Legends of Tomorrow recap: 'Land of the Lost'
The Legends dive into Rip's mind to save Tomorrow.
So far the Legends’ adventures have taken them all over the time stream, but tonight’s hour sees them explore sometime old and someplace new, as part of the team splits up and ventures out into the Cretaceous Period, where they’re trapped, while a smaller group ventures into new territory: Rip Hunter’s mind.
Of course, that inspired suggestion comes from none other than Mick Rory himself, who brings up “cognitive intrusion” after Rip Hunter, who is evil as ever, manages to override the ship and make himself the Captain again, with a little help from Gideon, of course. Though the blame is very much on the Legends for leaving a former Time Master by his captive lonesome. I mean, really?
Luckily, Mick is able to stop him with a single punch — much like most things in his life. But that still leaves the matter of the ship, which Rip set to self-destruct. Thankfully, Jax is able to prevent it by rebooting the ship (and Gideon), but doing that causes them to crash in time once again. Only this time — ha! Time pun! — the Waverider returns to the Cretaceous period and manages to take out several trees in the process. R.I.P. nature.
(Fun side note: Can we talk about how bad Mick’s piloting must be that Stein thinks that their SUPER turbulent crash was his handiwork?)
With the ship
Jurassic Cretaceous parked, and three team members off on a separate mission, Sara decides to use Mick’s “cognitive intrusion” method to dive into Rip’s mind and find out the location of the next piece of the Spear of Destiny.
After a little bickering, it’s decided that Sara (the current captain) and Jax (who is grateful that Rip believed in him enough to make him chief engineer) will be diving into Rip’s mind. However, they’re armed with buttons that will allow them to “shock” their way out and warned to stay in there for only an hour. Not that that will be an issue. Sara and Jax quickly learn that the reason Rip is so anti-Team Legends is because Thawne messed with his mind a la President Snow, so now
Peeta Rip thinks his friends are evil.
However, as awful as this is for Rip, it’s great for viewers, who get to see Sara face off against Rip’s mental version of herself. It’s a closely combatted contest, with the real Sara only barely emerging victorious — especially considering they have almost exactly the same moves, which, kind of kudos to Rip’s mind for knowing how his teammate would fight.
Unfortunately, Sara and Jax get separated. She winds up with the real Rip Hunter, who is still in there, and he ends up with a woman who ends up being Gideon herself. (Dun. Dun. DUN!!!) While Jax and Gideon go in search of Sara and Rip, the latter two discover that Rip can affect things… in his own mind. (While this may have been a little obvious to us, it’s a completely new concept for Rip, who’s losing the ability to tell the true from the false.)
Thankfully, Jax and Gideon arrive to let Sara and Rip out of his mental prison… and give Sara the chance to get her flirt on with Gideon despite the fact that she’s a figment of Rip’s mind. Bless you Sara. Never change.
But their escape is foiled by the arrival of Rip’s mental versions of the Legends, which Sara and Jax do fight off, only for them to come back. This finally prompts Rip to use his mind to get rid of them,
thus proving that the real Legend of Tomorrow was inside us the whole time.
With moments to spare, Jax gets out and manages to shock Sara out. Back in Rip’s mind, everything’s falling apart (talk about a metaphor brought to life). In the midst of all that destruction, the former Time Master thanks Gideon and they KISS. With that, Rip wakes up.
Later, Sara checks on Rip and we get some light humor about how they both think they’re the captain. When she leaves, Rip apologizes to Gideon, who, it turns out, remembers their kiss?! (To this, I ask, “REAL OR NOT REAL?!”) Not that we dwell on this little plot twist for long. Instead, we see Rip reunite with his old teammates — Mick, of course, prefers Rip’s more kill-happy persona — and introduce himself to the new.
While the rest of the team is busy digging into the darkest recesses of Rip’s brainwashed mind, Ray, Nate, and Amaya revisit some of Ray’s old haunts from when he was trapped here last.
In the process we learn that he not only named a dinosaur (Gertrude a.k.a. “Gertie”), but that Ray stole one of her eggs to make “70 omelets.” Also he has no regrets about that whole endeavor.
Other fun facts include the fact that Tyrannosaurus rexes are very maternal and that Ray crafted himself some miniatures of the Legend gang to keep him company. Not to mention the fact that he knows how to make iguana soup and procure T-rex urine. Unlike Amaya, I have so many questions about this.
But while Ray is enthusiastically revisiting his time in this period, Nate and Amaya are once again picking the worst time to rekindle their romantic potential. (Really though, what is it about inappropriate historical time periods that really gets these kids going?) Before they can do anything in Ray’s old camp structure, Ray manages to interrupt them.
Later, when Amaya is away, Ray takes the opportunity to tell Nate that hooking up with her would be a terrible idea. He points out that Amaya actually matters to the timeline and that their hook-up could threaten Mari’s existence and Amaya’s family’s destiny, as she has to return and have a daughter.
The next morning, the trio find the missing delineator — only it’s in the middle of a T-rex nest. Even though Ray does manage to get it, they are still beset by an angry Gertie. But while it seems like Nate is about to get all metallic on her ginormous dino butt, it’s actually Amaya who steps forward, uses her amulet, and makes my dreams come true by talking to the dinosaur. After their little “woman to woman” chat, Gertie goes off, and I’m left grinning like a fool.
Back on the ship, Ray puts the delineator back in while Amaya and Nate continue to flirt. She goes off and promises him “something else to think about” if he joins her that night. Following that, Ray apologizes to Nate, pointing out that both teammates are adults who can decide whether they want to keep things casual or not and that it’s not his business. Only, Nate says he’s not going to take Amaya up on her offer because he’s realized that he can’t keep things casual — not after seeing her put on “one of the biggest displays of badassery ever.” Agreed. Ray empathizes and goes off. But as we see, Nate decides that he can start keeping it casual starting “tomorrow.”
Elsewhere in the episode, Mick, in the middle of one of his many beers, tells Stein that he needs to start viewing Jax as his partner, even though he’s a kid. He adds that Stein is old, and Jax needs to learn how to do things for himself. Taking that lesson to heart, Stein finds his partner at the end of the episode and tells him as much. He acknowledges how smart and formidable Jax is and says he needs to remember that more.
(Minor detail, but I want to note that next week’s promo reveals Eobard Thawne at NASA in 1970 and potentially messing with Apollo 13, thus giving us another time travel show referencing Hidden Figures.)