DC Legends of Tomorrow: The Time Masters

This is a little new for me so bear with me. I usually don’t talk about tv shows and movies. In the case of movies, especially more recent ones, I’ll try not to spoil anything. For television programs, I’m going to assume you’re a familiar with the program or at least interested in it. There might be some minor spoilers and insights but I won’t be doing an episode breakdown or anything else. These are just my general observations and opinions. I reserve the right to be wrong. With that out of the way, let’s get started.

DC Legends of Tomorrow on the CW network is one of my favorite shows. It captures a lot of the things I want from a live action Justice League style tv program. It’s a solid companion series to the Flash and Arrow, shedding a little light on characters from those shows in a new setting. I think it’s worth watching especially if you like what the CW is doing with the Arrowverse. That said, it’s not perfect. There are things about the show that don’t seem to work. One of those things was the villain, Vandal Savage. As bad as he is, he doesn’t come across as threatening or as dangerous as villains like Deathstroke, Malcolm Merlyn (season 1), Zoom, and the Reverse Flash. It got me to thinking. Maybe Vandal Savage isn’t the main antagonist? What if it’s the Time Masters.

The Time Masters is an organization dedicated to keeping the time stream and history safe. They’re at odds with our heroes and their plan to stop Vandal Savage because doing so which would change history. Rip Hunter states the Time Masters exist to protect time but that seems off considering some of their actions. Maybe it’s for the greater good? Maybe they have a deeper, more sinister purpose? Either way, they are a far more dangerous foe than Vandal Savage.

Let’s look at some of their actions over the past seasons and the things we’ve learned about them. The Time Maters take orphans from various time periods and train them to be part of their organization. Those are the kinds of tactics used by warlords and criminals. Some of the adults they recruit are in desperate or hopeless situations. After they are rescued, they’re subjected to intense and lengthy training that brings to mind indoctrination and brainwashing. They routinely employ assassins and killers to maintain order. Again, it’s not something you would associate with a peace keeping organization. The group doesn’t bat an eye when it comes to murdering children. They even have a name for such actions calling it “The Omega Sanction” which means this is something they do on routine enough basis to have a codename for it. If that wasn’t bad enough, their operatives have no qualms about targeting the loved ones of the people they’re after. To me, the Time Masters seem more like a terrorist organization and this is just the stuff they’re fairly open about.

With these thoughts in mind, I went back and watched the early episodes again. It made a few of the more lackluster ones more enjoyable. It also highlights the motivations of the only other Time Master we meet besides Rip Hunter. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the finale and seeing where the story goes.

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