The summary of the upcoming midseason premiere of Legends of Tomorrow was revealed and it centers around one of the great innovators of all time, George Lucas. While unfortunately a joke nowadays due to the infamous Star Wars prequels, the plot is centered back in a time when Lucas was still in film school. Due to a time aberration, Lucas actually quits film school hence never making the galaxy far, far away nor the greatest archaeologist of all time, Indiana Jones. This causes Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) to lose their brilliance because the things that inspired them no longer exist. Marc Guggenheim explains it here:
“Because of circumstances, the time aberration in episode 209 is George Lucas quits film school,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “As a result, he never makes Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark. As a result, Ray, who became an engineer because of Star Wars, and Nate, who became a historian because of Raiders, slowly start to lose their brilliance, because those things that inspired them to become who they are didn’t exist.”
Describing the story as “Flowers for Algernon with Ray and Nate,” Guggenheim says the episode is one of the most ambitious that Legends of Tomorrow has done. “We were watching a cut of it, and I said to Greg [Berlanti] that 209 is either going to be the episode where we’ll say that the show found a new gear in terms of how zany it can be, or it’s the episode that’s going to get us all fired,” he says. “It really is. You’re laughing out loud, I think with it, but it’s like, ‘Are we really doing this?’ It’s the ’70s bar fight on steroids. The whole episode is that level of crazy.”
It is not much of a surprise that Marc Guggenheim is hated around these parts, but they do have an interesting idea here. Add on to the fact that Legends has been better this season as it focuses more on the action and the team rather than god awful romantic subplots. However, another interesting part is who they cast as George Lucas, Matt Angel. I was initially taken aback by the decision due to it being another “pretty boy” actor. However, I did look up some old pictures of Lucas back in the sixties, and it does fit for the time. So, we will have to just wait and see.
Legends of Tomorrow’s midseason premiere airs in its new time slot Tuesday, January 24th.