The Darhks utilize Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) brain to reconstruct the fire totem, though when they need cold fusion to rebuild it, they go back in time to Germany and face by a young Damien Darhk.
On DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 13, “No Country for Old Dads,” Ray Palmer dives into the dynamic of Damien and Nora Darhk. When the two begin showing their fractured connection, Ray becomes the middle man to help Nora connect to her father, though that was mostly just to stay alive. Plus, we finally learn of Mallus’ plan to escape his prison.
A Ray of Sunshine Through the Darhk
As much as I despise Damien Darhk and his boring plot, Nora Darhk gave me a glimmer of hope for redemption. The girl spent one day with Ray Palmer and started questioning her whole life; now, I don’t know if that’s the power of positivity, or just Ray being Ray. Though maybe this means Mallus and her father haven’t truly sunk their claws into her yet. But, with her constant battle to get her father’s approval and be his colleague instead of his “Nora doll” shown at the forefront this episode, it expressed just how cracked their foundation is.
I don’t know about you, but seeing how fast her perception can be altered to the people she surrounds herself with makes Ray’s assumption of her from last week’s episode correct. She is just like Mick Rory from the past: lost and ready to find a true family of her own. The fact that she was only about ten or so when her mother and father died, had a demon possess her, and then lived in an asylum most likely made her truly feel alone in the world. Not to mention that having a father who hasn’t seen her since she was ten and continues to treat her as said age can be extremely annoying. She tends to latch onto those she is around, and I feel as though, if she got to choose before her father told her to be a slave to a demon, she would be with the Legends at this point.
That storyline would be fascinating, Sara being friends with a Darhk who constantly proves to her that Nora is not her father. I’d pay to watch that. Though, ultimately, the Darhks patched things up when Nora pulled a Zari and sacrificed herself to save her father, but Gideon… I mean, the spirit totem, took to her and she was saved. It will be interesting to see how Mallus will be freed. I really hope for Nora to be saved from the reins of her demon and actually choose a side for herself and not go along with her dad.
Also, having Nora Darhk played by Brandon Routh’s wife, Courtney Ford, has been a blessing this season, especially in this episode. Their relationship can’t help but shine through the screen. Nora’s playful yet angry slaps she gave Ray the entire episode added an extra layer by providing a sort of inside joke. Not only the hits and the hammer thrown on Ray’s foot, but Damien telling them to use protection and her response being, “Ew,” as well as Nora’s disguise being Ray’s husband. Plus, Nate’s chat at the end about how Ray may have the hots for her was pure gold. I love those little added bonuses in shows when they give a glimpse of reality to the fiction.
We finally got information on what Mallus has planned… at least the starting phase. The need to cause ripples in time or destroy it all together to get free reminds me of Savitar trying to escape from the speed force on The Flash last season. I wonder if Wally is going to ruin that again or redeem himself, much like he did from first impression to obtaining the fire totem from Damien’s pocket at the end of this episode.
Though, having a clue as to why Mallus needs these anachronisms is clearing up some questions about why the Darhks have been messing with the timeline. However, we still don’t know how he will look or if he will take over Nora’s body a la Clifford DeVoe on The Flash. What his true main plan? Wanting to get out of prison, but what next? Become colleagues with Killer Frost and kill Iris? What is it? And did Mallus plan on Grodd attacking Director Bennett to make Ava the head of the Time Bureau? Hopefully, we can answer these questions soon. I just want to know who he is and what he wants to do with destroyed time.
What did you think of Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 13? Do you think Nora can be redeemed? Did you love the added jokes about Brandon and Courtney’s relationship? What do you think Mallus’ plan is? Let us know in the comments below!