DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was the second official spinoff of the mainline Arrowverse that followed up on The Flash, while Supergirl was still a separate entity at the time of its debut. After premiering initially in January 2016, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow had a little longer second season that debuted last Fall on The CW and now has arrived on Blu-ray.
The first season of the series was the very definition of hit and miss, with a lackluster villain in Vandal Savage and the rather annoying Hawkgirl and Hawkman. The people behind the show took these criticisms that most had about the first season and dropped the Hawks from the show and introduced not only two new interesting heroes, but also a group of intriguing villains with a history in the Arrowverse.
Picking up months after the events of the first season, we are introduced to newcomer Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) who enlists the help of Oliver Queen (guest starring Stephen Amell) to help him find the Waverider, which ends up was hit by a nuclear blast back in 1942 and left in stasis underwater. When they locate the ship, they come across Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), who explains what happened and how the Legends, Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Martin Stein (Victor Garber), Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh), and Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), got scattered throughout time, so Nate and Mick have to go find them.
This first episode was already a major improvement on most of the first season and it gets even better in the second episode with a focus on the Justice Society of America, which introduces our other new series regular Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), also known as Vixen. This episode showcases the true comic book feel that Legends of Tomorrow utilizes and really sets the tone for the entire second season.
The biggest improvement in the second season of Legends of Tomorrow is easily with the villains, as Vandal Savage just ran his course very quickly and got tiresome. Instead, season two brings together their version of the Legion of Doom by adding Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher), Damian Darhk (Neal McDonough), and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) to form the Legion, as well as a fourth member later. Each of the main trio of the Legion is incredibly charismatic and chew the scenery for every appearance they make in the season. There are some episodes where we only see one of them and others where two or all three are together, so it manages to balance out well throughout the season.
Season two’s story has a few different plotlines that carry throughout the season, with the overall battle between the Legends and the Legion of Doom being the main focus. Legends of Tomorrow fully embraces the downright fun and comical feel that this show desperately needed in season one, while also managing to have some incredibly poignant and heartwrenching episodes as well like “Abominations,” which tackled slavery during the Civil War.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is the most distinct of the CW superhero shows visually due to its visiting of various time periods. Whether the Legends are visiting ancient Japan, the Civil War, or World War I, the different periods look stellar in this Blu-ray set, with the colors popping and the visual clarity on point. This extends to the special effects from characters like Firestorm and the Atom, which look as good as ever in 1080p. The team in charge of bringing this season to Blu-ray definitely did a good job with the transfer here.
Offering two total audio options, the DTS-HD 5.1 English audio is superb here. The rocking Legends theme is present on every menu and the sound continues to stand out in the show itself. Blake Neely’s score is presented perfectly here, with the audio mix allowing the background music to stand out while still having the dialog be perfectly audible. Add in a surround sound system and it will be even better. Beyond English, the only other language available is that of Portuguese like on most of these releases.
One of the most unsurprising special features found in this set are deleted scenes, which are available in just over half of the episodes of this Blu-ray set. You do have to manually play them by episode, but they do have them easy to access on the special features menu. The deleted scenes vary in importance, with some definitely being more interesting than others. One entire subplot was cut out of the second episode of the season where we see some serious flirting between Jax and Stargirl, so these are definitely worth watching. There are definitely more of them in the first part of the season than the latter.
A gag reel is also included in the set, which is a must watch considering the actors involved in this series. The gag reel itself actually has a funny little intro that feels like it’s straight out of a ’70s or ’80s sitcom, along with a follow-up previously on that is made just for this. You can tell that there is actually some production value put into this gag reel with a number of little montages in it. With so many funny moments, this is one gag reel you will not want to miss.
On the featurette front, this Blu-ray set is lacking, with only two included. The first is the 2016 Comic-Con panel that was held between the first and second seasons at San Diego Comic-Con. This is a 30 minute panel though, so you definitely will get some good face time with the cast of the show here.
The second however is the more interesting one, which is known as Allied: The Invasion Complex (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). While the set doesn’t include the other parts of the crossover, this 10 minute feature focuses on the story of the crossover itself and includes executive producer Marc Guggenheim, executive producer Paul Klemmer, comic book historian Alan Kistler, and writer David Kob. The focus of this mini-documentary is mostly on the Dominators themselves rather than the actual making of the crossover and how they are brought into the storyline of the different heroes and how they work together to take them down. This really shows how important this crossover was to the storylines of each of the shows, especially Arrow and The Flash, so it is disappointing that they chose not to include the other two full parts of the crossover as an extra here.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow saw a major elevation in quality in its second season, which was greatly helped by a number of fantastic additions to the cast on both the hero and villain side, as well as great storytelling that embraced what the show really should be. While the special features are lacking, the video and audio quality is exquisite on this Blu-ray set, making it a must purchase for fans of the series or for those just looking to check out one of the most fun superhero shows out right now.
9.0 Time Aberrations Out Of 10
- Out of Time
- The Justice Society of America
- Outlaw Country
- The Chicago Way
- Raiders of the Lost Art
- The Legion of Doom
- Land of the Lost
- Fellowship of the Spear
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Runtime: 714 Minutes (Episode time); 45 Minutes (Extra Content)
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Discs: 3 Discs
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video: Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Portuguese
Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Cast: Caity Lotz, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Arthur Darvill, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Nick Zano, Amy Pemberton, Matt Letscher, Neal McDonough, and John Barrowman.
Producers: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer, Sarah Schechter, and Chris Fedak.
Disclosure: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season Was Provided By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment For Coverage Purposes