Legends of Tomorrow: 3.11 Here I Go Again

Groundhog Day! Legends of Tomorrow delivers up a classic timeloop episode as only they know how. To quote an excited Nate half way through the episode I was wondering how long it would take us to do one of these?

Credit where its due, Here I Go Again (a deliberate nod to ABBA) is a strong entry into the sci-fi/time travel sub-genre of repeating a day; it’s quirky, clever and very funny as well as providing some strong character work and story progression.

 

It's Groundhog Day! Legends of Tomorrow delivers up a classic timeloop episode as only they know how. To quote an excited Nate half way through the episode I was wondering how long it would take us to do one of these?

Credit where its due, Here I Go Again (a deliberate nod to ABBA) is a strong entry into the sci-fi/time travel sub-genre of repeating a day; it’s quirky, clever and very funny as well as providing some strong character work and story progression.

 

Okay, okay… so the episodes opens with Zari fighting with Gideon about taking up ram time calculating Zari’s new simulation program to look for more loop holes in time (such as when she left Helen of Troy on Themyscira). Just as she set off the simulation, sending Gideon into shutdown, the rest of the team arrive back from their latest mission; fighting Damian Darhk in disco filled 70’s. I love seeing the tail ends of missions on the show.



After a big fight with Sara over leadership and Zari’s place on the team, she heads off to fix Gideon and gets gunked in the face with time goop from Gideon’s engines. Then the ship blows up. Skip back and we go through the Sara argument scene again. The episode plays out as you might expect and the progression or repeated scenes and realisation is really well done. After she mentions to Nate what’s happening during a go around, he tells her to find him and say Groundhog Day. Now every time she repeats, Zari says this to Nate and he instantly – usually hilariously – knows what she means. A nice variant on this is when they explain to Ray during a cycle and he brings up Cause and Effect from Star Trek: The next Generation (which I think he was abut to point out pre-dates Groundhog Day, good old Ray).



Through the various cycles we learns about the characters as Zari does, we see that Amaya and Nate have been hooking up – and jeopardising missions - then using the Men In Black devices to forget they did, so in effect have sex guilt free. Although eventually they realise this isn’t necessarily healthy, it was initiated by Amaya which seems cruel when she knows Nate is still goofy in love with her. There is something I’m not keen on about their whole relationship, there is a toxicity to the pairing which I feel is being presented as star crossed lovers and I hope the show works past it soon.



We also find out that Rory is writing a boob obsessed sci fi romance novel that he keeps heavily guarded (prompting a fun sequence of Nate being repeatedly killed by Rory’s various booby-traps) and most satisfying of all, we get to see Sara’s relationship with Ava developing in the form of her sneaking off to have a private video-call. This is a very tender and genuine interaction between the two women and its refreshing to see Sara falling for someone as apposed to just hooking up with them. I’ll expect Ava to turn up fridged in the next few episodes…



This is a very good Groundhog Day episode and has some really strong gags with the format. Zari having a fun montage at Nate’s suggestion is great, though I’m not sure my embracing of no consequences would involve just eating squirty cream from a can? Get some better vices. Zari!



Of course, eventually Zari figures what’s happening and realises she needs to sacrifice herself for her crew – who she now has a greater appreciation for because she’s spent so long with them. This comes with a Deus ex machina twist that would, in any other show, be frustrating but here is perfectly fine because its funny, seeded and, most importantly, pretty much pointed out by the characters as being such. This is one of the most fun episodes the show has ever done… and they’ve done some pretty fun episodes.



Oh yes, the pre-end-credits sting is Rip turning up to recruit (Kidnap? Who knows with Rip?) Wally West! I love that the Berlanti shows really have created a shared universe for these characters!

Last updated: 10/03/2018 18:03:43

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