- Series Title: Legends of Tomorrow
- Season: Season 5
- Episodes: 15
- Discs: 3 (Blu-Ray) Plus Crisis on Infinite Earths
- Network: CW
- Cast: Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Matt Ryan, Jes Macallen, Adam Tsekhman
Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, R1
This review will include spoilers for Season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow.
As hinted at the end of last season, during the fifth season, the Legends face “Encores”, history’s greatest villains armed with hell weapons and returned to Earth by Astra who controls their soul coins in hell. The Legends face off against these Encores, such as Rasputin, Marie Antoinette, Genghis Khan, and Bugsy Segal in a few episodes, but defeat them relatively easily – sometimes even capturing their hell weapon, the only thing that can send an Encore back to hell.
About halfway through the season, the real theme emerges: Charlie is actually one of the Fates and many thousands of years ago she broke the Loom of Fate and scattered its pieces throughout the multiverse. Due to Crisis on Infinite Earths, all those pieces are now on one single Earth – Earth Prime. The Legends agree to help Charlie find the pieces again so that Behrad can be brought back after one of the Fates kills him. Constantine also forms an uneasy alliance with Astra, promising to save her mother once they get the Loom of Fate.
The Legends manage to get two of the rings of Fate but then lose them again. While trying to recover them, the third Fate Sister, who had raised Astra in hell, unleashed the Zombie Apocalypse in the UK to slow down the Legends. The Legends finally reach the London safe house of the Time Bureau only for the time couriers stored there to need charging, while they wait for the couriers to charge zombies attack the bar. Sara is killed defending the others and only Charlie escapes.
However, the Fates now have all three rings and can rebuild the Loom of Fate. The elder sister creates a world straight out of 1984 where everyone only works and watches TV and has no choice in anything. Even the food is only different colors of mush. But Gary somehow knows something is wrong and shouts warnings to people on the street. Mona works for the historical sanitation department. However, the Legends are all stranded on TV – where Charlie put them to keep them safe. They realize this and break free of their conditioning, then escape in the Waverider. It appears the Loom was successfully broken again. But now, even though people wear different clothes and eat different foods, they also wear smartwatches with an app called Fate. People ask Fate for advice on everything from the best route to work to what to have for lunch. Fate still rules instead of individual freedom. Once again the Legends and Charlie have to put a stop to the Fates, shutting down the app which is powered by Gideon. They succeed. The Legends then celebrate at Charlie’s dive bar in 1970s London where Charlie sings onstage as part of the punk band The Smell.
Charlie decides to remain in London. By the end of the season, though Zari from seasons 3 and 4 had been briefly released from the air totem, she has to return to the Totem so Behrad can live. Zari II, a Social Media Maven joins the Legends on the Waverider with her brother. Happily, Ray Palmer and Nora Darhk marry. Sadly, Ray then leaves the Legends so he and Nora can settle down.
I was happy that Legends was able to complete Season 5. The season felt a little rushed, but at least it didn’t end on a cliffhanger. The first episode of the season was a “documentary” about the Legends, which I didn’t like at all, but then I personally hate “found footage” and fake documentary style. The Encores episodes were a bit episodic, and each conflict was easily resolved – but they were also still fun and kept up the Legends tradition of referencing other movies, television series, and genres. There were, as always with Legends, some really great moments too. Overall, this is still a very fun series, very watchable, and highly recommended.