With Mallus (John Noble) firmly established as a creature of the supernatural, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow continues its third season with a story it has held off doing for nearly three years: a time loop. As seen in this preview of next week’s show, Zari (Tala Ashe) finds herself caught inside the same ten or twelve minutes and must figure out a way to impart this information to her compatriots. Why they’re all dressed in disco outfits is anybody’s guess.
The time loop premise appears in a lot of genre television. Star Trek: The Next Generation managed to do two episodes with the concept. Season 5’s “Cause and Effect” being the better of the pair. Doctor Who has certainly played with time loops, but only recently set an entire episode around one with Season 9’s “Heaven Sent;” in which the Doctor escapes a time prison after billions of years caught in the same seven minutes. But Legends held out a surprisingly long time before employing the concept. Centering it around Zari, though, is inspired as we still know so little about her. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the mental health issues suggested in this week’s episode.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays on The CW.
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