Violet recaps Season 1 Episode 6 of Legends, titled Gauntlet, where Martin tries to get Dobson to tell him more about their time in Iraq! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Legends, Season 1 Episode 6: Gauntlet
This episode picks up where the last episode left off – with Martin getting into a car accident after abducting Dobson from the body shop. Martin gets out of the car and helps Dobson walk away, though Dobson has been shot and keeps yelling that he needs a hospital. Meanwhile, back at the body shop, Campbell calls in the situation using what sounds like military language.
Over at the FBI in Los Angeles, Crystal and Rice are working late into the night to investigate the McCombs/Evans case and Iraq. Maggie brings them a redacted file on Operation Raining Fire. Gates comes in and Crystal tells him that she thinks Martin has gone rogue. Gates speaks with Rice privately, and Rice tells him what he has found out about Martin.
Martin tries to get answers from Dobson, who says that if he gets him to a hospital, he’ll tell him what he wants to know. Martin gets on a city bus with him, and the driver calls in a medical emergency. The bus is soon stopped by police, and Martin tries to explain that he is an undercover FBI agent, and Dobson is his prisoner. The police contact Gates to confirm that Martin is who he says he is. Once his identity is confirmed, Gates talks to Martin on the phone, he apprises him of the situation. Then Gates sends Crystal and Rice to meet up with Martin in Houston.
Martin rides in the ambulance with Dobson to the hospital. While Dobson is in surgery, Martin talks to Gates on the phone and tells him that he saw a missile in the body shop. A nurse brings some coffee to Martin. He sits down to wait, takes a sip of the coffee, and passes out.
When he wakes up, the hospital is dark, and Dobson is no longer in the operating room. An agent comes to speak with Martin and tries to attack him, but Martin fights back and runs off. He comes across the woman who gave him the coffee and realizes it was drugged. He goes to look for Dobson, and the woman radios to someone to alert them about Martin. Someone tries to help Dobson get away in a wheelchair and IV in the elevator, but Martin catches them, takes Dobson, steals a car, and drives off with Dobson. Martin calls Gates, who tells him to go to Austin. On the drive, Martin tries to get answers out of Dobson.
Maggie goes to Gates and confesses that she helped Martin set up the Len Barlow Legend.
Crystal and Rice arrive in Houston and go to the body shop. They find that the area has been cleaned up, but the clean up crew missed a couple things. Rice picks the lock, and they go inside the shop, where they find Campbell, who tries to act like nothing happened there. When he tries to run, they arrest him. He tells them the missile is long gone.
Dobson tells Martin that he works for the guys that don’t exist, and that he met Martin in Iraq, though he doesn’t remember his name. Dobson says that a lot of other guys who came back after Operation Raining Fire also came back not remembering things. Their car breaks down, and they’re forced to walk, though Dobson’s IV has run out.
Gates meets with Sonya and asks her to call Martin again, but she says he won’t answer. Sonya is afraid of how Martin will react when he finds out she’s been lying to him for the past 10 years, and says that she’s “sticking to the script.” Gates says that he can’t ever know the truth. She admits that she loves Martin, though, so Gates tells her to get back together with him, because he’s going to need her when he comes home.
Martin finds and abandoned house, and he brings Dobson inside. Dobson points out that he’s going into septic shock, so Martin goes and finds an old first aid kit. While he’s treating Dobson’s wound, he finds a tracking device. Dobson says Martin probably has about 2 hours before his men show up. Martin calls Maggie to trace his location, and tells her to inform Gates that he’s bracing for an assault. Then his phone dies.
Martin finds a trap door to a basement. He gathers some supplies for a “last stand.” Dobson tells him there’s probably 3 or 4 highly trained killers coming. Martin has 5 rounds. Dobson recounts his time in Iraq while they wait. He and several other soldiers were attacked by friendly fire bombs – but there were too many bombs on target for it to be a mistake. Dobson only survived because his Humvee rolled into a ravine. He talks about the oil catching on fire, and fire raining from the sky. Suddenly, Martin remembers being there, though he doesn’t know how he survived.
