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"Now that the Spear is whole, it will try to lure each of us to use it. It will draw on our weaknesses, our desires, our regrets. It will promise each of us that we can re-make the world just as we want it."
"What's wrong with that? [...] What? Come on, you're all thinking it."
Rip Hunter and Mick Rory
"Fellowship of the Spear" is the fifteenth episode of the second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and the thirty-first episode overall. It aired on March 21, 2017.

Synopsis

The Legends must devise a plan to retrieve the last remaining fragments of the Spear of Destiny from the Legion of Doom. They find themselves in France at the height of World War I faced with the knowledge that they must destroy the mystical object. They enlist the help of a soldier by the name of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and find that the Spear is leading them into the heart of the war. Meanwhile, the team must all resist the temptation of the Spear, and the return of a former teammate.[src]

Production

Preparation ran from January 11 until January 19, 2017. Shooting ran from January 20 until January 31, 2017.[1]

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Trivia

  • There are many references to The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and its various adaptations in this episode.
    • The episode title is a reference to the story, the first volume of which is titled The Fellowship of the Ring.
    • J.R.R. Tolkien appears, being the future author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, a fact which is mentioned.
    • Tolkien's superior officer screams at him with the words "On your feet, you fool of a Tolkien!" referencing the line "fool of a Took" from The Lord of the Rings.
    • Nate's amusement at Tolkien enjoying long stories is a nod to The Lord of the Rings; in real life, it was initially written as one story but Tolkien's publishers believed it to be too long, so they had him split it into three parts to be published.
    • When Rip explains the team's mission to J.R.R. Tolkien, he describes it as a journey to destroy an object that would give its bearer unimaginable power. This is most likely a reference to the Fellowship of the Ring, and the heroes' journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring, which like the Spear, can grant extraordinary power and is dangerous in the wrong hands.
      • Nate refers to the team as a "fellowship", referencing the Fellowship of the Ring.
    • When requesting a ceasefire, Rip closely quotes a speech given by Aragorn to his men in the film adaptation of Tolkien's The Return of the King. However, that particular speech was not written by Tolkien; it was by Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Peter Jackson specifically for the film.
    • While discussing their plans, Martin says, "One cannot simply walk into the middle of a war zone", a reference to Boromir's infamous line "One does not simply walk into Mordor" from The Fellowship of the Ring film adaptation.
    • When talking about the Spear with Nate, Tolkien describes the appearance of the inscription on it as "a secret only fire can tell", a reference to how the One Ring would glow with Black Speech when heated.
      • The fact the message Natum De Sangine Perditas A Sangine appeared on the spear when it was exposed to the Heat Gun's flames may be a reference to the Elvish script that appears upon the One Ring when it's made hot.
        • Similarly, the fact that this Latin phrase's translation means Born of Blood, Undone by Blood (meaning that Jesus Christ's blood gave the spear its power, and is also the only thing that can destroy it) may be a reference to the fact that just as the One Ring was forged in Mount Doom, Mount Doom's fires are the only thing capable of destroying it. 
          • Since the legend of the Spear is ancient (and was likely well-known to Tolkien, who was linguist and a scholar of myth; not for nothing does his trilogy have parallels both with Wagner's Ring cycle and the Norse Eddas for instance, while Wagner's Parsifal - a quest for the selfsame Spear - would likely be well-known to Tolkien for the same reasons), it's unlikely that the legends of the spear in this episode are influenced by Tolkien, but perhaps it's the other way around. 
  • In reality, Tolkien's experiences in the First World War influenced many of elements that appeared in in his novel, particularly the depiction of Mordor resembling a World War I era battlefield, and the relationship between officers and their enlisted men mirrored in Frodo and Sam.
  • This episode took place during the Battle of the Somme. Future dictator Adolph Hitler was present at the battle, and was famously obsessed with occult objects; such as the Spear of Destiny.
  • The Legends' efforts to broker a cease fire in the midst of the Battle of the Somme mirrors the "Christmas Truce" that occurred during the first Christmas of World War I. Allied and German troops called an unofficial ceasefire without approval from their commands, during which they rescued their wounded, buried their dead, and even played football against each other.
  • Sara refers to Nate, Mick, Ray, and Rip as the "Backstreet Boys".
  • After using a terrible Cockney accent, Nate mentions having played Bert in his school's production of Mary Poppins.
  • The name "Bittersteel" refers to the character of Aegor Rivers from the HBO show Game of Thrones.
    • Additionally, Game of Thrones seems to exist in the Arrowverse, having been mentioned in Supergirl, Arrow, and The Flash.
  • The way that Nate deflects Damien Darhk's men's bullets is similar to the way Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets.

Goofs

  • The German soldiers in World War I are wearing Wehrmacht uniforms, when they should have been wearing uniforms belonging to the Imperial German Army.
  • Tolkien would not give a radio frequency in megahertz, as the term wasn't introduced until later. It was then megacycles per second.
  • In curing Tolkien's case of trench fever, the Legends are potentially creating a huge time aberration, as his illness was likely the reason why he survived the war and went on to become a successful writer. The disease forced Tolkien to be relieved of combat duty and sent home, after which almost his entire battalion was killed in action. Having been cured, Tolkien would have likely returned to active duty and been killed alongside his comrades.

References

  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter


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