Spoilers ahead for the February 25 episode of Legends of Tomorrow Season 5, called "Mortal Khanbat."
Legends of Tomorrow used none other than Genghis Khan for its villain of the week in "Mortal Khanbat," and all members of the Legends team not dying of lung cancer or trying to comfort their dying friend headed to Hong Kong. That is, almost all members of the Legends team. For the second week in a row, Sara was almost entirely absent from Legends of Tomorrow. The in-show explanation was that Sara had some things to do in Star City, but fans have undoubtedly been wondering: is something mysterious happening with Sara?
Well, we can't rule that out considering this is Legends of Tomorrow we're talking about, but there's a reason for Sara's absence the last two weeks that is far from sinister. Legends leading lady Caity Lotz directed her very first episode for Season 5, and she needed a week to prepare and then the week to direct. Speaking with Variety, Lotz explained some of the challenges she faced during her time behind the camera:
Working as an actor on a show is clearly very different from directing that show! Television moves quickly, and Caity Lotz had a lot to do very quickly as a brand-new director. Fortunately, she was with familiar people on a show she knew well, and she could envision that "really cool insert shot."
While Caity Lotz may not have gotten that vision on camera, I think the finished product was pretty sleek, action-packed, and goofy in that distinct Legends of Tomorrow way. The Legends ensemble is big enough that the past couple of episodes worked just fine without Sara. Ava was hilarious as substitute captain, Constantine's plot delivered plenty of drama, and Courtney Ford go to play Marie Antoinette with and without her head in one of her final Legends episodes!
Caity Lotz went on to share one production disaster she had to deal with right before the time came to start shooting:
Luckily for Legends of Tomorrow fans who loved Caity Lotz's directorial debut with "Mortal Khanbat," the difficulties and newfound "empathy" from her stint as director haven't made her want to return to acting exclusively. Lotz is reportedly ready to direct again to do some things differently, including helm an episode that features her in front of the camera a bit more. Additionally, she has a goal to drop by the other Arrow-verse series as a director.
If Green Arrow and the Canaries gets a series order, I vote Caity Lotz gets a shot on that show! She was the Arrow-verse's original Canary, after all. For now, you can catch Lotz in new episodes of Legends of Tomorrow on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. Sadly, Legends is losing two series regulars in Season 5, including one of the few remaining original stars, and he didn't want to leave. Hey, at least Constantine didn't die!
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