The Loop (TV)
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- For other episodes of the same name, see Pilot.
- "One thing that time travel teaches you is that time changes, people don't."
- —Rip Hunter to Martin Stein
It is the second half of the two-part pilot.
|Tipped off to Vandal Savage's whereabouts, the team infiltrates a munitions deal with Professor Stein as their leader. Surrounded by some of the toughest criminals in the world, things quickly go from bad to worse when Savage realizes they don't belong there. A massive fight ensues and a piece of the Atom's suit falls off and into the wrong hands, which could potentially cause disastrous consequences in the future. Stein realizes the best way to retrieve the missing piece is to contact a brilliant man – his younger self. He, Sara and Jax head off in search of young Martin Stein, much to Rip's consternation. Meanwhile, Snart and Rory plan to steal a key element in defeating Savage but still unsure of his new teammates, Ray demands to come along on the mission. Carter helps Kendra remember something vital.|
- "Captain, we are receiving a call from Dr. Palmer on Mr. Snart's com-link."
"Put him through."
"Hey, Rip. You know that house the dagger was in? The owner just came home. And you won't believe who it is."
- —Gideon, Rip, Ray and Savage
- "The 70s are awfully colorful."
"Yes, well, they smoked a lot of pot back then."
- —Sara and Stein discuss the fashion sense of the 1970s
Production began on September 9, 2015, along with "".
- This is the last episode where Snart wears his parka. He later switches to a more form-fitting leather jacket in place of it.
- However, Snart wears the parka again in The Flash episode, "Infantino Street".
- Damien Darhk makes a cameo in this episode. When this episode first aired, Damien Darhk served as the main antagonist in the fourth season of (on Arrow, the version of Damien Darhk is from 2016, while in this episode, it is a version from 1975). Darhk will later become one of the secondary antagonists, alongside with Malcolm Merlyn, in the second season of .
- The outfit whom Mick picked up for the trip to the 1970s in the previous episode becomes his signature outfit for the rest of the series, until "Land of the Lost".
- A joke is made that Professor Stein and White Canary are "The Professor and Ginger", referencing the sitcom Gilligan's Island.
- Professor Stein claims to be Elon Musk, a well-known inventor in the present.
- Professor Stein says "that's deja vu all over again", referencing a quote by the famous baseball player Yogi Berra.
- Professor Stein and Rip Hunter having to make sure Stein ends up with his wife is similar to the plot of the movie Back to the Future.
- In the comics, Hawkman dying has previously happened in the comic Blackest Night #1.
- Vandal Savage stealing a piece of the A.T.O.M. Exosuit and using it to create a weapon to destroy the world in an alternate timeline is similar to what happened in an episode of the cartoon series Justice League, where that Vandal Savage killed Ray Palmer and stole a piece of the dwarf star to build a weapon that killed the members of the Justice League.
- It is revealed that only Kendra can kill Savage with the dagger.
- The crumbling city that Rip showed the team was Central City in 2016.
- While locked inside the cage in Savage's mansion, Ray mentions to Leonard "in another life, you could've been an electrical engineer". This is possibly a reference to Wentworth Miller's former role as fugitive Michael Scofield in the TV series Prison Break, who was a structural engineer before deliberately getting himself incarcerated in Prison.
- During the same conversation, Snart refers to Ray being the ATOM by calling him "Incredible shrinking schmuck", which is possibly a reference to the 1957 film The Incredible Shrinking Man.
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