Warning: Spoiler Alert
This will be the Legends two-hour Season 1 finale recap. I do not anticipate that it will be short. However, if all of the previous episodes are any indication, it will be worth your time. And with that, here we go.
We pick back up in the middle of the interrogation that began last week when it was revealed that the captors know that he is not Sebastian Egan. While Odum sticks to that story, the beatings continue. As a well-trained FBI agent working for a black program, I’m sure that is not the problem. The problem is that last episode this same group got to Sonya and Aiden Odum. After another series of blows to the face, Odum sits up and says something intriguing.
Odum: There’s something you should know.
Bashir: Yeah, what’s that?
Odum (leans in close): I’m going to kill you.
As DCO tries to assess leads, which is coming up dry, Gates gets a text message from Sonya. “FOX ECHO ZULU 911”. Unless that is some completely different code, it almost seems short for the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. Translated to: F.E. Z. The 911 generally relates to urgent. So, not a lot of help.
Hassan (in Sonya’s home) places a video call to Bashir. Martin sees Sonya and Aiden and Sonya and Aiden see Martin, very bloody. Understanding the scope of the situation, Sonya fights back. Well. But not well enough. When the call is ended, Martin settles in and proclaims they win.
Bloody and beaten they stand him up and cut loose his restraints. Then Martin Odum lays waste to their previously held plans for him.
Gates sends Rice and Crystal to Sonya’s house. While their response was immediate, they did not arrive in time. Then Maggie gets a call on their secure line. It’s Martin. He informs Gates of what they already knew. But what Martin was not aware of, Sonya and Aiden were already taken.
One of the better (slightly unimportant) scenes yet, a bloody Martin Odum dragging in Bashir. Later, Gates finds Odum in the restroom trying to wash the blood off. Gates tries to insist that Crystal should do the interrogation. Odum does not see it that way.
Gates: Crystal is going to do the interrogation.
Odum: I get first crack at this, no one else.
Gates: That’s a bad idea.
Odum: My family. My prisoner. My interrogation.
Gates: Crystal will be in there too.
Odum: So long as she doesn’t get in my way.
I’m confident that you could guess how the interrogation goes. Odum barges in yelling about his family. Bashir claims to not know. The next bit of dialogue is given with Odum hand strangling Bashir. The ‘discussion’ calms down slightly. While Bashir is playing the “we found you, we can find you again” card, little does he know, the FBI is holding a similar hand. After staring at a surveillance photo of his own daughter, Crystal asks you leaked that Martin was FBI? Arcadia.
In a conference room, the team lays out what they have or more importantly what they don’t have. Maggie reveals that Arcadia was bought out by a military contractor Verax. Martin immediately perks up and asks, “did I work for Verax?” And literally the half a heartbeat between his words, Maggie stares off into the middle distance. I really don’t want it to be true, but the sliver of body language suggest that Maggie knows. Then Gates starts in with the whole “you were never in Iraq” bit. But Martin pushes on. In that calm almost annoyed way that he does, Gates asks to see Odum in his office.
Without even getting all the way in, Odum angrily presents his questions again. How did they know? Did I work for Verax? Surprisingly Gates responds in the affirmative on both the Verax front and the Iraq front.
Gates: They didn’t give me details. They didn’t know your name. They just said that I had to protect you and that your life was in danger.
Odum: So…Martin Odum is a Legend?
While being handcuffs to a cement block, Aiden pulls out Sonya’s cell phone that he was able to stash in all the chaos. He sends a text message to Martin (I’m really just waiting for a different identity to call him, for now we’ll stick with Martin Odum).
In Gates’ office, Odum tries to process what’s happening. Gates mentions that all of it is top-secret even at the highest levels. He then pulls out a folder from his bottom desk drawer and says, “I suspect the answers are in here.” Before he even begins to read it, he asks if Sonya is involved. Gates won’t answer. Instead, suggests they find Sonya and Aiden first, then he can ask her himself. Then Odum gets the text message, which Maggie triangulates. Rice explains from a previous op that all the houses next to the small airfield are vacant.
