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"You don't think you need us anymore. Look Rip, this is our mess. You have to let us fix it."
"Using your team to fix anything is like doing brain surgery with a chainsaw."
Sara Lance and Rip Hunter
"Aruba-Con" is the first episode of the third season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and the thirty-fourth episode overall. It aired on October 10, 2017.

Synopsis

When the Legends realize that they broke the timeline, Rip Hunter arrives with his new organization - the Time Bureau - to relieve them of duty. The Legends are thrilled to get a chance to put the team back together but a new threat arises when Rory spots Julius Caesar in Aruba. Sara, Nate, and Ray devise a plan to steal the Waverider back from the Time Bureau in order to try and stop Julius Caesar from conquering the modern world.[src]

Trivia

  • The title is a pun that both references the beach party that is held at Aruba during the episode and refers to "A Rubicon" that Julius Caesar tells Sara to pass later in the episode, referencing his decision to go against the orders of the Roman Senate.
    • The title of this episode also references that the episode continues from the previous episode in which the "Con" in "Aruba-Con" is short for "Continued".
  • After Sara throws a knife into a board, Val scolds that she isn't auditioning for America Ninja Warrior, a show in which the participants must work through increasingly difficult obstacle courses.
  • Stein exclaims "Great Caesar's ghost!," a phrase popularly used by DC character Perry White.
  • Ray and Nate parody a phrase popularly attributed to Caesar, "I came, I saw, I conquered" (or in its original Latin form, "Veni, vidi, vici"), replacing the last section with "we kicked Caesar's ass."
    • ”We came, we saw, we kicked its ass” is a similar quote from the 1984 film Ghostbusters.
  • As of this episode, both Sara and Ray have revealed to the world (2017) that they are still alive.
  • Nate and Jax agree that they're "pretty good at taking down legions," in reference to Caesar's legion of Romans. This is a nod to the Legion of Doom, the previous season's main antagonists.
  • While fighting the Roman empire as Firestorm, Jax shouts: "Surrender your prisoner in the name of Ares, the god of war!". Coincidentally, this is a nod to Wonder Woman villain, Ares.
    • Stein then corrected Jax that Mars is the Roman god of war; Ares is actually the name of the Greek god of war.
  • Parts of Amaya's biography viewed by Nate near the end of the episode seem to have been copied from her article in the Arrowverse Wiki.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Wally West outside of The Flash.
  • This is the first DC's Legends of Tomorrow season premiere not to feature Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.
  • Amy Pemberton, who voices Gideon, makes a pseudo-appearance in the form of a photograph she uses to create a fake Upswipz profile.
  • Caesar makes mention of the Fates, who would go on to be the main antagonists of Season 5.
  • The Time Bureau agents' Time couriers resemble the watches Time Agents wear in Doctor Who, which allow them to time hop. This is likely an intentional reference since the Arrowverse and Legends of Tomorrow in particular has many references to Doctor Who.
  • When Caesar introduces himself to Mick, the pronunciation is how a Latin speaker would pronounce it: GAI-oos YOO-lee-oos KAI-sar - which is linguistically correct.
  • When the Legends steal the Waverider, Sarah says to Gideon, "Engines to power... turbines to speed!" which is a paraphrase of what Adam West as Batman used to say each time he and Robin started up the Batmobile in the 1960s Batman TV series.
  • The creation of the Time Bureau and their mission to correct anachronisms helped erase one of the major criticisms of the previous season; the Bureau's efforts would have likely eliminated all of the major alternations and plot holes in the timeline that were left undone in several episodes, such as a missing crew member aboard Apollo 13[1] and the curing of J.R.R. Tolkien's trench fever (the disease actually saved his life by sending him home before his battalion was wiped out).[2]
  • The Time Bureau's training exercises consist of past missions the Legends carried out deliberately and requires them to complete them more efficiently than the team did. Some missions mission references the events from "Moonshot" and "Out of Time".

Goofs

  • Stein explains Caesar's ability to understand and fluently speak English after ending up in present-day Aruba as being a side effect of temporal displacement. When the Legends return him to his proper point in the timeline (49 B.C.), Sara wipes Caesar's memory, and Nate checks a book on the rise of the Roman empire to confirm that history's back on track. Unnoticed by the group as they're leaving, Caesar steals Nate's book and subsequently uses it as a tool to conquer the known world, and then the unknown world. However, because Caesar's mind was wiped after they took him back to 49 B.C., he shouldn't have been able to read Nate's book, which was printed in English.
  • When the Legends are stealing the Waverider, Ray claims Gideon has been in sleep mode for five years. However, as the previous episode was set six months ago and the Legends arrived along with the Waverider in that episode, so Gideon should have only be in sleep mode for six months.

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Production

Preparation ran from July 7 until July 17, 2017. Shooting began on July 18 and ran until July 28, 2017.[3]

References

  1. "Moonshot"
  2. "Aruba"
  3. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
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