POOR ACTING AND WRITING
I finished watching season two of the CW channel’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Netflix. That’s about 7 hours of my life I can’t get back. I gave it one star instead of half a star because I liked some of the special effects. Some.
You’d think a show that focuses on a lot of superheroes at once rather than a single hero like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl would be great. More action. More powers. Combine that with time travel and on paper, you have a smash hit. The reality is it’s not. The writing is awful and so is the acting. Can you blame the actors for the bad writing or blame the writers for bad acting? Not in this case. It’s both sides fault.
Before I continue, here’s the official storyline according to IMDB:
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, Rip Hunter will desperately try to prevent certain events from happening, by time-traveling; Now Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – not only is the planet at stake but our timeline itself. The Great Question being asked here is can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?
Sounds exciting, right? Unfortunately, no. I liken the emergence of superhero shows to that of reality TV shows. When reality TV programs aired they were different from what we were used to watching. They were exciting. Interesting. We routed for real people, not actors. Soon, other stations jumped on the wagon and began creating their own shows. The pool of producers with ideas quickly grew thin. The quality of the shows plummeted faster than Brendan Fraser’s career. The market then became saturated like it is now. Every station today is creating their own superhero series. Some are creating multiples and the writing is bad.
Here are some examples from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to illustrate my point. **SPOILERS AHEAD**
1) The Legion of Doom brainwashed Rip Hunter, who used to be a good guy. Rip has no special powers and is a mediocre fighter at best. He’s returning to the LoD with a stick, which is a piece of a weapon the DC Legends are trying to keep out of the hands of the LoD. The Legends’ goal is to not let the LoD combine all the pieces to complete a weapon that can alter reality. On his way back, a Legend, Jefferson Jackson stops him at gunpoint. Keep in mind, Rip Hunter has no special powers. Does Jefferson shoot Rip and take the weapon? No. Why? Because Sara Lance talks him out of it as they’re not killers. Ok, I can buy into that. Sara Lance is a former member of the League of Assassins. She kicks more ass than anyone. So, she wrests the weapon from Rip, right? Nope. They let him go because the scene was more focused on telling the audience “we don’t kill”. Oh, come on! You could punch Rip in the face and take the weapon. You could even shoot him in the leg. Problem solved and the world has been saved. But, nope. Crappy writing. Sure, you could argue that if they did that then the episode would be over. I say bull. Create a better scene that makes it hard for them to get the stick away from Rip. Bad. Bad. Bad writing.
2) The main bad guy, who is a speedster from The Flash–Eobard Thawne, replicates himself by running in a circle. Don’t get me started on the hokey science of these shows. Eobard has the Legends surrounded and outnumbered two to one. His goal in this scene is to take the weapon away from Sara Lance. Does he run at her with blindingly fast speed and snatch it up? Nope. The crappy writers have struck again. They have Eobard use his advantage over the heroes by fighting everyone at once, except for Sara. This gives Sara enough time to figure out how to de-weaponize the stick through some alternate reality dream thingy. OH. MY. GOD! Are you kidding me? Is that the best you could come up with? Utter garbage.
The show is riddled with this type of crappy writing. They have no creativity when it comes to creating sticky situations that make sense. I won’t let them off the hook and blame the comics. I have no idea if the scenes are true to them or not. But it’s the TV version. You can alter it if you want.
Other shows that are bad like DC’s Legends: Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash. Will I watch season 3? Not likely.
If you want to watch a good supernatural show then check out The Originals. Not only is the acting superb but so is the writing. This show proves my point about shows that aired at the beginning of a programming boom.