I still don’t know how I feel about Gates. This feels like it could move in a direction that does not categorize character as good or bad. That said, Gates’ next line may be the best pound for pound line to date. “And Crystal, put ’em to sleep.” I’m not a violent person. But I do have a wife and a young son. And as this is fictional entertainment, I hope ‘put em to sleep’ means what I think it means.
Yes. Yes it does. It means precisely what I thought it did. Due to the job there is almost always some sense of don’t shoot unless you absolutely have to. This was different. This was as if the house in question was a military exercise. The first second you have, take the shot. Take as many shots as necessary. It was beautifully choreographed. Now that everyone’s safe, this story is about to get hairier.
They decide to send Sonya and Aiden to a FBI safe house. While that may seem like standard operating procedure, it allows me to figuratively beat my chest about being right back in episode 2 about Agent Rice and Martin Odum. Rice began and adversary. Then a reluctant part of the DCO team. And now the following exchange confirms my theory. That while Rice seemed at the time to be a thorn in Odum’s side, in actuality they will become allies if not more based on the common fact that both men strive to find the truth.
Rice: I’m going to have Elasco drive Sonya and Aiden.
Odum: No, I want someone I can trust. (he hesitates, rocks forward in his stance) Tony.
Rice: You got it.
In a hotel restaurant there is a meeting between a Verax consultant and Jason Shaw the CEO of Verax. The consultant drops a folder and begins to brief Shaw on the various Legends they know of that all come back to Odum. Also revealing that Dobson was one of theirs. And that they were the ones that shot him outside the house. Then Shaw orders the man to bring in Martin Odum. And to tell the boys to be ready for a fight. Jason Shaw has been looking for this man (Odum) for ten years.
Odum is intercepted the next day by Crystal wanting to know what he knows before going into another meeting with the State Department. And while Hani Jibril will be released, Bashir is going to be charged with the assassination. Despite the overwhelming case and evidence, including a detailed confession of limited involvement from Bashir who named names, this as before will get brushed aside for the greater good of American Foreign Policy reasons. Odum storms out.
Crystal shows up at a very large house and calmly yells out for “Dad”. Clearly they are not on good terms. Apparently, Daddy was the head of Naval Intelligence in 2004 when operation “Raining Fire” happened.
Martin Odum is sitting in a chair that belongs to the Deputy Director of the FBI, Spiller. This outta be fun. Martin wants to know how he got outed. The director is calm but with a serious sense of concern behind his eyes. Odum claims if the leak didn’t come from DCO that put him and Malloy at the top of the list. Spiller points out a black accordion file that may prove his claim. It seems that Verax is not only a military contracting firm. They have their hands in everything from the Pentagon, Congress, Arcadia, and even operate as their own private CIA with their own military support. The Director wants to take Verax down and Odum needs answers. The Director charges Odum with a mission to find a man involved with Verax at all costs, stop him from doing what he’s planning on doing. Whatever that may be. As a nice little bonus, he was in Iraq with Odum in 2004 and if anyone knows who Odum is, it would be this guy. John Cameron.
Shaw and the consultant (Tom) meet with the Chairman of Arcadia while duck hunting. When one person of power aims to meet with another person of power beneath him in any hunting scenario, take it to the bank, the subordinate person of power is already dead.
Odum arrives at the safe house. Sonya, maybe sensing the quiet before the storm, suggests Martin quit his job so the three of them can leave together. As if she isn’t involved. She holds to her story of the car accident. Finally after pushing and pushing she cracks a little. And even follows this line up with the classic, “I’m afraid if I tell you, you won’t love me anymore.”
Martin: You tell me the truth damn it. Who was I? Who was I before?
Sonya: I don’t know. I don’t want to know.
Martin notices the guard posted is no longer there. Shots ring out. Both Martin and Sonya are on the floor now and Aiden is yelling in the distance. Martin finds an assault rifle by one of the doors. Sonya asks for a gun. He hesitates but gives her his sidearm. I am worried about her prime objective in this scenario, but I’m hoping she doesn’t cross him. Then she gets up and moves forward, gun drawn. And after all that bs about taking a self-defense class. She’s not fooling anyone with that covert agency training.
