Synopsis: Damien Dahrk and Malcolm Merlyn create a big aberration as they attempt to capture Rip in 1967.
Review: This episode plays out more like your traditional caper and sees a fun piece of meta with the addition of George Lucas who is working as a props master for Arthur Darvill’s amateur film director.
The team must try and retrieve a key artefact from Rip Hunter before Damien Dahrk and Malcolm Merlyn can get hold of it. The one problem being is between them they have created an aberration in which George Lucas never makes his movies and as such Ray is not inspired to create his Atom suit and Nate loses his powers and skills as a historian because he never saw ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’.
Arthur Darvill has fun playing the film director, who is really a reprogrammed Rip Hunter. It will be interesting to see how the team undo this reprogramming once they are able to reconnect with him.
Matt Angel had plenty of fun playing the young film school version of George Lucas and there are a load of fun references to the ‘Star Wars’ movies in the episode. The scene concerning the trash compactor is referenced and Vixens brief speech to Lucas when she says he is their only hope.
The story thread in which Mick Rory is seeing his old partner Snart is referenced via some fun scenes with Dr. Martin Stein, who eventually performs a little brain surgery on Mick.
Neal McDonough and John Barrowman are a fantastic double act as Damien Dahrk and Malcolm Merlyn. There is a cool scene where they are trying to get to Rip at the police station and are stood in a lift. Had one of them had an Afro and they’d both been wearing leather. It could have been lifted directly from ‘Pulp Fiction’.
This was a really strong opening episode for the mid season. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll continue on at this level.
- Incidental Music9.6