For its third episode of season two, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow takes our heroes into ancient Japan. In “Shogun” the team goes face to face with a despicable samurai, who comes into possession of the ATOM suit.
In the events of last week’s episode, Nate was critically injured and then injected with a super serum that Ray had modified. This week we finally learn about the effects of that action.
After Rex Tyler died in the arms of fellow JSA member Vixen, she is now out to find his killer. The only thing that Amaya knows about Rex’s death is that he was killed by a time traveller. Therefore, she concludes that the legends must be involved and plans to knock every single one of them out.
What she, and the rest of the crew, did not expect is that Nate has woken up from his coma and he is stronger than ever. The serum has transformed his entire body into a steel-like material, an ability that Nate can control – more or less. With his newfound super strength he is able to stop Amaya.
To test Nate’s strength and figure out how to control it, Ray tries attacking him with his suit. The situation blows up in their faces when they open a wall in the Wave Rider. Ray and Nate are thrown from the space ship into the time stream.
Kensai Region, Japan, 1641
Ray and Nate are taken to ancient Japan, where Ray’s suit attracts the unwanted attention of a group of Samurais, while Nate meets a young woman who readily takes him in to nurse him back to health.
He learns that Masako is promised to be married to the Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, the ruthless samurai that has taken Ray hostage. When a group of the Shogun’s samurais comes looking for the soon-to-be-bride, Nate speaks up on her behalf, confident that his steel armor protects him. Unfortunately, he seems unable to fully control his new skill and the samurai injure him.
Meanwhile on the Wave Rider Sara, Mick and Amaya try to locate the missing members of the team and plan their extraction. As usual, Mick isn’t quite as willing to work in a team with the JSA representative, and an adorable bickering-session ensues that ends with Sara threatening to exile them in time and space together.
When Sara, Mick and Amaya make their way to Japan they immediately get caught in the crosshairs of the shogun, who has taken over Ray’s suit. They are forced to battle his samurais, which Sara does with practiced ease. After Ray is able to free himself he and the rest of the team escape, but the ATOM suit remains in the possession of the Shogun.
Sara, Mick, Ray and Amaya eventually find the injured Nate and plan on taking him back to the Wave Rider. He refuses to leave without preventing Masako’s marriage to the Shogun, who is famous for killing his wives.
As Nate and his new ability are the team’s best shot at beating the Shogun, Ray tries to train him into controlling his power. He also gives him information on how to destroy the ATOM suit by overheating it. Ray opens up about his insecurities, and feeling less of a hero when he is out of his suit. He then goes on to talk to Masako’s father, who provides him with his dead son’s samurai armour.
Meanwhile, Sara and Amaya work together to bring the rest of Masako’s village to safety. When the Shogun and his group arrive they go face-to-face with the samurais and prove that females are strong as hell. Ray and Nate eventually battle the Shogun himself and with a bit of team work are able to blow up the whole ATOM exosuit and thus kill the Shogun.
Wistfully Nate bids his goodbye to Masako and presents her with the Katana sword. We learn that the family’s last name is Yamashiro, which is a nice nod to Arrow’s season three when we met another generation of Yamashiro’s in Tatsu and Maseo both in Oliver’s present and past.
On a separate mission, Prof. Stein and Jax have found a secret compartment of the Wave Rider that they believe Rip Hunter had kept hidden from them. They find a secret room, filled with an incredible number of weapons. They also find a message from Barry Allen, which stems from the year 2056. They listen to the message, but the audience is not privy to that information. We just know that it is something that future-Barry wanted to keep secret.
Episode three of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow continues to show that season two is shaping up to be even more exciting than the first one. It is a big episode for Ray, who does not only admit feeling inferior to the rest of the heroes by being defined through his suit, but also loses said suit on the very same day. It will be incredibly exciting to see how he fares with being a mere (albeit stupidly courageous) mortal, or whether we will see him work on a new suit. Who is Ray Palmer when he is not the ATOM?
We also have big moments for Nate, the newbie of the team. He learns that he indeed possesses powers due to his injection of the serum, but he is none the wiser on how to control them. It sets him up for an interesting path.
The episode explores the dynamics between Amaya and two of the team members. She gets closer to Sara, who she talks to about her family heritage and the powers of the animal kingdom. We could not be happier to have a female power-duo back on the show.
Another dynamic that is incredibly interesting (and hopefully continues to exist) is the one between Amaya and Mick. They seem like polar opposites and we would expect them to clash every now and then, after all, Mick clashes with everyone. What we did not necessarily expect is how much we enjoy their banter. We will see how long those two can work with and around each other before they explode.
Amaya: “Just because you saw ninjas in a movie, that doesn’t make them real.”
Sara:” have to side with Mick on this one. They’re real.”
Amaya: “You think there’s a secret brotherhood of men trained in the art of assassination?”
Sara: “I hate to break it to you, Amaya, but I’m basically a ninja.”
Jax: “If I’ve learned one thing from “Lost,” it’s you don’t go opening secret hatches.”
Sara: “League of Assassins, class of ’09. Don’t take it easy on me.”
Catch DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Thursdays at 8/7 ct on The CW
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