Martin and Sonya independently take out all four men. Then Sonya emerges from the house. Holding a wound between her chest and shoulder. Next we find her, Martin and Rice in the ambulance. As I’m sure she senses death around the corner, she is apologetic for not telling him sooner.
Sonya: When you were struggling, I wanted to tell you for so long.
Martin: Tell me now. Tell me now, please.
Sonya: In 2004, I was an agent for the CIA. Stationed in Germany. Assigned to help a Mi-6 operative who was injured in the war.
Martin: I was in Mi-6? What?
Sonya: I was ordered to get you to the US and make you disappear.
Sonya? To protect you.
As it turns out, Sonya was not permitted to know Martin’s real name. As convenient as it sounds, the lie that was created around Martin did become real. Or so she says. Aiden was the product of a loving marriage, regardless of the circumstances that it started from. And then she flat lines. We can just go ahead and assume the slow motion and shaky camera effect singles the end of Sonya Odum. And that concludes the “Wilderness of Mirrors” episode, or Part 1 of our 2 hour finale. We shall start Part 2 momentarily.
Part 2 starts off with a younger looking Sonya standing over Martin’s hospital bed. The voice on the phone is Gates. He’s teller her to get him out of there because someone is coming. She quickly disconnects Martin from all of the machines, places him in a wheel chair and positions herself to take out the unwelcome visitor. Point of conjecture. Sonya shoots this assailant with an agency issued sidearm (without a silencer). It’s after hours in a hospital. Pretty sure everyone within reason heard that shot. And she never stopped to pick up her bullet casing. I’m fine with assuming that she did, but it would have added realism to the scene has she bent down to pick up the casing. Just saying.
Correction (for now). It appears that Sonya is clinging to life. Still unclear as to how long this will last or where her character goes if she does.
Martin sits down with Crystal in the hospital outside Sonya’s room. She spills what she knows about Operation Raining Fire. That it was a cover up. 400 or so dead including a regiment of Marines. Then she turns to him and basically says, “your turn”. He explains that he was there and that Martin Odum is a Legend.
Martin Odum: I’m the man who knows too much. Except I forgot.
I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that this next seen feels a lot like the Admiral Marcus angle from the most recent Star Trek, Into Darkness. The FBI Director has a closed-door meeting with DCO (minus Odum) to talk about Verax. The assumption on the safe house leak is that the FBI is compromised. Yeah, take a moment and let the realism of that wash over you with warmth and optimism. Anything Verax from this moment on stays in this room. He is directing their attention to the prime target, John Cameron. The same guy he asked Odum to get.
Shaw and Tom meet again privately. Tom has a problem with targeting an American on American soil. Shaw rejects the premise completely citing that ‘fortune favors the bold’. Shaw claims that they will take out the only person causing them a problem. “John Cameron will take out Martin Odum. And Odum takes the fall.” And now, I am skeptical of everyone. Everyone.
In the morgue, Odum and Rice check on the stiffs from the safe house shootout. Rice takes pictures with his phone and sends them to Maggie. While they can’t get a match on the facial recognition software, she does notice something. A faint rectangle below the deceased tattoo. By applying an infrared filter on his phone Rice can see a series of numbers beneath the skin. Martin takes his phone and scans over the same part of his arm. 02TH-X11-38C3 shows up.
Odum, Rice and Crystal head over to an apartment that belonged to one of the diseased assailants. While searching through the apartment, Odum’s phone rings. The voice on the phone sounds altered. Then again it also sounds creepily like the voice of Sam Elliot. Not a whole lot is given up on that phone call. But now Cameron knows they are looking for him and Cameron doesn’t believe that Odum knows as much as he thinks he does.
They found money that Rice ran the serial numbers on. Which then unhashes the plot of the A-Team remake. Billions of dollars just stolen from Iraq in the fallout of the war. The assumption is that Cameron was behind it. Then the truth seeker in Rice asks questions that all lead to, “Were you in on the heist? Is that what this is about?”
They follow the trace on the call to a run down motel. They get inside and the place is completely vacant. Not even sheets on the bed. But there is that Iraq picture taped to a mirror. They get out of the room immediately. Just in time to see a black Suburban driving their way. They jump in the car and speed off. SUV in pursuit. Then there is a black pickup coming at them head on. The truck opens fire and eventually causes our team’s car to flip.
The entire motel thing was a set up. Sole directive was to secure Odum.
Outside the motel, Rice has had enough. He’s beginning to put the pieces together at least as far as the bureau’s turn the other cheek mentality towards Odum. Who is Martin Odum. Crystal looks blankly back at him as if there is something she knows.
Next we see Martin being dragged into a make shift holding cell. He is awakened by the entrance of Jason Shaw. Martin recognizes him immediately. Shaw reveals that Odum did work for him at Verax in Iraq ten years earlier. Until he found out Odum was a spy from Mi-6. Then they inject him with something. I’ll keep my thoughts on this one to myself for the time being. Suffice it to say, I feel very strongly that I’m finally seeing the end game develop on over the horizon. The billion stolen was not pacifying money. It was money to fund the insurgency. Shaw wanted to re-purpose those funds. And to sell it, the soldiers had to die. Which he chalks up to casualties of war.
That’s when they discovered (or beat out of him) that Odum was Mi-6 and planned to expose the whole thing. They even found the rumored WMD’s that were never found. Seized as insurance. Then with the help of Evans (from early in the season) he escaped. He ran into a tent and called for an immediate air strike. The person on the other line hesitates as it is a ‘Friendly Position’. To which Odum replies repeatedly, “we have a broken arrow”. Broken Arrow refers to a military term for all available aircraft to execute an air strike on a friendly position because it has been over taken by hostiles.
Shaw shoots Odum in the shoulder and leads him outside of the tent. Throws him to his knees and points a gun at his head. Just before Shaw is able to pull the trigger, the air strikes came. Knocking Shaw off-balance and thrusting Odum into what looks like an empty grave. What follows is visually the closest thing you can conjure to actual Raining Fire.
While Odum is restrained, they used tech to scan his face and record his audio. Previously in the first part of this 2 hour finale, Shaw met with Tom and said, “and Odum takes the fall”. The entire premise of this show has been who is Martin Odum, really. So far not a lot of headway until this moment. Martin Odum is John Cameron. The US government thinks they are hunting Cameron. Verax has set them up to believe that and now Verax is compiling evidence to throw this whole thing on John Cameron. Who is also Martin Odum. The voice on the phone did not belong to Sam Elliot. The voice was altered and belonged to Jason Shaw.
The plan as constituted is to kill the Director of the FBI and pin it on Odum/Cameron. A sniper took the shot. Odum screamed out. Shaw knocked Odum out cold. And of course, the place with the tech is completely vacated leaving Martin Odum waking from his state of unconsciousness. LAPD is responding to shots fired across from Martin’s location. Martin stumbles out to the roof where a sniper rifle is perched. Just then Rice and Crystal show up. He cooperates because everything is going to plan as Shaw said it would. Rice at least looks to believe him.
Back at HQ, the computers and monitors all go haywire. Then someone has piped in a feed that shows Martin confessing to the shooting. Gates continues watching the feed from his office when Spiller and Shaw’s “consultant” walk in unannounced. The consultant is Conrad Tomlin who works for the National Security Council. Spiller brought him in to coordinate the investigation and ease the transition of leadership. Which conveniently puts Spiller in place as the acting Director of the FBI.
Any concerns I had previously to the nature of Gates and his motivation was immediately squashed around the 53 minute mark of the second part. With Spiller and Tomlin suggesting he deliver Odum and let him take the fall, Gates resists. And in his Gates-iest moment to date, he let’s be known that he is not on board.
Gates: Martin Odum is not responsible for killing Director Bennett.
Spiller: That is not our position Gates
Gates: But it is mine.
The next scene, I’m not even going to bother to relay. Crystal sits before a congressional hearing. Just imagine any congressional hearing you’ve ever seen within the realm of fictional television.
Gates rolls up next to a building in his car and Odum step in. Gates has supplied Odum with a passport, assumed fake passport. He’s even reached out to Mi-6. Off the record, John Cameron was a Legend who has since been disavowed. Gates has displayed his loyalty a few different times now and does it once again in this car. Before getting out, Odum asks Gates to watch over his family. “I’ll be in touch”.