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Ar­row spin-off misses tar­get

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 29 aU­GUsT 2016 | 12 | Blu-ray/dVd Cast Vic­tor Gar­ber, Bran­don routh, arthur darvill, Caity lotz

Leg­ends Of Tomorrow is ei­ther the third or fourth Ar­row­verse show, de­pend­ing on how far you’re will­ing to ret­con Su­per­girl into the equa­tion. It’s also the least suc­cess­ful. Seems you can have too much of a good thing.

This is the Ar­row­verse’s “team show”, mix­ing Jus­tice League with Doc­tor Who – it even stars Arthur “Rory” Darvill in a Cap­tain Jack costume, with a ra­zor-sharp part­ing that can slice through time... Well, no – ac­tu­ally he com­mands a time ship, the Waverider, to do that. But the part­ing is awe­some.

He col­lects to­gether a rag­tag team of B-list DC he­roes and an­ti­heroes – Firestorm, Hawk­man, Hawk­girl, Cap­tain Cold, Heat­wave, the Atom, White Ca­nary – all united in a re­luc­tance ever to use their naff co­de­names. They nip back and forth in time, try­ing to pre­vent a stun­ningly aw­ful im­mor­tal panto vil­lain called Van­dal Sav­age from cre­at­ing a fu­ture apoc­a­lypse, in a se­ries of sto­ries that treat tem­po­ral logic with a con­tempt that would leave even Steven Mof­fat in tears.

There’s some im­pres­sive ac­tion, and see­ing su­per­heroes in the Wild West or World War II is un­de­ni­ably fun. But the char­ac­ters are painfully thin, de­spite valiant ef­forts from some of the cast. The hu­mour of­ten feels forced and the emo­tional beats – which The Flash and Ar­row of­ten cre­ate with a deft econ­omy – fall flat. It feels like the fast, fun and palat­ably schmaltzy for­mula so clev­erly em­ployed in the other Ar­row­verse shows is stretched too thin across such a vast and con­stantly bick­er­ing cast.

Ex­tras Around 50 min­utes of stuff: the show’s 2015 Comic-Con panel; a be­hind-the-scenes fea­turette on Jonah Hex episode “The Mag­nif­i­cent Eight”; a tour of the Waverider set; a fea­turette on the dif­fer­ent eras the show trav­els to; a gag reel. Dave Golder

The episode “Night Of The Hawk” – a ’50s B-movie homage – is di­rected by Joe “Grem­lins” Dante.

The chug­gers got ever more per­sis­tent.

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