Legends of Tomorrow is on a hot streak this season. It’s found a formula that really works for it, at least while it builds up to the bigger fights to come. It’s spent most of this season giving us superhero-infused riffs on established tropes, and while you’d think this story would start to get old after a while, it fits the tone of this show perfectly. The show gives the Legends a giant sandbox to play in, never getting too serious until it really counts. Each episode also focuses on a particular character and dilemma, which keeps the story from becoming overcrowded. That can happen with a big ensemble show like this.This week’s episode is all about Amaya, who’s still struggling with the way Kuasa turned out. She wants to help her granddaughter, but that would disrupt the time stream and could have disastrous consequences for Mari. That’s going to be an interesting problem for the show to solve as we move through the second half of the season. Making matters worse is the fact that she can’t even step off the ship in Detroit to see her granddaughter for fear of changing history. Not that she has much time to deal with that anyway. The Legends have totems to find, and Damien Darhk already got to the Fire Totem, held by Mari McCabe’s scientist boyfriend.Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)That means the Legends need to get their hands on the Earth Totem, which we know from the episode’s opening, is in The Bahamas in 1717. It turned Blackbeard’s lover into a plant monster. Aw yeah, it’s time for a pirate adventure. Without Sara. As handy as she’d be in a world of swords and rum, she has a date with Agent Sharpe. The legends decide not to interrupt and run off to the Caribbean without telling her. There’s no way this could go wrong. OK, before we get to the pirate stuff, let’s talk about Sara and Sharpe because their scenes are adorable. It’s a side of Sara we don’t normally get to see. As far back as Arrow, she’s been the cool, collected badass. It’s nice to see her show some vulnerability and nervousness on a first date. It creates a real sense that she and Sharpe really like each other, and are both unsure of how to proceed. This also leads to some funny moments where they both keep getting distracted by work despite having promised not to talk about work. You know, normal romantic comedy stuff. Except with guns, swords and time travel.The real fun happens in the pirate segments of the episode. That’s mostly because we get to hear each cast member’s best attempt at a pirate voice. I think the award for most blatant Johnny Depp impression has to go to Brandon Routh here. The Legends show up in Nassau, and start doing piratey things to try and get Blackbeard’s attention. Mick Rory notices that Amaya still isn’t in the best of spirits, so he helps her out. He starts a tall tale about the Dread Pirate Jiwe that instantly catches on. I don’t know when the show decided to start turning Rory into the soft-hearted, empathetic problem solver, but I like it.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)With Amaya fully in the pirate spirit, they catch the attention of Blackbeard and ask about a trinket with a large, green emerald on it. Blackbeard knows where it is, and he’s about to tell them… but the Royal Navy shows up to arrest Blackbeard and his crew. Unfortunately for the Legends, they also have a new admiral: Damien Darhk. Darhk freezes Amaya and takes her totem before demanding that Blackbeard tell him where the Earth Totem is. Here’s where Legends of Tomorrow gives its pirate story a cool twist. Earlier, Rory made up a story about Amaya being the most fearsome pirate queen of all, and the pirates immediately took it as fact, and started adding to it. Here, we see something similar happened with Blackbeard. All those stories about what a terrible pirate he was were just that. They were stories. He’s really a coward, giving up the totem’s location freely and dutifully marching to his death, along with the Legends.Fortunately, there’s a little more truth to the stories about Amaya. Namely, she really is as brave as Rory made her out to be, just not as ruthless. She fights off the officers and the executioner, commandeers Blackbeard’s ship, with the pirate’s full cooperation, and sets off to find the Earth Totem. This episode’s fight scenes really went above and beyond. A lot of the time on this show, so much money is spent recreating the period sets and CGI enemies, there’s not a lot left for the actual fight. They tend to last a few seconds with maybe one cool superpower display, if we’re lucky. That’s not the case for this episode. It is very light on superpowers, but that means we get extended shots of swordfight choreography. It’s exactly what you want from a pirate story. That’s not to say there isn’t any spectacle, though. It’s hard to think of a more exciting scene than the Waverider time-jumping itself out of the Bermuda triangle while Damian Darhk fires cannons at it. Well, except for the one where Blackbeard tries to take over the Waverider and is defeated by Sharpe and Sara, who are wielding musical instruments. How is this show so cool every week?Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)The Legends defeat the Darhks and get the Earth Totem, but it’s not without a price. Not only do they fail to get Amaya’s Spirit Totem back, but Ray shoots Nora Darhk in the back with a nano gun. Without help, she will die. Yes, she’s a villain, but Ray isn’t a murderer. (See? Even when he’s playing a completely different DC superhero, Routh is still the best modern Superman.) He goes back to the Bahamas with a cure and offers it to Damien in exchange for Amaya’s totem back. Darhk immediately gives it to him, saying his daughter is more important than anything. Between this scene and all of Kuasa’s development, this season has been fantastic about humanizing and complicating its villains. I like it. It doesn’t last long, though. As soon as Nora is cured, she goes all demonic and nearly kills Ray. The only reason she doesn’t is that Damien says he’ll be useful. So now the Darhks have both Atom and the Spirit Totem. Great.The only storyline that didn’t quite pull its weight was the one between Rip Hunter and Wally West. That’s disappointing because we’ve really missed Wally’s presence in The Flash. The Arrowverse just doesn’t feel the same without him. It was so exciting when Rip contacted Wally at the end of last week’s episode, and they didn’t do much at all with him this week. It was important to see Wally get out of his funk, and it gave us some great comedy. Wally and Rip performing “Careless Whisper” in 1992 Japan is the funniest moment of the episode. But this whole story felt like filler. By the end of the episode, nothing much happened between these two. It was fun, but it didn’t live up to the rest of the episode. Even the funniest karaoke performance can’t compare to pirates and superheroes sword fighting. Even so, this was still a fantastic hour of Legends of Tomorrow. Hopefully, Wally will have something more to do next week. Stay on target DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.