With the team captured and defeated, it’s up to Sara and Snart to save the day in episode 1×15 – “Destiny”
With only two episodes left in Season One, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is really upping the ante on the story and the action. Last night’s episode, “Destiny,” was another tense hour of television with action and special effects straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster.
The episode begins where the series actually began — the same scene with Rip Hunter presenting his plan to the team on a Star City rooftop and asking them to join him. This time, however, when Jax storms away from Professor Stein, the future Jax emerges to ask for his help.
Back in the Vanishing Point, Rip, Rory, Stein, Ray, and Kendra are all being held by the Time Masters when security comes to remove three of them. Rory is taken to begin the induction process, whereby his memories will be erased and he will become Chronos once again. Kendra is turned over to Vandal Savage, who has been given a time ship and is returning to 2166 (he also has Carter in the ship’s cargo hold).
Rip, meanwhile, is taken by Time Master Druce to a chamber Rip’s never known about, to witness something called the “Oculus.” It gives the Time Masters the ability to actually manipulate the timeline, something they’ve been doing all along. Every move Rip and the team have made was to serve the Time Masters’ goals. According to Druce, an alien race called the Thanagarians will invade Earth sometime in the 2170s and it is only due to Savage uniting the planet that we are able to defeat them. What’s more, the Time Masters actually ordered Savage to murder Rip’s family in order to goad him into action.
Back on the Waverider, Sara and Snart emerge from their hiding spot (in a nice nod to Star Wars) and bicker over what to do next. They’re interrupted by a ringing telephone on Rip’s desk, which turns out to be Gideon. She’s hidden herself within the ship’s memory core and is attempting to get the time drive working again.
With Gideon’s assistance, Sara and Snart disable all of the other time ships (with a bizarre musical choice) and disappear in the Waverider. Druce confronts Rip, Ray, and Stein and orders his soldiers to kill them, when Snart rushes in and knocks Druce out cold. Soon, Chronos arrives, but Mick turns out to have not been “induced” at all, and kills the Time Master who tortured him.
Reunited on the Waverider, the team discusses their next move. Finally, it’s decided that in order to return free will to the universe, they need to destroy the Oculus. Of course, the Time Masters foresaw this and are waiting to stop them at the Oculus wellspring. Suddenly, the jump ship emerges and shoots all of the Time Master soldiers from the air. Jax emerges and rejoins the team.
Rip, Rory, and Ray head inside to destroy the Oculus, but Ray discovers there’s a fail safe device that requires someone to stay in physical contact with the device until it’s destroyed. Rip had foreseen this when the Oculus revealed the future to him earlier and forbids Ray to stay. Rory ends the argument by knocking Ray out and holding onto the device himself. Rip shrinks Ray, places him in his pocket, and flees.
When Sara and Snart learn that Rory is staying behind, they rush back inside the wellspring (against Rip’s advice). Snart follows Rory’s lead and knocks him out cold, holding the device. Sara gives him his long-awaited kiss and runs out with Rory. Time Master Druce arrives just in time for Snart to get out one last remark (“there are no strings on me”), before the Oculus explodes, destroying the entire Vanishing Point.
Now that the Time Masters can no longer manipulate their actions, the team decide to seize their destiny, rescue Kendra and Carter, and put an end to Vandal Savage once and for all.