Legends of Tomorrow S3 Ep. 16 ‘I, Ava’ Review
A lot is going on in this week’s episode of Legends. There is betrayal, a person’s mysterious past is brought to light, and an unlikely character confesses their true feelings about their situation.
The Legends are broken up into several groups. There’s Sara, Ray, & Gary, who go investigate where Ava has gone off to after her break-up with Sara. Amaya is put in charge of the Waverider, sending Nate and Wally to check out her granddaughter, Mari, who’s a crime-fighting vigilante without a totem. And then there’s Zari, who is tasked with helping train Mick how to properly use the Fire Totem.
With Zari and Mick we get some fun banter, but more importantly, we learn more about Zari and her faith in Islam as she fasts for Ramadan. Mick being Mick insults her and they go at it in a fight, with which Zari wins and Mick (almost) comes to an understanding of her.
Wally and Nate go to Detroit to check on Mari, but they run into her sister Kuasa, but instead of fighting they come to an understanding and plan a trap for Damien Darhk and his daughter Nora, who’s possessed by Mallus, to return Amaya’s Totem. Nate tells Wally to return to the Waverider and keep him covered. Of course, things don’t go according to plan; Kuasa betrays Nate, gets Amaya’s totem, and leaves. Damien is left to torture Nate, but he confesses that his heart isn’t in it anymore. He regrets selling his daughter to the Devil, Mallus, and the two have a funny heart-to-heart conversation.
Nora/Mallus finds out and pushes Damien out the way before Amaya, Kuasa, and Wally come to the rescue. The rescue is a success until Kuasa is killed by Nora/Mallus, with her Water Totem being yanked from her. Amaya’s heart is broken as she comes to the realization that Kuasa was a worthy totem and we get a great, subtle yet emotional, performance from Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Nate and Amaya’s future together is brought up again and it seems by the end of this season, it won’t last for very long.
Now the main story of the episode, which felt more like a fun, side excursion, with Sara, Ray, and Time Bureau agent Gary look for Ava and go to Vancouver 2213 where they uncover the shocking truth that the Ava we know in the series, is one of several clones. Ava is supposed to be the perfect person, with several skills. The Ava we all know had no knowledge of this and was implanted with several fake memories, by none other than Rip Hunter.
The best thing about the story was the chemistry between both Sara and Ava and the comedy, specifically from Gary, who when was first introduced, was a rather annoying character, but as the series progressed has become one of the funniest characters in the series.
The episode was very well balanced and perfectly paced. As I’ve said in past reviews, this season has been more consistent and instead of working around certain characters and storylines from the DC Comics, it chooses to be its very own thing.
What did you think of the episode? Episode Seventeen of Legends of Tomorrow airs Monday, April 2 at 8:00pm EST on the CW.
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