Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season – Blu-Ray Review
Team up with the Legends on their mission to defeat history’s greatest villains with Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season, available on DVD & Blu-Ray September 22, 2020!
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-Ray that I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.
Last year, when I reviewed the fourth season of Legends of Tomorrow, I said that it was my personal favorite show from The CW’s “Arrowverse”, and my opinion hasn’t changed. Legends of Tomorrow remains the best piece of superhero television available from the current Arrowverse and I can’t wait to see what fun mayhem the team gets up to in next year’s sixth season. This show continues its tradition of mixing together superheroes, time-travel, and a high dosage of beautifully entertaining absurdity.
Unlike a lot of superhero shows on television and streaming, Legends of Tomorrow has cemented itself as a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has fun and lets the characters have genuine character/relationship development while doing things like attending college frat house parties with Gods, fighting off British zombies, and battling famous historical serial killers to an impromptu Sisqo concert performance of “Thong Song”. Very rarely can you find yourself bored during an episode of Legends. There is always something fun to look at and something funny to laugh at.
The Legends’ main objective this season begins as a mission to take down “encores”, which are actually the released souls from Hell that were set free during the season 4 finale by Astra. These escaped souls make up some of the worst figures in history, because why not? Also, this is a show about time-travel, so it’s only natural that fun “bad” historical figures get to be the foes to take down. The Legends find themselves up against everything from casual serial killers and mobsters like Bonnie & Clyde to big-time figures like Marie Antoinette, Genghis Kahn, and Rasputin. And since this is a superhero show, all of the escaped souls bear newfound supernatural powers to make them even more of a threat.
Simultaneously, The Legends must also remain on the search for the fragments of the Loom of Fate, as it has become a hot commodity for multiple characters. On one side, the Fates (yes, the Fates from Greek Mythology) are in search of the pieces so that they can use it to weave together a new reality where they rule. On the other hand, Astra and Constantine want to use it to bring back Astra’s mother, and Zari wants to use it to bring back her brother, Behrad. And much like the “encores”, the pieces of the Loom are scattered throughout time.
Now, I always seem to say that Legends of Tomorrow gets better with each new season, but I stand firmly by that belief. The show’s progression since the first season has been one of the favorites on television. And luckily, this season of Legends was able to finish filming all of its episode order before the pandemic hit, so we didn’t get left off on some makeshift finale that could’ve brought down the whole season. I happen to think that the show’s inherent ability to explore wacky ideas and stories allows for it to occasionally make some too wacky of mistakes that can be easily dismissed as being just a part of the show’s craziness. But that also helps writers dial back or turn up the heat when episodes call for it. I think that it also helps the writers keep the show within the realm of the Arrowverse, without getting weighed down by the usual depressing formulaic stories that other Arrowverse shows rely on.
One thing that I really liked about this season of Legends was that it used the changes left behind from the Arrowverse’ annual crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths, in a much less heavy-handed way than other Arrowverse shows. The “Crisis” happened and Barry ended up losing his speed….a story we’ve already encountered in The Flash before. Batwoman adopted a doppelganger story post-crisis, which bled too heavily into the fact that there was already a character on that show that can switch his faces. And Arrow used post-Crisis time to mourn the loss of Oliver.
Legends of Tomorrow, however, elected to use the events of the Crisis in a simple way that allowed for the show to basically feel like itself without getting dragged down. The Loom of Fate, as explained in the show, was broken into pieces and scattered about the multiverse to keep the Fates from rebuilding it. But after the Crisis merged all universes into one, the loom pieces are left within the Fates’ reach. Not only does it show that the Crisis had ramifications, but it also allowed Legends to take on another story-line in a much more natural way.
On top of the fun costumes, fun time periods, and funny moments, the other thing that I really liked this season was the character of Astra. At first, I thought she was kind of annoying because she was the stereotypical “bad girl” who really only seemed to want to torment the Legends, specifically John. I mean, she literally almost killed him in one episode. But as the season continued on, we jumped into a redemption arc and her character developed a lot more depth. Personally, I think that redemption arcs are really hard to do because I feel as though writers usually try to redeem villains that shouldn’t ever be redeemed for very obvious reasons. However, this season of Legends allows Astra to learn and grow and work through her emotions, while also giving her the ability to see what kind of craziness the Legends get up to in every episode.
