TNT premiered Legends last Wednesday, which if you have heard, stars Sean Bean, known for dying in many of the roles he takes. Appropriately, one of the hashtags for this show is #dontkillseanbean, so hopefully we won’t be seeing him die soon. We soon learn in the show, however, that Legends are deep, deep cover operatives, that are excellent at assuming other identities. Sean Bean’s character is one of these Legends, and boy does he give a great performance this first episode. Check out Josh’s episode recap of the pilot for Legends and both Josh and Violet’s thoughts after the jump!
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Legends Pilot Recap Overview
The episode opens with a bombing being covered by the news, by a group known as the Citizen’s Army of Virginia. Then, moving to a training camp for the Citizen’s Army of Virginia, we see Sean Bean in character as a man named “Dittmann”. He is brought to the “boss”. “Dittmann” is accused of talking trash about the Citizen’s Army of Virginia, and Dittmann tries to plead his case–that the group needs to take action. He is told the “‘Founding Father’s gonna change all that”. He is then held at gunpoint, and is asked how far he will go for the cause. Dittmann tells the man that he has nothing to lose. The trigger is pulled on the gun–but it is empty. He is “initiated”, and is told the Founding Father will meet him the next day.
The ATF then raids the camp, and the “Citizens” flee for their life. Dittmann takes out a few of the group’s members and “surrenders” to the ATF along with a friend–who turns out to be an informant for Sean Bean’s character. He isn’t happy about the ATF blowing his cover. We then learn Sean Bean’s actual character name–Martin Odum.
Martin heads home, visits his son, and his wife–who turns out to be an ex-wife. He also notices an odd hooded character strolling down the street. His ex-wife, however, isn’t happy to see him.
Martin heads to Chinatown, and is buying some groceries, when he spots the hooded man again, and tries to chase him down–but fails to find him.
At home, Russell, his informant, calls Martin, telling him that the Founding Father still wants to meet him, and there is a big plan.
Meeting with his boss, Martin tells Nelson Gates about the meeting. Crystal Quest, Martin’s direct supervisor, doesn’t want to run him undercover anymore, citing personality issues. She eventually caves though. Martin and Crystal have some words after the meeting with Nelson Gates, and there are hints that there might have been some sort of relationship in the past.
Martin meets the team he will be working with undercover, and Sean Bean’s British accent is explained away from him growing up overseas as an “airforce brat”–so he is technically American in the show. Odum debriefs his new team about the Citizen’s Army of Virginia, and they work out the plan for Dittmann’s meeting. Martin begins explaining Dittmann’s character, and seems to get a little too in character–even switching to Dittmann’s accent until he snaps out of it. All the while the team creates records–credit reports, and other legal documents to support his back-story for Dittmann.
At what appears to be a shopping center, the hooded man is back, and Martin is able to catch up to him. Martin questions him, and the man says he is trying to help him, telling him, “You don’t know where your life begins and your legend ends!” He even says that Martin Odum doesn’t exist, and that Martin Odum is a Legend. The man gets spooked and flees, telling Martin to trust no one.
Martin meets with one of his teammates–Bobby. Martin asks Bobby to run clean up of some camera footage of the hooded man that he retrieved from security footage, and help identify the man. Martin asks to keep this off the books.
The next day, Martin prepares for his mission. In Chicago, Martin transforms to Dittmann in the airport, and heads to his meeting. The team watches from afar, as the Citizens Army people handle him pretty roughly. The team also notices that Russell hasn’t checked in like he should have. Flashing to the Founding Father, we see that Russell is being interrogated and tortured.
Crystal takes matters into her own hands to warn Martin–dressing as a stripper and visiting the club that Dittmann is supposed to meet at. Crystal pulls Dittmann away for a private dance, and then warns him about Russell. Martin decides to stick with the mission. We then see a text to the Citizens members, who say Dittmann doesn’t check out. The men then go retrieve Dittmann, and Crystal sees that there is a problem, telling the team to move in to help Martin.
Outside the club, Dittmann is told that Russell is dead. Dittmann is forced to the ground, and Crystal comes around in her stripper get up still, trying to delay Martin’s death. Dittmann tells the Citizens that he has cancer, and is nearly dead. His team overhears this on Dittmann’s wire, and Maggie quickly comes up with hospital records. The Founding Father checks for the records, but can’t find them. Dittmann tells him to check with two N’s, and the Founding Father is able to find it. It is Dittmann’s lucky day. Dittmann is able to convince the Citizens to let Crystal go. Dittmann is let go, and is told that the event is going down that night.
