“Legends of Tomorrow” Episode 711 Recap: Double Trouble

On the Waverider, RoboZari is starting to be suspicious of how quickly Dr. Sharpe and RoboAstra disappeared and haven’t yet returned, so she follows their trail until she finds herself in the manor…and face to face with Fancy Zari dressed like RoboZari.

The Zaris face off against each other

Soon I’m going to have to start calling Tatiana Maslany-ing Tala Ashe-ing.

Fancy Zari is pleased she nailed RoboZari’s lewk, but RoboZari goes full Tatiana Maslany and Tala Ashe slaps Tala Ashe in the face! Then Fancy Zari and RoboZari start full on slap-fighting and it is both a modern marvel of technology and also fucking hilarious.

Gary and Astra fight them like this, and are trying to decide how to figure out which one is the real Zari, but before they can, Fancy Zari pulls the plug on RoboZari and turns to glare at Gary, who was seriously considering taking a bite out of both of them to see which one tasted more like chicken.

Zari, Behrad, and Astra decide to try to pretend to be RoboLegends but acting is not their strong suit. Zari starts to put in the shutdown code, but while she’s looking for the delta key, Evil Gideon starts to catch on.

Zari looks up, annoyed

“Leave me alone! GOSH! You’re not my real Gidget!”

In a panic, Zari decides to just pull the ripcord, and by ripcord I mean wires. The only problem is, the Waverider was mid-flight. Luckily, between Astra’s survival instincts and Behrad’s ability to hotwire a timeship, they manage to have a bumpy but survivable landing.

Astra beams

Evil Astra outfit + our Astra’s smile = perfection.

Astra and Behrad kiss and honestly, in this heightened adrenaline of survival, it’s the only time I’ve felt like a moment between them was more earned than forced. I still didn’t love it, but it made the most sense to me of all their moments, instead of all the times Astra has been all shy and weird around Behrad.

Gwyn is thrilled his strategy actually helped, and Sara is proud of her team. Because a good leader knows when to step aside and let someone else take the helm, and she sure was right to do so in this case. She dubs Gwyn officially a Legend.

Sara smirks

I personally would be fine with dropping him back off in his timeline where he belongs but fine.

Gwyn, Spooner and Sara do a shot and Spooner is ready to head home, but something is holding Sara back; and sure enough, her Canary senses were tingling for a reason; RoboNate and RoboSara are still very mission-focused despite Evil Gideon being offline. They already had their orders, and they’re going to follow through until they hear otherwise.

Sara decides now’s as good a time as any to tell Nate about the bracelet she inherited from Thawne and how it’s her responsibility to be the Fixer now.

Sara looks up sadly at Nate

Hey now who gave her permission to have such sad eyes?

Sara tells Nate and Spooner to go while she distracts the ro-bits before getting into place to protect the Fixed Point, and asks them to send Ava back to her. She wants to protect them one last time.

And honestly? Not knowing if this show is renewed, or what Caity Lotz’s contract/plans are, this was an extremely stressful moment for me! Especially since I have been worried about this since she shook hands with Eobard! And I wasn’t ready to lose this badass bisexual/the most Unkillable Gay the Unkillable Gay Squad has ever seen!

Sara in her petticoat gets into a fighting stance with two knives

I’m going to tell my grandchildren this was The Nevers.

Sara is barely squared off against her android counterpart when Nate, Spooner, and Gwyn show up beside her. Sara might be willing to go down with this ship, but they’re going to be playing the violin right beside her.

But Astra has a Big Idea: to have her lil Gideon do a job only Gideon could do, and she impersonates Evil Gideon, giving the RoboLegends the order to remove their CPUs, which they dutifully do. Sara is confused because she couldn’t hear what happened, but Astra could and she’s proud of her girl.

Astra smiles at Gideon like a proud mama

There’s something very D&D about two similarly-aged people having a parent/child dynamic and I’m here for it.

Sara thinks this is all well and good but she still has a duty to fulfill, but Nate asks her to hand over the time trap bracelet and trust him, and so she does. He plugs RoboNate’s CPU back in and Tom Sawyers him into taking the bracelet, dubbing RoboNate The Fixer and freeing Sara Lance from becoming the Last Centurion.

Astra apologizes to Gideon for not letting her help earlier and explains that she was just trying to protect her. She admits that even though it’s weird, she does feel proud of Gideon, and Gideon says, “Thanks, mum,” and throws her lil arms around Astra.

Astra squeezes Gideon into a big hug and it happens to show off her biceps very well

I know this isn’t the point but also: ARMS

And I’m sorry but this height difference is the cutest thing! And the irony of a former AI being the one to further humanize Astra is delicious.

INSRET
Positively giddy, Gideon heads off to look for Gary and Ava, but she’s barely out of Astra’s sight before she gets stabbed in the back, quite literally. Ironically, it’s RoboAstra who has clawed her way back from the depths of hell to stab her human counterpart’s daughter figure. The two of them lay on the floor facing each other, the life draining from each of them, a former robot turned human and robot formed from the image of a human, and…does anyone have Jes Macallan’s phone number? I just wanna talk…

[Image redacted because it’s actually a bit gory and Heather is my editor.]

Unfortunately there’s a wee hiatus before we get more Legends because of the Olympics, and honestly I’m not 200% sure when it comes back. My best guess is February 23rd since I’m 95% sure the Season 7 finale is on March 2nd, but whenever it is, know I’ll be right back here the next day with a recap. The good news is, the preview for the next episode implies that maybe there’s a chance Human Gideon can be saved, but only time will tell.

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Valerie Anne

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7 Comments

  1. Fashion Zari’s signature move seems to be dramatically unplugging things – see Evil Gideon, Fate Gideon, and Robo Zari.

    If I had to guess, the only way to save Gideon will be to upload her back into the Waverider and merge her with Evil Gideon.

    —-

    “That’s for making me wear cargo pants!”

    …what’s wrong with cargo pants? They have pockets!

  2. I know Jes was directing but it feels like the last two episodes had a million missed Avalance moments. After what-his-name was like “being gay is a sin, sadface,” Ava didn’t want to go see her wife and get a hug? Sara is like “we need a plan…hmm who should I ask…how about this random old timey gentleman and this idiot, not my wife who LOVES PLANS??” Ava gets shot and Sara is like “so someone else handle that, k?”

    It’s like the CW gave all of its sapphic allotment to Batwoman (BLESSED BE WILDMOORE) and so Legends was all out. I mean, I wouldn’t trade *spoiler* and *spoiler* and *belt spoiler* for anything, but we couldn’t even get a crumb here?

    It also feels like they heard us about Spatula and…flung Astra at Behrad so hard it was like they were trying to see if the spaghetti was done cooking. I’m all for ace Spooner but she and Astra are IN LOVE unsexually and the Behrad pivot feels soooo forced. SPATULA IS THE HEIGHT DIFFERENCE I WANT. IMAGINE THEIR CUDDLE HUG.

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