This week DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are headed to the Wild West again to reunite with an old acquaintance. In episode 2.06 “Outlaw Country” the team tries to right yet another time aberration that could have significant effects on the USA in the long run.
Liberty, Colorado, 1874
We jump right into the episode as we are introduced to this week’s big bad, Quentin Turnbull. We learn that one of the mines on his land holds a very rare mineral. The stranger who detected the ore tries cutting a deal, but ends up dead. Turnbull is not one to be messed with.
On the Wave Rider, the team discusses how to proceed in the Damien Darhk case. They have found the amulet Darhk was after, and they know he is working with a speedster, which makes him even more dangerous. Jefferson once again pushes Martin to tell the rest of the team about the message they received from Barry in the future, but the older man refuses.
While doing some research on the amulet, they are interrupted by a time aberration and so the team gets ready to head back to the old west. When they strut into town the firsy thing they stumble upon is a hanging. And the victim is an old friend of theirs: Jonah Hex.
Nate saves the man as he dodges several bullets thanks to his steely nature, and Hex joins the group on the Wave Rider. Things turn awkward when he makes an enquiry on Rip’s whereabouts and learns that Sara has taken over the captain position, which is surely a mistake cause a woman couldn’t possibly lead a team.
The team learns that the aberration has been caused by Quentin Turnbull and the fact that he owns more than half of the whole US and has formed a separate country called Turnbull Country. Their plan: stop him from taking over the West.
In order to get closer to Turnbull, Mick and Amaya are sent to his salon to cause a stir, while Sara is stuck with Jonah and Ray while Nate and Jefferson pretend to be tax collectors and take a look at his records.
The team learns that Turnbull build his fortune on having people work in the mines, but Nate says that no one has mined for gold in years, so there must be another explanation for his wealth. When examining the mines, Ray tells Nate and Jefferson that Turnbull is dealing with dwarf star, a rare but very powerful mineral, one that he used for his ATOM suit as well.
When Mick fails to provoke a fight but rather finds a new friend in Turnbull, Jonah enters the salon and causes a scene. Turnbull claims the ore he found has special qualities, and he crafted special, more powerful bullets with it. A fight breaks out which is only interrupted when Nate is injured with a bullet that was able to penetrate his steely armour.
When Sara presses Jonah for answers on why he wants Turnbull dead, he reluctantly opens up to her. He tells her that Turnbull killed the men, women and children of a town called Calvert by locking them in the church and burning them alive, and he was the only one to escape.
Ray finally figures out how Turnbull will try and destroy communication between the East and the West: he believes Turnbull will use his dwarf star to blow up the railroad, in particular the Summit Pass. Nate tries to prove his courage and fearlessness by getting in front of the train and trying to stop the dwarf star transport. He uses all of his strength but is eventually successful.
Meanwhile Sara and Jonah plan to take down Turnbull. Sara pretends to bring Jonah in to get closer to Turnbull, who gets ready to kill the bounty hunter. Together they are able to gain the upper hand and arrest Turnbull. On the other side of town, Mick and Amaya are tasked with blowing up the mines to make sure that Turnbull’s reserve of dwarf star is destroyed.
With the rest of the team occupied ,Martin uses Gideon’s AI to run a couple of tests. He has been having headaches for a while and during this episode he starts having visions in addition to that. He keeps seeing the face of a woman, a stranger, who he feels strongly connected to but can’t place in his life. He is afraid that interacting with his younger self has changed his past and therefore his present and his future.
In the final moments of the episode, Ray surprises Nate with his very own superhero suit as the two continue to bond. At least until Sara storms in, claiming that their friends in 2016 need their help. ONTO THE BIG CROSSOVER EVENT!
This week’s episode keeps up Legends fast pace, which is working well for the show. We truly enjoy jumping from one adventure to the other with this fearless group of misfits. The episode also offered some more insight in several relationships between the cast members. The budding friendship between Ray and Nate was an interesting one to explore, and we are looking forward to see them both suit up and save the world together, one bro at a time.
Another dynamic that works surprisingly well is the relationship between Mick and Amaya. What really shouldn’t work turns out to be one of the more exciting connections this episode and hopefully many episodes to come. They can both learn a lot from each other, if they can keep off each other’s throats for longer than 5 minutes. Please more!
But the MVP of the episode (and of the whole series, if we’re being brutally honest) is Sara Lance. Episode for episode, she proves that she is a worthy captain and only few could do what she does with ease. She is a natural leader and we could not enjoy watching her grow more. She’s quite the badass – for a woman.
Jonah: “This is what it’s like working with a woman? You just sit around and talk about your feelings?”
Sara: “Well, if your “feelings” are what almost got you hung, then, yeah, I’d say they’re worth talking about.”
Sara: “Now, I know you don’t like taking orders from a woman… but you’re gonna like getting your ass kicked by one even less.”
Mick: “That man back in town, the drinker, the gambler, the animal that wants to watch the whole world burn… that’s the real me.”
Amaya: “I happen to know a thing or two about animals. They’re not vicious by nature. Unless they’re attacked.”
Mick: “If you’re trying to tell me to… to tell you some sob story about how horrible and painful my life is, forget it. I’m no victim.”
Catch DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Thursdays at 8/7ct on The CW.