Legends of Tomorrow Gets a Boost From Elvis

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Throw the plots of Footloose and The Sixth Sense in a blender and you pretty much arrive at the premise of this week’s Legends of Tomorrow. More than just an installment that checks off another name on the list of obligatory historical guest stars, “Amazing Grace” served as an effective rumination on death, the constantly changing nature of life and the transformative power of rock and roll. Not bad for a single hour of television.

I’ve mentioned before how I’ve been a little iffy on the whole totem element driving this season’s conflict. But the idea of the sixth mystery totem being a death totem affixed to the same guitar that Robert Johnson sold his soul to possess and that launched Elvis Presley’s career? That’s pretty nifty. The supernatural angle really helped this episode stand out. We’ve already seen Legends episodes where the team travel back to help an artist bring their defining work to life. “Raiders of the Lost Art” comes to mind. It wouldn’t have been enough for the show to simply recycle that formula and swap out George Lucas for Elvis (Raising Expectations’ Luke Bilyk). But by setting up a conflict where Elvis has to play his heart out in order to stop an army of the undead? That’s a whole new ballgame.

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