The team figures out that there is a big event going on in Chicago that is likely to be hit.
Back at his hotel, Martin is called by the Citizens members. He is told to meet them. He does so, and is taken to an auto repair shop. At the shop, Dittmann sees a police car being outfitted with a bomb. Dittmann is given a cop car uniform, and the Founding Father will be going with him as well. The strike team prepares outside the building, while the Founding Father explains the plan. The Founding Father explains that he will get out of the car when close, and Dittmann will be sacrificing himself, using a deadman’s switch to activate the bomb.
Radio messages go back and forth between the team outside, and the Founding Father’s men realize that Dittmann is undercover. Dittmann jumps into action, and takes down several members. The Founding Father arms the deadman switch, and threatens to blow the building up. Martin calls his bluff though, realizing that the Founding Father values his life too much to blow himself up. The man is arrested, and the bomb disarmed.
Outside, Martin cools down, and has flashbacks of the hooded man telling him that Martin Odum doesn’t exist.
Back with Bobby, he is able to ID the hooded man, but just as he does, he is attacked from behind–and later found dead by Martin. Martin has a panic attack as he leaves Bobby’s apartment, and has flashbacks again of the hooded man talking to him.
At home, the hooded man calls Martin again, and is told to meet him at Union Station. Martin speeds there, while keeping him on the phone. The hooded man says that he “wasn’t supposed to remember”. Meanwhile, a woman walks by the hooded man and shanks him with a knife. Martin finds the man bleeding out, and before he dies–the hooded man gives Martin a book that has all the answers. Martin jumps on a train and flees the area.
Josh’s Thoughts: Legends series premiere
Since hearing of this show, I have been very excited to see Legends , and seeing Sean Bean in a role that he actually should live for awhile in. I have to say, Legends lived up to the hype. Sean Bean did an excellent job, especially as playing the down-on-his-luck, stuttering American Lincoln Dittman. I really was captivated by his performance as that character. I am really hoping in this show we get to see him play a bunch of different characters, seeing a wide range of personas for Sean Bean to show.
The story is intriguing as well. Legends seem to be the best of the best when it comes to undercover, and now we have this hooded man unraveling Martin’s world, telling him that even Martin Odum is a Legend. So who is Sean Bean’s real character? And what has made him forget who he really is?
I am wondering if this is the end of the Citizens Army of Virginia, or if there is a higher person involved that we haven’t met yet. Or if Martin Odum is going to move on to other undercover missions, as he works through his personal mission.
Another big question is this: If Martin Odum doesn’t exist, who has helped create this false reality around Odum? Does Crystal Quest know? Does Nelson Gates know? Since his team is new, I would assume they probably have no idea what is going on. Does Martin’s “ex-wife” know though? Is she really an ex-wife? So many questions, and so little answers! But I have to say, so far this show is definitely worth the watch!
Violet’s Thoughts on the Pilot of Legends:
As a fan of Sean Bean, I had been looking forward to this show for awhile, and was bummed when we had to miss the sneak peak at WonderCon, and also the pilot screening at San Diego Comic-Con. So it was a long awaited day when we finally got to watch the pilot. I enjoyed the episode a lot, I think mainly because of Sean Bean’s performance. He did a superb job playing the Lincoln Dittman persona, as well as his actual character of Martin Odum — who it turns out is also a Legend! Dun dun duuuunnnn! Sean Bean was able to flawlessly switch back and forth between the two very different characters, and I have a feeling this is only the tip of the iceberg.
One thing I didn’t like was the fact that they came up with a cheap excuse to get Ali Larter to pose as a stripper for the first episode. I mean, was that really necessary? It just felt like a desperate attempt to get the attention of the male audience, just in case the show hadn’t already gotten their attention, in hopes that the guys will keep coming back to watch the show, thinking they might see more of that. Though I will admit, it was kind of funny when he revealed that there wasn’t a security camera in the room after all, and she had given him a lap dance for nothing!
So, who was this hooded character? Why was his identity so secretive that anyone who uncovered his identity had to be killed, and that he himself had to be killed off for talking to Sean Bean? Who is Sean Bean really, if he’s not Martin Odum? How long has he actually been going by that name? It would have to be awhile if he has an ex-wife and pre-teen son! Who else is in on this? I’m very curious to find out the answers to all these burning questions, and will definitely be tuning in to the next episode!