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'Legends' season finale recap: You're not Martin Odum

Season 1 | Episode 9 and 10 | “Wilderness of Mirrors” & “Identity” | Aired Oct 8, 2014

Who am I? Throughout the entire season of Legends, the question that has plagued Martin Odum is finally answered in the two-hour finale. Martin Odum is actually… Wesley Stinkpenny, butler to the stars! No, that’s ridiculous, but we are given more information on Martin’s past as the first season wraps up. No word yet on a second season for the show, but Sean Bean and I are meeting for lunch at Arby’s next week, so we’ll see. #lies

I’m not going to recap both episodes in their entirety because that would take thousands of words I just don’t have. Instead, I’m going to cover the more important plot points, questions that were answered, and critique Morris Chestnut’s ball handling. Did he drop it? Did he pass it? Did he flip a car he was driving and come out of the wreckage virtually unscathed? Yes to all three. I’ll miss you most of all, Agent Rice!

The first major reveal is that the Verax Corporation has an insane amount of power and influence over the U.S. government. They’re also the company that Martin was working for in Iraq in 2004. Verax CEO Jason Shaw is not a nice guy, but he does provide a ton of info that Martin has been searching for. Martin loves small dogs. Martin is an amateur unicyclist. Martin once slapped a man during a salad dispute. Also, Martin watched as Shaw killed several soldiers and stole over one billion dollars in cash in Iraq.

martin in iraq

The second major reveal is that Sonya Odum is not who she says she is. Surprise! Sonya and Aiden are kidnapped by several Arabian baddies all working for the evil Prince Fayeed, who is also a Verax associate. While trying to escape, Sonya busts out some serious martial art maneuvers and shatters the ribs of one of her captors. Aiden looks on in disbelief, and Martin, who is watching via FaceTime, is also perplexed.

Martin: Where’d you learn those moves?

Sonya: I took a self defense class.

Martin: They taught you how to break ribs.

Sonya: They also taught me how to break balls.

Martin: Well I hope you had a Groupon.

Sonya later reveals to Martin that she was the CIA agent responsible for getting Martin out of Iraq and then hiding him. During the course of their escape, she fell in love with Martin, so at least her feelings, and Aiden being their son, are real things. I wasn’t sure if Aiden was secretly a spy kid, or maybe a child robot with heat vision. You never know! Martin seems to accept her feelings as real because at this point, he has to trust someone. Might as well be the mother of his child.

martin gun

The third major reveal is that Martin’s name in Iraq was John Cameron, however, this was also a legend. Martin was employed by MI:6, Britain’s secret intelligence service, who sent him undercover to work for Verax. Once Martin discovered that Verax had control of Saddam Hussein’s WMD’s, he ordered the airstrike that wiped out 400 people and ruined Jason Shaw’s day. Martin survived by falling into a grave, that was supposed to be his, but the missiles falling around him saved him. Lucky guy!

Odum and the entire DCO finally get on the same page about stopping Verax, so of course, Verax kidnaps him. Shaw reveals he doesn’t want Martin dead, but instead plans to set him up for the murder of FBI Director Del Bennett. Using some handy dandy animation technology, Shaw and his Verax cronies create a fake video of Martin admitting to the assassination and being quite proud of it. While they’re making the video, they take a quick sec to kill Del Bennett. Mission accomplished! Wait, no, that’s actually a bad thing. My mistake.

The video of Martin admitting the killing is then sent to many government officials, and Martin is screwed with a capital S. He goes on the run as the DCO is disbanded, Crystal gives testimony on Capitol Hill, and Deputy Director Spiller is promoted to FBI Director. By the way, Spiller is in Verax’s pocket and has been leaking information to them this whole time. What a swell guy! The show ends with Director Gates, who had been protecting Martin all these years by lying to him, meeting with Odum in his car. Gates hands him a wad of cash, a passport and the two part ways. We then see Martin wearing a hoodie and vanishing down a dark alley.

Odum - Finale

I left out a few details here and there, but you get the gist. Martin is on the run and still has no real idea who he is. I smell a second season! Seriously though TNT, if you’re reading this, Legends deserves another season. The acting was always on point, especially Bean. The intensity, violence, and action pushed the limits of what you can do on cable. The writing was impressive because each episode kept you guessing, and the finale was satisfying without giving away too much. So do us all a favor, and let’s green light season two. Plus, they didn’t kill Sean Bean! The hashtag worked! Thanks for reading my Legends recaps everyone. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my true identity, Arnold Fishlicker: Jacuzzi Detective.

TNT: Legends fans will probably bash our Franklins if we don’t give the show a second season.

Legends airs Wednesday at 8/9C on TNT.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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