Tuesday’s (January 24th) episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow finally revealed what happened to Rip Hunter and introduced us to a young George Lucas.
Back in N.Y. when the Waverider was on the verge of exploding, Rip grabbed a piece of wood from the floor board (The Holy Lance/Spear of Destiny) and then used the timedrive on himself in order to reset the timeline and consequentially rearrange his own reality. The spear he left with has the power to rewrite reality permanently. Hence why Darhk, Merlin and Thawne are after it.
Fast forward, well technically reverse back to L.A. 1967 and Rip Hunter is a hot-shot AMERICAN student director named Phil who has George Lucas as his prop master for a film based on Rip Hunter’s life. Rip’s repressed memories are the backbone of the screenplay Phil has written.
The languid medallion that Merlin and Darhk have in their possession is a compass to spear of destiny. The team finds Rip in L.A. but unfortunately for them he doesn’t remember them at all. Rip and George are then attacked by Merlin and Darhk. The Legends are able to save them but can’t prevent Rip/Phil from being arrested.
Therefore, Martin, Sarah and Mick are forced to break him out of jail. This is after Martin takes a break from being Mick’s shrink; Mick divulged to Martin that he has been seeing Snart for some time now, hoping the professor might be able to help him get his brain back. The Legends are able to break Rip out but Merlin and tow aren’t that far behind them. Luckily Ray drives the Waverider to their location and picks them up. This of course causes Rip to pass out as he thought he was making everything up.
Once back on the ship Ray and Nate start to have side effects of an aberration. Turns out good old George Lucas is the aberration. After the attack George dropped out of film school and thus altered the career paths of Nate and Ray. The two with the help of Amaya go get George and convince him to go back to school.
Back on the ship we learn that Mick had an antenna of sorts placed in his skull when he was Chronos. That antenna gathered up black matter that Snart merged with when he blew up. It turns out the antenna was never on and Mick has been seeing Snart because he is questioning his morals. On the other side of the timeship Jax and Sarah learn that Rip gave the spear of destiny to George Lucas, his prop master for the movie.
Of course, Merlin and Darhk have already figured this out and have placed George, Amaya, Nate and Ray inside a garbage compactor where George dumped the spear. The compactor is turned on and The Legends tell George that he has to believe he will make inspiring movies one day in order for Nate and Ray to get their powers back. George screams “I want to be a director!” and Nate/Ray get their powers back. Thus they are able to escape.
When the team is outmanned Phil decides to take on the role of Rip Hunter and fire a gun at Merlin/Darhk. Unfortunately for him it doesn’t work but luckily Gideon does and she fires everything she has at them. The last remaining member or The Legion of Doom musketeers arrives in time to snag Rip before the team can get him back on the Waverider.
Sarah was able to grab the medallion and the fragment of the spear before Thawne captured Rip.
Darhk/Thawne/Merlin aka The Legion of Doom torture Rip to get the location on the remaining pieces of the spear
The Legends plan to rescue Rip and possibly trade the amulet for his life
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