November 18, 2019  (Web Review)

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season

Warner, 677 min., not rated, DVD: 3 discs, $24.99; Blu-ray: 2 discs, $29.99

Reviewer rating: 3.0/4

The story of an engagingly dysfunctional team of time-traveling heroes gets an added blast of chaos in the fourth season as they chase the magical creatures and supernatural beings that they inadvertently released from a dimensional prison in the previous season. The team led by White Canary (Caity Lotz)—featuring Ray Palmer, aka Atom (a charming Brandon Routh); Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell); history detective Nate Heywood (Nick Zano); and elemental Zari (Tala Ashe)—is joined by shapeshifter Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), who is trapped in the guise of former team member Vixen, and John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a specialist in the supernatural who reluctantly joins the crew (he’s not really a team player). This is the most comic series in the universe of interconnected CW superhero shows and this season wholeheartedly embraces the absurdity and humor, which includes a vicious unicorn on the loose at Woodstock, a malevolent fairy godmother who sings ditties while she spreads bad magic during the Salem witch trials, and a colorful alternate timeline episode that riffs playfully on 1970s TV shows. But the narrative also features the redemption of former villain Nora Darhk (Courtney Ford) and sends Constantine to Hell, while Nate struggles with his fraught relationship with his father (Thomas F. Wilson), a government official who funds the Time Bureau. All in all, this is a highly entertaining show, arguably the most fun superhero series on TV. Compiling all 16 episodes from the 2018-19 fourth season, extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Recommended. (S. Axmaker)