Legends Stars Talk Ray's 'Screwed' Status, Juggling Slavery and Zombies

It’s Casual Thursday this week on Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 8/7c), if only because Ray Palmer doesn’t have a suit.

What, too soon…?

Fact is, though, the tech whiz sacrificed his Atom armor last week, in the name of felling a Shogun in feudal Japan. So now he is left wondering what if anything he can bring to the series’ titular team — especially since whipping up a replacement suit will require more than carbon fiber, LED bulbs and 9-volt batteries.

“There’s no dwarf star alloy, so he’s kind of screwed,” says Ray’s portrayer, Brandon Routh, alluding to the extremely rare element that gave the Atom suit it’s shrinking ability. “That becomes a story point.”

“He’s going to be without the suit for some time,” Routh continues, “and that gives him an opportunity to figure out this whole hero business — what it is to be a hero, and if he’s a hero without the suit. All [of that] comes into play very heavily in the next three episodes.”Legends of Tomorrow

As Ray sorts through his “performance issues,” the Legends this week chase after an aberration in 1863, landing them in the Civil War. Only in this scenario, there be zombies amidst the Confederate army.

Even so, the nature of the historical conflict presents an extra layer of drama for Jax and JSA member Amaya aka Vixen.

“This [episode]’s quite an interesting one,” says new Legends addition Maisie Richardson-Sellers, “because it’s dealing with quite a delicate subject matter – slavery — alongside the slightly comical subject of zombies. But I think we’ve done it in a very sensitive way.

“For Amaya and Jax to experience slavery firsthand, they get into some pretty sticky situations,” the English actress previews. “That brings them closer, and it sort of opens her eyes to a world that she never really knew about, which is her heritage. For those two especially, it’s quite an emotional episode.”

But again — zombies.

“Obviously, if they bite you, you turn into one, so there’s a team member who perhaps gets a little bit caught up in that,” Richardson-Sellers shares with a laugh. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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9 Comments
  1. Joey Padron says:

    Good preview about new episode. Looking forward to see how Ray does as a hero without his Atom suit. Can’t wait to watch new episode tonight!

  2. tvdiva says:

    I love this show. It never takes itself too seriously. Just good clean fun.

  3. Luis Roman says:

    Ninjas, zombies, what movie phenomena is Mick going to experience next?

  4. herman1959 says:

    Casual Thursday…good one! See, this may be what’s wrong with The Flash, all of the good ideas are being used on Legends tonight, Arrow last night, and Supergirl on Monday. I know that there is a limit to how many good, creative ideas they can come up with – writers are only human – but, can’t we share?

  5. Gail says:

    Why can’t Ray just go back to 2016 to make a new suit?Also I miss Rip and I liked the original cast much better. Now there are too many new people.

  6. Nessie says:

    Why is no one adressing Rips absence? Are the team even working to find him? Because it’s like the actor confirmed he’s gone and now they’re moving on without him. Is Rip is still out there?

  7. lrdslvrhnd says:

    He built the original suit with 20th-century tech. Now he has access to, what, 31st-century tech? Surely he could cobble SOMETHING together, even if it doesn’t have the shrinking ability.

  8. JR Norris says:

    So, maybe I missed something in the previous episode or one of the cross episodes (I fell asleep watching parts)… but do they ever explain how he got his suit back? He is wearing it in the cross over episodes.