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Recap / Legends of Tomorrow S1E9 "Left Behind"

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As the Waverider comes back two years after Sara, Ray, and Kendra were stranded, the team finds that Sara has gone back to Nanda Parbat and are determined to get her back.


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  • Absentee Actor: Vandal Savage is not in the episode.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The Legends really pity Mick due to what he's become.
  • The Bus Came Back: Mick and Ra's Al-Ghul.
  • Call-Back:
    • Ray repeatedly mentions the last time he was in "Nanda-I-can't-believe-I'm-back-here-Parbat".
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    • The rest of The Team sans Kendra and Cold lists all the things Mick has done prior to his Face–Heel Turn.
    • The League's trial by combat is once again practiced.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Tommy Merlyn made a Take That! at the Twilight films during the Pilot Episode of Arrow. The child actress playing Talia Al-Ghul was in that film playing the child version of the Official Couple's daughter. Incidentally (or not), her sister Nyssa's younger self was portrayed by an actress who also played the same character but in a different stage of her growth.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Talia Al-Ghul will be a major player in Arrow Season 5.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Aside from Sara, Ray is the only other member of the team who's actually been to headquarters of the League of Assassins, moaning about how he can't believe he's back (and imprisoned again, in the same cell, no less).
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    • A picture of Lisa Snart is briefly shown.
    • Nyssa is mentioned by Sara.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Rip took DNA samples from the team when he recruited them in case any ever lost a limb that needed to be regrown.
  • Determinator: Snart freezes and shatters his own right hand to escape from the jumpship, then makes his way to Nanda Parbat, and makes it to Ra's' inner sanctum just in time to save Mick from being killed.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Rip, for two different reasons when calling for a trial by combat. One, because none of the Legends, even himself stand a chance against someone like Ra's Al-Ghul, and two, because Ra's can send in anyone he likes in his place.
  • Easily Forgiven: The entire team save Kendra and Snart is apparently forgetting that Mick betrayed the team before he got picked up by the Time Masters and wants to reform him. Of course the fact that Mick actually did save their bacon a few times, like when he got Ray out of that Gulag sort of balances out his betrayal.
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  • Elemental Punch: Ray lays out Chronos with an uppercut that he combined with a photon blast. This attack was so vicious it gives Mick good hang time and was the attack that truly hurts Mick.
  • Exact Words: As Snart points out, he never actually said he killed Mick; everyone just assumed he had.
  • Exty Years from Now: Sara rejoins the League of Assassins in 1958, exactly fifty years before she originally joined.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Sara when she goes back to the League of Assassins she gets better.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Mick went mad after being stranded; the Time Masters used this to their advantage.
  • Going Native: Kendra, Ray, and especially Sara really adapt to life in 1958-60. This is apparently a result of being in a foreign time period; Kendra slowly loses touch with her past lives and powers, while Sara gives in to the mindset of a League assassin. Ray seems more or less completely in touch with his true self, but he's at least reluctant to abandon the life he and Kendra have made in the past.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Between Kendra and Sara. It finally works when Kendra reminds her she was the White Canary at sword's point.
  • It's Personal: Mick is not after The Team because the Time Masters ordered him to. He wants Revenge on them.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: To escape the cuffs Mick put him in, Snart has to freeze and shatter one of his hands with his Cold Gun. Fortunately, the Waverider's medical technology is able to regenerate it. Still, Snart didn't know that.
  • Moment Killer: Ray is about to propose to Kendra but is interrupted when the Waverider appears.
  • More Than Mind Control
    • It's implied this is what the Time Masters did to Mick in order to turn him into the Bounty Hunter Chronos.
    • Rip states that this has happened with Sara (and Kendra realizes it had started happening to her) as staying in a foreign time period for too long causes one to start losing their true self, thereby Going Native.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Snart, when he realizes that leaving Mick alive was the worst thing he could have done.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Nyssa's much more well known sister, Talia, is finally mentioned.
