WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “The Great British Fake Off,” the latest episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Jack the Ripper made his formal debut on the most recent episode of Legends of Tomorrow, but he wasn’t the only one. In a change from the usual historical villain of the week, the episode “The Great British Fake Off” features the likes of Bonnie (Abby Ross) & Clyde (Ben Sullivan), Brutus (Peter Ciuffa), King Henry VIII (Chris Gauthier) and Black Caesar (Sean Millington) along with Jack the Ripper (Timothy Lyle). All these Encores have been summoned to retrieve the ring which is the last part of the Loom of Fate; however, this did a disservice to Jack’s debut.
In a season that so far has had Encores of Genghis Khan (Terry Chen), Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (Jonathan Sadowski), Freddy Meyers (Seth Meriwether) – a Michael Myers knock off – and Marie Antoinette (Courtney Ford), it seems a bit odd that they would put some of these Encores together in an episode when they easily could have had their own time to shine individually.
Jack the Ripper is seen as the most notorious among the group, as noted by Bonnie and Clyde, since he never got caught by the authorities. Jack the Ripper was mentioned twice before, which makes it even more surprising that he didn’t’ get his own episode, especially considering there are only a handful of episodes left of this season. The rest of the season will probably focus more on putting the Loom of Fate together and getting it to work rather than focusing on an Encore of the week.
It is not only the fact that Jack the Ripper doesn’t get his own episode, but it is also the fact that he is paired with some of the worst people in history. While they all get sent to hell, it is possible for them to make a return, but it’s doubtful that he or any of them will get their own standalone episode after being in a group one. One possible way they could come back would be if all the Encores returned for an epic fight between Hell and the Legends.
The episode took a bit of an odd turn, as most of the characters felt wasted in it. Constantine (Matt Ryan) and Zari (Tala Ashe) did very little as they went back in time to look for the ring, deceive the other Encores and then spend the rest of the episode not searching for the ring. After Jack the Ripper arrives, he spends a short scene with Zari while Constantine searches his room, but then he spends the majority of the of the episode stuck in a closet.
Meanwhile, the remaining Encores turn on each other despite the fact that they agreed to find the ring as a team and present it together for their freedom in the previous scene. In the episode that was Jack the Ripper’s debut, a character who was mentioned previously in the show and admired by the other Encores, his use in the episode is wasted as he was benched in the closet while hijinks ensued around him.
Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Matt Ryan and Jes Macallan.
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Jack the Ripper made his debut on the most recent episode of Legends of Tomorrow, but was it wasted?