Martin hears cars driving down the dirt road toward the house, and he moves Dobson into the basement. As Dobson’s men approach the house, we see that Martin has set up a few traps, which kill off 2 of the men. The woman from the hospital enters the house, and Martin takes another man hostage. But the woman just shoots the man. Martin in turn shoots her, then joins Dobson in the basement. Dobson tells Martin he can look into Verax records and find out who he is. Meanwhile, there’s one more Verax guy outside. He makes a deal with Martin that if Martin gets him out of there, he’ll go on record about Verax’s activities.
The last Verax guy enters the house, and announces that Dobson isn’t going to make it, but it’s nothing personal. Martin looks up and sees the guy through the slits of the trap door and shoots him.
The FBI shows up at the house and starts the clean up. When Dobson steps outside, a sniper in the woods shoots him dead.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 6 of Legends: Gauntlet
This was a fun and informative episode! The show continues to not only provide us with a good amount of action, but also to give us just a little more information each episode, just lightly scratching the viewer’s itch for answers, but also not giving away too much, in a successful effort to make me keep coming back for more. I think I’m going to have to say that my favorite part of this episode was when the Verax guys come up to the house where Martin’s hiding, and it turns out that Martin has set traps! It was just like Home Alone! (Which, in my book, is a good thing, because for those of you that don’t know me, I must confess that I may have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with Home Alone, though my favorite is Home Alone 2.) Okay, okay, that probably wouldn’t be taken as a compliment by most people. I’m sure Sean Bean doesn’t want to be compared to Macaulay Culkin! But I certainly enjoyed that part!
Martin was actually able to get Dobson to talk about Iraq, although, unfortunately, Dobson merely recognized Martin from Iraq and did not know his true identity. Though by the end of the episode, Dobson made a deal with Martin to cooperate with the FBI, and said that he’d be able to get into Verax records to find out Martin’s true identity. It seemed like things were starting to go well for Martin – that is, until Dobson gets shot and killed at the end. Verax seems pretty intent on keeping their info a secret, and that they’re willing to take countless lives to do it. We also found out why Verax wants Martin and his Iraq friends dead: because they were supposed to die in Operating Raining Fire. Dobson explained how he himself survived, but the question is how did Martin and the others survive? Martin remembers being there, but can’t remember anything more than that. Apparently he and his friends escaped and went into hiding after that, but McCombs and Evans were recently discovered and killed.
So, we knew that Sonya was in on something, but now we know that Gates is in on it with her. But it seems like the two had been trying to protect him and keep his true identity a secret all these years. Was Sonya with him before Iraq, or was she brought in to act as his fake wife after the fact? She did say that she was “sticking to the script,” which implies that this whole thing at least started as an act, even if she has grown to love him. What about Aiden, is that really his son? Now that Martin is starting to remember, and now that Verax is aware of him, is it even necessary for Gates and Sonya to keep up this charade? I suppose they’re worried that if they reveal everything, it will destroy his already fragile psyche. I’m guessing they’ll continue to keep it a secret, until Martin starts remembering more.
So, what’s Martin’s next step? Can’t wait to see!
Josh’s Thoughts: Legends, Season 1 Episode 6: Gauntlet
So the big take-away from this episode is that Nelson Gates is a part of whatever is going on with Martin. Also, despite Odum’s wife being a part of the ruse, she seems to care for him, and might actually be married to him. Both Nelson and his wife seem to have his best interest in mind, which begs the question–what could be so bad that they have to hide it from Odum?
I really enjoyed the improvising that Odum had to do this episode. Not just with the traps he set, but the plans he has come up with, having to work on the fly. The one big mistake I didn’t really understand Odum making was taking the drink from a random lady. He’s been told not to trust anyone. Don’t trust anyone!
I have to say, my favorite scene this episode was when Dobson thought he was free and clear in the elevator, and Odum comes and tackles his rescuer on the floor below. I let out an audible laugh as that guy got taken down and Dobson was shocked to see Odum again. But after all of Dobson’s playing coy and seeming attempts to misdirect, I am not sure how much Dobson knew about Odum. Unfortunately, Odum will never find out now that he had a sniper round through his chest.
So I am wondering where we go from here. I am not sure how many other leads Odum has, and with Sonya getting back together with Martin, perhaps this will cool off Odum for a while. If I were to guess, the show might return to working on legitimate cases for a while, then something will set the fires in Odum again. I really can’t wait to see what is in store next though!
Scenes from Legends, Season 1 Episode 7: Quicksand
Here are scenes from the next episode of Legends, titled Quicksand: