Legends of Tomorrow Recap! 7x01

God, it’s great to have The Legends back, and so quickly too! Within a month of season 6 ending, Season 7 came back to our screens, and man did it come back with a wonderful vengeance! Before tonight’s ep (Oct. 27), let’s recap what craziness has been happening this season, starting with the season opener!

First off… Constantine is now off the show for the first time since season 3. And… I love John Constantine as a character. I really do. Because I love him so much, I’m a firm believer in the essence of his character… Constantine is not a team player. The only team I’ve ever felt he belongs on is the Justice League Dark, and even then… he’s still not meant to always be on a team. That said… I am SO glad John Constantine is off Legends. Whereas John does best on his lonesome, being in the darkness and shadows all the time… The Legends do their best in the chaos, in finding the light amongst the darkness. Now that John is off the show, not only can his character hopefully flourish on the (still?) upcoming Justice League Dark HBO Max Series,

but The Legends can fall back into their natural chaos without impediment!

At the start of 7x01, the team is trying to figure out how to get out of the 1920’s since last season the Waverider was well.. Blown up! And Gideon with it! Welp! First, the Legends try to use Nate’s time courier to get onto the Waverider, but that doesn’t work because the battery is dead (even time travelers have real first world problems), causing Ava and Sara to take sides they haven’t in a while- Sara is all “we’re gonna figure this out, we got this!” while Ava panics and fixates on how the timeline must remain intact. Honestly, I love seeing this playful banter between them again.

This playful banter, this “opposites attract” between Avalance is a huge part of the appeal of their relationship; It’s been missed the last season or two! In particular, it’s nice to see Ava being a bit more “uncomfortable” again- part of the fun of Ava’s character is that she’s usually awful at keeping her composure, and Jes Macallan ALWAYS makes this way more entertaining than one would think it could be! Her attention to physical comedy is impeccable. It’s also so wonderful because while Ava freaks out, Sara is always there to catch her, to help calm her and ground her, and god I’m a sucker for this dynamic. Ava helps Sara too, but god Sara really is the perfect fia- WIFE! THEY ARE WIVES, EVERYONE! WE WON GAYS, WE WON!!

So, what grand plan does the team come up with? Well, the team eventually decides on creating a fake circus to talk up to the town to delay suspicion of all the alien stuff that happened in the previous season, while Nate and Ava go off to steal a safe that flew out of the Waverider when it was originally blown up, of course! This plan is totally full proof because Nate is impersonating J. Edgar Hoover- nothing can go wrong, right? Of course, this plan backfires; the fake circus draws more attention to their chaos rather than distracting from it, so Spooner requests the team stop for the sake of protecting her mother. But.. Nate and Ava are successful at stealing the safe that should have the time courier they need! Woohoo! Wouldn’t that just be convenient if that solved all their problems?? Welp, you guessed it friends- nothing is ever that convenient for the Legends. When they open the stolen safe, there’s no Time Courier in it- just a note from Mick and a Time Bureau manual.

This show doesn't get enough credit for how great the directors are! Look at this shot??

While the team begins panicking over their failed plan, Astra obsesses over how she has to find a way to make herself “more useful” with her magic. She wants to bring back the Waverider at any cost. Eventually, she uses magic to try to piece the Waverider together, specifically, to “resurrect” it. She is unsuccessful though, and there are some great moments between Spooner and Astra in this episode, particularly where Spooner sits at Astra’s bedside shortly after Astra’s magical attempt, telling her she can’t do things like that. Um, GAY?? GAY???? Legends, we can have more than one not-straight couple ya know!?!

Call me beep me cause my gay-dar is going off!

..So now, back in Spooner’s mom’s house, where Astra is recovering from the spell she attempted, and the Legends are trying to figure out what to do next, J. Edgar Hoover has gotten wind of the stolen safe and shows up at Spooner’s mom’s house. In order to hide, the Legends use the key that John Constantine gave Zari at the end of the last season on a closet door and.. It leads to a pocket dimension! One that looks just like John’s house! Apparently, they can use this key in any door to access it! I wonder what this could be used for later?? ;)

With this discovery, Zari decides to hide out in the pocket dimension and continue to mope about John’s leave while the rest of the Legends go back out into the 1920s. Ava and Sara have another great scene where Ava is panicking and Sara brings her down as gently as she can. God, thank you for all this Avalance content, writers!

I am SOFT for forehead kisses D:

The team regroups and a new plan forms: go find a scientist in New York that can help them. Of course, this scientist just happens to be Matt Ryan’s, who played Constantine previously, new character. But how do they get to NY with J. Edgar Hoover hot on their tail?

Well, after Sara convinces Ava by promising her she can make a list of all the problems they cause on the timeline and cross them out later (god it’s so ridiculusly cute how Sara knows and embraces all of Ava’s low-key neurotic tendencies), Ava and the rest of the team agree to embrace being the criminals Hoover considers them to be and go rob a bank! You guessed it; Ava and Sara are about to rob a bank while Nate and Behrad assist in guard watch. BE GAY DO CRIME!!

I'll never be over the way Sara just KNOWS Ava

The way Ava wants to be mad at Sara for knowing so well but can't truly be ;ldkajfla

Seriously, if Ava and Sara didn’t make this scene hot enough just by looking as good as they did, the music overlaid during this scene did. MY GOD FULL PROPS TO WHOEVER PICKED THE MUSIC FOR THIS SCENE, PICK ALL THE MUSIC THINGS FOREVER PLS