DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW WELCOMES TWO NEW CHARACTERS FOR SEASON FOUR
Ramona Young Joins as Series Regular Alaska Yu; Comedian Tom Wilson Will Recur as Nate’s Father
BURBANK, Calif. (July 21, 2018) — The carefree time travelers of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will welcome two new faces as they set out to hunt temporal Fugitives in the show’s fourth season (Mondays 9/8c The CW this fall). The casting news was announced in the series’ Comic-Con panel session this afternoon.
Ramona Young (Blockers, Santa Clarita Diet) joins the cast in the series regular role of Alaska Yu. A typical twentysomething easily swept up by romantic notions and fantasy novels, she’s something of an expert in the world of the magical creatures that the Legends encounter in season four. In the company
Tom Wilson (The Informant, Back to the Future, The Mayor) will recur as Nate’s (Nick Zano) father, Hank Heywood. With a lifetime in the military and Dept. of Defense, Hank is part of a long line of Heywoods to serve the country. Charming and charismatic, he’s left big shoes for Nate to fill — and it doesn’t help that Nate can’t tell him he’s secretly a Legend!
These new characters join the previously announced John Constantine (Matt Ryan), Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) and Nora Darhk (Courtney Ford), who will all appear in season four.
Based on the characters from DC, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive produced by Greg Berlani, Phil Klemmer, Keto Shimizu and Sarah Schechter, the series returns for season four on Monday, October 22, at 9/8c on The CW.
This last episode was more fun than I expected it to be. Everybody stayed in character, despite the weird premise, and the jokes were organic.
Ray: "I love camp! At Camp so-and-so, the other kids called me Kid Counselor!"
John: "And you thought that was a compliment, didn't ya?"
Legends of Tomorrow returns on this coming Monday, April 1.
At this point for me, Legends of Tomorrow is just something I have on in the background while I'm doing something else. (Actually, I watch all my TV while I'm doing something else, but I pay less attention to Legends than I do to most other shows.)
Anyway, I really find the newcomer Mona nothing but entirely absolutely annoying. I don't get why they moved Nate off the team and working in the bureaucracy of the Time Bureau. It's gone full tilt into Nate and his daddy issues with Hank, played with menacing bluster but a certain amount of charm by Thomas F. Wilson, enough to make you almost forget a certain movie trilogy Wilson was in 30-plus years ago.
So, of course, they -- -- kill off Hank, and Nate thinks Nora Darkh did it. This week's episode opens with Hank's funeral. Does it bother anybody else that Hank was buried in the old, green Class A Army uniform, and not the modern blue one?
Aside from that, the big setpiece of the episode was a full-on Bollywood song-and-dance number, which fits with the current goofy style of Legends. I have to admit, it was a lot of fun.
The show is definitely fun. So much so that after seeing some of this week's episode (including the Bollywood sequence) my wife has decided she wants to watch it! Superheroes are usually not her thing at all.
Does it bother anybody else that Hank was buried in the old, green Class A Army uniform, and not the modern blue one?
I haven't watched this episode yet, but think I'll tackle this question. Since I was in the Army 50(!) years ago, the "forest green" was the one I wore, along with the Class B short-sleeved tan that was then worn by the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force. As far as I know, Hank was a veteran, not a current Army member. Some veterans choose to wear full uniforms as old as WWII at special gatherings. I don't think that there is any rule that a deceased veteran can't be dressed in an older uniform, even in a military funeral. I have noted that persons being awarded the Medal of Honor by a President always seem to wear the current Class A (or the different Dress) uniform during the ceremony, regardless of when they served.
Being slightly(?) anal, I always peruse uniforms on TV shows. I look at medals in particular to see if the ones I recognize make sense for the age and back-story of the character. The most maddening error I've seen was on the very enjoyable TV show Dharma & Greg. Thomas Gibson's character (Greg) was a lawyer. At some point, he and his friend joined the Army Reserve or National Guard to serve as JAG officers. They showed him in uniform wearing a Combat Infantry Badge!
The Marines and Air Force don't wear branch insignia (as in Infantry, Artillery, JAG, etc) but the Army does. The most common error I see is an Army general wearing a branch insignia. Up to colonel branches are worn, but generals are, well, general. No matter the branch they were in as a colonel, if they become a general they no longer have a branch.
So far the only IMDB goof I have pointed out was a period piece having an early 70s soldier who played guitar going about town in what was then called a fatigue (now called "utility?") uniform. Today, all military branches travel and walk around in such uniforms. Back then he would have been stopped early on and never made it to the bus station.
I love Legends' new, sillier tone. Whatever the show started out as, it morphed into the JLI of the DC TV universe, and I couldn't be happier. Some of the comedy beats don't always land, and like all CW shows, the real superpower is being in touch with your feelings, but I find it pretty delightful overall. (And like Mark, my wife also started watching the show again with me, after dropping it in season 1.)
I've never been in any of the services, but I tend to notice these things, ever since I was a kid watching I Dream of Jeannie and didn't understand why Major Healy wasn't in the same uniform as every other character on the show.
I see from Wikipedia that the Army went to blue Class A uniforms in 2008; before that, blue was for the Dress uniform. That switch was longer ago than I realized; I thought it happened only within the past five years. Next year, the Army plans to revive the World War II-style "pinks and greens" look, and the Dress uniform will again be blue.
Saying that the WWII uniform is historic is true, of course. The historic part of the blue uniform with golden trim is that these colors were standard from the Revolutionary War to the end of the 19th century. The soldiers may or may not have to put out money, but somebody is making money off all these changes. I never had a dress uniform, or all of the tuxedo style uniforms, since it wasn't my career choice. One could buy them. The Marines had no choice but to buy dress blues.
I think this is the most recent thread for this show.
In the past Cap and I have lamented this show's fantasy that racism didn't exist. This season they have been acknowledging it, especially in Season 7 Episode 7, "A Woman's Place Is in the War Effort!" in which half the factory of Rosie the Riveters walks out when the Legends establish integration.
I did comment on the current season of Legends of Tomorrow over on "The New Season (2021)" thread (here).
The show HAS gotten better about that. Last season, Astra went to John Constantine's manor and was repeatedly confronted by his bigoted neighbor.
And in the current season, as our merry band of misfits finds themselves in 1925, while Nate is impersonating J. Edgar Hoover (don't ask, just buy it), one of the junior G-Men in his company considers Behrad and Gary "the usual suspects."
I appreciated Sara pointing out to Nate (which made him uncomfortable because of how true it was), that of this bunch (a Black woman, a Latina woman, an alien who presents as a Jewish man, a Persian man, a Persian woman, an AI who presents as a British woman, and two blonde white American lesbians) in this time, his key superpower is being a white male.
I went to Vanderbilt University in 1976 on a full scholarship. All I had to do was ride the train and none of you would have known me, because I'd have been too rich to do something like this website.
But Vandy was so flagrantly and disgustingly racist (and the racists were so stupid, belligerent and entitled) that I couldn't stand it. I transferred to a state school after three semesters, despite having a 4.0 average. (Going to rich white schools is easy. They have to be easy to let the children of the rich pass.) I preferred to work at Domino's to pay my way through Univ of Texas at Austin and get my degree among average lunkheads, instead of living among racist lunkheads who were dumb as rocks but thought themselves masters of the universe.
I have been aware of white privilege going back to my formative years .Mainly because it didn't apply to poor white people. (Or just white people who were poor in comparison to present company.)
TV shows need to reflect the way America has always been, so that it's harder for the bigots to keep up the charade.