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Recap / Legends of Tomorrow S3 E15 "Necromancing the Stone"

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Mallus has taken full control of Sara via the power of the Death Totem, and the Legends and Ava turn to Constantine to help get her back.


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  • Ambiguously Bi: Gary, who has a crush on Ava, is really happy when Constantine kisses him.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: When Ava says that Sara isn't damaged, Constantine replies "And I'm the bloody Pope."
  • Big Damn Kiss: Constantine plants one on Gary!
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Sara breaks up with Ava at the end of the episode because she thinks she is not good enough for her and to keep her safe.
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  • Brutal Honesty: When asked by Sara if he would've traded her to Mallus to save the real Astra, Constantine says that he would've without hesitation.
  • The Bus Came Back: Once again, Constantine is back to help the Legends.
  • Crazy-Prepared: For some reason, Constantine keeps a severed bare foot in his back coat pocket, apparently just in case he needs it for a spell.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Upon getting the powers of the Fire Totem, Mick easily overwhelms Mallus-possessed Sara.
  • Demonic Possession: Mallus takes control of Sara. And instead of having the Red Eyes, Take Warning like Nora, Sara looks like a zombie.
  • Discard and Draw: Mick's heat gun is destroyed by Mallus-possessed Sara, but he gains the power of the Fire Totem soon afterwards.
  • Distressed Dude: Ray is critically wounded by a possessed Sara and out of commission for the bulk of the episode.
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  • Empowered Badass Normal: With the Fire Totem, Mick is now capable of Pyrokinesis.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The Sixth Tribe of Zambesi. After they were given the Death Totem they sided with Mallus.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Nate doesn't steel up once, not even when he's being beaten by a hallucination of his grandfather.
  • Friendship Moment: Gary inviting Constantine to his D&D game, and Constantine joining in wholeheartedly.
  • Genre Savvy: Gary's comparison of the Legends to his D&D campaign ultimately gives Constantine the idea of casting a locator spell on the Death totem to find Sara.
  • Gilligan Cut: Just when Gary talks about the Legends being just fine as long as they don't split up, the camera cuts to them doing exactly that.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The entire episode is essentially a big one.
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  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After the conflict has been resolved, Sara mentions offhandedly setting a space in the ship aside for Constantine given how he keeps popping aboard, and he states the offer is tempting. In Season 4, Constantine became a series regular.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Constantine's and Ava's interactions are rife with this dynamic when they're busy trying to figure out how to track down Sara.
  • Mundane Utility: Mick uses his new pyrokinetic powers to give Constantine a light.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Wally telling fake Jesse that one day he's going to fall in love with someone else seems specifically a nod to his One True Love in the comics, Linda Park.
    • Mick getting an upgrade and becoming a straight-up Pyrokinetic seems like a nod to the Adaptational Superpower Change the character received in the New 52 Flash run, where he gained such abilities instead of relying on his typical Fire-Breathing Weapon and kept them until Forever Evil.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Mallus gives Nate a vicious one, in the disguise of his grandfather Commander Steel.
  • No-Sell:
    • Mallus impersonates Astra to try to trick Constantine to release him. Constantine's much too experienced and savvy to fall for it.
    • On the flipside, John's attempts to use holy water and the holy cross to exorcise Mallus fail miserably as they did last time.
  • Noodle Implements: Constantine is first found chasing a chicken around an apartment, which has something to do with the son of the woman helping him getting married.
  • Noodle Incident: Constantine won his apartment in a duel. It's perfectly legal, so he says.
  • Not So Different: Nora tries to pull this card on Sara in an attempt to recruit her for the Cult.
  • Odd Friendship: Constantine and Gary really hit off in this episode.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Plays prominently as Sara slowly reaches at the totem, though the subtitles call it a "dramatic Latin choir".
  • Playing with Fire: Mick gains control of the restored Fire Totem. Of all the Legends, a pyromaniac is the natural choice to wield it.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: Based on Romancing the Stone.
  • The Reveal: Constantine's been doing some digging about the Sixth Tribe and the Death Totem, and thanks to the Zambesi Shaman he found out a lot. They turned traitor by using the power of their totem to ally with Mallus — which is why Mallus has control over it. The five remaining tribes joined forces to stop them.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Sara's appearance under Mallus's control makes her look like a zombie straight out of iZombie. Since both shows are on The CW, that may have been intentional.
    • Gary comparing the situation the Legends are in to a game of D&D he and his friends played echos Stranger Things.
    • "We're gonna need a bigger medbay."
    • John yells in exasperation that his business card says "Master of the Dark Arts", and that he's not "Doctor bloody what's his face" .
    Ava and Gary: Who?
    Constantine: Exactly.
  • Skewed Priorities: Ava gets quite annoyed when John and Gary suddenly start talking about Beebo when discussing what to do with Sara.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: Wally finds out the hard way that Mick sleeps in this manner when he has to get the latter out of bed for a briefing.
  • Un-person: The Sixth Tribe of Zambesi was stricken from history for a very good reason — they misused the Death Totem and sided with Mallus, while the other five joined forces to banish him.
  • The Worf Effect: After showing his ability to effortlessly help the Legends the past couple of episodes, Wally is the first person to be taken out by a Mallus-possessed Sara.
  • We Can Rule Together: Nora appears to Sara in Mallus's dimension and tries to convince her to join them.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • Amaya convinces Mick to wear the Fire Totem, despite his fear of turning evil, by claiming that he was tempted to the dark side many times but ultimately chose the light.
    • Ava tries to convince Sara of this after she was possessed by Mallus, but Sara refuses to believe it and breaks up with her.

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