Time and reality is rewritten in Legends of Tomorrow’s shocking midseason finale, but what exactly went down in “Legends of To-Meow-Meow”?
Legends of Tomorrow certainly hasn’t held anything back this season. With the full-time arrival of John Constantine and the introduction of these mythical time aberrations (or as the Legends like to call them: “mythteries”), it’s already been one heck of a ride – and we’re only eight episodes in.
However, no amount of bloodthirsty unicorns or killer dolls could have prepared them (or us) for the events that took place in its midseason finale “Legends of To-Meow-Meow”. Following last week’s episode, the Legends found themselves in a completely different reality. This was the effect of John Constantine’s decision to change his past, by saving lost love Desmond from eternal damnation – a decision that ultimately caused time to fold in on itself, creating a ripple in time that affected everyone.
A Crossover of Their Very Own
Fans were so disappointed by the Legends’ exclusion from the annual Arrowverse crossover this year that the showrunners decided to cheer them up with the closest thing to a crossover that the writers could come up with, and the result was the most bizarre and brilliant piece of comic genius that the entire Arrowverse has ever witnessed.
Due to Constantine’s inadvertent reset of time, the writers approached “Legends of To-Meow-Meow” with reckless abandon, utilizing everything they could to reach new heights of ridiculousness. Synthesized 1980s music, classic ’80s opening credits, hallway shootouts and corny one-liners, this was nothing short of cheesy paradise.
From the Custodians of the Chronology to the Sirens of Space-Time, the midseason finale contained more Easter Eggs than you could shake a puppet at. And it all added to making this a special entry, proving that the show is worthy of any Arrowverse viewer’s time. Take that, Elseworlds!
The Heart Of The Matter
Perhaps the episode’s strongest attribute lay in the fact that, in the midst of all the craziness, there was a real story. It may have been buried under a mountain of talking puppets, but it was there, and it served as a great emotional core for the episode.
John Constantine’s mind was split, remembering the events of the original timeline and unable to reconcile them with the current timeline. However, when he was rescued by Charlie and Zari Cat (yup, you read that right), he began to piece the puzzle together. Despite his and Charlie’s best attempts to alter the tragic events that created the Custodians of the Chronology, the pair would only then end up creating new timelines, with new shards of the Legends all reacting violently to the deaths of their former members (except that one time Mick ran off with his Fairy Godmother and turned the Legends into children’s TV puppets).
Eventually, John knew what he had to do and, reluctantly, he repaired things with Desmond – returning time to the way it should have been. With that, Desmond was damned to hell, Charlie was no longer a shapeshifter and the Legends of Tomorrow had returned.
However, the episode’s closing moments left us with an interesting cliffhanger, when it was revealed that Hank Heywood’s seemingly evil plans to recruit mythical creatures were all orchestrated by Neron, who was now using Desmond’s body.
This proved to be a shocking ending that was undoubtedly in-line with the jaw-dropping episode, but it also served as a reminder that, when the show returns next year, the fun and games are over.
Not All Mythical Creatures Are Monsters
While Legends does have an incredible ensemble cast, it often thrives when it focuses on a select few of these characters. Alongside Constantine, newcomer Charlie was the main focus of “Legends of To-Meow-Meow” as she attempted to help the demon hunter fix the timeline without actually altering the event that set all of this madness in motion.
Despite the fact that her shape-shifting abilities had returned, Charlie soon realized that the Custodians of the Chronology were a far bigger threat than the Legends ever were and, as a result, she tried to put things right. This was undoubtedly a great opportunity for the writers to explore her character, emphasizing at least some of what she has learned during her time on the Waverider, which they did very well – highlighting that, while she was initially out to fix things for her own gain, she soon realized that the Legends weren’t that bad and actually wanted to help them.
The whole episode proved to be a microcosm of the character’s journey over the past few weeks as she started doing whatever it took to maintain her abilities, even turning Zari and Constantine in to the timeline’s murderous iteration of the Legends. However, when she realized that she was the one who originally made the team see that not all mythical creatures are monsters, she did the right thing and fought for her teammates, allowing Constantine to change the timeline back.
In the end, Charlie proved that, while she may not have been perfect, she still had a good heart. She may not be a superhero, but she is an outcast, a misfit. In fact, she sounds like a Legend to me.
- Legends never has any trouble tackling off-the-wall concepts, but this somehow proved to be the most whacky, wonderful and weird hour that the show has ever (and I mean ever) produced.
- In case you didn’t notice, the episode was overflowing with a horde of Easter Eggs. The Custodians of the Chronology was an on-the-nose reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy while the Sirens of Space-Time (who worked for Nate’s father, Hank) was clearly referencing Charlie’s Angels. Moreover, Sara and Ava were busy acting like Thelma and Louise while Gideon channelled her inner Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yas Queens!
- Speaking of which, how great is it to once again see Gideon in person? Can we have more of Amy Pemberton herself on the show, please?
- “Sounds like the annual crossover”. “Hard pass”. – the perfect kind of on-the-nose humor we have come to expect from Legends and the perfect way for the show to throw a little shade at Elseworlds for its exclusion.
- Cheesy ’80s opening credits? Cheesy ’80s music? There was so much to love about the entire aesthetic of this episode and I can’t even put it into words!
- With the revisiting of the murderous unicorn and the Fairy Godmother events, the midseason finale did a surprisingly great job of tying a lot of the season’s seemingly random episodes together – making them seem, well, less random.
- This is unfortunately Legends Of Tomorrow‘s last episode of the year. The show will return in April 2019.
Legends of Tomorrow returns to The CW in April 2019. Did you enjoy the midseason finale? Let us know in the comments below!