“Legends” Season 1 Episode 2 “Chemistry” aired on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. on TNT. Martin Odum is still trying to dig deeper into the mystery of his real identity. The Deep Undercover Operations (DCO) unit worked on a kidnapping case involving a former Chechen chemist who used to create deadly bombs for the Russian mob. Read on to know what happened in this episode.
The episode opened with a family being pulled over by cops, with the father getting arrested for speed driving with an expired license. These cops, however, are fakers because they actually belong the Russian mob. They were tasked to kidnap Richard Hubbarb, formerly known as Alexander Nevelsky.
The CIA enlisted the help of the DCO team with this case. Richard Hubbarb has been under their Witness Protection Program. He fled Russia and ratted on the mob and the Colonel, who used to order him to create this deadly substance called the VX gas.
Now kidnapped, the Colonel was once again ordering him to create the same gas, this time using his wife and daughter as leverage. His family didn’t know Hubbarb’s former life, and now Hubbarb could stand to lose everything if he didn’t follow the whims of his former employer.
Meanwhile, the DCO set out their search for Hubbarb. They relied on Agent Troy Buchanan’s (Rob Mayes) informant for leads, so Troy had to assume his legend, a businessman named Spencer Holt, with Martin (Sean Bean) pretending to be his bodyguard and Crystal (Ali Larter) pretending to be his accountant.
Something went wrong, however, because the Russian squad had a hit on Troy’s informant, and they ended up getting killed. Martin and Crystal escaped, but this left Crystal shaken by the fact that they have lost another agent. They DCO team would have to find some other way to find Hubbarb and save him and his family. But this will have to be resolved in the next episode.
All of the Russian spoken in this episode is authentic. The writers hired a Russian translator to make sure the dialogue felt realistic.
— LegendsTNT (@LegendsTNT) August 21, 2014
The other storyline this week involved Martin’s quest to find the truth about his identity. He underwent a psychiatric evaluation, which was part of his employment conditions. The psychiatrist asked if he was experiencing any paranoia, memory loss, or confusion of identity; of not being able to tell his legends from real life. But Martin was vague about his replies and was even more tight-lipped when asked about his family.
Martin: “I keep my family away from what I do and I keep the kind of people I deal with away from them.”
Martin met Tony Rice (Morris Chestnut), the agent assigned to transportation cases, which meant that he has the record of the death of Martin’s mysterious informant in last week’s episode (“Pilot”), as this happened on the subway.
Tony provided Martin with his identity: Robert McCombs, an ex-Marine. But when Tony asked what he needed this for, Martin couldn’t supply the right answer. Tony did his own digging on this case, too, as he started suspecting Martin. So he had him tracked despite his superior’s orders not to mess with DCO operatives. Will the two eventually work together or work against each other?
The episode ended with the introduction of Martin’s newest legend, Dante Auerbach, who will be their way into the Russian mob in order to save Hubbarb in Episode 3.
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