The latest Legends of Tomorrow episode picks up the story immediately after what we saw in Freaks and Greeks. Astra Logue (Olivia Swann), given no choice, is seen boarding the Waverider with Lacheis (Sarah Strange) and Atropos (Joanna Vanderham). Unbeknownst to them, a character which doesn’t deserve this much screen time, Gary Green (Adam Tsekhman) is onboard. Gideon (Amy Louise Pemberton), frequently heard but not seen, makes a human form appearance.
Whilst Gideon showing up in her human form is a welcome sight, something that doesn’t occur often enough, we find her presence in the physical realm is a figment of Gary’s imagination.
It’s somewhat funny seeing Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan), complete with a deerstalker hat, dressed as a wannabe Sherlock Holmes. The only thing missing is the pipe. Holmes is known to have used three different pipes: a black or dirty, oily clay pipe; an old briar; and a long Cherrywood.
That scene where the Legends are seen waiting for a bus is hilarious. Zari Tomaz (Tala Ashe) inquires of John Constantine (Matt Ryan) how he can live where he does and not own a car. My initial thought, after thinking welcome to England, was stop complaining.
Public transit, whilst these United States is a car orientated society, is far more common. Based on percentages, noting how Britons frequently use public transit to commute to and from work, the notion of using either a bus and or a train isn’t stigmatised. It’s just part of daily life.
Zari, after Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) questions how far they are from London, uses an app on her cell phone. She and the other Legends are in England. How is it her cell phone is functioning? Zari’s cell phone must operate on cellular frequencies used in the UK because, if it didn’t, it wouldn’t work. That means no calls, no texts, and definitely no data. Let’s just assume Zari’s cell phone operates on the required cellular frequencies.
Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) wants to know whether that distance is in miles or kilometres. Even though mainland Europeans use kilometres, like Americans, Britons favour using miles. How does Nate not know this? He’s apparently a social historian.
Another aspect of the episode which doesn’t ring true to the apparent setting is the bus destination. Whilst “Downtown” is common destination seen on American busses, it’s not something one would expect to see displayed on a British bus. Something else which points to the bus being American rather than British is it being left hand drive. Buses used in the British Isles are right hand drive.
Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) being Mick, because none of them have money to pay for the ride, tosses the bus driver (Steve James) off the bus and occupies the driver’s seat. Observant people will have noticed the momentary ‘Wilhelm Scream’ sound that is heard when Mick forcefully ejects the bus driver from the vehicle. It doesn’t take Ava long to notice Mick is driving as if he were in these United States. Mick, relative to the British Isles, is driving on the wrong side of the road.
Why do Americans have to reference Britons driving on the opposite side of the road so much? We get it. Americans, as opposed to driving on the left side, drive on the right. Driving on the left side of the road, not peculiar to the British Isles, is commonly seen in more than a third of the world’s countries and territories. Standardising the world’s driving habits to the same side of the road is never going to happen because state sovereignty is a thing.
There are obvious episode elements which points us towards Edgar Wright’s 2004 comedic horror film Shaun of the Dead. The Time Bureau safe house, a quintessential British pub, is surrounded by zombies. There is a lot of death in this episode. The comedic aspects of the instalment are overshadowed by the impressively stunning blood soaked gore which exemplifies classical horror flicks.
Atropos kills Astra. This is something many of us saw coming. There was obviously no getting to the end credits alive for Astra. The same, relative to the zombie entrenched pub, seeing the Legends all make it back to the Waverider was a stretch.
The fight scenes between the legends and the zombies, reminiscent of more recent undead horror films, are fairly well choreographed. In many ways, mainly because of their speed, the zombies featured here are a nod to the ones we see in such films as 28 Days Later (2002), World War Z (2013), and Train to Busan (2016).
The title of the episode, something no one should have missed, is a nod to Richard Matheson’s classic 1954 novel I Am Legend. Film adaptations of the novel include The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), and I Am Legend (2007).
The episode closes with Charlie escaping the zombies and using a portal device to get back to the Waverider. Seconds later, stabbed through the heart by Atropos, we see Gary dead. Charlie is done running and wants to get to work.