As with every season of Legends of Tomorrow, the team changes up its character roster. We lost some of my favorite characters in season five, but I have no doubt that the next season of the show will find new characters that’ll fit right in with the rest of the already established superheroes.
Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season – Special Features:
- Deleted/Unaired Scenes: This Blu-Ray set contains an extra 44 deleted/unaired scenes from various episodes of the season, available within the special features section of the three discs. (31 minutes)
- Post Production Theater: This featurette is the most interesting of the special features, in terms of how the magic of television works. It gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look into what happens after the season’s main filming has already been finished up and additional scenes/FX are needed for reshoots. You get to see the crew and staff (not the actors) act out brief scenes to give an idea of what they’ll need to get shot during reshoots. (4 minutes)
- More Fun Moments Collection: This featurette includes a bunch of funny bonus material from the show. It includes things like fake product commercials, such as one with Nate advertising a beverage. It includes episode “segments” from Mr. Parker’s Cul-de-Sac (the in-show parody of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood). It also included an extended cut of Constantine and Zari’s Shakespeare scene from episode 508: “Romeo V. Juliet: Dawn of Justness”. (12 minutes)
- Gag Reel: And naturally, a show as wacky as Legends has many bloopers to go alongside it. Lots of flubbed lines and lots of censored swearing. Very enjoyable to watch! (8 minutes)
Blu-Ray Limited Edition Bonus Disc Special Features:
- 5-Part Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover Event: All five episodes from the original crossover special, including episodes from The Flash, Arrow, Batwoman, and Supergirl, are included with this extra bonus disc instead of just Legend of Tomorrow’s episode.
- Crisis on Infinite Earths – The Architects Return: This featurette talks about the original 1985 comic version of the Crisis on Infinite Earths story while interviewing the writers behind that comic book, Marv Wolfman & George Perez (12 minutes).
- Crisis Management: This featurette dives into the mind behind the Crisis event regarding the way in which a comic book was adapted into live-action. It provides a look into the line of thinking behind certain scenes from the writers and producers of the Arrowverse shows. (13 minutes)
- Crisis Past and Present – Kevin Conroy, Bat Legend: This featurette talks about the decision to bring Kevin Conroy, the original voice actor for Bruce Wayne/Batman from Batman: The Animated Series, into the live-action world of acting for the character of Bruce. (3 minutes)
- Crisis Past and Present – Superman vs. Superman: This featurette talks with both Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin, both of which have played live-action versions of Clark Kent/Superman in film and television. It provides us with a special look into the behind the scenes filming of their scenes together in the Crisis crossover event. (4 minutes)
- Characters in Crisis – Pariah: This featurette is all about the character of Pariah, an important character in the comic in regards to the Crisis. It also dives into the decision that the writers made on how to incorporate this character into their live-action version of the story. (4 minutes)
- Characters in Crisis – The Anti-Monitor: This featurette is all about the main villain of the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, both comics and live-action stories alike, The Anti-Monitor. Marv Wolfman sits down to talk about how he created this character and how the character was adapted for television. (5 minutes)
The standard DVD version of Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season is a 3-disc set with the full 15 episode order, including Hour Five of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. It will be marketed for $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada).
The Blu-Ray version of this season includes 3 discs with the full 15 season episode order, with an extra 4th bonus disc that includes the entire Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. It contains the full 5 episode crossover with 6 extra bonus featurettes, as noted above. It will be marketed for $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada).
Both the standard DVD edition of this season, as well as the special Blu-Ray edition will be available for purchase on September 22, 2020. The entire fifth season of Legends of Tomorrow is also currently available to own on digital from digital retailers.
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Rodney has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Aspiring to one day write television shows and novels, he’s an avid slash-shipper and enthusiast for all things gay. Rodney’s especially a lover of magic, mystery, and superheroes—holding Harry Potter, the X-Men, and Scooby-Doo close as his own personal favorites. But when he’s not fantasizing about how cool it would be to have magic, he’s busy writing fanfiction and re-watching old TV shows.
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