Legends of Tomorrow: “Night of the Hawks”

In one of the strongest episodes to date, Joe Dante directs the Legends in a 1950s horror movie, with Savage as mad scientist. The small town, of course, has secrets, just as picket-fence period America has its horrific side. It was a fun times, we’re reminded, if you weren’t relegated to the back of the bus or the back of the closet….

…or subjected to horrific experiments.

3 replies on “Legends of Tomorrow: “Night of the Hawks””

  1. There was a whooole lot of our heroes being complete idiots in this episode, but, well, we’re kinda used to that.

    Anyone else think Space Bounty Hunter is what’s his name, Fire Guy?

  2. Even though they were up against VS it didn’t feel like they were doing the same old routine this time. It was a good episode, despite the heavy-handed social reminders.

    I have to wonder how their season 2 renewal will affect things. (CW renewed everything on their schedule, so more Arrow, Flash, LoT, Supernatural, iZombie, etc… all good!)

  3. Strengths: The concept was good, even if it could have been better-realized. As you say Fez, a change of pace.

    Weaknesses: Jethro– right about them being idiots, as usual. Once they found Savage, why not just Firestorm him into charred corpse and then look for the magic knife?

    “Interracial” couples were not unknown in this time. But why call attention to themselves by having one move into a small town, and a young black man hit on a white teenage girl? They could have played this any number of other ways, and the episode’s points might have been more effectively made as well.

    As far as I can tell, they had good people getting the sets to look like 1958. Why not vet the dialogue and actions? Two nurses might sneak a drink on the job, I suppose, but not openly, in some kind of breakroom with another nurse present. No one used “sucks” the way our Canary did until the early 1970s (and for years afterwards, its use was considered scandalous), and yet her nurse friend understands her meaning perfectly (she also knows what a ninja is, but that could be explained a couple of ways). The local sheriff refers to a “serial killer.” The concept existed, but the phrase was not in widespread use (possibly not used at all) until the 1970s. I could go on,but you get the idea. Too many nitpicks = bad writing.

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