Synopsis: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC — When the Legends learn that a mysterious tragedy destroyed Memphis in 1954, thus eradicating the birthplace of rock and roll, they embark on their most important mission – to save music. Nate (Nick Zano) is excited to show Amaya why music is important to him and he is surprised it leads to a rock legend as well as the sixth and final totem, the Death Totem. Meanwhile, Zari (Tala Ashe) helps their newest member try to adjust to the team. Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Maise Richardson-Sellers and Keiynan Lonsdale also star.
Review: “Amazing Grace” made this fan of Crooner!Elvis very happy. Apart from being a heartfelt nod to The King’s Gospel roots, though, the episode served as character driven set up for the final showdown with Mallus in the remaining episodes of the season.
First, Nate and Amaya found their “music moment” as a couple, and Nate listened to songs of Zambesi. This entire subplot just reinforced that Nate is meant to be Kuasa and Mari’s grandfather. Also, it was a bittersweet reminder of Zambezi’s fate, as Gideon had to hunt for lost music that viewers don’t hear.
Next, Zari showed Wally the time travel ropes, and Wally learned he can’t always speed through history to address problems. In addition, viewers were treated to the best Pac-Man homage I’ve seen in a long time.
Finally, Matthew Maala and Tyrone B. Carter crafted an inspired farewell to Mick’s beloved rat, Axl. Axl apparently died in real life, as he was given an “In Memory of…” card, at the end of the episode. If he did die, and the writers weren’t just being incredibly meta, the whole funeral story was a marvelously written and executed example of life integrated into art. Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, and Dominic Purcell played the poignant comedy to the hilt.
The ultimate purpose of the episode, however, was to set up Constantine’s return next week. For that, the Southern Gothic tone was the perfect fit.
Matthew Maala, Tyrone B. Carter