Legends this week shows that Sean Bean is not dead yet, but it seems to be a distinct possibility that if his character finds out what is really going on, he may join the growing ranks of those with missing memories who were snuffed out like troublesome candles. Martin Odum is on “thin ice” with the higher ups in the FBI DCO and after leaving a meeting where they accused the agent of lying, he may have already fallen through and be in the freezing water.
Last week’s episode ended violently with the one man who could help him being silenced via sniper. Gates stops by Martin’s home and reminds him that he was in an accident and coma at the time period he was supposedly in Iraq. His boss tells Odum that the photographic evidence was faked, something that the agent thought earlier and then dismissed.
Gates also urges Martin to return to his wife Sonya as she “grounds him.” Unknown to Odum his wife also knows something that she is not supposed to tell her nearest and dearest. Some information that Gates tells Sonya that her husband can never know. The DCO chief reveals that Tony Rice, the thorn in Odum’s side thus far is now a member of the team.
Apart from this “unwelcome” addition to the DCO, things are going on as normal in Legends this week’s episode. Thankfully for the show, Sean Bean is not dead yet as his character’s latest assignment, where he will be partnered with the newest member of the team, is to protect Prince Abboud. Prime suspect Aaron Rawley is believed to be setting up the prince’s assassination on American soil.
Crystal McGuire approaches Aaron at at party and talks a bit of subversion to pique the man’s interest. Rice and Odum stake out Rawley later to see what he does next. It is apparent that neither man likes the other but this does not keep them from seeing that their target has dropped a message for someone.
It turns out that a famous activist for women’s rights is the intended recipient, one that Maggie Harris idolizes. In some ways, Harris feels like the Lisa Simpson of the DCO right down to her impressive intelligence level. Her idol, Hani Jibril – world famous feminist – looks to be a possible assassin who has Prince Abboud in her sights.
Rice and Martin search Hani’s apartment and find the message that Rawley left her while under surveillance. The two men then discover that they are not the only ones watching Jibril and when Odum attempts to question the man, things get violent. It turns out that the Saudi government have decided to follow the activist as well.
Odum takes the legend of Sebastian Egan alcoholic journalist and rabble rouser, it is Martin’s speciality that he can pull these legends out of his own vast catalogue of prior missions. This one fits the bill perfectly even with Tony Rice tagging along. Using his boozy writer’s act, Odum, as Egan, gets close to Hani. After speaking out for Jibril at a speaking engagement, she takes to Sebastian immediately.
Rawley and Hani meet and it looks like she could be the instigator of the prince mission. Sonya stops by to see Martin and she says that the two of them should be back together but it sounds more like she is there to make sure he remembers the official version of his life versus the real one.
Gates and his team believe that Hani will attempt to kill the prince at her demonstration. It turns out that Hani was not there to kill the prince but to act as a distraction so that Rawley could. Abboud is killed by a drone full of explosive and Martin has a flashback.
The show ends with Jibril being taken away by federal agents and Sean Bean, in the guise of Martin Odum, is not dead yet and Legends will take up the story next week. While the show has not been overly well received by the public, this is interesting television and not just because there are bets about how long Bean will last in the part of Odum. If the character takes part in many more shootouts like the Houston bloodbath, Sean may be making a quick exit it would be a shame to miss it.
By Michael Smith