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TV Review: LEGENDS: Season 1, Episode 9: Wilderness of Mirrors [TNT]

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TNT’s Legends Wilderness of Mirrors TV Show Review. Legends: Season 1, Episode 9: Wilderness of Mirrors is the first of a two-part season finale. Martin Odum (Sean Bean) finds himself kidnapped and being beaten up by Bashir Al-Kanazer (Omid Abtahi), who tells him they know he is Martin Odum and that he works for the FBI. A few episodes back I was very critical about the show slowing down. They have officially picked up the pace.

There were some memorable moments while Martin was tied to a chair and taking a thrashing. He did a great job of keeping his composure till Bashir let him know they had his family. Martin’s expression when he says he’s going to kill them all was priceless. I was wondering what was going through his mind when he saw his wife Sonya Odum (Amber Valletta) fighting like a pro on that cell phone. They have been together for a number of years, raised a son and somewhere along that journey she just picks up advanced fighting. Bringing his family into this turned out to be a huge mistake. Watching Martin break Bashir’s men as easily as he did was very satisfying. To add icing on the cake, him bringing in Bashir busted up was jaw dropping. A few episodes back the show was becoming a little redundant. This shift in momentum and tone tells us they were on top of it.

Some of the strongest moments on this show was getting to see the DCO team do their thing. When Martin received a text message from his son Aiden Odum (Mason Cook), Maggie Harris (Tina Majorino) triangulated the signal and was able to locate where they were being held. Martin, Tony Rice (Morris Chestnut) and Crystal McGuire (Ali Larter) head out and prove they are some of the best at what they do. These kinds of scenes really bring the viewer in for a ride. You become part of the team. After successfully rescuing his family and getting them to a safe house, I was wondering if Martin really felt they were safe? Someone in the department had leaked information that got Martin kidnapped and almost got his family killed. I would have liked to see a little more urgency on his part pondering that.

After all that has happened and all the work the DCO team put into full effect, the state’s attorneys office decided to exonerate Hani Jibril (Christine Adams). This was a major victory considering the vitriol coming from Agent Serena Milloy (Alexie Gilmore). The down side was their decision to not pursue a case against Arcadia and Prince Fyeen (Christopher Maher). Instead they chose to prosecute Bashir, the fall guy. Nelson Gates (Steve Harris) and his team were completely disgusted and with good cause. Deputy Director Nicholas Spillner (Marshall Bell) and Agent Milloy could barely keep straight faces. Once again the higher ups continue to be a thorn in the side. I wonder how long it will take before Martin notices once Agent Milloy and Director Spillner started getting in their way, the breeches and cover-ups began.

Back at the safe house, Martin and Sonya finally get that one on one chat. It was good to finally see Martin unload on his wife. He has been tortured with images in his head and slowly unwinding. Sonya actually tried to keep the game going before telling it straight. Even with her coming clean, Martin still does not know who he was before becoming an agent. This dynamic is well placed. They are pulling the viewer right to the very end to see who Martin really is. Each open door leads down a series of hallways and Martin has opened more than his share. Before any more information can be spilled, the killer squad from Verax shows up just in time for us to see a classic gun fight. They request Martin to surrender and end up catching bullets. Things take a turn for the worse when Sonya is hit. Martin visibly shaken takes a ride with her to the hospital. While in route to the hospital, he decides to ask more questions and Sonya flat lines before finishing. This episode really brought back the writers “A” game.

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Brian Fire

Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

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