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Fellowship of the Spear 

The Legends land in France during World War I and enlist the aid of J.R.R. Tolkien to retrieve the last pieces of the Spear of Destiny from the Legion of Doom.

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Ben Hernandez Bray (as Ben Bray)

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Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Garber ... Dr. Martin Stein
Brandon Routh ... Ray Palmer / The Atom
Arthur Darvill ... Rip Hunter
Caity Lotz ... Sara Lance / White Canary
Franz Drameh ... Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm
Matt Letscher ... Eobard Thawne
Maisie Richardson-Sellers ... Amaya Jiwe / Vixen
Amy Louise Pemberton ... Gideon (voice) (as Amy Pemberton)
Nick Zano ... Nate Heywood / Steel
Dominic Purcell ... Mick Rory / Heat Wave
Neal McDonough ... Damien Darhk
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn
Wentworth Miller ... Leonard Snart / Captain Cold
Jack Turner ... Lieutenant John Tolkien
Michael Robinson Michael Robinson ... Commanding Officer
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Storyline

The Legends must devise a plan to retrieve the last remaining fragments of the Spear of Destiny from the Legion of Doom. They find themselves in France at the height of World War I faced with the knowledge that they must destroy the mystical object. They enlist the help of a soldier by the name of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (guest star Jack Turner) and find that the Spear is leading them into the heart of the war. Meanwhile, the team must all resist the temptation of the Spear, and the return of a former teammate. Written by sarah_l91

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In reality, Tolkien's experiences in the First World War influenced many of elements that appeared in in his novel, particularly the depiction of Mordor resembling a World War I era battlefield, and the relationship between officers and their enlisted men mirrored in Frodo and Sam. See more »

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In curing Tolkien's case of trench fever, the Legends are potentially creating a huge time aberration, as his illness was likely the reason why he survived the war and went on to become a successful writer. The disease forced Tolkien to be relieved of combat duty and sent home, after which almost his entire battalion was killed in action. Having been cured, he would have likely returned to active duty and been killed alongside his comrades. See more »

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Rip Hunter: Attention, all combatants. May I have your attention, please? There are casualties on the battlefield. Brave men on both sides who are in urgent need of medical attention. I know that the divisions between us run deep, that they may very well be insurmountable. But I implore both of our armies for this one moment to come together as allies and honor a ceasefire so that the injured may be removed from the field of battle. There may come a day when our courage fails us, when we forsake our ...
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References The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) See more »

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Time to Change the Game
24 March 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

At this point, I think the problem with Legends is that I've lost an overall interest in this year's story. It had a promising start, and took the show in new and refreshing directions, but since midseason it has failed to recapture my interest. Reducing the plot to the Spear of Destiny, which is nothing more than an enhanced MacGuffin.

This week the team finally compiled the spear together, stealing the last part from Eobard, who happened to be hiding with the Legion of Doom in the "Vanishing Point". So, in the same vein that the George Lucas episode was clearly an homage to Star Wars, this episode was a blatant homage to the first Lord of the Rings film. In this regard, I enjoyed the similarities between those two. Particularly, seeing Mick turn to the dark side and help the Legion. He could be pulling one over on the team again, but it sure doesn't seem like it. And I'm fine with that. As long as he'll still have his ridiculously stupid one- liners.

I like that this show is doing more with the settings, especially considering last season was stuck in a 20th century setting every episode, but I don't feel like the characters are evolving to anywhere particularly interesting. Did we really need an episode where they searched for a guy buried with Jesus' blood? Wait, was that actually the plot of this episode?

I guess my biggest frustration comes from the lack of development overall. Take Sara for example, she is the captain of the Waverider and leader of the Legends. But is she really in a more interesting spot than she was on Arrow for a season and a half? I just feel like the show hasn't taken the characters to a state where they evolve into different and possibly more interesting humans. Instead, they choose to make the same old mistakes and misfires regarding time travel and changing their destinies. For now, this show is stuck in mediocrity. It's undeniably dumb fun, but I find myself questioning why I'm watching a show that doesn't add anything new to sci-fi or comic- book television. It's all about execution, and the show isn't necessarily executing right now.

+Fun take on Tolkien

-But there's nothing more under the surface

-Same old mistakes

6.7/10


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