We live in a golden era of weird TV. CBS’ dearly departed Zoo, the straight-faced campiness of Fox’s 9-1-1, and a whole host of other shows remind us that at this point, shows can get away with pretty much anything. Which is why the third season Legends Of Tomorrow, the CW’s DC universe show airing Mondays at 8 pm, currently features a time-traveling ninja and her band of superheroes fighting a wizard and a psychic gorilla. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Legends Of Tomorrow has always been the most deliberately like a comic book, beyond even Fox’s gloriously excessive Gotham, in the sense that you can do anything you can imagine in comics. The show’s willingness to dig into the crevasses of DC’s strange past with characters like B’Wana Beast, and its taste for playing fast and loose with its own concept, means the show is often the most fun. It’s hard to get mired down in a romantic plotline when the cast is fighting demons one week and pirates the next.
Shows based on superheroes often struggle to be realistic, and tend to fall into the gap between power fantasy and more realistic credible fantasy. It’s much harder to buy Oliver Queen’s political career than it is to believe he runs around in a leather hoodie maiming arms smugglers. So the team on the Waverider are a welcome reminder of the sheer creative riot comics can be. Now let’s get Codpiece in an episode, hmm?