There are many things that can be said about the first season of The CW's "Legends of Tomorrow." Not all of them are going to be positive, though.
For all the hype around a time traveling band of misfits trying to save the world, it just didn't always hit the mark. The fun you might have been waiting for was, quite often, absent. With the Season 2 premiere though, it seems there's some serious course correction underway.
The first episode back was not only fun, it was arguably the best "Legends" has offered up to date. A big piece of that puzzle was not having the weight of Season 1's villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) bringing it down.
It's not that Savage was a bad character, but the laser focus on him and saving the future kept the show from exploring a lot of what makes time travel fun. Now, in Season 2, that's not so much an issue.
"We got a little bit obsessed with the future because, by definition, that's when Vandal Savage did his dastardly deeds," executive producer Phil Klemmer explains. "But now that we're sort of unburdened by having to save the world, we are able to do the sort of marquee moments of history we learned about as a kid."
"Now there's this incredible luxury of time. There's no ticking clock. The world isn't going to end," he adds. "There are all manner of petty time criminals, which is what I love. Not every mission has to be life or death existential stakes."
There's also the matter of some of the most charismatic villains in the "Arrow"-verse coming to "Legends," in Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher). Having a grab bag of major villains like that should keep the show from getting too repetitive.
Instead, Klemmer says, "This season's going to be pretty f***ing fun."
That's exactly what many were hoping it would be from the start. Hopefully this is the beginning of something great.
"Legends of Tomorrow" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.