we're trapped in the cage once the alarm goes off, the one-on-one conversation that Ray and Leonard have about stealing and doing the right thing. It was the first touch for Ray of him questioning his good guy status, or understanding that other people have a different path that they travel, a different life experience, and just because people make bad decisions every once in awhile doesn't mean they're necessarily bad people; there's a grey area. And that's kind of the over-arching theme for Ray throughout all of his seasons him learning to have a balance between light and dark, between good and bad, and breaking the rules and following the rules. Captain Cold and Heat Wave have been crucial in helping him on that journey. I don't think that was Ray's takeaway in the moment, but it was my takeaway as an actor seeing what the journey could be and kind of understanding where there was potential for growth for him and how he could bond with these characters and they could be an unlikely team. [That] was in this odd pairing that seemed to not make sense but could make sense." See more »


When Vandal Savage meets Hawkgirl and Hawkman in the mansion he adresses Hawkgirl in a modern slang of Arabic language not in an ancient Egyptian language. See more »


Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: People actually wore this crap?
Dr. Martin Stein: People smoked a lot of pot in the '70s. It clearly had a deleterious effect on the fashion of the era.
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References The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »


Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey
Performed by The Trammps
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Time Changes, People Don't
28 January 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

One of the big fears with Legends of Tomorrow with plenty of people was how well this group of actors and characters would work on a week to week basis. I think this episode really highlighted the fact that perhaps not all of the characters are meant to be co- leads. Surprisingly enough, Heatwave hasn't bothered me as much as crime partner, Captain Cold. There's just something about Wentworth Miller's portrayal of the character that really bothers me. But that's just one of the several problems I had with tonight's episode. I think this show will be entertaining, especially with the very unique superheroes this team has, I just don't know if the show will have the emotional gravitas or relatable qualities that Arrow or Flash have. We'll see.

The episode began with a bang as pretty much the entire team took on Savage at an auction for a nuclear weapon. This was of course when we got the brief cameo of Damien Darhk as just another bidder. I don't know if it was a scheduling issue or it was just a fun little cameo but I would have loved to see more from Darhk against this particular team. Perhaps the show didn't want to overshadow Savage, because Darhk would definitely accomplish that. Savage as the main villain has been interesting, but I just don't know that 16 episodes of this will work. I wish I felt more for the characters during the scene in which Hawkman 'dies', but I just haven't spent enough time with all 3 of the characters for me to be on the edge of my seat like I am for Arrow.

But the opening sequence was a marvel to see, as are all of the action sequences. That's the area of the show that shows off the best part of the show, which is the diversity. The show tends to sacrifice logic for entertainment. Such as Rip Hunter suggesting Stein not mess with the timeline at all especially when it comes to personal things, when Hunter's very reason to change the timeline all revolves around a personal tragedy. By the way, is Rip Hunter good for anything in this show besides delivering orders to the team that usually end up failing? I loved finally seeing some awesome ATOM fights when he's actually small. The entire opening felt very James Bond opening sequence esque. And like a lot of Bond films, the rest of the film (or TV episode rather) didn't top the opening.

If nothing else, this episode did have some fun moments like when Sara smoked weed with young Stein. It's been interesting to watch Sara take on such a vastly different role than she had on Arrow. I loved the dark and badas* Sara on Arrow. Sure, this Sara will have more fun but will the blood lust return or is she going to just continue to have this alter personality? Alas, I'm still looking forward to next week even if this episode was a pretty big let down.

+Cool fights and action sequences

+Young Stein bits


-What was the point of having Darhk in the episode

-Will Hunter even have a role out in the field?

-Didn't feel any emotional weight during Hawkman's death


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