Really, Legends of Tomorrow makes a lot more sense as a show when you realize that their motto is basically “because, fuck you.”
The reason Rip Hunter decides to recruit eight assholes to shank some dude, hopefully in time to save the world? Specifically because his bosses/family told him not to.
The reason the team ends up going after the Oculus? Because Rip Hunter learned they were being manipulated and controlled like puppets. Now, there are no Time Masters at all.
The reason Rip Hunter then decides that these people that he couldn’t remotely control when they actually had a clear concise goal would be the best choices to maintain a timeline that they don’t remotely understand and only moderately care about? You can’t tell me that isn’t meant on some level as a “fuck you” to his old bosses and their old mission.
And that’s the key to appreciating the show in the end. You can’t expect logic from people who live on the principle of “because, fuck you.” You just can’t. Their brains don’t work that way.
Rip Hunter is a man who, after losing everything, decided to devote his life to one angry, defiant cause after another because fuck you, that’s why, and he specifically recruited a team of uncontrollable, borderline anarchist assholes to help him out.
moment you were wide awake, ready to work on your next invention. It was
supposed to be a pair of gloves that could manipulate gravity, and although you
knew you were close, it was just missing a few things. The next thing you know
though, you’ve been sleeping for hours and are just now being prodded awake by
he says sheepishly as you squint tiredly at him. “Ray Palmer.”
holds his hand out excitedly, waiting for you to take it. You recognize him as
the genius billionaire founder of Palmer Tech, who was supposed to be dead, but
you shake his hand anyway. The clock read 4 in the morning, therefore it was
too early to be asking questions to a supposedly dead scientist.
know, it you put this piece here,“ he tells you, already dismantling parts
without your permission, "and put this here…and shave this bit off, you
can maximize your efficiency.”