That line pretty aptly sums up the midseason finale of Legends of Tomorrow. As is the usual trend with the various Arrow-verse shows, this episode was all about pitting our heroes against against Season 2’s main antagonists in their first major battle, in the process setting the stage for what’s to come in 2017. But even though things got pretty dark by the end, this episode never lost the sense of fun and swashbuckling adventure that’s propelled the show along this season.
In some ways, “The Chicago Way” followed a pretty traditional structure. The Legends discovered a new time aberration, traveled to an iconic period in American history, and fought to prevent history from being forever altered by opportunistic villains. The Prohibition-era Chicago setting is easily one of the more memorable the show has visited. Between the fashion, the speakeasies and the sight of tommy gun-wielding gangsters battling colorful metahumans, everyone involved was clearly having a lot of fun with the setting. It also allowed the show to pay homage to another popular film, this time Brian de Palma’s The Untouchables. Seeing both Al Capone (Gracepoint’s Isaac Keoughan) and Elliot Ness (iZombie’s Cole Vigue) dragged into the fray was a nice touch.