In the season 4 episode 13 of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” the team travels to the time when Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) is said to be vulnerable. Will they be able to stop him this time?
The episode opens with the Waverider landing in London at year 2166 and being bombarded by Savage’s forces. At this time, the immortal tyrant has subjugated most parts of the world by now which explains why their aircraft is receiving heavy fire. Team Legends has about three days before Rip Hunter’s (Arthur Darvill) family gets killed.
First Attempt on Vandal Savage
This is the night when Savage is supposed to be vulnerable when he and his armies strike down on all resistance groups in London. Savage is seen giving out an inspirational speech while Rip Hunter (Arthur Davill), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) and White Canary (Caity Lotz) disguised as Savage soldiers wait for a chance to grab him. When one of Savage’s lady lieutenants was able to recognize them as not part of Savage’s military, Captain Cold and Heat Wave improvised and went on the attempt to grab the villainous leader. But they failed to do so because they were heavily outnumbered.
During the first attempt on Savage, Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee) was able to recognize the lady lieutenant’s bracelet as her own – specifically the one she wore when she and Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel) got murdered by Savage the first time. Objects that were present during such night was believed to be useful in killing the immortal. While Kendra was reviewing Professor Boardman’s diary, she came across Carter’s things and an emotional scene with her lover made her recall on how to use the bracelet in such a way that it will end their invulnerable opponent.
Captain Cold and Heat Wave’s initial objective was to retrieve Kendra’s bracelet. Once they did get the lady lieutenant cornered, they were in for a surprise when the female badass recognized Leonard Snart. The fire and ice duo had to kidnap her for that but the surprise does not end there – she knew who the members of Team Legends are as Savage has warned her beforehand and, more importantly, she reveals herself to be Vandal Savage’s daughter Cassandra (or Cassie as Leonard addresses her).
In the comic books, there is no such daughter of Vandal Savage named Cassandra. Be that as it may, there are two known daughters of the immortal conqueror – a criminal profiler named Kassidy Sage and a Secret Six assassin named Scandal Savage. I don’t know if this is just me but Cassandra sounds like an amalgamation of Kassidy and Scandal.
Now with that precious information at hand, it was cool (pun intended) for Leonard to come up with a brilliant plan on how to get information regarding the unstoppable dictator from his very own daughter. The best way to extract information is, well obviously, to ask. Cassandra believes her father to be noble because he stood up against Per Degaton, one who is said to be responsible for killing billions of people and causing wars by releasing the Armageddon Virus. Most importantly, the virus took her mother’s life.
By showing who really released the virus and the helpless innocents that her father was eradicating, Leonard was able to make Cassandra “see” the truth regarding her glorious father. This create into Cassandra a change of heart and she vows to assist Team Legends in any way she can to have her father stopped once and for all.
Final Assassination of Vandal Savage
Now that Cassandra is willing to help them find a way into Vandal’s citadel and Kendra found a way to weaponize the bracelet, Savage finds himself in a tight spot. Rip Hunter, White Canary, Heat Wave and Captain Cold take on Savage’s best guards while Hawkgirl isolates her target. By imbuing the bracelet’s gold into Carter’s mace, the weapon is now capable of harming the immortal madman. Just when Kendra was about to land the killing blow, she was distracted by an elite bodyguard who shoots laser beams at her. She knocked the bodyguard down but the his helmet fell off and reveals him to be Carter. Kendra’s lover is said to have no memory of who he was and the only Vandal is capable of unlock his mind. Left with little option and in a race against time, Kendra spares her target and Rip decides to bring Vandal and Carter to the Waverider instead.
The Tyrant’s Secret Weapon
When Team Legends got a chance to communicate with the Resistance, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) was caught with bewilderment as to why Rip wants to save the resistance and the refugees first rather than keeping his own family safe. Rip disclosed that, thanks to time travel, he already made numerous attempts in saving his family and it always end with the same outcome. It appears that the show is going with the “time wants to happen” route.
Moments later, a resistance Delta Camp was reported ravaged by an unknown weapon employed by Savage’s forces. Its manner of disposal was rather swift and efficient so Ray and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) studied the site in order to find out what they are up against. They discover that the invulnerable conqueror’s secret weapon is a giant robot “Leviathan” which happens to be the title of the episode.
The CG work on the Leviathan is impressive! The goliath machine tossed the Waverider aside and damaged the time craft’s functionalities. Martin was injured during the crash which leaves Firestorm out of the picture but Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh) found himself useful by helping Ray calibrate The Atom’s armor. As if the Leviathan CG was not impressive enough, we see The Atom enlarge himself and levelled the odds. The Atom fighting against the Leviathan is probably the most epic scene this show has to offer and is worthy of blockbuster movie praise. Eventually, The Atom proved superior over the Leviathan by destroying its head with a well-timed punch.