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Mar 17, 2018

The Legends are all shook up this week as they head to Memphis to ensure Elvis records his first single and rock ‘n roll lives on happily ever after. In a surprising twist, Elvis becomes a temporary totem bearer, alerting the Legends to the presence of the sixth totem: death.




Elvis enters a pawn shop in 1950 and purchases a cursed guitar. Much like Harry’s wand, the guitar chooses the player and Elvis forms an instant and unlikely bond with the cursed guitar. Little does he know, he has inherited the Death totem and his connection to his dead brother is about to destroy rock ‘n roll forever.


After everything on-board the Waverider related to rock music starts changing, the Legends head to Memphis to save Axl’s name, Guitar Hero and Nate’s trademark hair. They start at Elvis’s church where he is playing church hymns. Despite their loose attempts to stay under the radar, the Death totem activates Zari’s Air totem and she rises into the air, apparently possessed by “devil music.” Now aware of the sixth totem, the Legends fabricate a replacement guitar and give it to Elvis after Wally “conveniently” acquires the real guitar and totem.


But there is an unexpected consequence. Without the death totem, and his enhanced connection to his dead twin brother, Elvis cannot perform and bombs at the bar where he is playing. After speaking with Elvis, Nate and Amaya discover which totem Elvis has and warn the Legends on the Waverider. Unfortunately, they’ve already been introduced to Jesse and he is doing everything in his power to return to his brother. The Legends decide to reunite Elvis with his guitar/brother and preserve the timeline.


As usual, something goes horribly wrong. Elvis records his first single with the Death totem and imbues the record with the power to literally raise the dead. Elvis may still be on track historically, but the totem is still doing it’s best to alter history. While Elvis, Nate and Amaya are stuck in a jail cell, Zari and Wally are back in Memphis to retrieve the haunted record from Elvis’s uncle and  make sure his single debues on the radio. They succeed, after a surprisingly mature speech from Wally, and the song rocks the souls of everyone who hears it, including the dead ones.


Meanwhile, back on the Waverider, Mick discovers Axl’s body after he escaped from his cage when the haunted guitar flew around the Waverider. Distraught, Mick lashes out at Ray, who sympathizes with his loss and decides to throw a rat funeral. Just as the funeral concludes, Axl’s ghost appears and starts wreaking havoc on the ship. Mick shares a final moment with him before he disappears forever.


Back in Memphis, the sheriff eagerly lets Elvis, Nate and Amaya out of the jail cell so he can get in once ghosts start appearing all over the place. They quickly discover Elvis can command the spirits with his totem and he leads the spirits back to the church like the Pied Piper. He leads the ghosts into the church and through song, quiets their restless spirits as they return to the afterlife one-by-one. After saying goodbye to his brother, Elvis returns the Death totem to Nate.

Ray places the totem in an encrypted lockbox and it ominously rattles the box, trying to escape.




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