Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Last week’s Death Totem possession has her just a little freaked out. She decides to leave the Waverider for a few days to collect herself, much to the rest of the team’s protestations. She leaves Amaya in charge because… well, who else was it going to be? It’s not like anyone else is going to keep Mick Rory from burning everything down. Speaking of, I’m loving him as a Totem Bearer. All the others have a sense of duty and responsibility. Rory uses his to make popcorn and play painful “pull my finger” pranks.Sara isn’t going to get to take her vacation, though. Things are going way wrong all over the timeline. First, Amaya learns that her granddaughter Mari has been hurt in a fire. Since Amaya hasn’t gotten her totem back, the timeline is solidifying, meaning Mari is a non-super, non-safe vigilante. But that’s not why Sara needs to stay. Nate and Wally are perfectly capable of handling that mission on their own. No, she has her own drama to deal with. Gary shows up and reveals that, ever since Sara broke up with Ava, she hasn’t come into work. She and Nate head to the Time Bureau to investigate.It quickly becomes clear that nothing is quite as it seems with Ava’s disappearance. The team first tracks down her parents in Fresno, which… man, the ability to travel instantly across time and space, and you have to go to Fresno? That’s rough. Once they get there though, Sara notices that Ava’s parents are acting really weird. They’re too perfect, and they don’t seem quite sure of the details of Ava’s life. Soon, it’s revealed that they’re actors, hired to pretend to be Ava’s parents. Who would do that? Things only get more confusing back at the Time Bureau, when Ava shows back up, but lies about where she was. Sara steals her time bracelet and decides to investigate a forbidden time period. Maybe that’s where she’s been.Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Adam Tsekhman as Agent Gary Green, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)That’s when we get what might be the craziest plot twist Legends of Tomorrow has shown us so far. Ava is a clone. Not even of one person. The Ava corporation combined DNA from all over the world to create the ideal woman. Yeah the genetically engineered ideal being a thin, white, pale, blonde woman is not a great look. The show tries not to spend too much time on that. Interestingly, the real Ava, our Ava, is unique. She had no idea about the clones, and is generally freaked out by all of them. It turns out she was actually reconnecting with an ex in Vegas, experimenting with the Upswipe dating app, and discovering that neither made her happy. She loves Sara. It’s sweet, but they have to deal with an army of clones first.Sara gets Ava through her brief identity crisis, admitting that she does still love her in the process. The two women team up to fight a clone army, and it’s the coolest scene of the episode. All the fight scenes in this one are fantastic, but this tops them all. The choreography is mesmerizing, and it’s filled with great comedic banter. Ava comments how weird it is to be beating up an army of herself, and Ray calls the fight the second-worst attack of the clones he’s ever seen. As much as I’ll defend… individual scenes of that movie, that line got me laughing pretty hard.Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Adam Tsekhman as Agent Gary Green, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)We don’t get a ton of answers about this story, though. I was hoping for some kind of revelation, but the most we get is that Rip Hunter probably plucked this Ava clone out of the future, erased her memory and gave her a fake past. We could have guessed that. I wanted a plot this weird to end in an even stranger revelation, something to drive the plot forward. Instead, we just have to hope the next episode deigns to give us an answer. Hey, at least the clone plot wasn’t boring. The futuristic setting and the fight choreography made it the most visually exciting plots we’ve seen from this show in a few weeks.The rest of the episode is full of great character building and drama. So even though the clone story mostly stayed in the shallow end, the rest of the episode more than made up for it. Sadly, we didn’t get to see a live-action Mari McCabe this time around. Instead, while Wally and Nate try to talk to her foster dad in the hospital, they find Kuasa is there too. Surprising everyone, she’s there to protect her sister. She’s also down to help Wally and Nate get Amaya’s totem back. If Nora/Mallus has it for much longer, it will never be passed down to Mari, and Kuasa will lose all hope of ever getting the Spirit Totem.Tracy Ifeachor as Kuasa and Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)It’s about time this show did something interesting with Kuasa’s character. Better late than never, I guess. It is a shame that she had to die right after her big, emotional redemption arc. I understand why the show decided to go this way. It hasn’t been able to find a good place for her in the story. As a villain, she’s a third wheel, not nearly as tied to Mallus as Damien or Nora Darhk. Still, I wish the solution was either to give her her own season later or at least a slightly longer arc as a hero. Because she had a really satisfying redemption story here. She and Nate cook up a plan to get Amaya’s totem back. Kuasa pretends to capture Nate and make a trade with the Darhks for the totem. But then she changes her mind about it being pretend. She keeps Nate tied up and makes the trade. She doesn’t like that her grandmother loves a man who isn’t her grandfather. That puts both her and Mari at risk.We only get a couple of brief scenes with Damien Darhk in this episode, but I love what it does with him. While he’s torturing Nate, he starts to open up. He has reservations about his daughter being taken over by Mallus. He’s worried and feels guilty for getting her involved with the demon. It’s the most nuanced we’ve seen this character. Yes, the scene is played for laughs, but there is genuine emotion in this scene. Now I’m thinking Damien Darhk may turn out to be the surprise ally that will help the Legends defeat Mallus. After all, this isn’t the first time one of them has played family therapist while under threat of torture.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)Kuasa returns Amaya’s totem, but when Nate doesn’t come back with her, the whole secret comes out. Amaya accuses her of being selfish, saying it’s clear why Mari deserved the Spirit Totem over her. It’s brutally honest in a way only a grandmother can be. It works. Kuasa sets out to prove herself and mounts a solo mission to rescue Nate. She succeeds, but doesn’t make it back to the Waverider. As punishment for her betrayal, Nora rips the Water Totem from her chest, killing her instantly. Kuasa deserved so much better than that. (All the Vixen characters do. This is your regularly scheduled reminder to watch the Vixen animated series. It’s really good.) Kuasa’s death also leads to this episode’s other casualty: Nate and Amaya’s relationship. Sara and Ava may have patched things up, but this might be the end for the other obnoxiously cute couple on board the ship. Amaya blames herself for Kuasa’s death, and maybe on her way to setting the timeline right. At the end of the episode, she steals a pod, and heads for the day of Zambesi’s destruction.At times, this episode felt a little messy and unfocused. The clone stuff was cool, and we got a great fight scene, but it felt like there wasn’t enough time to really capitalize on the story, or take it anywhere. But, as has become a pattern on Legends of Tomorrow, the more personal character stories saved it. There’s finally some real conflict in the Nate and Amaya love story that doesn’t feel forced or unnatural. Even the lighter side-story where Zari tries to train Rory in totem use was entertaining and sweet, even if it didn’t contribute much to the overall story. The show keeps adding new layers to Rory’s character, and I love it. At this point, even the less focused episodes have so much good stuff going on, you can’t help but love them. With only a few weeks left, I’m not ready to let it go.