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Legends of Tomorrow recap: Leviathan

Ray fights a large enemy, while Kendra tries to make the best of a small…’weapon’

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow

TV Show
Action, Sci-fi
run date:
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill, Dominic Purcell
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

Vandal Savage’s latest weapon? A giant robot. The team’s? A tiny bracelet. 

Okay, maybe that’s a little unfair: A lot more happened when the “legends” arrived in 2166 London, the last major city with an actual patch of safety for the Resistance and, as Rip tells the rest, where they can definitely find Savage because he’ll murder his wife and children three days later. To figure out how they can get close enough to Savage, Rip, along with Sara, Leonard, and Mick — or “Killer, Klepto, and Pyro,” Mick says — watch Savage deliver a speech, and Leonard catches the eye of a woman who walks past them. Kendra, watching their progress, notices that the woman is wearing a bracelet — her Egyptian bracelet, in fact — and realizes that they can use the bracelet to kill Savage. The team, as usual, fumble on their way to Savage and are forced back aboard the Waverider, during which Kendra fills Rip and the rest in on her discovery. 

But Rip needs more help understanding Savage’s plans and forces, and so he brings Ray, Jax, and Stein on a detour to the Resistance camp, where they learn that the refugees are actually exhausted civilians with little provisions. Jax and Stein sympathize with children, and Ray talks to Rip about his family. Rip reveals that it’s not even really about saving his wife and son anymore because each time he tried, Savage found some way to kill them anyway. “I watched my family die countless times at the hands of Savage and his forces before I realized time wants it to happen,” he says sadly, before an attack leads him and Ray to see the result of what Savage can do: wipe out an entire camp, leaving behind no survivors. 

Ray decides to work with Stein to figure out Savage’s weaponry based on the samples at the site. But as for stealing Kendra’s bracelet back and turning it into a weapon against Savage? The team is stumped. Rip tells Kendra to read through Boardman’s notebooks again, but Kendra scoffs, saying she’s read them enough times. And yet…while rifling through their recent relics, she finds Carter’s mace, touches it, and has a flashback to Iowa City in 1941, when a previous incarnation of Kendra interrupts a previous Carter working out. (Thanks for the gratuitous shirtlessness, The CW!) It’s their anniversary, and he’s forgotten. But he makes up for it by encouraging her to pick up his weapon and learn to defend herself. And in the present, Kendra realizes what she must do. 

Meanwhile, Captain Cold and Heat Wave make it to the lair of the mysterious woman with the bracelet and take her down, bringing her aboard the ship. There, she reveals she’s not Savage’s lieutenant; she’s his daughter. Savage Jr. turns out to be just as steely as her father, deflecting Leonard’s questions as he tries to pry intel from her about Savage’s weapon. Still, it seems as though she didn’t learn everything about her maniacal dad: She tells Leonard that Per Degaton released the Armageddon virus — and as we saw in the episode with the young Degaton, that’s definitely not true. 

Before Leonard gets a chance to use this, the ground begins to shake from faraway stomps, caused by Savage’s ultimate weapon that’s big enough, as Ray and Stein realize, to create giant footprints in the ground. Stein, hoping to save as many refugees as possible, encourages Ray to help him bring the survivors aboard the Waverider over Rip’s protests. And as they take off, hoping to outrun the weapon — a giant robot nicknamed “the Leviathan” — they get snatched instead. As in…

Uh oh.

NEXT: There’s Leviathan on a spaceship… (sung to the tune of “Leaving on a Jet Plane“)