This article contains spoilers from the episode of Legends of Tomorrow called Star City 2046.
With Star City 2046 we get our first one-and-done episode and a story that has nothing to do with Vandal Savage. This episode has a very different feel to it, less sci-fi and more like an episode of Arrow which I think is definitely the intent. Makes me wonder if we'll get a Flash themed episode later on. Here are the important moments from the episode.
1 – Addressing this one right away, there is a new Green Arrow fighting for Star City against a new Deathstroke and both are legacy characters. Deathstroke is Grant Wilson, the son of Wade Wilson while the new Green Arrow is Connor Hawke. Both characters come from the comics but with one twist. Since the writers had already given Oliver Queen an illegitimate son, they decided for the television series that Connor is the son of John Diggle… and most likely Lyla Michaels… So where it is a departure from the comics, it fits in well in the television universe.
2 – Once in the city, Captain Cold and Heat Wave end up on their own and Mick Rory takes over a local gang by frying their old leader. The new Star City feels like home to him and having a gang to lead fits him. But it doesn't sit well with Leonard Snart and we can see the rift between the two starting. Rory came on the mission because Snart convinced him this was the big score… but that hasn't been the case since they got on board the Waverider.
3 – In this episode there is a faux love triangle in the works between Kendra Saunders, Ray Palmer and Jefferson Jackson… except it goes no where. What this really does is it continues to work on the relationship between Jax and Martin Stein. Part of being Firestorm is having an empathic link between the two and that is showcased here as the two sense the others feelings and Stein tries very hard to help Jax out but to no avail. But there is a nice bonding moment between Jax and Ray as well as both realize they have no chance with Kendra.
4 – An interesting part of what the episode does is to highlight that Star City needs the Green Arrow. Every time he disappears for any length of time, the city goes to hell in an uprising. And once again Oliver Queen has to step up… and this time he's old, has one arm and looks like he walked out of the pages of the Dark Knight Returns. But instead of doing the one-armed fighting like in the comic, Sara Lance brings him
a new bionic arm a new bow ( Update – Thanks Tony Lee for pointing this out.) and he gets back in the game. The interesting thing is that Rip Hunter explained to Sara that this future was not certain yet she still get emotionally involved and has to help.
5 – The rift between Snart and Rory gets bigger when Cold wants to go save their friends from Deathstroke. Rory questions what Snart is really doing, what his motivation really is. Where Rory just wants to watch the world burn and feels like this world works for that. Snart knocks him out to make sure he goes back to the ship but you can see form the aftermath that Rory is in a very bad place and things are going to get worse.
6 – After waiting longer than he said he wold, and with some coaxing words from Stein, Rip sends the team in to help Sara rescue Connor. This leads to a moment after between Rip and Sara when he admits that she taught him something… that every future is worth fighting for. This may not be a bit moment for this season, but if the team takes out Savage then what do they do for season two? Well, maybe it will involve Rip and Sara and other heroes doing more things to fix different futures. Maybe this opens the scope of the team for further adventures.
We're at kind of a reset moment at the end as the team is somewhat whole and the ship isn't damaged and they're not trying to fix anything. There is a rift growing between Snart and Rory, but otherwise they can get back to hunting Savage. Unlike with The Flash and Arrow who are taking three weeks off, we get a new episode of Legends on Thursday called Marooned.