The title for the upcoming fourth episode in Legends of Tomorrow's third season will sound familiar to movie fans. When it comes to the past, the characters on Legends of Tomorrow have gotten to meet some pretty famous historical figures - in some rather ridiculous ways. They've saved George Washington, kidnapped Albert Einstein, and inspired George Lucas to make movies. Whether they are protecting Eliot Ness or meeting J.R.R. Tolkien on the battlefield, their number one rule is not not change the past - a rule with which they have mixed results.
Though when season three starts, time is completely broken and no one knows when - if ever - it will be set right again. The Legends will have their hands full trying to correct time while also dealing with the day to day complexities of their lives. And it sounds possible that they may soon be meeting another celebrity of a sort.
Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim has a tradition of tweeting the cover pages of each script once filming has begun - as a way to reveal the episode titles to fans. His latest tweet - for season three, episode four of Legends of Tomorrow - reveals that the title is actually a rather famous movie quote.
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) August 14, 2017
"Phone home" is of course the often repeated line from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial directed by Steven Spielberg. There are a few different things that this title could mean. But considering the Legend's history with meeting famous people, it is entirely possible that the episode involves them interacting with Spielberg at some point in his career. It should also be noted that the Legends previously met Spielberg's friend and collaborator George Lucas. So perhaps they will run into Lucas as well - at a different age than the last time they saw him.
The title also might indicate an event in the episode, and not the person who directed the movie which made the line so famous. In E.T. the phrase is spoken by an alien who is trying to call home so he can arrange to be picked up from Earth. The Legends are also a long way from home, both in terms of distance and time. So maybe the episode somehow involves the characters finding a way to contact the loved ones they left behind to travel in time.
Of course, the title might also be some kind of red herring. The season two finale was titled 'Aruba' but the island had little to do with the story and in fact, was never seen. So maybe 'Phone Home' is actually referencing to a rather minor element of the episode, in order to keep the main plot a secret. Whatever it actually means, audiences will just have to wait until they can see it for themselves.
Legends of Tomorrow season 3 premieres on Tuesday, October 10 at 9pm on The CW.
Source: Marc Guggenheim