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Subj: Re: Legends of Tomorrow...
Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 at 05:22:31 am EDT (Viewed 2037 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Legends of Tomorrow...
Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 at 08:18:04 pm EDT (Viewed 2038 times)

    I am hesitant to prejudge on this as the finished result might be rather surprising with the actors and direction making the chemistry of it work to an acceptable standard, but at a first glance of these publicity images I do agree that the design looks underwhelming and, with Stargirl clad in bright blue & white, uneven.
    Still, I think there is a logic at work here. As with Doctor Mid-Nite, Obsidian, Commander Steel and Vixen what you have here is more of an espionage squad than the proper JSA - here is a small group that is predicated to working in secrecy and stealth. Which is why the bright bubbly Stargirl actually looks very out of place, but perhaps that in itself is a deliberate plot point. It may be she is not meant to be here at all.

I might be a little more upbeat if this was another show. But it is after all Legends of Tomorrow, the show that gave us... Series One.

Okay, the first series was as I understand it somewhat rushed into production. They've had more preparation time for series two, AND they admitted that their first attempt was flawed. That's a good thing to admit, but it's the severity of those flaws which has me worried. The show had a definite direction to it, but the writing on the individual episodes seriously undermined that direction. And the Legends themselves often struggled to work as characters for me. I'm hoping they can do a better job of the JSA, but not holding out too much hope.

The idea of the JSA as an 'espionage squad' isn't one that I'm happy with, I'm afraid. The JSA need to be big, they need to be bold. They are after all, the Legends of TODAY. We're given legacy heroes Stargirl, Steel and Obsidian instead of being given the heroes who CREATED those legacies. The JSA should be inspirational, not hiding in the shadows.

The Legends of Tomorrow stand as a good example of how trivial a team can feel when it has no core, no heart. Without the presence of Alan Scott and Jay Garrick - the heart and soul of the JSA - and the strong continuity of leadership provided by Carter Hall, I have a feeling that this version of the team is going to end up as dysfunctional and uninspiring as the LoT.

    Kwesi Ameyaw as Doctor Mid-Nite seems an unfortunate casting choice, far better if he had been given the Commander Steel role I think, but on the other hand I remember the actor who played Nightshade (Sandman) in the original Flash television series showed just how good unexpected casting can be. Nightshade was one of the standout characters and performances from the original series of The Flash, so while the costuming may seem too cheap and unimaginitive for Doctor Mid-Nite here please do give this actor, and the rest of the cast, the benefit of the doubt. I have no idea what Kwesi Ameyaw has done before but he wouldn't have been picked out of a hat for this role, the producers had to have had a specific reason for thinking he was the man for the job...

I have no problem with the actor. Like you, I'm unfamiliar with his work. It's just the costume - especially the headpiece and goggles - I take issue with. An aviators' scarf would complete the ensemble nicely, I think. The more I look, the more Biggles I'm getting.

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