Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 3, “Dancing Queen,” tackles the punk scene in an entertaining episode.
At this point, Legends of Tomorrow knows precisely when to focus a spotlight on a character and when to lessen. It’s a game of balance that the series has, more or less, perfected over the years and never has that seemed more apparent than with “Dancing Queen.”
This is an episode where it feels like each character is pulling their own collective weight throughout and is precisely calibrated to have just enough to do. No character is truly being pushed to the side.
It gets to put this ostensible focus on Ray, but he is more accurately one singular single piece of a larger gear. This is one of the rare episodes where the series lets its resident boy scout shine in a way that understands his strengths and attributes in a given situation.
Others, such as Nate, are given just enough to seem more like a notable snapshot and less of a crucial part of the series. If the series truly is trying to set a departure or limited role for that character, then having him not only embedded with the Time Bureau but also seen working there is an excellent way to go about it.
The side plot with Constantine and Zari is surprisingly heartfelt. For such a snarky and sarcastic character, the show is really enjoying utilizing her to execute emotional beats, which works far better than it probably has any right to.
On the same note, it’s interesting to see that The Legends technically understand the rules of time — and are right — while constantly disregarding said rules whenever they deem fit. It’s a fun dichotomy that only grows more enjoyable as time goes on.
Perhaps the most shocking thing about the episode, and not exactly unforeseen, is the way that the series brings back Maisie Richardson-Sellers — previously portraying Amaya — to play Charlie, a shapeshifter that has to stay looking like Amaya for good now.
It goes to show how hard the show often goes to have performers that gels well within the series to stick around past the point where it would make sense to still have the character around, hence Charlie. It’s silly and allows Richardson-Sellers to find a new groove to play, both of which fall directly within the show’s wheelhouse.
It’s truly admirable to see the extent that the series is the mayor of Shrug City and expects the audience to just along with it. What’s possibly even stranger is that we do.
This is a series that has conditioned us to accept a Beebo/Voltron fight and getting real-life John Noble to say villainous things. At this point, the series could introduce the most ridiculous thing imaginable and we’d all just nod and go about our day.
Maisie Richardson-Sellers sporting a goofy British accent is just child’s play in comparison.
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Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.
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