Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

Sara Lance: Bisexual Time Traveling Captain of My Heart


I'm going to be honest now; I know very little about the White Canary AKA Sara Lance AKA the newfound love of my life. Apparently, there's a reason I don't remember her from my comic book days and that's because she was created just for the TV Show, Arrow. She's the kid sister of the Black Canary. Now Sara Lance is one of the stars of DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Now, The CW is not exactly know for its treatment of female characters or characters of color or LGBT characters *coughSUPERGIRLcough*, so I was a little nervous about continuing with this show. However, despite my reservations, I have recently fallen back into it. I know so very little about the actual logistics of the show because I hate time travel shows. And movies. And just the general idea of time travel. There are too many variables to account for. (I also did not pay attention to the first episode at all. And I also haven't watched Arrow or The Flash.)

Time travel is just a mess though. Like there was an episode where the Legends had to go rescue their younger selves because there was a bounty hunter trying to kill them when they were young so they would be wiped entirely from the timeline. I'm confused even writing that sentence. (And I still can't spell sentence properly the first time.)

Wouldn't it fundamentally screw up the timeline if older, future you talks to younger, past you? Not to mention they literally fight along side their past selves in a later episode. See? I'm not here for that. That's too much to try and deal with.

The show itself has its heart in the right place, though. When they go back in time to the 1950s, the older white professor says how much he misses this "idyllic" time period. His black partner, Jax, says, "Yeah, if you're white" and my girl, Sara Lance, throws in, "And straight and a man." They also go back in time to the Civil War and the same white professor tries to stop Jax from going out there because he doesn't want Jax to see the horrors of slavery. Jax rightly is like find me a time period where there isn't some kind of racism.

The whole thing's just kind of clunky, though. I don't know if it's because there are so many main characters in the cast or if it's because the concept of time travel is so cumbersome, but it just falls flat sometimes. The second season seems to be hitting a stride in the back half. I'll admit, it's fun to watch a ragtag group of self-proclaimed misfits and outcasts go back in time and mess with Einstein and Washington and the moon landing. And of course, along the way, they become reluctant heroes.

They got me, okay? I'm charmed. They're endearing in their recklessly hopeful suicide missions. (Except Nate. He's just very boring.)

The main reason I'm watching this nonsense is Sara Lance traipsing and flirting her way through every different era. Season two starts with her making out with the queen of France. Then, she gets time traveled to Salem in the height of the witch trials and she's about to be burned at the stake for seducing the village women. She flirts her way through the 1970s in a shag coat and the 1950s in a nurse outfit.

My all-time favorite Sara Lance moment, though, is when they go back in time to King Arthur's round table. Of course, there's high-jinks and the bad guys mind controlled King Arthur and his knights or something, so it's up to the Legends to save the day. Sara Lance kicks ass per usual and flirts with Guinevere. Honestly, maybe I would've cared a little more about King Arthur and his bros in my medieval English lit class in college if Lancelot was Sara Lance-A-Lot. Bless this show for letting Sara Lance have her medieval legend end in a kiss like she deserves.

Sara Lance gives no shits when it comes to dealing with other people's perceptions of her. She cuts off the head of a zombie Confederate Army soldier and drops it right on the desk of General Grant because nobody believes her. She gives a lot of shits in regard to the people she loves, though. She's been dead like twice, trained to be a deadly assassin, and has had to watch a lot of people she's loved die. So, yeah, she's going try to keep the people she cares about close and safe to her. And she might die for the third time trying.

What I love about her though is how she's treated. Nobody doubts her skills and abilities. She's a literal trained assassin. (And the woman that plays her might be a real life ninja?!) Obviously, she should be captain of their time travel escapades when their original captain goes AWOL. She drinks her no nonsense burly man's man partner under the table. And she's still got fully developed storylines that don't focus on her sexuality.

In fact, the only time they really touch on it is when they go back in time to the 1950s and she kisses this nurse. After, Sara freaks out a little bit. Not because they were afraid of being gay in the 50s, but because it was the first time Sara had kissed anyone since she'd been brought back from the dead. Classic hardships we all go through, y'know?

Anyway, I bring up Sara Lance on this fine Wednesday because Atomic Blonde just officially came out last Friday and people are talking about it and how it's maybe not the progressive female-led action movie it was billed as. (Hi, I already talked about this a while ago.)

What's great about Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde and Sara Lance in Legends of Tomorrow is that they're both relentless and willing to fight til the bitter end. That scene in Atomic Blonde where Charlize makes it out of that apartment building has no cuts. None. It's nine minutes of Charlize straight kicking ass in brutal fight choreography. That was the best thing the movie did. The CW does not have that kind of budget, but Sara Lance certainly isn't pulling any punches. (This is the best ten minutes of my life.)

The difference is how they're treated. At the end of the day, Atomic Blonde still brutally murdered their lesbian spy while she was wearing nothing but underwear and didn't miss a moment to let the camera gaze creepily over Charlize Theron. Meanwhile, Legends of Tomorrow is out here letting Sara Lance be a time traveling bisexual captain that isn't gonna die for the third time. She's a fully realized character with a sexuality that doesn't define her or put her in a box. I can't believe I'm saying this, but a CW comic book show knows how to treat an LGBT woman better than a major motion picture. Actually, I think it's just my hopes are so low.

Honestly, though, just let Charlize Theron play James Bond and let Patty Jenkins direct it. Until next time✌️.