The premiere taps into that fun, dysfunctional family vibe very well, with the early scenes doing a great job of reintroducing the whole gang and showing them in the midst of a raucous post-victory celebration. New developments like Constantine’s romantic fling with Zari promise to spice up the group dynamic this season, as does Ava’s discovery of Sara’s would-be proposal. There’s just the right blend of zany humor and heartfelt bonding. The fact that Mick is now cast as the straitlaced adult in a ship full of unruly teenagers only adds to the hilarity of it all.It’s a shame, though, that Astra’s tenure as a Legend looks to be very short-lived. No doubt the writers probably felt it redundant to include multiple spellcasters on the team, but there would have been a lot of potential in keeping Astra in the mix and having a character who sees right through every bit of Constantine’s BS. The jury is also still out on the Gary of it all. With all the evolutions this dorky but well-meaning pencil-pusher has undergone over the course of the series, revealing him to be an alien in disguise might be a step too far.
This episode does add one significant new face to the mix in the form of Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz (Lisseth Chavez). Again, the whole alien conflict is so vaguely defined that it’s hard to know how Spooner will fit into the overall puzzle. It’s not even clear whether she’s inspired by an existing DC character (not that it really matters, given how loosely some of these characters adhere to the source material). But Chavez at least proves she has the right energy for the show, with a gruff but energetic demeanor that should make her an entertaining foil for many of her shipmates. This episode also makes strong use of its two historical guest stars, whether it’s Thomas Nicholson’s hilariously spacey David Bowie or Shawn Roberts’ himbo rendition of Spartacus. Where the plot comes up short, the characters and humor still deliver.