Legends of Tomorrow: Every TV Show Reference In Season 5, Episode 13
Warning: SPOILERS for DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 5, Episode 13 - "The One Where We're Trapped On TV"
Here is every TV and movie reference in DC's Legends of Tomorrowseason 5, episode 13, "The One Where We're Trapped On TV" (the title of which is a nod to the way every episode of Friends is titled). The Legends, who were on the brink of death during last week's zombie apocalypse - and Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) did perish at the hands of the zombies - were magically transported into various TV shows by Charlie AKA Clotho (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), in order to protect them from her sisters, Atropos (Joanna Vanderham) and Lachesis (Sara Strange) AKA the Fates.Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Start now
At the conclusion of last week's Legends of Tomorrow episode, "I Am Legends", Clotho was forced to reunite with her sisters and use the Loom of Fate to bring order to the world. This resulted in reality being changed into a bleak, brutal and fascist world ruled by the Fates reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984. (Director Marc Guggenheim also visually homaged Terry Gilliam's Brazil). Mona Wu (Ramona Young) and Gary Green (Adam Tsekhman) toil in this bleak reality, where their only recreation is to watch TV. Later, Mona and Gary discovered Clotho's algorithms for trapping the Legends on TV in her headquarters, Clotho Productions. When the Legends became fully aware of their predicament, they broke free of the Loom of Fate's control and chose to fight the Fates.
Legends of Tomorrow season 5, episode 13 is one of the most hilariously bizarre hours the Arrowverse's weirdest series has ever produced. But beyond the spot-on recreations of three of TV's most popular shows, the episode also resurrected Behrad Tarazi (Shayan Sobhian) and magically brought back the original incarnation of Zari Tomaz (Tala Ashe), who was reunited with her love Nate Heywood (Nick Zano). Clotho also brought Sara back from the dead and reunited Astra Logue (Olivia Swann) with her late mother Natalie (Alice Hunter), resolving John Constantine's (Matt Ryan) promise to Astra. All of this happened while the Legends hopped through the following TV realities.
Ultimate Buds (Friends)
Ultimate Buds perfectly homages Friends as a multi-camera sitcom complete with a studio audience and a laugh track. Zari and Behrad are brother and sister like Ross and Monica Geller, and they live together in an apartment that looks just like Monica's on Friends. Nate Heywood is an actor (like Joey) who lives next door and is best buds with Behrad, similar to the dynamic between Joey and Chandler. Nate and Zari also have a Ross and Rachel-like sexual tension. Nate also said, "Could I BE more of a kiss-misser?" just like Chandler would. Later, Mona and Gary wear white Ultimate Buds T-shirts with logos identical to the Friends logo.
Highcastle Abbey (Downton Abbey)
Highcastle Abbey is a brilliant parody ofDownton Abbey, right down to a similar musical score, logo, and opening credits (including the ringing bells). The name "Highcastle Abbey" evokes Highclare Castle, the real-life castle Downton Abbey was shot in, and it's also similar to Newcastle, the name of the comic book crew of occultists John Constantine ran with. Constantine's house in Northumberland County, UK is transformed into Highcastle Abbey with Mr. Constantine serving as its butler, although Highcastle Abbey is in Yorkshire, where Downton Abbey was set. The Logues, Lady Astra and her mother Lady Natalie, are the upper-class family who lives in Highcastle Abbey.
Behrad is transformed into Lord Behrad Tarazi, who is supposed to marry Astra just like Lady Mary Crawley's hand was sought by numerous suitors in Downton Abbey. Lady Astra also yearns to go to London, which the Crawleys visited many times. Like Downton, there's the regal upstairs where the Logues reside and a downstairs area where the servants work, designed to look similar to the downstairs section of Downton Abbey. Nate and Behrad also joke about "what happened to the first footman", a nod to how Downton lost footmen as the series progressed.
Star Trip (Star Trek)
Star Trip lovingly recreates Star Trek: The Original Series with Captain Sara Lance as Captain Kirk (and Caity Lotz does a spot-on William Shatner impression). Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) is Co-Captain as a logical Vulcan like Mr. Spock and the Waverider is transformed into the U.S.S. Faterider, NCC-4587. Star Trip comes complete with a Star Trek-like introduction and voice over by Sara announcing "Space, the fatal frontier..." Star Trek's color-coded uniforms, phasers, and transporters are recreated and the Faterider's bridge has captain's chairs identical to the one Kirk sat in on the original Starship Enterprise.
Nate, Zari, Constantine, Astra, and Behrad appear as Gromulans, a mock-up of the Romulans, and Constantine offers Sara and Ava "rare Gromulan tea", a nod to Romulan ale. Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) is transformed into Khan (Ricardo Montalban) from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, complete with his wild, white hair and bare chest. The Faterider's crew turn out to be androids like Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation but they appear human, like the synthetics on Star Trek: Picard. Ava also deduces that the Groumlans are from an alternate timeline, something the crew of the Faterider "deals with all the time", just like the various Star Trek shows have. A giant hand also pulls the Gromulan ship into Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac just like the giant green hand of Apollo once captured Kirk's Enterprise.
Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood)
Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac is a cable access show and parody of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. This is its second appearance in Legends of Tomorrowafter Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) played the titular Mr. Parker in the episode titled "Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac". In this version, the Legends appear as the community helpers: Zari is a doctor, Nate is a garbage collector, Constantine is a construction worker, Behrad is in sewer repair, Astra is a firewoman, Ava is a school teacher, and Sara is a police officer (a nod to Sara's father Quentin Lance, who was a Starling City detective, on Arrow).
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