In episode 12 of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” we see our heroes protect their younger selves from the Time Masters’ deadliest assassin.
Or is she? Well, that’s according to Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) anyway.
The Time Masters sent out their deadliest female hunter named Pilgrim (Faye Kingslee). To ensure minimal damage to the time stream, the Pilgrim may only attack a person at a certain point of his or her life. In the cases of Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) and White Canary (Caity Lotz), the Pilgrim attacked when they were teenagers.
The Atom’s (Brandon Routh) line to young Mick “Come with me if you want to live” is a homage to the Terminator movies. The entire episode about going back in time to assassinate someone certainly feels like Terminator.
Moving forward to the story, the team were able to intercept Pilgrim during these attacks and, as a result, rescue young Mick Rory and Sara Lance. Speaking of being the Time Master’s most deadliest assassin, she sure is ineffective especially when she pursued Sara Lance by going inside the police department with guns blazing. Assassins are supposed to be silent and deadly not to mention Time Masters are keen on precision. Additionally, Gideon is able to track the whereabouts of the assassin easily for some reason.
But not for long, the Time Masters found a way to cloak Pilgrim’s presence from Gideon. This entails that the femme fatale can target anyone and at any point in time. With exceptions of Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee) because she’s immortal and Rip Hunter because he is a former Time Master.
Not long after, Ray Palmer suffers mysterious injuries caused by The Pilgrim attacking his younger self. I don’t know how someone’s injuries in the past would directly and immediately affect your future self but Gideon explains it as “temporal anomalies” so let’s accept that, for now. Gideon was able to pinpoint the exact date of the attack and, with that, they were able to rescue the younger version of The Atom in time. Coincidentally, Ray was about to propose to Kendra before the attack but he still did it anyway. Kendra was still undecided about her relationship with Ray because during the last episode, her preincarnation told her that any romance without Carter will always end in a heartbreak.
In order to keep the attacks from happening, the team decided to abduct their own selves when they were newborns. I don’t know how time travel works exactly but that still does not stop the Pilgrim from attacking a certain member of the team at a specific point in time. Moving forward, Kenra and Sara secure baby Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) while Rip and Mick rescue the newborn Martin Stein (Victor Garber). Ray and Martin hold off saving baby Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh) so that the grown Jax could meet his dad who died weeks later after Jax was born.
Now that everyone’s younger selves has all been accounted for, they sought refuge from someone’s past we all thought we’d never meet – Rip Hunter’s adoptive mother. The babies and the young would take shelter in “The Refuge,” an orphanage where Rip grew up and where most Time Masters come from. Located in the secret place in history, Rip’s mom assured everyone that the Time Masters would never look for them in her area.
In true villain fashion and due to being unable to find the Legends’ younger versions, The Pilgrim decided to take hostage the people closest to each of them instead. This lead to Rip Hunter offering his younger self – killing him would stop the team from being formed in the first place. The Pilgrim agreed and they meet up to make the trade.
As young Hunter approaches The Pilgrim, The Atom shrunk himself undetected and attacked the Time Masters’ assassin. All of them coordinated their attacks in such a way that the Pilgrim was forced to use her time manipulation skills simultaneously on them. However, she overlooked the young Hunter who stabbed her in the legs. The female assassin was left defenseless and was eventually turned to ashes. Hunter, being a cutpurse when he was an orphan, knew how his younger self would react in such situations. So the team freed their loved ones and conversed with them as if doing so won’t affect the time stream.
But maybe their actions do have consequences because by removing their younger selves in the time line, Hunter reveals that they have “literally run out of time” against Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).
I’ve never been a fan of stories that involve time travel since it would usually end up confusing and there will be plenty of loopholes. It is clear though that there is yet to be established a clear set of rules about Time, if that at all is possible. Perhaps, it just goes to show that one should never mess with Time.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” airs Thursdays 8pm on The CW.