Several team members were stranded in time this week while the rest uncovered a shocking secret about an enemy.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Hey, did you know that Kendra used to be a barista? I’m so thankful this show finds a way to remind us of that crucial fact each and every week. The good news is that the brief, obligatory barista reference was about the worst thing this episode had going for it. “Left Behind” was perhaps the most well-rounded installment so far, and a great showcase for what this series can accomplish when it explores the psychological pitfalls of time travel as well as the physical challenges.
Building on the previous episode’s cliffhanger, Ray, Kendra and Sara found themselves stranded in 1958 after Chronos attacked the Waverider. Given the three-week hiatus, I was glad this episode opened by replaying the final moments of “Night of the Hawk” as a little refresher. The immediate aftermath of that latest disaster did a very good job of establishing the stakes for this episode. Logically, you’d think that there would be no issue for the three stranded heroes. If the Waverider can travel to any point in time at will, why wouldn’t Rip just show up a few seconds later and retrieve his friends? It’s always an uphill battle for this show when it comes to establishing clear rules and ensuring that time travel doesn’t become the magical cure-all to any given problem. And this episode accomplished that by leaving Ray, Kendra and Sara trapped in the past for a total of two years. That, as much as anything else in these first nine episodes, shows the consequences of meddling with time.
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