    • Ray has been working as a college professor, much like his comic counterpart. His professor outfit is also eerie similar to Clark Kent, which doubles as Actor Allusion since, well, you know.
    • Kendra has been working as a Hot Librarian, much like her (and Carter's) comic counterpart.
    • Hub City is the home of The Question.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Snart leaving Rory behind in the woods just made his friend go mad and easy prey for the Time Masters to recruit and transform into Chronos.
  • Noble Demon: Or rather, Demon's head. Ra's al Ghul is acting rather civilised in this episode, granting the Legends a trial by combat and letting them go after they dealt with Chronos, he even releases Sara.
  • No One Gets Left Behind
    • The team goes to Nanda Parbat to retrieve Sara.
    • The Legends resolve to reform Mick not because he's Brainwashed, but he did legitimately help when he was on the team, as Ray can attest.
  • Oh, Crap!: Snart utterly loses his cool when he discovers Rory is Chronos and looks downright horrified when Rory talks of the agony he went through. And that's before Rory details his plan to kill Lisa over and over again before Snart's eyes.
  • Pet the Dog: Ra's releases Sara knowing she really has no place in the League when she is internally conflicted on dealing death and mercy.
  • A Rare Sentence: Rip says this of "I found peace with the League of Assassins." He says that's probably the first time that was ever said.
  • Reality Ensues: Highly skilled assassins with ordinary bows, arrows and swords versus single man with armor and energy weapons from a few centuries in the future = a lot of dead assassins.
  • The Reveal: Snart didn't kill Mick - he merely knocked him out. The Time Masters found Mick and Brainwashed him into becoming Chronos.
  • Screw Destiny: Kendra tells Ray she does love him, stating it's probably the first time since she started reincarnating that she's had an actual choice in the matter.
  • Seen It All: The only thing about the Legends that seems to even vaguely surprise Ra's Al-Ghul is Firestorm. He's totally calm while watching an armoured juggernaut gun down his assassins with a futuristic gun, and while watching a team of superheroes subdue said juggernaut. He later admits to Rip and Sara that he figured out they were from the future more or less immediately.
  • Sherlock Scan: Ra's puts together that the Legends are from the future pretty quickly, primarily from the fact that Sara already had all the League's training.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Literally — when Mick is ranting at the team from inside the brig, Rip switches off the intercom.
  • The '60s: The episode is set at the very beginning of the decade.
  • The Slow Path: Ray, Kendra, and Sara have to live two years in the past waiting for the Waverider to return.
  • Spoiler Opening: The "Previously On" in the opening is said by Mick suggesting his bigger role in the episode... despite him being supposedly Killed Off for Real a few episodes ago. Dominic Purcell also appears in the credits here and in the previous episode as well.
  • Stable Time Loop:
    • Sara ensures her rescue from Lian Yu in October 2008 as well as Ra's naming his second daughter Nyssa.
    • Chronos was Rory all along, helping to create the events that ensured he'd become the Bounty Hunter in the first place.
  • Storming the Castle: The Team sans Cold infiltrates Nanda Parbat to take back Sara. Things did not go exactly as planned.
  • There Was a Door: Jax blows out a door to go rescue Rip.
    Stein: We could have just opened the door, Jefferson.
    Jax: Sorry, I got a little worked up.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Ray and Kendra just leave their picnic behind when they reunite with the other legends.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Ray's reaction to going back to Nanda Parbat...again.
    • Also, Snart when he realizes the only way to get free is to freeze his hand off. Then he has it again realizing he has to smash said hand to pieces.
  • Time Skip: Two years have passed after Ray, Sara and Kendra were stranded in 1958.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As part of his long training, Mick is now speaking far more intelligently and more skilled than the simple thug he was before.
  • Unexpected Character: Turns out Talia Al-Ghul exists in the Arrowverse.
  • We Have the Keys: Jax gets a little excited and forgets they can just open the door to the bridge when going to fight Chronos.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The team mildly calls Snart out on not killing Mick. In the previous episode, Jax called Snart out for apparently killing Mick.
  • The Voiceless: Talia Al-Ghul says no lines.
  • Young Future Famous People: One of Ray's students is William H. Gates Sr., at a time when his son Bill was five years old.

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