Legends of Tomorrow is the CW's latest superhero offering, composed of heroes and villains introduced on sister shows Arrow and The Flash. Lead by the rogue Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) the team is on a mission to prevent super-villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from taking over the world. Their time travelling adventures are fraught with complications as they need to change the past, without damaging the existing timeline and creating a new, more terrible future.
Their latest lead took them to Soviet Russia in 1986, which is not the most ideal time for American visitors to pop up unexpectedly. After following Savage's lead scientist Valentina Vostok (Stephanie Corneliussen) to her lab, Professor Stein (Victor Garber), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) were taken hostage and tossed in a Russian gulag. We now have more insight into just how dire their situation is while they wait for backup to arrive.
New promotional images have been released (via Spoiler TV) for the show's fifth episode 'Fail-Safe,' which show half of the team locked up. Savage returns this week, and looks every inch the gloating bad guy as he visits his prisoners. Ray looks to be the worst off, sporting some impressive bruises, and it looks as though both he and Rory are being tortured to force Stein into helping Valentina and her team create a new Firestorm. Check out the images below.
Legends of Tomorrow has spent the last few weeks slowly experimenting with new character combinations, breaking up the obvious teams of Leonard Snart/Mick Rory and Professor Stein/Jax Jackson to pair them with new people. The result has both lead to some of the show's lighter moments and demonstrated some nice chemistry between the actors. 'Fail-Safe' looks like it will be capitalizing on this and simultaneously providing a channel for Rory's development. While his counterpart Snart has quickly distinguished himself on the show in thieving, action and charm, Rory has remained in the background, providing the occasional well-placed one liner along with fire support. Placing him in lockup with Ray is a smart move and promises to be an interesting combination.
The images are also intriguing as they highlight the real danger everyone is in at all times. The obvious torture demonstrates that the show is interested into the darker aspects of what is needed to save the world. Even though a member of the team died early on, the stakes still felt relatively low considering the scope of their mission. It will be interesting to see how a show - that has so far excelled in the fun and fighting arena - handles this more serious turn.
The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW, Arrow airs Wednesday @8pm on The CW, and Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday @8pm on The CW.
Source: Spoiler TV