Legends of Tomorrow boss: Zari is 'forever changed' by Bollywood musical episode
Phil Klemmer and Tala Ashe on how the Zari-centric "Séance and Sensibility" is a spiritual companion to season 3's "Here I Go Again"
Zari’s love life is the focus of the latest episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
In Monday’s episode, titled “Séance and Sensibility,” the team travels to Regency-era England because Jane Austen mysteriously decides to abandon her then fledgling writing career.
“When we arrive in Regency-era England, we basically discover that there is a bit of a lust plague that has taken over what, as we know from watching BBC versions of Jane Austen stuff, is supposed to be the most constrained and sexually repressed [time] and obsessed with manners and female propriety,” showrunner Phil Klemmer tells EW. “Orgiastic pleasure has taken over and we’re trying to figure out what is driving all of these people crazy. As you might surmise, we get a bit love crazy ourselves.”
Surprisingly, Zari (Tala Ashe) is the one who goes the most “love crazy,” which ultimately leads to an exploration of her romantic side and the highly-anticipated Bollywood musical number.
“This magical creature really provokes her to be pushed in a direction that her heart hasn’t been and I don’t think she’s really comfortable with,” says Tala Ashe. “Given her tumultuous past and that she was always essentially fighting for the life of her and her family, love was on the back-burner. So we’re going to see her start to grapple with that in a very big way.”
“We wanted to make this a Zari episode because she’s such a tough nut to crack,” says Klemmer. “She’s not like Jane Austen heroine, but she is like kind of defined by just how closely she guards her feelings.”
In some ways, “Séance and Sensibility,” which was written by Grainne Godfree and Jackie Canino, functions as a spiritual companion to season 3’s Zari-centric “Here I Go Again,” one of Legends’ best episodes. Similarly to how the latter used a time loop to deepen Zari’s relationship with her fellow teammates, this episode takes advantage of the fugitive’s power to continue Zari’s emotional development and examine what it would take for her to open herself up to love.
“I guess it does take magic to get into her head because she’s like a very cool customer,” said Klemmer when EW asked him if it was accurate to view this episode as a follow-up to “Here I Go Again.” “Hopefully the time loop made people feel like they knew her a little bit better. I think she’ll be forever changed by the experience that she has in the Bollywood episode, the same way the time loop changed her.”
“Séance and Sensibility” definitely helped Ashe learn more about her character. In fact, it cleared one question she had about Zari’s sexuality.
“I was sort of like, ‘Is she a-sexual?’ and then after this episode I was like, ‘Nope, she’s not!’ There’s a particular scene where you’ll be like, ‘Oh no, she’s not at all!'” says Ashe. “I think people are going to be surprised because we really haven’t dealt with Zari’s romantic life at all up to this point.”
Fans can expect Zari’s experiences in this episode to have an effect on her trajectory for the rest of the year, too. “Even though she does go on a journey in this episode, there’s going to be some pushback from her that really goes to the end of the season,” says Ashe. “This is going to sound sort of cheesy, but I feel really proud of who she has become and how she has grown over these past two seasons.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW.