- "Oh, woman of mystery. I know that look in your eye, though. That's the look of someone that I've taken everything from."
"Not everything. You haven't taken my soul, which I've already lost and I'm not eager to do again. "
- —Damien Darhk and Sara Lance
"Compromised" is the fifth episode of the second season of , and the twenty-first episode overall. It aired on November 10, 2016.
|When the Legends trace a timequake to President Reagan's White House, they are shocked to discover their old enemy Damien Darhk is now a Senior Adviser to Reagan. As the team works to uncover what Darhk has up his devious sleeve, Sara struggles with the choice of getting revenge or helping with the team's larger mission. Thinking that the JSA members could be of help, Amaya and Nate break into the JSA and are surprised at what they find. Meanwhile, Stein tries to prevent his younger self from creating an even bigger time Aberration.|
- Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein/Firestorm
- Brandon Routh as Dr. Ray Palmer/Colonel Cold
- Caity Lotz as Captain Sara Lance
- Franz Drameh as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson/Firestorm
- Matt Letscher as Professor Eobard Thawne
- Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe
- Amy Pemberton as Gideon (voice)
- Nick Zano as Dr. Nate Heywood/Steel
- Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave
Special appearance by
- Graeme McComb as Marty Stein
- Emily Tennant as Young Clarissa Stein
- Lance Henriksen as Todd Rice/Obsidian
- Dimitri Vantis as Boris
- Adrien Cote as Drug Dealer
- Randene Neill as Female Reporter
- Darren Matheson as Secret Service Agent
- Ronda Cavanagh as Tour Guide
- Evan Frayne as U.S. Delegate
The scene opens on Damien Darhk, in a very Miami Vice-enlivened medication bargain during the '80s. For the medications, he's demanded a relic - a hatchet - rather than money. It turns sour when the DEO appears, however they're immediately dispatched by the Reverse-Flash.
It's been a very long time since Thawne and Darhk have cooperated, however now Thawne needs another shot. And keeping in mind that Darhk is hesitant, Thawne guarantees him "genuine force."
Jax attempts (and neglects) to persuade Stein and Sara about the benefits of tweaking time in little manners, as they did with Einstein and afterward again during the Civil War. The others state that is not what Rip depended them to do.
Warmth Wave is letting Ray Palmer take the virus weapon for a turn while attempting to show him how to "be cool."
Lady visits with Citizen Steel, who is attempting to set up a "period seismograph" to recognize abberations before they occur.
It works, and drives them to 1987 - where the group join on the White House.
Lamentably for them, both the more youthful Martin Stein and Damien Darhk are working with the President, making penetration tricky...especially when Sara loses it and attempts to execute Darhk, prompting a dangerous showdown with the Secret Service.
In the interim, Amaya and Steel - who had fizzled with sights set on a genuine discussion on board the Waverider - search a JSA preparing office get themselves up close and personal with Obsidian - forty-five years more established and asking why Vixen left the JSA during the '40s.
Back at the Waverider, the group keeps on argueing about whose deficiency the wreck at the White House was. They make sense of that Darhk being there likely implies that their time-traveling adversary is included, so they need to tell Amaya.
Obsidian discloses to Amaya and Nate that the JSA passed on a strategic Leipzig in 1956 — one which he'd been kept separate from on the grounds that the administration didn't accept he could be trusted.
Amaya vows to fix history and spare the Society when it's totally done.
Back at the Waverider, the group investigates Darhk's association with the Reagan Administration, discovering that he has a secret gathering today. Sara sends Rory and Ray to keep an eye on him.
During the subsequent stakeout, Rory and Ray can't discover a science that works for them. Rory is disturbed that Ray is attempting to be so much like Cold, and it's raising feelings about his dead companion.
A man comes to meet with Darhk — it's an individual from the Soviet assignment, and the pair have plans to "convey a bundle" for the KGB at a state supper.
Youthful Stein is strolling through the recreation center — he evidently avoided a birthday supper with Clarissa to be there and meet Darhk. He has a pitch he needs Darhk to get before President Reagan, however when he understands that Darhk is meeting with a Soviet specialist, Darhk cuts him. The more seasoned Martin falls on board the Waverider too. Darhk leaves, and Ray and Rory go attempt to save youthful Stein.
In the Medbay, the two Steins are there, however Gideon is just rewarding the more youthful one, so both will recoup. The pair contend, with the more established Stein reprimanding his more youthful self for being harsh toward Clarissa.
Steel and Amaya make sense of that they will require Obsidian's assistance to manage Darhk at the state supper. They go to him for help, however he's hesitant, saying that Amaya's sentimental trap with Rex Tyler during the '40s was amateurish and traded off her objectivity.
In the Medbay, Stein and Ray talk about battling with their own characters, since Ray's suit is gone and Stein is so baffled with his more youthful self. Toward the finish of the discussion, Sara appears at take the senior Stein and the remainder of the group to the state supper.
