I wasn’t sure how to feel about Legends of Tomorrow when it came about. It wasn’t based on an existing DC Comics series, and it looked awfully colorful. The pilot episode aired, I watched it, and I was still unsure how I felt, so I put it off until I could get my hands on a Blu-ray, and pulled a marathon session that consisted of viewing every single episode within two days, three tops. And now I’m in love. If ever you’ve thought to yourself “I sure dig these DC shows on CW, but I wish they contained more time travel and space action” then Legends of Tomorrow is what you’ve been waiting for. In fact, if you’re a fan of DC, but also megafans of Doctor Who and Firefly, you’ve been waiting for this your entire life. That’s basically what it is, familiar characters from other DC properties, framed as a time traveling space opera.
While I find this to be a spectacular show, I am a seasoned “DC on CW” veteran, so I know to expect a certain level of cheese. It doesn’t ham it up with the drama nearly as much as something like Arrow, but there is a bit of the melty lactose sandwich food to be found within. So if you’ve never seen Arrow, or for some inexplicable reason, The Flash, be warned that it’s not going to be on the same level as a 400 million dollar summer blockbuster. The production values are good enough to sell this other-worldly romp through the multiverse, and the time travel setting allows for a bit of diversity in the setting of each episode. Yes, you get time on the “Waverider” the ship they travel through space and time inside of, but also we visit many locations and decades. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, the old west(which is AWESOME, by the way) this show has a little something for everybody, and then some.
Legends features characters from both Arrow, as well as The Flash, and a few characters introduced in the live-action DC world for the first time. Appearing on the same channel, and featuring a lot of the same characters, both regularly, and cameo appearances, there has been and will be crossover events between all the shows, including Supergirl, now that it has found a new home at the CW. It’s a great time to be a DC Comics fan, with the DC Extended Universe officially launched, and multiple DC shows already on television, and on the horizon, it feels like being a longtime DC fanatic is finally starting to pay off. And while Legends of Tomorrow didn’t start as a comic book, like the character Harley Quinn, it made the transition from show-to-book, and the future is bright for this time traveling space opera, and the possibilities are endless.
The Blu-ray itself is excellent. Of course the picture and sound quality are both top-notch. My wife yelled at me several times, because I couldn’t help but watch episodes at a high volume, which was apparently rattling the walls upstairs in the bedroom. In addition to an Ultraviolet code, the extras include several featurettes, including a tour of the time traveling spaceship, The Waverider, a featurette about Jonah Hex, who makes an appearance in the excellent episode which takes place in the Old West, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 2015 Comic Con panel/gag reel. The picture quality is crystal clear, as mentioned before, and the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is fantastic. The first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital, from Warner Bros, and I highly recommend it, even if you’re not into WB/CW’s other DC Comics shows. If there’s a hole in your heart where Firefly once was, and you are a fan of time travel movies, you’re going to love it.