Critic Consensus: By shifting the focus to a few key characters, "Fail-Safe" stabilizes the show's overcrowding problem -- even if the writing is still less than super.

Episode Info

Some of the Legends are captured and thrown into a Russian gulag during the height of the Cold War in 1986, so Snart leads the team in an elaborate escape plan to free their comrades. But Rip gives Sara a secret side mission that could prove fatal to the team.


Victor Garber
as Martin Stein
Wentworth Miller
as Leonard Snart
Brandon Routh
as Ray Palmer
Arthur Darvill
as Rip Hunter
Caity Lotz
as Sara Lance
Ciara Renee
as Kendra Saunders
Franz Drameh
as Jay Jackson
Casper Crump
as Vandal Savage
Falk Hentschel
as Carter Hall
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Critic Reviews for Fail-Safe

This was the best Legends had been since "Pilot" Part 2.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

"Fail-Safe" is the first time it feels like there's a true sense of unity among all eight of them.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The show takes steps in the right direction with "Fail-Safe", but the bland ongoing story arc continues to disappoint.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This week proved that the Legends of Tomorrow works best when all of the pieces are on the board, working together against a common enemy.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's looking rather apocalyptic, but if course, where there's a Star City, there's a Green Arrow... and in no time at all he arrives on the scene, and he's not Oliver Queen.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

If anything, its improvements over episodes prior came in the form of giant leaps forward in tone, dialogue and plotting, although it may have come at a cost.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode was ultimately serviceable, with the ending being a real jaw-dropping affair. I wouldn't quite put it at the level of our past entries, but still, the show is moving at a nice clip and promises to get even crazier next week.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For the first half of the episode, Legends of Tomorrow finally felt like it was hitting its stride.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

"Fail-Safe" is the show's best episode so far for many reasons, but high on that list is the decision to sideline Kendra, who has proven to be a weak point.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Jeez, I'm not sure I understand the logic of this show at all. But still, there's something very likeable about Legends regardless.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…