Now that the two-part pilot episode is out of the way, the CW's "Legends of Tomorrow" showed fans what its first outing as an episode adventure would look like. Episode 3, "Blood Ties" saw three separate stories come together in a daring bid to stop the group's main villain.
The episode opens with the group realizing that the wounds Kendra (Ciara Renee) suffered during last week’s episode will prevent her from surviving another time jump back to 2016. Now that they’re stuck in the past, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) reminds them that there’s still a lot of good they can do there to stop the immortal baddie Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) suggests a bit of advice she received from her former master Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable). She reminds Hunter that Savage is only powerful because, in addition to being immortal, he’s rich. If they can find a way to cut off his supply of cash, they can diminish his ability to eventually take over the world.
Meanwhile, Kendra is having trouble recovering from her knife wound. There’s fragments of the blade making their way to her heart, forcing Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) to hatch a complicated, superhero-style plan to save her. Palmer tried to shrink down in his Atom suit to destroy the shrapnel, but the plan didn’t work and Ray suddenly finds himself shaken by the prospect of losing another person that’s close to him. Previously on “Arrow” it was revealed that he lost his fiancée during the Starling City Siege two years ago. When he started to feel powerless helping Kendra, he came down with a terrible case of the yips. Eventually, thanks to a pep talk from Stein, Palmer gets over it and makes another attempt at taking out the shrapnel. This time, it works and Kendra’s condition starts to improve.
While that’s happening, Sara and Rip make their way to a bank they trace to some of Savage’s funds, much to the dismay of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), who feel that casing banks is their bread and butter. However, they're too unstable for such a delicate operation so Rip opts to keep the away team small.
While they’re hacking a computer in the bank for information, Sara realizes that the bank is made up of Savage’s allies who have clearly figured out their game. They’re attacked by the staff, but they’re no match for Sara’s super assassin skills, especially now that she’s invigorated by the bloodlust from the Lazarus Pit. They capture one of the bankers and interrogate him to figure out how to take down Savage’s finances. He reveals two things to them. The first is that Hunter apparently tried to travel back in time to Egypt to kill Savage before he got his powers, but hesitated to make the kill. The second, was that Savage’s most prized possession is the body of Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), who was murdered last week.
They infiltrate a party the villain is hosting, where the body will apparently be on display. They arrive undercover and are almost immediately captured. Savage brings them to a room where a bunch of high-society men and women are chanting in a ritualistic fashion around Hawkman’s body. Savage reveals that, although killing him last week gave him some energy, there’s still some remaining in the hero’s blood. Over the years, he’s developed the ability to share the life force with humans that don’t share his immortal powers. In doing so, he grants them an extra "hundred years or so" of life. It becomes clear that Savage’s fortune isn’t in currency, it’s in devout followers. Just when he’s getting ready to kill his captors, a familiar noise gives the heroes hope. In a flash, Captain Cold, Heat Wave and Jefferson (Franz Drameh) burst in the room and engage the enemies. It turns out that Jefferson is a pretty formidable opponent, even when he's not suited up as Firestorm.
While the events of the episode were going on, the trio snuck away to 1975 Central City to steal a prized emerald. While it looked like the brothers were just hoping to make a little side money, it turns out it was a deeply personal caper. Captain Cold hoped to give the gem to his father, who would attempt to steal it two days later and get arrested. It was previously revealed on “The Flash” that once their father got back from prison he became abusive to them and their sister. They’ve just finished their time-hopping adventure when they get the call that their teammates are in trouble.
They rescue the captives and and Rip immediately attacks Savage, this time not hesitating to cut his throat. Unfortunately, by this point in history he’s gained his immortality powers so the act is more of an emotional gesture than anything else. For some reason, they neither capture Savage while he’s weak nor confiscate the only knife that can kill him and opt instead to find him at another point in history instead.
The episode ends with Captain Cold realizing that his father went to jail anyway after he’s caught trying to fence the gem. Rip gives him a minor lecture about attempting to take down the timeline before asking them to follow him to 1986 to try and stop the villain at another recorded point in history. With the gang now at full strength and their enemy on the ropes, they’ve never been closer to stopping him than ever before.