They show up, where Obsidian meets them, and very quickly drew nearer by Clarissa, who ponders where Martin is. She's not very stressed, since it's so regular for him to forget about time.
Martin requests that her move, and uses an opportunity to attempt to mitigate her disappointments with his more youthful self. When Darhk shows up, the group takes positions.
In the storm cellar of the state supper, Darhk is selling dispatch codes to the soviets in return for another ancient rarity — this one concealed, however in a ring box. Obsidian, Amaya, Steel, Sara, and Firestorm shut down the Russians however Darhk makes a getaway. Firestorm makes a beeline for spare Clarissa, Reagan, and Gorbachev from a bomb Darhk planted as an interruption.
Ray figures out how to discover the bomb and void the assembly hall while Sara battles a Russian man-mountain in the storm cellar. After beginning reservations, Rory persuades him that he'll have the option to make all the difference. He needs to disassemble the virus weapon to take the bomb out. Rory instructs him to proceed.
In the cellar, Darhk shoots Obsidian, who steps before a shot to spare Vixen. Sara gets down to business with Darhk, disclosing to him that she is saving him to draw out his affliction. She mentions to him what befalls him toward the finish of Arrow season 4, which plainly shakes him, yet she can't appreciate it for long in light of the fact that Thawne shows up and speeds him away.
Before Thawne showed up, however, Sara figured out how to take the relic from Darhk.
On the Waverider, the two Martins contend quickly, before the senior one at long last persuades the more youthful to improve by Clarissa.
In the Medbay, Obsidian recoups from being shot, yet chooses to return to his sweetheart in 1987 as opposed to battle close by the Legends. After he leaves, Amaya at last gives Nate some knowledge into his granddad's character.
Somewhere else, Darhk reveals to Thawne that he's frantic to change his future and will currently go along with him. Thawne uncovers a period circle, and the two take off together.
Preparation ran from August 24 until September 1, 2016. Shooting ran from September 2 until September 14, 2016.
- Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev are the first leaders of, respectively, the United States and Soviet Union to appear on-screen in the Arrowverse, as well as the first to appear themselves via photograph and archive footage respectively.
- Additionally, President Ike Eisenhower was mentioned in the episode.
- The original Red Tornado's bucket helmet could be glimpsed among other trophies on the Waverider.
- Damien Darhk's white and blue outfit whilst standing in front of a sports car is a reference to the 1980s TV series Miami Vice, in which protagonist James "Sonny" Crockett wears a similar outfit.
- When Mick and Ray are on a stakeout, the former turns on the radio to "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew.
- Mick's declaration of Love/Hate, "I hate the 80s", is a reference to "", where Mick says, "I love the 70s".
- Martin likens the clandestine meeting in a D.C. park to a John le Carré novel, whereas Nate and Jax agree that they prefer Ian Fleming.
- The younger Martin Stein mentions being nominated for his "sixth Carlin award". This is likely a reference to former DC Comics executive Mike Carlin.
- Stein's interactions with his younger self this episode would eventually lead to a time aberration.
- Martin makes a reference to dinner reservations with Clarissa at "L'Auberge." In the Washington, D.C. area, that's most likely a reference to L'Auberge Chez François, a DC-area French restaurant with a long-standing reputation as one of the most romantic restaurants in the region.
- Obsidian was one of the first openly gay superheroes in comics and similar to this episode, his sexual orientation is the reason the 50s and 60s military wouldn't "trust" him on certain missions.
- At the end of the episode, Eobard Thawne and Darhk use a Time Sphere. This is a device first seen in the DC Adventure Comics #247 featuring the Legion of Superheroes. The Time Sphere was a Legion time travel-device used often and even at times by Rip Hunter.
- In Channel 52's breaking news segment, a photo of the White House is shown with a police cruiser parked in front. The car is a 1998 or newer Ford Crown Victoria.
- The Marine honor guard seen when the Legends first arrive at the White House looks like he is in his mid, maybe late 20s, at the most. However, he is wearing the rank insignia of a Sergeant Major, the second highest enlisted rank in the Marine Corps. On average, it takes over 20 years of service to achieve this rank. In addition, the hash marks on his lower sleeve indicate 28 years of service, so it would be unheard of for someone so young to achieve such a high rank. Considering the man's age, it would be impossible for him to have that many hash marks, as each one indicates four years of service.
- When Jax mentions Doc Brown from Back to the Future, Stein is confused as to who the character is. In "" though, Stein quotes Marty McFly from the same film; if he knows the movie well enough to quote Marty, he should be aware of who Doc Brown is too.
- It's possible Stein didn't know who he was quoting and simply referenced the quote from somewhere he heard it.
- The Legends walk freely about the White House in secure areas without ID badges, yet no one challenges them. Similarly, they are able to bring weapons (a metal knife and the heat & cold guns) inside the secured area. By 1987, security was heightened since President Reagan had survived an assassination attempt in 1981.
- Stein's younger self is stabbed and Stein in current time has blood on his sweater from the stab wound. In reality, he would only have a scar that was mentioned later.
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