Legends of Tomorrow S3 Ep. 5 ‘Return of the Mack’ Review
I can definitively say that this episode is the best of the season so far. In my previous reviews, I stated that Legends works best when it blends with another genre, such as a western or in this case, horror. We are able to have a good blend of hilarious and dramatic interactions with the characters while finally moving forward with the season’s story.
The Legends go to Victorian England where they believe a vampire from the future is an anachronism. Along the way, they meet up with Rip Hunter who also in London, looking for the season’s main antagonist, Mallus. Only his mission is a personal one and he seeks out the Legends help and they agree. We get this great chemistry with Rip and the team that we miss from Season 1. Though we don’t need Rip in the team, it’s always nice to see him be with the legends every once in a while. He also does his bloody best to be the Sherlock Holmes of the episode.
We later discover anachronism from the future isn’t actually a vampire, it happens to be the deceased body of Damien Darhk. His return to the series is an interesting one that actually makes sense. Since his introduction in Arrow, Damien has always had a connection to totems and the power of mysticism. When he returned in the episode, it echoes how vampires rise from their coffin, so that was a nice touch. What follows is a hilarious bloodbath with the song ‘Return of the Mack’ playing in the background. Though it seems ridiculous, it actually worked.
I’ve stated in past reviews that Zari and Amaya will be together since both their totems are connected. Though Zari rejects it at first, she learns to accept it and while it’s nice, it was a very predictable sub=plot, but the relationship between the two characters seems to be heading in a very nice direction. Then we have Nate and Mick offer amazing comedy, with Mick having an obsession with vampires and killing them as if that’s been his whole life’s dream. Ray and Jax are together again only this time, they’re trying to discover a way to split Stein and Jax. Stein catches wind of this and is upset at first but later understands and accepts it if they are able to find a way to make Jax the sole part of Firestorm.
We also get our first taste of the main villain this season, Mallus. Though we see him posses one of his lackeys, we get this deep, haunting voice, professing himself as a god. As to who he is, where he came from, and what he’s capable of, we don’t have that answer, but that’s something that’ll be fun to unravel as the series progresses.
Through the first half of the episode, it plays a lot with the horror and the vampire idea, but towards the second half, it feels a lot more like Sherlock Holmes and to the credit of the writers, it works really well. Like I previously said, the episode is a perfect of humor, melodrama between the characters, and finally able to move the plot along in a fun setting we haven’t seen from the Legends yet.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know! Episode six of Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesday, November 14 at 9:00pm EST on the CW.