The Loop (TV)
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- "I'm a changed man, Sara."
- "The only change I want to see you go through is from alive to dead."
- —Damien Darhk and Sara Lance
|With the timeline barely stable, the Legends must tackle two anachronisms at the same time to try and keep Mallus at bay. Sara and Rip team up to stop Grodd from going after a particular target leaving Nate and Wally to stop Amaya from changing her future. Meanwhile, the Legends think they have found a way to destroy Mallus, but they will have to create an uneasy alliance with one of their enemies.|
- The episode's title is a reference to John Noble's appearance as a fictionalized version of himself, the actor who voices Mallus.
- Mick watches a scene from the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, featuring John Noble as Denethor. Ray later goes to visit John Noble on the set of the film series, the fictionalized Noble making reference to the film's director Peter Jackson.
- When Ray visits Noble with the fake script, Noble questions the "character" Nora, with Ray saying she was a new character created for the film. Noble responds, "You can't do that, mate! It's Tolkien, it's Lord of the Rings!" This may be a reference to Jackson actually adding a new character, Tauriel, to The Hobbit Trilogy, a move that garnered much criticism.
- Sara describes saving Barry Obama as being "on Obamacare", referencing the federal statute known under the same name enacted by the real-life former President of the United States.
- Before he attempts to kill Barry, Grodd claims that he wishes to "make America Grodd again", referencing the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" that was once used by Ronald Regan in his 1980 presidential campaign before Donald Trump adopted it in his 2016 campaign.
- Ray urges Obama to "Run, Barry, run", referencing the oft-repeated phrase used on to encourage speedster Barry Allen.
- Nate created many codes for the Legends. They include: 1-1-1: "Mallus has escaped the time dungeon." 1-3-1: Either "Pancakes for breakfast." or "Someone stole the jumpship." 2-2-2: "We're screwed no matter what we do."
- Sara tells Barack Obama that he should hold on to this birth certificate. This is a reference to the conspiracy theories that Obama wasn't born in the United States and his birth certificate is a forgery.
- The scene where Sara speaks to Obama about her predicament and what she should do about it was almost cut from the episode.
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