The One Historical Moment Legends Of Tomorrow Will Never Travel Back To

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The CW's Legends of Tomorrow has taken its crew of Legends all over time and space over its two seasons so far, and it seems to break plenty of its own rules whenever the good guys need to risk everything to save reality. In fact, there don't seem to be too many limits on what they can and can't do. According to Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Phil Klemmer, however, there's one historical moment that the Legends can't visit: the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Klemmer explained why the crucifixion is off the table, saying this:

A lot of times you have to come up with a rule that explains something you just can't do. We probably would love to go to Judea, 33 AD, but it's hard to make Vancouver look like that --- aside from being a huge, theological lightning rod. So that might have been a case of production driving a rule... It's always a question of what you can pull off in 8 days on a TV budget in Canada.

Vancouver has been able to double for World War I-era France, King Arthur-era Camelot, and dystopian Star City easily enough, but it's pretty hard to imagine a Judea in the first century A.D. that has a temperate climate and frequent rainfall. The show could dress Sara and Co. up in all the ancient outfits available and Canada still wouldn't really work as a stand-in for Judea. Kudos to Phil Klemmer for avoiding Jesus and Co. altogether rather than trying to really, really obviously fake it.

Phil Klemmer's reveal to might come as a disappointment to any who were hoping that the Legends would indeed go back to the first century, especially considering the role the blood of Christ and the biblical-era Spear of Destiny have played in Legends of Tomorrow Season 2. We'll just have to use our imaginations when it comes to the shenanigans that the crew would undoubtedly find a way to get into at the crucifixion. If these guys have been able to find silliness in the trenches of World War I and the hellhole that was future Star City, I'm sure there would have been some crucifixion-era hijinks.

Of course, they might not be in the mood for much silliness in the near future. They have a lot of messes to clean up thanks to their Season 2 adventures in time, and it might take all their focus to set things right again. We'll have to wait and see.

Legends of Tomorrow just wrapped up its second season on The CW, but there are still plenty of great options on the small screen. Check out our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule for a look at all your options, and don't forget to take a look at our rundown of all the 2017 renewals and cancellations so far.

Laura Hurley
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